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November 11-12
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA


We are slated to hold our meeting at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA on November 11-12, 2022.  North Pacific Surgical Association is the oldest Surgical Association west of the Mississippi, founded in 1912. We have a membership of over 150 surgeons and more recently candidate resident members. Our caucuses are in Portland, Vancouver, BC, Victoria/Alberta BC, Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane/Idaho. General Surgeons are our primary audience, but we also have a strong showing from trauma, oncology, pediatrics and endocrine surgeons. Thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you in the Fall!


The call for abstracts is complete. Here is a list of the selected abstracts:  NPSA_2022_Abstract_Selections_Titles.pdf




The American College of Surgeons has approved 14 hours of AMA Category 1 CreditsTM

Program Objectives:  This program is designed for surgeons, other physicians, nurses, and other surgical support positions. At the completion of this education activity, participants will be able to better recognize gaps in their practice and training. They will be exposed to alternate subspecialties so that they might be able to cross-pollenate their practices. They will improve their knowledge in acute surgical care, oncology, breast surgery, endocrine surgery, trauma surgery, general surgery, surgical education, and healthcare delivery systems. Our invited professor, NPSA president, and historian will offer a wider perspective on surgical issues. In addition, through interactive panel discussions, participants will identify and illustrate innovative solutions related to providing surgical care in rural communities and improving care in some of the most challenging surgical emergencies.

Specifically by academic session:

Rural Surgery Panel - Participants will be able to better understand 1) gaps in rural surgery, 2) how to incorporate rural surgery into residency training, and 3) solutions to specific challenges faced by the rural surgeon

How I Do it Panel – participants will learn from master surgeons on how to handle challenging surgical emergencies. Participates will be better able to understand 1) management of diverticular emergencies, 2) skin sparing debridement in necrotizing soft tissue infections, 3) construction of difficult stomas, and 4) techniques in the management of foregut emergencies.

Scientific Sessions – Four abstract presentation sessions featuring a total of 28 abstracts covering 1) application of modern technologies in surgery, 2) improving surgical care to disadvantaged communities, 3) updates in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, and 4) new approaches in breast surgery.

Participants will be able to discuss:

Session 1: The impact of COVID on surgical case volumes, factors associated with recurrent appendicitis, novel approaches to hemorrhage control, the use of thermal imaging in the diagnosis of surgical site infection, patient-reported experiences with telemedicine perioperative evaluations, novel use of 3D printed surgical instruments in austere environments, enhanced recovery techniques in colorectal surgery

Session 2: Geographical, socioeconomic, and linguistic effects on pediatric surgical outcomes, psychologic impact of COVID on surgical residents, novel examination techniques for medical students, patient-centric resident conferences, and factors affecting decanulation rates among patients with severe COVID-19 respiratory failure.

Session 3: The influence of papillary features on risk of malignancy in thyroid nodules, role of splenectomy in myelodysplastic syndrome, techniques for preoperative gland localization in primary hyperparathyroidism, effect of metastectomy on survival in metastatic melanoma, treatment patterns in pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma, implications of false negative sentinel node biopsy in melanoma.

Session 4: Factor affecting survival in early stage breast cancer, role of intraoperative specimen radiology in accessing margins in breast conserving surgery, relationship between circulating breast cancer stem cell counts and ex vivo tumor growth, factors affecting re-excision rates after breast conserving surgery, accelerated partial breast radiation in ductal carcinoma in-situ, and the effect of delivery timing of adjuvant endocrine therapy on recurrence free survival in breast cancer.


The program committee for 2022 is:

Dr. Jason Bingham, MD - Program Chair
Dr. Vance Sohn, MD - NPSA President
Dr. Laszlo Kirlay, MD - Recorder


In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any ineligible company held in the last 24 months. Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Please see the handout for the complete disclosure list.


The North Pacific Surgical Association wishes to recognize and thank the following companies for their commercial promotion towards this educational activity: 

Boston Scientific
Heron Therapeutics
Merck & Co. Inc.
Exact Sciences / OncotypeDX
Pacira Biosciences
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company LTD
Microline Surgical
Gore & Associates


UPDATE: Due to a fire in the hotel tower, people with hotel rooms are being moved to the Marriott Downtown in Tacoma. It's a couple blocks away. The conference center is NOT impacted and our event is going on as usual AT THE HOTEL MURANO.

Anyone on the NPSA room block should have received a notice from the hotel that their room is moved over to the Mariott.  If your room was not associated with our block, the Murano has asked that you book your room directly with the Mariott. Call 253- 294-9200.

Below, images of Hotel Murano. Lobby, cocktail hour, entry area.


All registered attendees will receive links to the Whova App. Attendees will download the app to their phone or tablet or access through Whova's website.  Attendees can:

  • View the agenda
  • Access the Live Zoom links
  • Download documents (like abstracts)
  • View pre-recorded abstracts and e-posters
  • View and chat with speakers
  • View and chat with exhibitors
  • Chat with each other

Procedure: Register, download Whova, log in with your email once you have registered, set a password. Find the NPSA meeting, click that, then you're in. You can update your attendee profile and start using Whova!

Tips: Start using Whova right away to chat with attendees before the meeting.  If you are at the event in person, use Whova to post questions, chat with attendees, post pictures, etc. If you are a virtual attendee, consider running Whova from your laptop or tablet to watch virtual sessions and use your phone to chat with attendees, etc. 

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