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.

 

About: Officers & Committees

Officers

President
Daniel Margulies
Los Angeles, CA
President-Elect
Courtney Scaife
Salt Lake City, UT
Vice President
S. Rob Todd
Houston, TX
Secretary-Treasurer
Shanu Kothari
La Crosse, WI
Recorder
Daniel Vargo
Salt Lake City, UT

 

State Councilors

Arizona
Barb Pockaj

Arkansas
Anne Mancino

California (Northern)
Christine Cocanour

California (Southern)
Nicolas Melo

Colorado
David Partrick

Hawaii
Mike Hayashi

Idaho
Marcus Torgeson
Kansas
Josh Mammen

Missouri
Bryan Troop

Montana
Glenn Winslow

Nebraska
Rudy Lackner

Nevada
Shawn Tsuda

New Mexico
M. Timothy Nelson

North Dakota
Randolph Szlabick
Oklahoma
Anthony Howard

South Dakota
Paul Bjordahl

Texas (Northern)
Justin Regner

Texas (Southern)
Brian Eastridge

Utah
Bartley Pickron

Wisconsin
Brandon Grover

Wyoming
Sara Smith

 

Committees

Budget and Finance Chair
Dmitry Oleynikov
Omaha, NE

Constitution & Bylaws Chair
Sharmila Dissanaike
Lubbock, TX

Development Chair
James Edney
Omaha, NE

Graduate Medical Education Chair
Walt Biffl
Denver, CO

Membership Chair
Bryan Morse
Atlanta, GA

Nominating Chair
Ronald Stewart
San Antonio, TX

Program Committee Chair
Fredric Pieracci
Dallas, TX

CME Chair
Lillian Liao
San Antonio, TX

Publications Chair
Daniel Vargo
Salt Lake City, UT

Associate Fellow Rep
Katie Wiggins-Dohlvik
Temple, TX

Historian
Ronald Stewart
San Antonio, TX

Multi Centers Trial Chair
Clay Burlew
Denver, CO

Advanced Practice Clinicians Co-Chairs
Tom White
Salt Lake City, UT
Annika Kay
Murray, UT

Advanced Practice Clinicians Rep
Lindsay O'Meara
Baltimore, MD

Lowry Fund Governing Committee
Kenric Murayama, MD
Honolulu, HI

 

Congress Representatives

As The Congress forges new partnerships with allied groups in pursuit of its objectives, it continues to represent the interests of members through established links to organizations that share common goals.

SWSC has representatives on both the Board of Governors and the Advisory Council for Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, as well as the American Board of Surgery. The strategic alliance with The Southeastern Surgical Congress and our duel representation in the American College of Surgeons governing bodies adds to our influence on behalf of members.

In their SWSC roles, our representatives argue for positions beneficial to general surgeons on matters such as national practice guidelines, managed care, physician reimbursement, Medicare payment reform, professional liability, credentialing and national practice guidelines for general surgery.

Below are the SWSC Fellows representing your interests. You are welcome to direct your issues or concerns directly to SWSC's respresentatives or contact SWSC Headquarters at 913.402.7102 or

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS - BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Michael Truitt, MD
Dallas, TX
Email: MichaelTruitt@mhd.com

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS - ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR SURGERY
Kenric Murayama
Honolulu, HI
Email: kenricm@hawaii.edu

AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY, ACS ADVISORY REP
Roxie Albrecht, MD
Oklahoma City, OK
Email: roxie-albrecht@ouhsc.edu

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY - EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Daniel Vargo, MD
Salt Lake City, UT
Email: Daniel.Vargo@hsc.utah.edu