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September 28-30, 2023 – Rochester, MN

Thursday September 28th: Evening Welcome Reception

Friday September 29th: Priestley Society Meeting, Evening Social Event / Reunion

Saturday September 30th: Priestley Society Meeting

Fast-cut of Priestley Society meeting

The 58th annual meeting of the Mayo Clinic Surgical Society in Honor of James T. Priestley was held in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Biennial Meeting. It attracted members from all three Mayo Clinic campuses and five other states.

The group honored:

  • Legacy Professor: Michael Farnell, M.D. (S ’80), Mayo Clinic Emeriti Staff
  • ReMine Lecturer: David W. Larson, M.D. (S ’02, CRS ‘03), Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Presidential Address: Stephanie Heller, M.D. (CCMS ‘02, S ’04), chair, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester

The Legends Chief Conference was presided over by former General Surgery program directors Dr. Stephanie Heller (CCMS ’02, S ’04) and David Farley, M.D. (S ’94), Mayo Clinic Emeriti Staff.

Barbara Inlow-Childress, the daughter of Robert Inlow, M.D. (S ’63), who died in 2021 and for whom the Inlow Award is endowed and awarded annually for top surgical research by a residentin the surgical training program, was in attendance. Inlow Awardees who presented research included:

  • Omair Shariq, M.D. (S ’24), Mayo Clinic in Rochester; 2022 awardee; “Epigenetic Targeting of Bromodomain and Extra- Terminal Domain Proteins as a Novel Therapy for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors”
  • Jennifer Tomlinson, M.D. (S ’24, CI ’26), Mayo Clinic in Rochester; 2023 awardee; presented “Discovery of Novel LCK Interactions in Cholangiocarcinoma Using Proximity-Dependent Biotinylation”
  • Sacha Broccard, M.D. (S ’23), colorectal fellow at Keck Medicine of USC; 2023 awardee; “Room for Improvement: Extended Venous Thromboprophylaxis after Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery for Colorectal and Anal Cancer; The Impact of Guideline-Recommended Thromboprophylaxis in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery for Colorectal and Anal Cancer at a Tertiary Referral Center”

Other speakers included:

  • Eric Dozois, M.D.  (S ’00, CRS ’01), chair, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Priestley Society immediate past-president, discussed the origin and evolution of the group and insights into Dr. Priestley.
  • David Farley, M.D. (S ’94), Mayo Clinic Emeriti Staff, updated on activities of and opportunities to become involved in the American Board of Surgery.
  • Charles Rosen, M.D.  (MED ’84, S ’89, TRNS ’91), Division of Transplantation Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, discussed the Mayo experience with use of liver transplantation for treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma.
  • Mark Truty, M.D. (S ’04, CI ’06, S ’09), chair, Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, detailed the advances Mayo Clinic has made in pancreatic surgery.
  • Angela Hanna, M.D. (S ’08), Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, shared her experiences train and educating pediatric surgeons to provide patient care in a war-torn underserved country.
  • Todd Rasmussen, M.D. (MED ’93, S ’96, VASS ’01, VASA ’21), Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, spoke about a century of surgical collaboration between the U.S. military medical corps and Mayo Clinic.
  • Jess Thompson III, M.D. (STS ’03, CI ’05, CLRSH ’06, TS ’10, STS ’10), Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, Arizona, spoke about the need for surgical advocacy in an increasingly complex healthcare system.
  • Mariela Rivera, M.D. (CCMS ’11), Division of Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, discussed how to better assess technical and nontechnical skills in trainees as virtual interview platforms become more prevalent.
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