ACS Puerto Rico Chapter 70th Meeting


February 19 and 20. 2021

Scientific Program

Friday February 19. 2021
Via ZOOM Webinar
8:00 AM - 10:20 AM


Welcoming remarks and presentation of the Raffucci Honor Lecturer  Reynold López, MD, FACS

Moderator Norma Cruz, MD, FACS

8:05 AM - 8:30 AM

Four Decades of the Raffucci Forum and Honor Lecture

Eduardo Santiago-Delpín, MD, FACS

Raffucci Honor Lecturer

8:35 AM - 10:05 AM

Podium presentations and resident’s competition

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Sponsors Announcements

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Elizabeth Perazza, MD, FACS – President

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Program presentation

William Méndez, MD, FACS


Moderator  Viviana Negrón, MD, FACS

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

BPH Guidelines AUA Reviewed

Lori Lerner, MD, FACS

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Management of gastrointestinal obstruction with gastrograffin

Mariela Rivera, MD, FACS

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Reboa Catheter Use in Trauma

Nydia De Soto, MD

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Necrotizing pancreatitis to debride or not?

Carla Haack, MD, FACS

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

Yoga Session


Moderator  Yamil Castillo, MD, FACS

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Sub Lobar vs Lobar Resection for Lung Cancer: Does Less Surgery Lead to More Breaths?

Alex Cedeño, MD

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Clinical Guidelines and Treatment Options

Bianca Vázquez, MD

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Smaller, faster, better learning and adopting MIS

Yaritza Pérez, MD, FACS

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM


2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Preview of next day’s program

William Méndez, MD, FACS

Saturday February 20. 2021
Via ZOOM Webinar
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Moderator  Jorge Zequeira, MD, FACS

Interesting case presentations

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Sponsors Announcements


Moderator  Anwar Abdul Hadi, MD, FACS

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Beyond ergonomics: the missing link for longevity as a surgeon 

José Rodríguez Feliz, MD

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Palliative Care Interventions for Surgical Patients

Carmen Lozada, MD

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery): Changing patient care

Mariela Dumois, MD

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Cleft Palate: Treatment from Infancy to Adolescence

Jonatán Hernández, MD

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Adults as learners

Lori Lerner, MD, FACS

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Thoracic trauma management for the general surgeon

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

Yoga Session

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Business Meeting

ACS Presidential Address

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS

Administrative Agenda and Reports


The role of the surgeon in the management of surgical conditions has dramatically changed in the last decade. New knowledge in the etiology, management, complications and prognosis has change how we treat common conditions at the community and tertiary care centers levels. As a result, the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is committed to provide education at both levels. In addition, the Chapter’s membership consists of general surgeons, as well as, members of several subspecialties. Therefore, we developed a comprehensive program that provides all members important information for their surgical practices. The mission of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is to promote excellence in the surgical care in the island. Thus, the meeting provides the perfect venue to fulfill our mission in a broader audience. 


At the end of the activity, the participant should be able to:

    • Identify and treat clinical and surgical needs of trauma patients.
    • Understand the criteria for surgical therapy of different conditions such as necrotizing pancreatitis, parathyroid disease and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
    • Describe new developments in pediatric facial reconstruction.
    • Identify new anesthesia techniques.
    • Update their knowledge in palliative care, molecular markers and colon cancer.
    • Describe new concepts that change the surgical management of patients with prostate enlargement.
    • Provide education in prevention of physician burnout and strategies to cope with stressful situations.

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CME credits were requested to the Ponce Medical School Foundation

Registration Fees

    • Members – $100
    • Non-Members – $150
    • Free of charge: Residents and Medical Students with appropriate identification and a letter from the Director of the Program are cordially invited to attend the Scientific Session


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