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Member Update | Naffziger Surgical Society Day and Loupes Ceremony 2020 

September 19, 2020

Dear Naffziger Members,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and staying both physically healthy and mentally well.  2020 has been an unprecedented year in our lifetime and perhaps the most challenging in which we as a global community have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact certainly has touched every aspect of human life, including the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society.
As this year’s President, I have the privilege of inviting you to attend our annual Naffziger Surgical Society Day, which will take place in less than one week, on Wednesday September 23rd.  The UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society is pleased to be hosting the Loupes Ceremony as part of this event for the second year in a row.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will take place virtually over Zoom.  
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new members, and to acknowledge, with sadness, the passing of several of our dear and trusted colleagues.

Naffziger Society Day and Loupes Ceremony

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend our annual (and first ever virtual) Naffziger Surgical Society Day, this year via Zoom, to be held in conjunction with Department of Surgery Grand Rounds.  As we navigate these unprecedented times, I am particularly grateful that the overall world circumstances still allowed for our having this important event and hope you will be able to attend.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 – 9:30 AM. PDT

View the Full Program and Speakers (PDF)

Official Grand Rounds Announcement

Join the Zoom Meeting 

Grand Rounds Presentation

"Thoracic Malignancies and the Underserved: Where's the Equity in Care?"

Virginia R. Litle, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Center of Minimally Invasive Esophageal Therapies
Director, Barrett's Esophageal Program
Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research

Loupes Ceremony

Each year the rising PGY-2's receive their loupes at a special ceremony attended by the entire Department of Surgery. In the department tradition, which has been in place for 15 years, each resident is gifted loupes in honor of a prior UCSF graduate or current UCSF faculty member.  This is the second year which the Naffziger Society has sponsored this important annual event.

Meet Our New Members

We are pleased to welcome nineteen new members, comprised of the just graduated Chief Residents of the General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies, and nine UCSF faculty members.

General Surgery Chief Resident Graduates (2020)

(L-R) S. Ariane Christie, M.D., Surgical Critical Care/ Acute Care Fellow, University of Pittsburgh; Clara Gomez-Sanchez, M.D.
Vascular Surgery Fellow, UCSF; Courtney Green, M.D., Surgical Critical Care Fellow, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN).

(L-R) Hubert Luu, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow, UCSF; Anamaria Robles, M.D., Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis; Jeremy Sharib, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellow Duke University.

Plastic Surgery Chief Resident Graduates (2020)

(L-R) Rachel Lentz, M.D., Clinical Fellow, USC; Hunter Oliver-Allen, M.D., Clinical Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; Alvin Wong, M.D., Clinical Fellow, UC San Diego

New Naffziger Members (UCSF Faculty)

(L-R) James Betts, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery; Michael S. Conte, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery; Tobias Deuse, M.D., Professor & Interim Chief, Aduit CT

(L-R) Olajire Idowu, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery; James C. Iannuzzi, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery; Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

(L-R) Johannes R. Kratz, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery; Merisa L. Piper, M.D., Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (UCSF); Deborah M. Stein, M.D., MPH, Professor and Chief of Surgery, Zuckerberg San Francisco General

Elaine Tseng, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened to report the recent passing of several of our members.  

F. William Blaisdell, M.D. (1927-2020) served as President of the Society from 2010-11. Dr. Blaisdell was a true giant of American surgery, and one of the most influential figures in the history of the UCSF Department of Surgery. Learn more here.

Evan C. Werlin, M.D., (1985-2020) was a rising chief resident in General Surgery, and a beloved colleague and friend. Learn more here

John Najarian, MD (1927 – 2020) was a pioneer in thoracic transplant surgery. He did his general surgery residency at UCSF (Class of 1960), and later served as clinical professor of transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota. Learn more here.

Some Final Thoughts

The UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society exists to support the Department of Surgery Residency Training Program and connect the entire family of UCSF Surgical trainees, past, present and future.  Naffziger Day affords an unique opportunity to reconnect with current surgery faculty, old mentors and colleagues while making new friends as we all celebrate together our common connection to the storied legacy of UCSF surgery. Being involved with Naffziger while supporting its events and the UCSF Residency Program has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.   It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as President for the 2019-2020 term. I sincerely hope you can join us for this year's virtual Naffziger Surgical Society Day and Loupes Ceremony over Zoom.

With heartfelt appreciation,


Edward P. Chen, MD
UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
Professor of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

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