The Southwestern Surgical Congress is an organization that promotes the advancement of General Surgery by representing the interests of academic, community and rural surgeons, surgical residents and medical students through education, advocacy, research and innovation. The goal of the Congress is to promote excellence in patient care and professional development.


The Southwestern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting features a flexible schedule to allow you to maximize your educational opportunities, while leaving plenty of time to network with colleagues. The meeting will feature over 33 oral scientific abstract presentations, 75 quick shot presentations, 65 electronic posters, videos, invited guest lectures, an exhibitor showcase, a special presentation from the American College of Surgeons, and more!


Presidential Address

Introduction to The Presidential Address: Gene Moore, MD

Presidential Address: “Surgical Education: Lessons from Parenthood Clay Cothren Burlew, MD

Guest Speakers

Edgar J. Poth Memorial Lecture Christine Cocanour, MD

Thomas G. Orr Memorial Lecture S. Rob Todd, MD

Claude H. Organ, Jr. Memorial Lecture John Moore, MD

Call for Abstracts

The 2018 Call for Abstracts will open in August.

Meeting Registration

Meeting registration will be open in January.

Multicenter Trials Group

Two studies are currently open and enrolling patients:

  1. Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy in uncomplicated appendicitis. (PI: Richard Frazee)
  2. The impact of irreversible antithrombotic agents in appendectomy patients. (PI: Mike Truitt)

Interested SWSC members can log in to the Members Only section for more information or contact Clay Burlew, MCT Group Chair at

Passing of the Gavel
Passing of the Gavel
Clay Burlew (left) 2016-2017 President and
Daniel Margulies 2017-2018 President