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OR Excellence Session Previews - June 2015

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J U N E 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 2 3 S harona Ross, MD, FACS, director of surgical endoscopy and director of the advanced GI and HPB fellowship program at Florida Hospital Tampa, is one of the nation's foremost gen- eral surgeons. She's also perhaps one of the most compassionate. During her talk "From Surgeon to Patient: My Time on the Table," Dr. Ross will dis- cuss the career-altering insights she realized by experiencing surgery from the other side of the scalpel. • After the phone call. It took me a while to grasp what the abnormal biopsy results meant, that I was facing surgery. I called my doctor back and said, "Let's do this." He scheduled me as soon as practical. Ironically, the next week I was scheduled to go on our first family vacation in years. What would my children say? The trip was cancelled and, with my clinic and surgery schedule already clear, I was instantly transformed from a surgeon into a patient. I tried to hold back the tears, but couldn't. That first night was very difficult for me. As a surgeon, I knew too much about my condition. I knew the entire The Surgeon Who Became a Patient You'll be more compassionate if your perspective on surgery changes. Speaker Profile • Born and raised in Israel, where she joined the army right after high school. • Learned English as she pursued her undergraduate degree at American University in Washington, D.C. • One of the earliest adopters of single-site abdominal surgery and robotic complex abdominal opera- tions, she continues to advance minimally invasive techniques. Sharona Ross, MD, FACS

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