North Carolina Chapter of the
American College of Surgeons

NC-ACS October 2019 eNews

Message From the President

 Dear Colleagues and Fellow Surgeons,
I am honored to serve as the current President of the NC ACS Chapter and hope to continue the great work done by Dr. David Grantham, our previous President.  We had a wonderful joint annual meeting last July with the South Carolina Chapter in Pinehurst, highlighted by engaging talks on rural surgery and physician burnout, interesting resident paper competitions, and a heartfelt President’s Party with several touching tributes.  The ACS Distinguished Service Award was given to Jesse H. Meredith, MD, FACS and the ACS PAC Award was presented to Matthew B. Martin, MD, FACS.  The meeting reinforced to me that we are a community of surgeons who practice under the same guiding principles.  Our chapter believes in the importance of advocacy, education, and providing leadership opportunities to its members.
As I begin my term as President, my vision is to increase the relevance of our state chapter to its members.  Building greater awareness of our activities and events is an important goal.  I would like to involve more young surgeons and residents in our activities and help them understand how important the ACS is to our profession.  Many surgeons early in their careers are looking for ways to become involved in organized surgery and our state chapter is a great place to start.  In addition I believe rural surgeons serve a vital role for healthcare delivery in our state and we need to determine how the chapter can meet their needs.  Coming from an academic surgery background, I see this as chance to expand my own view of surgical care in our state and leverage the resources of the ACS for all practitioners.
We have 2 upcoming events next year I want to highlight and encourage your attendance.  The first is our NC-ACS and NC-Committee on Trauma (NC-COT) Advocacy Day on April 22, 2020 in Raleigh.  This is an opportunity to meet with state legislators to promote an agenda for optimal surgical care in North Carolina.  And of course, our main event is the Joint NC/SC Annual Meeting July 10-12, 2020 at the Marriott Resort Grand Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC.  Please save this date and make plans to attend!  We will have a tremendous program, and it is a great way to take a family vacation and learn something at the same time.  Lastly for those members who have not paid their dues for 2019, we have included an online payment link.
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Best regards,
Perry Shen, MD, FAC

NC/SC ACS Joint 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights

Surgeons from all over North and South Carolina met in Pinehurst, NC in July for the North/South Carolina ACS Chapters 2019 Joint Annual Meeting.  Below are just some of the highlights of the very successful event. 
The passing of the gravel: (Left) Perry Shen, MD FACS becomes the new president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons as he accepts the ceremonial gavel from outgoing President, David Grantham, MD, FACS at the close of the North Carolina/South Carolina ACS Chapters Joint 2019 Annual Meeting at Pinehurst, NC. 

Left to right, Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS; Randolph ‘Randy’ Smoak, Jr., MD, FACS; Jesse H. Meredith, MD, FACS; Matthew B. Martin, MD, FACS; David Grantham, MD, FACS
During the President’s Party at the North Carolina/South Carolina ACS Chapters 2019 Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, NC, the following surgeons were recognized with awards for their outstanding service.
South Carolina, ACS Honored Surgeon Award
Randolph ‘Randy’ Smoak, Jr., MD, FACS

Presented by Stanley Wilson, MD, FACS
Matthew Martin North Carolina, ACS PAC Award
Matthew B. Martin, MD, FACS

Presented by David Grantham, MD, FACS
North Carolina, ACS Distinguished Service Award
Jesse H. Meredith, MD, FACS

Presented by Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS
The 2019 Kankuben Gelot Best Paper Completion was held at the Pinehurst Resort on July 19-21, 2019. We had 15 oral presentations and 12 poster presentations.  Below are the award winners.
Early Mortality in Emergency General Surgery: An Algorithmic Approach
Presenter:  Sean Maloney, MD
Atrium - Carolinas Medical Center
Persistent Opioid Use After Curative-Intent Hepatectomy for Neoplastic Disease
Presenter:  Tracey Pu, B.S.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Non-Elective Paraoesophageal Hernia Repair; A comparison of described techniques and outcomes using NSQIP
Presenter:  William Sherrill, MD
Atrium - Carolinas Medical Center

Evaluation of Health-Related Quality of Life after Cytoreductive Surgery/Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Mucinous Appendiceal Caner: Results of a Multicenter Randomized Trial Comparing Oxaliplatin and Mitomycin  
Presenter:  Omeed Moaven, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Outcomes after Adjuvant Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for High Risk Primary Appendiceal Neoplasms after Complete Resection
Presenter:  Laura Enomoto, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Outcomes of Inferior Vena Cava Repair and Reconstruction for Malignancy Through a Multidisciplinary Approach with Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
Presenter:  Ryan Pickens MD
Carolinas Medical Center
NC/SC Committees on Trauma 2019 Resident Paper Competition
The North Carolina and South Carolina Committees on Resident Paper Competition was held in conjunction with the NC/SC ACS Joint 2019 Annual Meeting on July 19, 2019 in Pinehurst.  Sixteen abstracts were selected for podium presentations. Congratulations to the NC residents taking the top four honors. 






Development of Optimized Tissue Factor-Targeted Peptide Amphiphile

Nanofibers to Slow Non-compressible Torso Hemorrhage


Mia Klein, MD

University of North Carolina Hospitals


Reliable Identification of Rib Fracture Patients at Risk of Pulmonary Complication for Only Ten Bucks

Adam Nelson, MD

Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Age-Based Differences in the Disability of Extremity Injuries in Pediatric and Adult Occupants

Michaela Gaffley, MD

Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Hypertension in the Young Adult Trauma Population: Rethinking the Traditional ‘Incidentaloma’


Jaclyn Portelli Tremont, MD

University of North Carolina Hospitals


Left to right – Michaela Gaffley, MD, Wake Forest SOM; NC-COT Chair David Jacobs, MD, FACS; and Mia Klein, MD, University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Congratulations to Team Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), winners of Surgical Jeopardy.  Left to right - Marco Duverseau, MD, Matthew Wagner, MD and Thomas Eisenhauer, MD, FACS. 

Dr. Walsh Awarded Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Congratulations to NC-ACS Governor and Past President Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP on being awarded the first ever RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award!
The RAS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has had a marked impact on the engagement of a resident or associate member in the College and has offered the support and encouragement necessary to build the strong foundation for a surgical career. The RAS-ACS Executive committee stated that Dr. Walsh epitomizes the characteristics for which this award was created and called Brett Starr, MD’s nomination letter “compelling”. 
Dr. Walsh will be presented the award during the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 27th at Clinical Congress.

Ruchi Amin, MD to Receive Award for Professionalism In General Surgery

Ruchi Amin, MD has been selected to receive the 2019 Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to be presented at the 2019 ACS Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. 
This award is presented to a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion, technical skill, and devotion to science and learning.

Dr. Ruchi Amin began her training in a combined BS-MD program at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where she obtained her Bachelors in Science with High Honors in Chemical Biology. She then obtained her MD at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, during which time she served as the President of their American Medical Student Association Chapter, and Program Director of the Mini-Medical School Program.  She began her training in General Surgery at East Carolina University, where she developed in an interest in Pediatric Surgery.  In the midst of her residency training, she sought additional fellowship training in Pediatric Surgical Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, followed by an additional year of clinical research focusing on surgical innovation, pediatric outcomes, and quality improvement.  She has over 70 completed research items, including 18 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 4 book chapters. Dr. Amin is currently an Administrative Chief Resident at East Carolina University, where is she is completing her final year of residency training.  She will be returning home to start Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital at the University of Buffalo this summer.

Sign Up Now for 2020 Advocacy Day

Save the Date! April 22, 2020 NC-ACS & NC-COT Advocacy Day
On April 22, 2020, NC Surgeons will again meet in Raleigh for the 2020 NC-ACS & NC-COT Advocacy Day.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with your local legislators and be heard on the issues that most affect your practice and your patients.
Again NC-ACS & NC-COT will partner with the North Carolina Medical Society’s White Coat Wednesday Program.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
8:00 – 8:30 am – Arrive at the NC Medical Society Office Building at 222 North Person Street, Raleigh, NC (there is plenty of parking)
8:30 – 9:00 am – Lite breakfast and morning briefing on current issues
9:30 – 11:30 am – Walk over to the Legislative Office Building to meet one-to-one with your legislators, attend one of the Health Committee Meetings.
11:00am – 2:00pm – Stop the Bleed on Halifax Mall
Don’t forget to register and mark your calendar NOW!
Register Now!

It’s Always Good to Have a Surgeon in the House!

Especially the United States House of Representatives!

NC-ACS Member, Dr. Greg Murphy is now the Congressman representing North Carolina’s 3rd District.
Mark your calendars for the 2020 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, March 27-31, 2020 and see Congressman Murphy in action.

Scholarship Opportunities From the ACS

ACS Traveling Fellowships to ANZ, Germany, and Japan - Apply by November 15

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the availability of traveling fellowships to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Germany, and Japan. Applications are due Friday, November 15. 
The traveling fellowships encourage the international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education and foster professional and academic collaborations and friendships.  The traveling fellowships, which are available in most surgical specialties, are open to ACS Fellows under the age of 50.
The Traveling Fellows will spend a minimum of two or three weeks in the countries that they visit. Their activities will include attending and participating in the 2020 annual scientific meeting of the host country: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Perth (May 3-7); Germany Society of Surgery, Munich (April 8–10); and Japan Surgical Society, Chiba (April 8–10). View the full description and a link to the application form on the ACS website.
ACS Traveling Fellowships Scholarship Application Form
Questions may be directed to the Scholarships Administrator, at

ACS Faculty Research Fellowships for 2020-2022 Available

The College offers faculty research fellowships through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty.  These fellowships assist surgeons in the establishment of a new and independent research program.  Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators.  The fellowship award is $40,000 per year to support the research.
The Franklin Martin Fellowship honors the College's founder.  The C. James Carrico Fellowship is dedicated to trauma and critical care research.  There are two more undesignated fellowships. All of them are two years in length. 
The closing date for receipt of applications and all supporting documents is November 15, 2019.  The full requirements and application form are posted on the ACS website:
ACS Faculity Research Fellowships Scholarship Application Form
Questions may be directed to the Scholarships Administrator, at

Congratulations to All the New ACS Initiates From North Carolina

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will welcome nearly 2000 Initiates into Fellowship during Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco and 56 of those will be from North Carolina.
Check out the list below and personally voice your congratulations upon this important achievement and extend an invitation to become an active member of the NC-ACS Chapter.  
Name City
Michelle Curtis Roughton, MD Durham
Vance Wells Brabham, MD Greensboro
Dr. Janelle Katie Moulder, MD Winston Salem
Kenneth Joseph Nelson, MD Fayetteville
Chirag Sureshchandra Desai, MBBS Chapel Hill
Deba Sarma, MD Marvin
Lauren Raff, MD Chapel Hill
Amanda Hamrick Eckenrode, MD Shelby
Rakesh Kumar, MBBS Lumberton
Georgia M. Beasley, MD Durham
James Speicher, MD Greenville
Martin Avery, MD Winston Salem
Elaine Marie Cleveland, MD Spring Lake
Jeffrey Blumberg, MD Chapel Hill
Kyle William Cunningham, MD Charlotte
Katherine Sarah Mastriani, MD Asheville
Chukwuemeka Obiora, MD Wilmington
Rosiane Alfinito Roeder, MD Hickory
Chandler A. Long, MD Durham
Matthew W Kohan, MD Sneads Ferry
Paul Dominick Colavita, MD Charlotte
Nicole Chaumont, MD Chapel Hill
Matthew Fox, MD Concord
Jason Crowner, MD Chapel Hill
Nicole Marie Garcia, MD Greenville
Dale Frederick Butler, MD Camp Lejeune
Rebecca Gwynne Maine, MD Chapel Hill
Oren Nathan Gottfried, MD Durham
David Johnson Hiller, MD Winston Salem
Trista Day Snyder Reid, MD Chapel Hill
Douglas Pokorny, DO Sneads Ferry

Operation Sock Drop

Help the homeless | Maintain dignity | Provide warmth

All Clinical Congress 2019 attendees are encouraged to participate in Operation Sock Drop to benefit San Francisco’s homeless. For those experiencing homelessness, clean, warm socks are a luxury. This year, the ACS is asking you to help us support St. Anthony’s by bringing one pair of cotton or wool socks to donate during the meeting. Donation bins will be located in the Moscone Center. The ACS Central Shop located in the Exhibit Hall will be selling ACS logo socks, and for every pair purchased you will receive a pair cotton socks to donate.

It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

If you have already paid your North Carolina ACS dues for 2019, THANK YOU!  If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now. And ask your colleagues to join and support North Carolina ACS. We are stronger together.

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