American College of Surgeons to host press activities this week on the topics of nanotechnology, neurotrauma in athletes, and advanced surgical approaches for octogenarians

CHICAGO (October 1, 2012, 2 a.m. CT): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released its press activities schedule for its Annual Clinical Congress, which convenes this week in Chicago. The Clinical Congress is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world.

Press activities are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (October 1-2), in the ACS Press Conference Room, located in Hall F, Concourse Area, McCormick Place Convention Center-West Building. All times are Central Time zone.

Monday, October 1, 2012


"Nanotechnology, Nanobots, and Surgery"

Press Briefing, 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Nanotechnology is predicted to change all aspects of technology, and someday profoundly affect the field of surgery. This press briefing will highlight the uses of nanotechnology and nanorobotics in the field of surgery. Significant research is being done in the field that has direct implications for the care of patients. These applications include the targeted delivery of drugs or agents to tumors or cardiovascular lesions as an adjunct to surgical treatment as well as possible adjuncts to accurate pre- or intraoperative imaging. Surgeons will provide an overview of nanotechnology and medicine, an overview of microrobots in medicine and surgery, and a focus on the use of nanotechnology in the operating room.

Moderator: Brian S. Zuckerbraun, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA

Co-Moderator: Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS, Madison, WI

Nanomedicine and Cardiovascular Disease

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL

Nanorobotics and Biological Imaging and Precision Surgery

Nader Jalili, PhD, Boston, MA

Nanobiomedical Applications in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Steven A. Curley, MD, FACS, Houston, TX

Biomimetic Haircell Sensors and Simulation Based Assessments

Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS, Madison, WI

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


"Return to Play Issues in Sports-Related Neurotrauma"

Press Briefing, 11:00 - 11:30 am

"Return to play" issues in sports after athletes sustain concussions, stingers, or other neurotraumatic injuries remains a significantly controversial topic. Multiple issues— including if and when to allow athletes to return to play—face practitioners caring for athletes of all ages and experience levels in a variety of sporting activities. Surgeons speaking during this press briefing will provide an overview on various grading schema for injury, and address the long-term pathological and functional consequences of concussion in particular.

Moderator: Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, Danville PA

Presenter: Julian E. Bailes, MD, Evanston, IL


"Advanced Surgical Approaches Benefit Elderly Patients with Colorectal, Bladder Cancers"

Press Conference, 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Two surgical research teams will report on how advanced surgical techniques may extend survival and improve recovery in octogenarian patients with bladder and colorectal cancers.

Laparoscopic Operations for Colon and RectalCancers

Surgical Forum Presentation

Therese Gannon Kerwel, MD, Grand Rapids, MI

Theodore Asgeirsson, MD, Grand Rapids, MI

Robotic-Assisted Bladder Operations

Poster of Exceptional Merit Presentation

Vikrant Uberoi, MD, Boston, MA

Elizabeth Phillips, MD, Boston, MA

In addition, special exhibits and events are taking place at the McCormick Place West Convention center this week as the Chicago-based American College of Surgeons launches its year-long Centennial celebration.

Press badges will be issued to qualified members of the media who present the appropriate identification in the ACS Press Room, located adjacent to the Press Conference Room. For criteria on press credentials visit:

The phone number for the American College of Surgeons Press Room is: 312-949-8865.

ACS Press Room hours are:
Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 4: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College currently has 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit:

Contact: Sally Garneski or Cory Suzan Petty
Phone: 312-949-8865 (until October 4)

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SOURCE American College of Surgeons