SUMS and SUSS Present: The Great Debate

SUMS and SUSS Present: The Great Debate

SUMS and SUSS are proud to be hosting the ultimate medical turf war, pitching six of Sydney’s brightest minds against one another with the hopes of answering medicine’s eternal question: which specialty is better, surgery or medicine?

The topic up for debate is “to cut is to cure”, with the surgeons arguing the affirmative and physicians arguing the negative. The winning team will be decided by audience vote, so we’re anticipating (and encouraging) plenty of light-hearted banter between the two teams.

– Professor Mohamed Khadra, Staff Specialist (Urology) at Westmead and Nepean Hospitals, Clinical Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics and Head of Urological Surgery at Nepean Hospital, and Best-selling author and playwright
– Dr Angelina Di Re, Surgical Research Fellow (Colorectal) at Westmead Hospital
– Dr Richard Hanney, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Western Clinical School and Staff Specialist (General Surgery) at Westmead and Mount Druitt Hospitals

– Associate Professor Hasantha Gunasekera, Academic Leader and Paediatrician at Westmead Children’s Hospital
– Professor Stephen Twigg, Head of Dept of Endocrinology and Medical Head of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Laboratories at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Kellion Professor of Endocrinology and Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes at University of Sydney
– Professor Stephen Clarke, Medical Oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney

Entry is a gold coin donation, being collected at the door to be donated to the Refugee Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on behalf of the winning team

Date: 3 Jul 2019
Location: KPEC Auditorium, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

SUSS May Journal Club – ENT

SUSS May Journal Club – ENT

SUSS invites you to our May Journal club, where this month we’re focusing on ENT surgery. We are also pleased to introduce a new surgical anatomy teaching segment to help Stage 3 students prepare for their surgery barrier exams. Vijidha Shree will be conducting an interactive ENT anatomy tutorial and take us through surgical management of thyroid disease. Hafila Makhani will also be discussing a review of hypoglossal nerve stimulation in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 15 May at 6pm. Presenters and Papers:

Hafila Makhani
Wray, C. M., & Thaler, E. R. (2016). Hypoglossal nerve stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea: A review of the literature. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2(4), 230–233. doi:10.1016/j.wjorl.2016.11.005

Data: Wednesday 15 May
Time: 6PM
Location: RPA IAS

Endocrine Surgical Grand Rounds

Associate Professor Mark Sywak is an Endocrine Surgeon who has strong interests in thyroid cancer and minimally invasive surgeries of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenals.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has also completed fellowships in Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Calgary and at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Canada.

He plays an active role in research, having completed a Masters of Medicine Clinical Epidemiology, as well as authoring numerous scientific papers.

A/Prof Sywak continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of medical students, trainee surgeons and colleagues. He is the Head of the Department of Endocrine and Oncology Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney as well as Supervisor of Surgical Training for the Northern Sydney rotation of the College of Surgeons.

A/Prof Sywak holds multiple hospital appointments – he operates at Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital, Mater Hospital Sydney and North Shore Private Hospital.

Data:  13 May 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Carslaw LT173

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS invites you to our April Journal club, where this month we’re focusing on frontiers in paediatric neurosurgery.

Preet Makker will present a case report discussing the multidisciplinary approach to separating craniopagus conjoined twins (joined at the cranium). The complex surgical approach required 3D modelling and the input of neuroradiologists, intensivists, paediatricians and neurosurgeons to achieve success.

Neil Mgaeith will then compare outcomes between the use of robotic and manual paediatric neurosurgery to provide accurate, safe and minimally invasive solutions to surgical problems in what can often be difficult variant anatomy with no margin for error.

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 24th April at 6pm.

Presenters and Papers:

Preet Makker
Heuer, G. G., Madsen, P. J., Flanders, T. M., Kennedy, B. C., Storm, P. B., & Taylor, J. A. (2019). Separation of Craniopagus Twins by a Multidisciplinary Team. The New England Journal of Medicine, 380(4), 358-364. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1805132

Neil Mgaieth
Benedictis, A. D., Trezza, A., Carai, A., Genovese, E., Procaccini, E., Messina, R., Marras, C. E. (2017). Robot-assisted procedures in pediatric neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus, 42(5), E7. doi:10.3171/2017.2.focus16579

SUSS and Level Medicine Present: Women in Surgery

SUSS and Level Medicine Present: Women in Surgery

SUSS and Level Medicine are very excited to present ‘Women in Surgery’.

Six surgeons have generously donated their time for the evening to discuss issues that face all genders in relation to work-life balance and careers in surgery.

  • Dr Julie Howle: Surgical oncologist at Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Railya Mousina: Breast surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Sydney Ch’ng: Plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Jonathan Hong: Colorectal surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Eleni Baird-Gunning: SET 4 general surgery trainee at Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Clara Morris: SET 4 ear, nose and throat surgery trainee at Westmead Hospital

All are welcome to come to hear our diverse panel share their thoughts on work-life balance, surgical training, future directions for the surgical profession, and of course their passion for surgery!

Location: KPEC Auditorium
Date: 17 April 2019
Time: 5 –  9 pm


SUSS March Journal Club: Neurosurgery

SUSS March Journal Club: Neurosurgery

SUSS invites you to the first Journal Club of 2019, where this month we’re focusing on neurosurgery!

Kimberley Dean will give us an overview of a common complication of neurosurgery – Central Diabetes Insipidus, including the role of neuroimaging, and the implications of neurosurgery on the prevalence of CDI.

Chantal Arce will be discussing the use of spinal cord stimulation in treating constant pain in patients who have exhausted other therapeutic modalities. Although the procedure is commonly performed there is some debate as to how the stimulators are placed. This study focused on patient alertness during the procedure to compare if patients that were awake had better outcomes than those that were under general anaesthesia. To be awake, or to not be awake? That is the question!

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 13th March at 6pm.

Presenters and Papers:

Kimberley Dean
Adams, N. C., Farrell, T. P., O’Shea, A., O’Hare, A., Thornton, J., Power, S., . . . Looby, S. (2018). Neuroimaging of central diabetes insipidus—when, how and findings. Neuroradiology, 60(10), 995-1012. doi:10.1007/s00234-018-2072-7
Chantal Arce
Falowski, M., Sharan, M., McInerney, M., Jacobs, M., Venkatesan, M., & Agnesi, M. (2019). Nonawake vs Awake Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulators: A Prospective, Multicenter Study Comparing Safety and Efficacy. Neurosurgery, 84(1), 198–205.
Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 6pm- 7pm
Venue: RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Cnr Brown & Missenden Rd Camperdown 2050

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