•First place: Michaela C. Bambad, Yale University
School of Medicine: Antibiotic Standardization
Decreases Antibiotic-Associated Costs in Pediatric
Patients with Appendicitis
•Second place: Adam C. Fields, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY: Risk Factors for
Unplanned Readmission Following Cholecystectomy:
A NSQIP Analysis of 27,125 Patients
• Third place: Tania Hassanzadeh, University of Arizona, Tucson: Defining Non-Surgical Head Bleeds;
When Do You Need a Neurosurgeon?
The International Relations Committee (IRC) on
October 6 welcomed the International Guest Scholars
(IGS) for 2015 and other guests, including the following: Ramzi Alami, MD, International Surgical
Education Scholar (ISES); Olufemi B. Bankole, MD,
BCh, IGS; Abebe Bekele, MD, Dr. Abdol and Mrs.
Joan Islami Scholar II; Faustin Yali bin Ramazani,
MD, Baxiram S. and Kankuben B. Gelot Community Surgeon Travel Awardee; Yin Kai Chao, MD,
IGS; Kenneth Siu Ho Chok, MB, BS, MRSCEdin,
FRCSEng, FCSHK, FHKAM, Carlos Pellegrini
Traveling Fellow; Sabine Irtan, MD, Dr. Abdol and
Mrs. Joan Islami Scholar I; Tracey Elizabeth Irvine,
MB, BS, Murray F. Brennan Scholar; Taiwo Akeem
Lawal, MB, BS, MD, IGS; Jane E. Mendez, MD,
FACS, IRC Scholarship Subcommittee Co-Chair;
Nikolaus V. Michalopoulos, MD, MSc, PhD, IGS;
Anand Kumar Mishra, MCh, IGS; Juan José Cossa
Morchio, MD, Elias Hanna Scholar; Giuseppe Nigri,
MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, FASCRS, IRC Scholarships
Subcommittee Co-Chair; Jennifer Mary O’Connor,
MD, FACS, Community Scholar Awardee; Daniel K.
Ojuka, MB, BS, MMed, ISES; David Parés, MD, IGS;
Edgar B. Rodas, MD, IGS; Anita R. Skandarajah,
MB, BS, FRACS, Australia-New Zealand Exchange
Fellow; Stavros Ioannis Tyritzis, MD, Stavros Niar-
chos Foundation Scholar; and Nikolaos Vassos, MD,
PhD, Germany Exchange Fellow.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) presented the
State Chair Outstanding Performance Award to Paul
Hansen, MD, FACS, Oregon, and Wade Dosch, MD,
FACS, South Dakota.
Alexander J. Poole, MD, FACS, FRCSC, a general
surgeon in Whitehorse, YT, attended Clinical Congress as the recipient of the 2015 Nizar N. Oweida,
MD, FACS, Scholarship. In addition, Catherine J.
Hunter, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon at the Ann
& Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago,
recipient of the 2014 Claude H. Organ, MD, FACS,
Traveling Fellowship, gave a presentation before the
ACS Scholarships Committee.
Lastly, the winners of the 2015 Resident and Associate Society (RAS) of the ACS essay contest spoke
at the RAS Symposium. The theme of the essay contest was Social Media: Threat to Professionalism and
Privacy or Essential for Current Surgical Practice?
Johanna N. Riesel, MD, a third-year resident, department of surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital,
CoC State Chair Outstanding Performance Award winner Dr. Dosch (second from right) with CoC
representatives (from left) Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the CoC Cancer Liaison
Program; Ted James, MD, FACS, guest speaker at the meeting and CoC Vermont State Chair; and
Mary Milroy, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC Cancer Liaison Program. Not pictured: Dr. Hansen.