CONFERENCE FACULTY

Friday, July 9, 2021

Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS

American College of Surgeons Update

Dr. Gantt is Professor of Surgery and Interim Chair, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and the Co-Medical Director of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Mercy Health, Youngstown, Ohio. Professionally she focuses on the inclusive, interdisciplinary care of breast disease and surgical education. At Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital she serves as Associate Director of Resident Education and as the ACS COC Cancer Liaison Physician. She is Past-President of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  She is an Ohio At-Large Governor of the ACS, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the ACS Board of Governors (BOG), leads the new BOG Diversity Pillar and serves on the Board of Regents Members Services Liaison Committee and Committee on Racism. She is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

One of Dr. Gantt’s primary roles, and passions, is to mentor and empower medical students and residents to find their perfect career. At NEOMED, in addition to her Chair role, she serves as the Surgery Interest Group Advisor, AWS Medical Student Chapter Advisor and M4 Surgical Specialty Advisor. She has mentored surgeons at all stages of their careers at NEOMED and through the AWS and ACS. Dr. Gantt is also Chair of the Association of Women Surgeons’ Foundation, dedicated to sponsoring activities that advance women’s careers in surgery and address gender disparities amongst surgeons worldwide.

Dr. Gantt is a Chicago native and earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internship, research and general surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Gantt has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Timothy Fitzgerald, MD, FACS

Commission on Cancer Update 

Timothy Fitzgerald, MD, FACS is the Director of MMC’s Surgical Oncology program and lead a team that includes general surgical, thoracic, endocrine and breast oncological surgeons, as well as advanced practice providers. Before arriving in Maine, he was Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at East Carolina University, where he specialized in complex GI, HPB, robotic and soft tissue surgery. After medical school and surgical residency, he completed a fellowship in complex surgical oncology at the University of Toronto. He has published more than 120 abstracts and manuscripts, and his research interests include quality improvement, enhanced recovery and evidence-based practice. 

Dr. Fitzgerald has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Bruce Chung, MD, FACS

Committee on Trauma Update

Dr. Chung is a specialist in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Maine Medical Partners in Portland Maine.

Dr. Fitzgerald has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Dan Morin

Maine Legislative Update

Dan Morin is Director of Communications & Government Affairs for the Maine Medical Association (MMA), a professional organization of more than 4,300 physicians, residents, and medical students in Maine whose mission is to support Maine physicians, advance the quality of medicine in Maine, and promote the health of all Maine citizens.
Dan manages all aspects of the MMA’s interactions with elected officials, media, and statewide community groups. His policy work includes managing governmental issues of concern for medicine at both the state and federal levels, including liaison activities with legislative and executive agencies to encourage appropriate access to quality health care for all Maine residents. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to joining the MMA, Morin was director of government relations for MaineHealth, the largest integrated health care organization in Maine, and was the public relations and legislative liaison at the Maine Turnpike Authority from 2011-2014. Before returning to Maine, Dan was the director of government affairs for the Kansas Medical Society, another state physician member association.
Morin is a United States Coast Guard veteran and also served as a chief of staff and legislative aide for various state legislators and local elected officials, in addition to a background in broadcast media.

Mr. Morin has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Surgical Emergencies: A Night On Call

Bruce Chung, MD, FACS

Surgical Emergencies - Moderator

Dr. Chung is a specialist in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Maine Medical Partners in Portland Maine.

Dr. Chung has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Joseph Caruso, MD, FACS

Surgical Emergencies - Panelist

Dr. Caruso has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Laura Withers, MD, FACS

Surgical Emergencies - Panelist

Laura Withers practices Acute Care Surgery at Maine Medical Center. Since 2009 she has enjoyed working and teaching surgery in a number of Low and Middle Income Countries including Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Central African Republic and Cambodia. 

Dr. Withers has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

John Dreifus, MD, FACS

Surgical Emergencies - Panelist

Dr. Dreifus did his residency at MMC 1990-95. In 1966 he did a Fellowship in Laparoscopic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. He began working at MMC as general surgeon in 1997 and has been there since. He is currently the Division Director for General Surgery and is very involved with the MMC Emergency General Surgery Service.

Dr. Dreifus has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Amy Tan, MD, FACS

Surgical Emergencies - Panelist

Dr. Tan has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification

Tom Marshall, MD, FACS

Presenter

Tom Marshall MD FACS graduated from Williams College in 1987. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at Maine Medical Center in 1997. Since then, he has worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. He is now semi-retired and performs elective endoscopic procedures on a part-time basis while pursuing interests outside of the medical field.

Dr. Marshall has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Resident Research: Rib Fractures

Laura Nicolais, MD

Presenter

Laura Nicolais is a PRG3 at Maine Medical Center. She graduated from the Suny Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

Dr. Nicolais has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Medical Student Research: Pancreatic Cancer

Abdimajid Mohamed (Majid)

Presenter

Abdimajid Mohamed is a Maine Track 4th year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. He was awarded the inaugural Hillman Fellowship grant and has spent this past year as the Clinical Research Fellow working in surgical oncology with Dr. Fitzgerald. He plans to apply into general surgery with aspirations of becoming an academic surgeon.

Dr. Mohamed has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Global Health Outreach

Kartikey A. Pandya, MD, FACS

Moderator / Presenter

I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). As a Pediatric Surgeon I partner with patients and their families to find the best treatment for children.  Having a child that needs surgery can be very stressful for caregivers and I strive to provide the best possible outcome for their child while offering caregiver support and education.  I have a strong interest in improving patient outcomes while reducing variations in care and have partnered with in-hospital and primary care physicians to accomplish this.

As parents of two young children, my wife and I love the summers in Maine, especially the excellent restaurants and being on the water.

Dr. Pandya has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Elizabeth McLellan, RN, MSN, MPH 

Presenter

Elizabeth McLellan is President and Founder of Partners for World Health, an organization that is dedicated to improving health care around the world by improving the medical supply chain. Believing that one person’s efforts can make a big difference, Partners for World Health has built an organization out of dedicated volunteers involving system development for recycling discarded medical supplies, creation of collaborative partnerships in the health care industry based in the USA and abroad, cost savings for all health care related facilities by lowering disposal fees and a substantial impact on our environment by limiting unnecessary waste. Partners for World Health has created evidence based practice with an end focus on improving health care of those less fortunate here in the USA and abroad.

Ms. McLellan has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS

Presenter

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of Operation Giving Back through the American College of Surgeons, Division Chair of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Vascular Surgery Department, and Vice Chair of Global Surgery at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, but has particular interest in minimally invasive vascular interventions including stent grafts for aortic aneurysm treatment as well as percutaneous treatments of carotid arteries and vascular diseases of lower extremity.

Dr. Tefera has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Hernia Repair Update

Heidi Miller, MD, FACS

Presenter

My surgical passion lies in providing hernia patients with improved quality of life and core function. I have a wide range of skills that allows me chose the appropriate approach for each patient, and includes robotics, laparoscopy and open repairs. I am also trained in advanced laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic approaches to complex issues of the Upper GI tract and can offer Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for achalasia. I grew up in Wyoming and am excited to be in Maine and on the water. Now living in South Portland, I enjoy getting outside to explore with my dog, kayaking, paddleboarding, skiing, cycling and anything that gets me dirty and tired at the end of the day. 

Dr. Miller has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Resident Research: Lower Extremity Revascularization 

Kunal Mehta, MD

Presenter

Kunal Mehta is a fourth year resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dr. Mehta has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Diversity: 

Nasim Hedayati, MD, FACS, MAS, RPVI

Presenter

Dr. Hedayati is Professor of Surgery at University of California, Davis Medical Center. She is also the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is actively involved with resident education and training.  She is actively involved in the American Venous Forum, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons and serves on multiple committees.  She has been on the Women in Surgery Committee  (WiSC) of the American College of Surgeons for the past three years and chairs its program subcommittee. She also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the Society for Vascular Surgery. She mentors young faculty through the WiSC.

Dr. Heydayati has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Resident Research TBA

Scha'chia Murphy, MD, MPH

Presenter

Scha'chia Murphy is a PGY 4 at Maine Medical Center. She received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Dr. Murphy has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Resident Research:  Pain On-Piste: Evaluation of Skiing and Snowboarding Trauma

Adria Johnson, MD

Presenter

Adria Johnson, MD PGY4 Maine Medical Center General Surgery. From Fargo, North Dakota. Graduated from the University of North Dakota with BS in Biology and BA in French, and then stayed at UND for medical school. My undergraduate research experience focused on embryonic heart development.

Dr. Johnson has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.