American College of Surgeons Releases Press Activities Schedule for Next Week's Clinical Congress in San Francisco

Oct 20, 2011, 14:41 ET from American College of Surgeons

CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Surgeons has released its press activities schedule for its Annual Clinical Congress, which convenes in San Francisco October 23-27. The Clinical Congress is one of the largest meetings of surgeons in the world.


Press Conference
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Laparoscopic Surgeons Develop Fluorescent Light Technique to Improve Pancreatic Cancer Detection
Surgical Forum Presentation

Michael Bouvet, M.D., FACS, San Diego, CA
Christina Metildi Raimo, M.D., San Diego, CA
Hop Tran Cao, M.D., San Diego, CA
George A. Luiken, M.D., FACP, San Diego, CA


Press Briefing
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Innovations in Care of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease
Panel Session Sponsored by Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery  

Eric E. Roselli, M.D., FACS, Cleveland, OH, Moderator
Vinod H. Thourani, M.D., FACS, Atlanta, GA, Co-Moderator

"Minimally Invasive Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: Smaller Incisions and Less Sutures"
Robert S. D. Higgins, M.D., MSHA, FACS, Columbus, OH

"Minimally Invasive Surgical Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement: Ports and Robots"
W. Randolph Chitwood, M.D., FACS, Greenville, NC

"Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Apical and Central Arterial Approaches"
Eric E. Roselli, M.D., FACS, Cleveland, OH

"Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Transfemoral Approach and New Smaller Devices "
Vinod H. Thourani, M.D., FACS, Atlanta, GA

"Transcatheter Mitral Valve Interventions: Annuluplasty, Neo-Chordae, Balloons and more "
Gorav Ailawadi, M.D., FACS, Charlottesville, VA

Press Conference
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Surgeons Develop a Faster, Less Expensive Technique to Identify Bacterial Infections and Determine Antibiotic Resistance
Surgical Forum Presentation

Amy Riley Spencer, M.D., Detroit, MI
Gregory Auner, Ph.D., Detroit, MI

Note: All times are PDT.

No press activities scheduled for Wednesday

No press activities scheduled for Thursday

All scheduled press activities will be held in the ACS Press Conference Room, located in the Moscone Center (North). Just look for the sign near the registration area that says "ACS Offices" and you can easily find the correct location.

Press badges will be issued to qualified members of the media in the American College of Surgeons Press Room, located adjacent to the Press Conference Room

The phone number in the American College of Surgeons Press Room is: 415-978-3624.
(Effective October 23-26).

For further information on securing press credentials, visit:

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 is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 77,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

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