Valerie Rusch, MD, FACS


American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

KEYNOTE - Lunch With ACS    |   12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, an esteemed thoracic surgeon, who practices in New York, NY. Dr. Rusch is vice-chair, clinical research, department of surgery; Miner Family Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers; attending surgeon, thoracic service, department of surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and professor of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College. 

Dr. Rusch disclosed that she is an institutional sponsor clinical trial at Genelux, Inc. and Genentech where she is a surgical principal investigator. She also disclosed that she has received travel reimbursement from Intuitive Surgical where she participates in a robotic mentorship program. She will not be discussing or marketing any products or services during her presentation.

Tom Brady, MD, FACS

Maine Health

Complex Hernia Management   |    9:25 AM - 9:55 AM

Tom Brady, MD, FACS practices medicine at Maine Medical Partners Surgical Care Casco Bay. His clinical interests include advanced laparoscopic surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, general surgery, hernia surgery and robotic surgery.

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

Timothy Fitzgerald, MD, FACS

Maine Health

Commission on Cancer Update    |  11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

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.

Anne Larkin, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

ABS Continuous Certification Update   |    8:35 AM - 9:20 AM

Anne Campbell Larkin, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


She graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed her residency training in General Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  Dr. Larkin served as a general medical officer in the United States Navy in Italy.  She subsequently served as the ship’s surgeon aboard the USS George Washington and at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia before joining the faculty at UMass Memorial in 2001.


Dr. Larkin is clinically active as a breast and endocrine surgeon, and has ongoing research interests in breast surgery and surgical education.  She is a member of many prestigious organizations including the American College of Surgeons, New England Surgical Society, American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Association of Surgical Education.  She is a past-president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and recently became a Councilor for the American Board of Surgery.  She is currently proud to be the President-elect of the New England Surgical Society in addition to her other leadership roles.

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

Greg Marley, LCSW

NAMI, Maine

Five Things a Surgeon Needs to Know About Mental Wellness  10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

Greg Marley, LCSW Greg Marley is the Clinical Director of NAMI Maine.   He has practiced in the field of community mental health and prevention in Maine for over 30 years.  Since 2007, Greg’s professional practice has focused on suicide prevention and management.  He has developed and presented training and education supporting suicide prevention, management of suicidal behavior, and support after a suicide under the umbrella of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program.  He comes to this work from a background in crisis and emergency services, clinical treatment and program management.

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

Maria Michailidou, MD

Northern Light Health

Emergencies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Do's and Don'ts

 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Maria Michailidou, MD practices medicine at Northern Light Health. She specializes in colorectal surgery, general surgery and minimally invasive robotic surgery.

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

Resident Research 

Aaron Barnes, MD


Long-Term Outcomes of Visceral Stenting and Analysis of In-Stent Restenosis Duplex Velocity Criteria

J. Aaron Barnes, MD MS is a current PGY-4 integrated vascular surgery resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His research interests include regional and racial disparities in vascular surgery care and outcomes."

Joseph Mack, MD

Maine Health

The Cost of Frailty in Complex GI Surgery: It’s About the Complication

Joseph Mack was born and raised in Portland, ME and is currently a chief surgical resident at Maine Medical Center. He completed his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track. He is currently pursuing a colorectal fellowship with the goal to come back and practice in Maine. He is so busy that he delegated the writing of this bio to his wife. Please call him out for this when you see him, and if you’re a deciding factor in hiring new employees, please remember him as he will be reaching out for jobs in the near future. In the little spare time he has, he enjoys fishing, watching sports, and pretending to be a giant monster chasing his toddler son.

Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa, MBBS, MS

Maine Health

Impact of weather, prehospital conditions and prehospital time on trauma patient mortality in Maine

Obieze Nwanna - Nzewunwa, MBBS, MS(Global health) is a 3rd year general surgery resident at Maine Medical Center with a background in global health with expertise in global surgery, health economics, and health systems strengthening research. His future interests are in trauma, critical care and surgical innovation.

Dr. Nwanna - Nzewunwa, MBBS, MS has no significant or relevant relationships to disclose.

Alison Pletch, MD

Maine Health

The Role of IGFBP2 in Bone Loss after vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Alison Pletch is a fourth year general surgery resident at Maine Medical Center. Originally from upstate New York, she completed an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from McGill University before joining the Peace Corps and working in Mozambique from 2007-2009. After this experience, refocused her studies on pre-medical sciences at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and began medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2012. She has been training at Maine Medical Center since 2016 and has a special interest in minimally invasive foregut surgery and bariatric surgery.

Nik Zacharias, MD


Long-Term Outcomes of Visceral Stenting and Analysis of In-Stent Restenosis Duplex Velocity Criteria

Nik Zacharias, MD   (Bio coming)