Weekly Work In Progress Session
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by: Nathaniel Breg, BD-STEP postdoctoral fellow at the VA Palo Alto
Talk Title: “The Effects of Changing Capitated Payments on Health Care Staffing, Contracting, Utilization, and Quality: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in the Veterans Health Administration.”

Bio: Nathaniel Breg is a BD-STEP postdoctoral fellow at the VA Palo Alto, with a joint appointment with the Department of Health Policy at Stanford. His research focuses on health care provider decision-making. He completed his Ph.D. is in public policy and management with a concentration in applied economics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2022. He previously worked on projects for CMS as an analyst at RTI International.

PD Bootcamp | Planning and Conducting a Successful Interview
Sep 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Presented by: Marc Melcher, MD, Professor of Surgery, Abdominal Transplantation, Stanford University

Bio: I am committed to figuring out how more people can benefit from liver and kidney transplants. Patients are dying while waiting for these organs. Therefore, my clinical and research efforts are focused on increasing the number of patients whose lives can be saved with transplantation.

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline
Sep 22 all-day

SAGES 2024 Annual Meeting

April 17 – April 20, 2024
Cleveland, OH, USA

Submit Your Abstract Now

Submission Deadline:
Friday, September 22, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT

Abstract Submission Supporting Document:

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Abstract Guidelines»

Weekly Work In Progress Session
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by: Kenneth Nieser, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Stanford University.
Talk Title: “TBD”

Bio: Ken Nieser is a postdoctoral research fellow through the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA and in the Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine. Ken received a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Epidemiology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his PhD, Ken developed and applied statistical methods for improving algorithmic fairness of data analyses used to inform screening and treatment of mental illnesses. These projects included development of an approach for detecting sample subsets with differential psychological symptom patterns and a sample representation reweighting method for improving the precision of subgroup-specific treatment effect estimation.

PD Bootcamp | Debrief, and Goal Progress
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Presented by: Dr. Morris & Dr. David Spain

Bio: Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH is Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair for Research in the Stanford Department of Surgery. She is Director of the S-SPIRE Center, a health services research collaborative to study patient-centered care, clinical optimization, and health care economics. In her own work, Dr. Morris uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to focus on quality of and equity in cancer care. She serves as vice-chair of the Commission on Cancer’s National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer Quality Committee, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ representative to the American Joint Commission on Cancer, and Chair of the ACS Cancer Surgery Standards Program Implementation and Integration Committee.

Bio: Dr. David A. Spain is the David L. Gregg, MD Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery. His clinical areas of specialty are emergency and elective general surgery, trauma and critical care. His research focus is assessment of clinical care, systems of care and assessment of stress response and PTSD after trauma. He is the current President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He is a Councilor of the American Board of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Critical Care board. He is the editor of the textbook Scientific American’s Critical Care of the Surgical Patient. Dr. Spain is also the General Surgery Residency Program Director at Stanford.

American Association of Plastic Surgeons Meeting (AAPS) Abstract Deadline
Oct 8 all-day

2024 AAPS Abstract Submission is Now Open!

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons is now accepting abstracts for their 102nd Annual Meeting.

Please submit your abstracts today for consideration in the 102nd Annual Meeting.
Submit your Abstract
 Download Author Instructions
Deadline: Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm EDT

Abstract Submission Categories
Breast Reconstruction
Aesthetic Breast/Body Contouring
Aesthetic Face
Basic Science
General Reconstruction
Gender Affirmation
Education/Practice Management/Other

Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline
Oct 8 all-day

The Plastic Surgery Research Council is now accepting abstracts for their 69th Annual Meeting. Please submit your abstracts today for consideration in the 2024 Annual Scientific Program.
Submit your Abstract
Deadline: Sunday, October 8th at 11:59 PM EST
 View Submission Guidelines

Abstract submission categories include:

  • Aesthetic
  • Breast
  • Cancer
  • Craniofacial
  • Gender Affirmation Medicine/Surgery
  • Hand
  • Innovation/Commercialization/Technology
  • Microsurgery/Flap Physiology/Ischemia Reperfusion
  • Nerve
  • Other
  • Patient Safety/Health Care Cost/Access to Care
  • Plastic Surgery Education/Training/Leadership/Practice
  • Skin/Burn/Wound Healing
  • Transplant
  • Vascular/Lymphatic Biology and Diseases
Weekly Work In Progress
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by: Alexa Pohl, Professional Development Resident, General Surgery, Stanford University.
Talk Title: “Colonoscopy-based cancer screening: transportation security and social support as social determinants of health”

Bio: Social context creates disparities in cancer care across broad domains: in screening, time to start of treatment, timely receipt of appropriate neoadjuvant, surgical, and adjuvant therapies, and in receipt of surveillance for survivors. Pragmatic, patient-centered research on the root causes of disparities – and rigorous evaluation of policies and programs to address these causes – is needed to reduce preventable cancer mortality. My longstanding interest in health-related disparities and patient-centered research arose while completing my PhD on sex-differential autism risk at the University of Cambridge. I grew uncomfortable with the fact that my research relied on the time and commitment of participants but would never improve their lives directly. As a result, I developed a community-based participatory research study on the experiences of autistic mothers, which received pilot funding from the UK’s National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care East of England. For me, the natural next step was medical school, where I was surprised to find an intellectual home in surgery. The introspective and self-critiquing nature of the specialty resonated with my desire to ask pragmatic, outcome-focused questions as a researcher and my clinical desire to make a tangible improvement in patients’ lives. Ultimately, I aim to be a practicing surgeon with a productive research program on patient-centered outcomes and the effective and equitable delivery of high-quality oncologic surgical care.

Please refer inquiries to Ana Mezynski at