UF Surgery Grads Gather for Education, Fellowship at Woodward Society Meeting

The Edward R. Woodward Surgical Society held its seventh annual meeting in February. Alex Cuenca, MD, PhD (2015), the recipient of last year’s Hugh A. Walters, MD, Humanitarian Award and a pediatric surgery fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, led attendees in surgery grand rounds to start the day.

The meeting included several presentations by Woodward Society members. John Clarke, MD (1968), a general surgeon with Palms Surgical Associates, presented “The Surgeon and the Abdominal Wall;” Juan Cendan, MD (1997), assistant dean for simulation and a professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, discussed “Retrieval-Based Learning Strategies;” and James Edgerton, MD (1984), director of education and training and co-director of the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, spoke about “A Graphic Representation of Quality Data.”

Lyle “Linc” Moldawer, PhD, a professor and vice chairman of research for the UF Department of Surgery, delivered the keynote address, “Thirty Years of Sepsis Research: Why it Remains an Intractable Challenge.”

Robert Winfield, MD (2011), an associate professor of surgery in the trauma/critical care division at the University of Kansas Medical Center, presented “Leading Yourself in a Surgical Career: Avoiding Burnout, Finding Balance, and Achieving Happiness through Mission-based Living;” Matthew Delano, MD (2012), an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Michigan, discussed “Longterm Outcomes in Sepsis Provide Short-term Gains in Academia;” and Timothy Flynn, MD, senior associate dean for clinical affairs for the UF College of Medicine and chief medical officer for UF Health Shands Hospital, spoke about “Perspectives of a CMO.”

Kevin Behrns, MD, chairman of the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and the Edward R. Woodward Professor of Surgery, delivered the closing address, “State of the Department 2016.”

The day concluded with dinner at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse in downtown Gainesville.