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Concurrent and Overlapping Surgery: Know the Difference

Presented by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Edward Lee, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Discussion moderated by Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, Division of Member Services, American College of Surgeons

Concurrent and overlapping surgery have received considerable media attention over the past several years. It is important to understand the distinction between the two and understand why hospitals are increasingly taking steps to ensure that they have policies in place to protect surgeons and their patients. Watch this webinar recording to learn more about this timely topic. A Q & A session follows the conversation.

Learning Objectives

  • An overview of issues behind the practice of concurrent/overlapping surgery
  • The policies and guidelines for this practice method, including the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS’) position on concurrent and overlapping operations
  • The practicalities of concurrent/overlapping surgery
Dr. Hoyt

About David B. Hoyt

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, has led the ACS as the Executive Director since January 2010. He is a trusted authority on quality in health care and a leading advocate for patients, surgeons, and the surgical profession. Dr. Hoyt is the lead editor of a new ACS publication, Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety. Before joining the College, Dr. Hoyt was chairman of the department of surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and was appointed executive vice-dean for the UCI School of Medicine in 2008.


Dr. Lee

About Edward Lee

Edward Lee, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is the Morris Alpert Professor of Surgery, chief of the division of general surgery, and vice-chair for clinical affairs, department of surgery, Albany Medical College. He completed his general surgery training as well as a surgical oncology research fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Surgical Service, Boston, MA, followed by a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. He has more than 40 peer-review publications pertaining to colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Lee has personal experience and knowledge in overlapping surgery. For the last 13 years, he has run two scheduled operating rooms every Friday. Dr. Lee is also a member of the Albany Medical Center operating room committee that oversees operating room policies, including overlapping surgery.


Dr. Turner

About Patricia L. Turner

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, is the director of the ACS Division of Member Services and a clinical associate professor of surgery at The University of Chicago Medicine. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Turner spent eight years in full-time academic practice on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she was the surgery residency program director. She previously served as a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, and is currently chair of the ACS delegation to the AMA, immediate past-chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, and immediate past-president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Dr. Turner continued her training as an intern and resident in surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Her fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery was completed at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill-Cornell University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Turner is board-certified in surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


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