2018 Richard Schwartz Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium welcomes largest audience yet.

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The fifth annual Richard M. Schwartz Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium reached one of its largest audiences on Thursday afternoon, October 18. Several dozen faculty, residents, and medical students came to the event's new home in the Karpf Auditorium in Pavilion A of the Chandler Medical Center to hear case presentations and keynote lectures on surgical issues and education.

Wayne Chang, MDAfter a general introduction from event co-founder, Dr. David Sloan, the event commenced with case presentations featuring program year three (PGY 3) General Surgery residents Heather F. Sinner, Nick Jackson, Kyle Bess, Robert King, and Wayne Chang plus one presentation from Sam Walling, PGY 2. The range of subject matter was diverse and even included a couple of pediatric surgery cases in which Dr. Tiffany Wright, a pediatric surgeon with the University of Louisville and a UK Department of Surgery alum, shared her insights.


After case presentations, Dr. Wright and Dr. Anthony Bottiggi, associate professor in trauma and critical care surgery, were special guests for symposium lectures. In addition to his faculty position at UK, Dr. Bottiggi is also a special deputy in the Woodford County Sheriff's Office in charge of Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS). In his symposium lecture, Dr. Bottiggi talked about the emerging role of trauma physicians to provide on-site support for victims and first responders in active shooter and mass casualty events.

Dr. Michael Edwards

Dr. Wright presented a lively discussion of recent research coming out of Europe on managing uncomplicated appendicitis without surgery. In addition to her review of recent research, Dr. Wright shared her own strong views of the subject. Despite other conclusions, Dr. Wright saw much better outcomes from performing an appendectomy than through non-operative treatment.

Dr. Michael Edwards, the Christian R. Holmes Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, delivered the annual Schwartz Memorial Lecture on Surgical Education. Edwards shared his optimism on the surgeon's role in contemporary healthcare and offered a critique of the rise of surgeon's burnout in the modern era. While acknowledging the ever-changing landscape that constantly impacts a surgeon's practice, he encouraged residents and faculty to avoid the pitfalls of "victim" behavior and assert themselves as leaders who participate and find solutions in the best interests of their patients and practice.

The event concluded with a reception for UK Department of Surgery residents and faculty at the home of Janet Schwartz Evans and Carson Evans.

ABOUT THE RICHARD W. SCHWARTZ, MD MEMORIAL LECTURE:
The late Dr. Richard Schwartz' passion and excellence in gastrointestinal surgery, surgical education and the development of physician leaders were well-known before his untimely death in 2010. His influence touched all who had the honor of working alongside him.
To honor his legacy, the University of Kentucky Department of Surgery established the annual Richard W. Schwartz Memorial Lectureship.
Janet Schwartz Evans, Andrew Bernard, MD, and David Sloan, MD established the foundation of the endowed lectureship in 2014.

Over $130,000 have been raised so far to fund this annual lecture. Additional gifts to the Schwartz Memorial Lecture Endowment will ensure that his legacy continues and will help elevate the status of the lecture over time.

Those who would like to make a gift, new pledge, or extend their current pledge to the Schwartz Memorial Endowed Lecture may contact:
J. Lindsey Clem, Director of Philanthropy, UKHC
jlclem4@uky.edu; 859-323-1313.

Dr. Tiffany Wright

Dr. Anthony Bottiggi

Schwartz Memorial Founders