2014 - 2015 Surgery Grand Rounds

Below is a list of all Grand Rounds for the 2014-2015 academic year.


July 14, 2014

Surgical Education Grand Rounds

7:00 to 9:00 am


Mark Nehler, MD — Program Director, Surgery Residency Program

Claire Travis — Surgery Residency Coordinator

Surgery Residency Chiefs

UCH Program Directors

Stephanie Farmer — Director, Finance & Administration

Jenny Peterson — Business Manager, Surgery Administration​

September 8, 2014

​Mistreatment in Surgical Education

Paul Montero, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITES

Update on NSQIP Outcomes and CU Quality Improvements Efforts

Robert Meguid, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic

Resident Debate for the Day: SCIP Measures Result in Improved Outcomes

Yes — Anthony Bacon, MD

No — Scott Deeney, MD

September 15, 2014

Trauma Induced Coagulopathy

Gene Moore, MD
Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine — Denver Health Medical Center

3D Technology in Plastic Surgery

Brooke French, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery

Resident Debate: Optimal Transfusion Threshold in Surgical Patients

Established — Lisa Foley, MD

Unknown — Eduardo Gonzalez, MD

September 22, 2014
Alan Hopeman Lectureship

The Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Indication and Procedural Evolution

Richard J. Shemin, MD
Vice Chair, Surgery and Chief, Cardiac Surgery
University of California Los Angeles

Resident Debate: Hyperglycemia Increases the Morbidity and Mortality of Cardiac Surgical Procedures

Pro — Ryan Shelstad, MD

Con — Justin Reeves, MD

September 29, 2014

Duodenal Trauma

Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD
Chief of Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center
Rockwell Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chairman
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Devices for Treating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Omid Jazaeri, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vascular

Resident Debate: Non-Operative Management of Splenic Injury in Closed Head Trauma

Valuable — Marshall Bell, MD

Dangerous — Akshay Chauhan, MD

October 6, 2014

Surviving Sepsis

Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., MD
Professor of Surgery, GITES

Foreign Bodies of the Airway and Esophagus

Fritz Karrer, MD

Resident Debate: The Swinging Pendulum of Steroids in Sepsis

Steroids are Good — Shannon Acker, MD

Steroids are Bad — Daine Bennett, MD

October 13, 2014

Contemporary Management of Breast Disease

Colleen Murphy, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITES

Current State of Minimally Invasive Liver Surgery

Trevor Nydam, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Transplant

Resident Debate: Surgery in de novo Metastatic Breast Cancer

Resect all primary tumors — Mary Carr, MD

Resect select primary tumors — Brandon Chapman, MD

October 20, 2014 
American College of Surgeons International Scholars

Caudate Lobectomy: History and Update

Jiang-Tao Li, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Vice-Chief, Heparto-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery Service
Second Affiliated Hospital
Zhejiang University School of Medicine

Molecular Profiling for Predictive & Prognostic Classifiers in Surgical Oncology

Roland Croner, MD
Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
University Hospital Erlangen

Gall Bladder Cancer in India

Mallika Tewari, MBBS, MS, MCh, MRCSEd, USMLE
Associate Professor & Head Department of Surgical Oncology
Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University

October 27, 2014

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(American College of Surgeons Annual Congress, San Francisco, CA)

November 3, 2014

Is There a Future for Heart Transplantation?

Ashok Babu, MD
Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic

Renal Malignancy in Adolescents and Young Adults

Nicholas Cost, MD
Assistant Professor, Urology

Resident Debate: Inflammatory Appendiceal Mass

Antibiotics and Operate — Mara Additon, MD

Antibiotics and Observe — Peter Einersen, MD

November 10, 2014

Cancer Immunotherapy

Yuwen Zhu, PhD
Assistant Professor, GITES Research

Left-Lobe Living-Donor Liver Transplant

Michael Wachs, MD
Associate Professor, Transplant

Resident Debate: Hepatocellular Cancer

Resection/Ablation — Teresa Chin, MD

Transplantation — Nicole Nadlonek, MD

November 17, 2014
John R. Lilly Memorial Lectureship

Allometric Scaling in Clinical Practice
(7:00 - 8:00 a.m.)

Thane A. Blinman, MD FAAP
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Resident Debate: Asymptomatic Malrotation — Fix It or Watch It?

Fix It — Mathew Landman, MD

Watch It — Eiichi Mayasaka, MD

November 24, 2014

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(Happy Thanksgiving)

December 1, 2014

Mechanical Circulatory Support for Children

Max Mitchell, MD
Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic

Population Management and the Value Based Modifier

Christina Finlayson, MD, MEd
Professor of Surgery, GITES

Resident Debate: Screening Mammography Under Age 50

Valuable — Zach Hartman, MD

Dangerous — Sara Materazzi, MD

December 8, 2014

Blunt Cerebrovascular Injuries

Clay Cothren-Burlew, MD
Director, SICU — Denver Health Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery — GITES

Role of the Electronic Medical Record in Research and Quality Improvement

Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Urology

Resident Debate: Endovascular Stents in Trauma

Valuable — Kirsten Freeman, MD

Dangerous — Chris Ramos, MD

December 15, 2014

Process and Goals of Group Evaluation Process of Residents by Faculty

Denis Bensard, MD
Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics

Risk Factors for Major Operations in the Elderly: Chronological Age and Beyond

Csaba Gajdos, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, GITES

Resident Debate: Scheduled CEA and CT Follow-Up to Detect Recurrence of Colorectal Cancer

Valuable — Megan Anderson, MD

Overrated — Charles Eisenhauer, MD

December 22, 2014

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(Holiday Break)

December 29, 2014

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(Holiday Break)

January 5, 2015


Steven Lowenstein, MD, MPH
Professor, Emergency Medicine

The NSQIP Geriatric Collaborative – Tailoring Surgical Outcomes for Older Adults

Thomas Robinson, MD
Professor of Surgery, GITES

Resident Debate: Laparoscopic vs. Traditional Repair of Inguinal Hernia

Laparoscopic — Lin Yihan, MD

Traditional — TBD, MD

January 12, 2015

Topic: Surgical Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Kathleen Connell, MD, MD

Topic: Surgical Management of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Brian Flynn, MD

Resident Debate: Optimum Technique for the Performance of Sacrocolpopexy in the Treatment of Female Urinary Incontinence

Robotic Surgery, Tomorrow's Technology Today — Kyle Rove, MD


Less Hype, More Value: the Case for Laparoscopy — Tom Pshak, MD

January 19, 2015

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(Martin Luther King Holiday)

January 26, 2015

Matters of the Heart: Assessing Peri-Operative Cardiac Risk
Mary T. Hawn, MD
Professor of Surgery

Chief of the Sectioin of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Resident Debate: Public Reporting of Surgical Outcomes

Valuable — Logan McKenna, MD

Dangerous— Anne Slaughter, MD

February 2, 2015
Schultz Annual Lectureship in Surgery



Creating an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Culture

Liane S. Feldman, MD
Professor of Surgery and Director of the Division of General Surgery
McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre

Resident Debate: Prehabilitation Prior to Major Surgery Improves Outcome

Participants TBD

February 9, 2015

Topic: Reconstructive Transplantation: Current Status and Future Direction

David Mathes, MD
Professor and Division Chief of Plastic Surgery

Topic: Single Incision Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery: Experience, Evidence and Where We Stand at the Children's Hospital Colorado

Rony Marwan, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics

Resident Debate: Topic: Bioprosthetic Mesh for Abdominal Wall Resection

Participants: Valuable - Kweku Hazel, MD vs Overrated - Aline Rau, MD

February 16, 2015

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(President's Day Holiday)

February 23, 2015

Burn Management Update

Arek Wiktor, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery GITES

Perioperative Management of Pulmonary Hypertension

David Fullerton, MD
Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic

Resident Debate: Topic: Goal Directed Fluid Management in Complex Thoraco-Abdominal Surgery

Participants: Valuable - Camille Stewart, MD vs Overrated - Irfan Qureshi, MD

March 2, 2015

Topic: Evolving Immunotherapies for Solid Organ Tumors

Martin McCarter, MD

Topic: Testosterone Replacement: Fountain of Youth or High Risk Decision?
Shandra Wilson, MD, MD

Resident Debate: Topic: Tracheotomy in Ventilated ICU Patients

Participants: Early-Alicia Heelan Gladden, MD vs Later-Douglas Hirth, MD

March 9, 2015

Update on Sigmoid Diverticular Disease

Jon Vogel, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITES

ICU Anemia
Fredric Pieracci, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITES

Resident Debate: Topic: Bowel Prep or No Bowel Prep (for Colectomy), that is the question...

Participants: No Prep - Maggie Hodges, MD vs Prep - Sudhir Kalaskar, MD

March 16, 2015

Concepts and Controversies in Prevention of Surgical Site Infections

Walter Biffl, MD

Professor of Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center


Prevention of Iatrogenic Vascular Trauma in Vascular Access
Ashley Vavra, MD, MD
Assistant Professor, Vascular Surgery
Resident Debate:
Wound Vac
Valuable - Aidan Hamm, MD vs Overrated - Dustin Evans, MD

March 23, 2015

Management of Anorectal Malformations

John Bealer, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery

Director, Bowel Management Program


Laparoscopic Loop Ileostomy with Colonic Lavage for C Diff

Franklin Wright, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITES


Resident Debate:

Complete Clinical Response after Neoadjuvant Therapy for Rectal Cancer

Operate - Hunter Moore, MD vs Observe - Anthony Bacon, MD

March 30, 2015


Topic: Bile Duct Injury-Lessons from History

O. James Garden, CBE, MD, FRCSEd, FRSE

Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Services

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh


Resident Debate:

Surgical Simulation Training

Valuable - Dawn Fevurly, MD vs Overrated - John Stingham, MD

April 6, 2015

NSQIP - Pediatric.  All Grown Up

Jennifer Bruny, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Management of Patients with Collagen/Vascular Aortic Disease

T. Brett Reece, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic

Natalia Glebova, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Resident Debate: Review of DVT Prophylaxis

Participants: Amy Repert, MD vs Chenee Tyson, MD

April 13, 2015

Management of Early Stage Prostate Cancer; Current and Future Trends

Al Barqawi, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Urology

Bariatric Surgery Update 2015

Jon Schoen, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, GITEs

Resident Debate: Surgical Treatment of Diabetes

Valuable - Christina Kim, MD vs Overrated - David Sprunger, MD

April 20, 2015

Novel Treatment Strategies for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Julia C. Tchou, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Assistant Program Director, Breast Fellowship

Course Director, Breast Surgery Elective

Resident Debate: Pleomorphic LCIS: Treatment vs. Observation

Treatment- Karen Lo, MD vs Observation - Jessica Rove, MD

April 27, 2015



Surgery and Science of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

Ronald DeMatteo, MD FACS

Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Head, Division of General Surgical Oncology

Leslie H. Blumgart Chair in Surgery

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York


A 5 cm Gastric GIST is excised with "adequate margins"- Final Histology-Margins Positive for Residual Microscopic Disease

Repeat Resection - Alessandro Paniccia, MD vs Observation - Alexander Morton, MD

May 4, 2015


Topic: TBD

Ara A. Vaporciyan, MD FACS, MHPE

Professor of Surgery and Deputy Chair, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Division of Surgery

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX

Resident Debate: TBD


May 11, 2015

Clinical Research During Surgical Missions to the Third World

Frederic Deleyiannis, MD

Professor of Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Pediatric Surgery

Surgical Care of Chronic Venous Obstruction

David Kuwayama, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vascular

Resident Debate: Radiotherapy vs. Axillary Node Dissection for Breast Cancer

Radiotherapy - Jessica Rove, MD vs ALND - Lauren Wilson, MD

May 18, 2015


Department of Surgery
2nd Annual Research Symposium

Eiseman Award Competition


Rosemary Ann Kozar, MD, PhD

Shock Trauma Center

University of Maryland

May 25, 2015

No Surgery Grand Rounds
(Memorial Day Holiday)