Educational program features 11 Named Lectures

Clinical Congress 2019 will feature 11 Named Lectures, beginning with the Martin Memorial Lecture by veteran journalist Nina Totenberg immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Monday morning, October 28.



Monday, October 28


NL01 | 9:00–9:30 am
Martin Memorial Lecture: The Health of the Supreme Court

Nina Totenberg, Washington, DC

The Martin Memorial Lecture and the American Urological Association Lecture (AUA) have been combined for presentation immediately following the Opening Ceremony of the Clinical Congress. The AUA Lecture has been sponsored by the AUA since 1967 and has featured diverse topics in surgery. The Martin Memorial Lecture was established in 1946 to honor Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, founder of the College and his wife, Isabelle Hollister Martin. Ms. Totenberg will be available after the Martin Memorial Lecture for a meet and greet sponsored by the Program Committee.

Sponsored by the American Urological Association and alternately nominated by the Advisory Council for Urology and the ACS Honors Committee


NL02 | 9:45–10:45 am
John H. Gibbon, Jr., Lecture: Innovation: A Surgical Imperative

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC, Dallas, TX

Established in 1971 to honor this pioneer in open-heart surgery.

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery


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NL03 | 2:30–3:30 pm
Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture: From Surgical Burnout to Wellness: The Secret to a Balanced Life

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA

Established by the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery in 1992 to explore the historical development of surgery and to honor this leader in neurological surgery.

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery


NL04 | 4:15–5:00 pm
I.S. Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences: Response to Injury: The Genomic Storm and Precision Medicine

Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), FCCS(Hon), Seattle, WA

Sponsored by the I.S. Ravdin Surgical Society since 1964 to honor Dr. Ravdin by promoting knowledge in basic sciences with application to surgery.



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Tuesday, October 29


NL05 | 8:00–9:00 am
Herand Abcarian Lecture: How to Navigate a Second Career in Surgery

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Burlington, MA

Established by the Chicago Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery in 2006 to honor this colon and rectal surgeon and to address issues of relevance to the surgical community at-large and focus on emerging issues in surgery.

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery


NL06 | 9:45–10:45 am
Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture: Blood and the Moving Wheels of History

Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, Buffalo, NY

This lecture is named for the Excelsior Surgical Society, a group of 80 medical officers who met for the first time in 1945 at the Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Italy. This lecture also honors Col. Edward C. Churchill, a famous surgeon and consultant to the U.S. Army in the World War II Italian Theatre, who presented the first keynote address at the meeting.

Sponsored by the ACS Military Health System Strategic Partnership

NL07 | 12:45–1:30 pm
Scudder Oration on Trauma: A Perfect Storm

M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA

Honoring Charles Locke Scudder, a founding member of the College and a major contributor to the surgery of trauma.

Sponsored by the Committee on Trauma

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NL08 | 2:30–3:30 pm
Olga M. Jonasson Lecture: Recapturing the Joy of Surgery

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, FACS, Iowa City, IA

Established by the Women in Surgery Committee to honor the memory of Olga M. Jonasson, MD, FACS, who died in August 2006. This lectureship is a testimony to leadership and education in surgery and a reflection of the capacity of women to reach academic pinnacles.

Sponsored by the Women in Surgery Committee


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Wednesday, October 30


NL09 | 8:00–9:00 am
Distinguished Lecture of the International Society of Surgery: The Role of Surgical Care in Attaining Universal Health Coverage for Sustainable Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Emmanuel M. Makasa, BSc.HB, MBCHB, MPH, MMed(orth), Lusaka, Zambia

Established in 1990 and endowed by the U.S. Chapter of the International Society of Surgery to recognize the Society’s worthwhile activities by honoring distinguished international surgeons.

Sponsored by the U.S. Chapter of the International Society of Surgery


NL10 | 9:45–10:45 am
John J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy Lecture: What We Talk about When We Talk about Surgery

Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, FACS, Madison, WI

Sponsored by the Committee on Ethics and generously supported since 1991 by John J. Conley, MD, FACS, New York, NY, to explore ethical issues in surgery. Dr. Conley died in 1999, but his legacy continues and his memory is honored at this annual lecture.

Sponsored by the Committee on Ethics


NL11 | 12:45–1:45 pm
Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture: Pancreatic Cancer: Progress and Prospects

Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Boston, MA

Established in 1988 to explore major developments in oncology and to focus on the surgeon’s role in caring for cancer patients.


Sponsored by the Commission on Cancer