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Nutrition and the Perioperative Patient

Dr. Daly

Guests: John M. Daly, MD, FACS, the Harry C. Donahoo Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and Arlet G. Kurkchubasche, MD, FACS, a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, and a pediatric surgeon at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI.

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Nutrition is important for surgical patients.  Its role as part of the surgical process is not a new concept, however, there’s an ongoing discussion of the role of the surgeon in the nutritional health of the patient and how to best educate patients about nutrition. Proper nutrition before and after an operation is one of the most common topics of concern for patients.

Dr. KurkchubascheOn this episode of The Recovery Room, host Dr. Rick Greene interviews two experts in the field, John M. Daly, MD, FACS, and Arlet G. Kurkchubasche, MD, FACS.

“Overall nutrition—the calories [patients are] taking in, the amount of protein, the additional supplements or vitamins—it is important to have a discussion with them about these particular factors in their care,” said Dr. Daly.

While nutrition is important for the surgical patient, the method of how that nutrition is delivered plays a critical role. “Optimally we want to mimic the most natural way of introducing foods into the system,” said Dr. Kurkchubasche.

The American College of Surgeons Patient Education Committee has been a leader in providing information and skills training for postoperative patients and their caregivers.

Learn more by listening to this episode of The Recovery Room.


Dr. Daly is the Harry C. Donahoo Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He is Co-Chair of the American College of Surgeons Patient Education Committee.

Dr. Kurkchubasche is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, and a pediatric surgeon at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI. Her areas of interest are pediatric surgery, nutrition, and short bowel syndrome.