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Conference goals include better surgery and better surgeons
Date:12/3/2010

A two-day conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center is designed to offer surgeons a peek at the profession's future by focusing on new molecular and mechanical solutions to three age-old problems: preventing the breakdown of anastomoses (the surgically created connections between blood vessels), improving tissue healing after surgery and developing new tools to test and sharpen surgical skills.

The conference, "Solving the most challenging surgical problems," will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18, 2010, at the Medical Center, 5812 S. Ellis Avenue. It brings academic surgeons together with research and development teams from companies that design technology for surgical innovation. It features a live minimally invasive operation and a chance for surgeons to test their talents in simulated surgical settingsthe training ground of the futureusing technology that lets surgeons measure and compare their dexterity, concentration, teamwork and judgment.

"Our goals are to push past current boundaries in thinking and practice through interdisciplinary interaction and reaction," said meeting organizer John Alverdy, MD, professor and vice chair of surgery at the University of Chicago. "New tools allow us to perform major surgical interventions, an inherently invasive procedure, but to leave less and less collateral damage. This conference will look ahead to methods that could someday, perhaps quite soon, eliminate ports and incisions. It will also look at the training tools that can make all of us better at what we do right now."

Conference participants include representatives from the University of Chicago's Bioengineering Institute for Advanced Surgery and Endoscopy (BIASE), Simulation Center, and the Section of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Outside speakers include researchers from the International Surgical Innovation Consortium, Universidad Complutense of Madrid Medical School, the Henry Ford Hospital Innov
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Contact: John Easton
john.easton@uchospitals.edu
773-702-6241
University of Chicago Medical Center
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