2022 Meeting Recap

Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2022 Scientific Meeting in Santa Barbara was a great success!  From presenters to vendors, to attendees the consensus is that a great time was had by all.  Did you miss out on the meeting?  Need a recap?  Find out who the winners were for some of the events that took place in Santa Barbara.

The meeting event app is still available to access for registered attendees. You have 30 days from the end of the meeting to complete CME info, take MOC quizzes, visit exhibitors and review the plenary recordings!

Jeopardy Winners

The most recent competition took place on Saturday afternoon, January 15th. Residents from Southern California residency programs competed for the coveted Dowden Trophy, as well as bragging rights in what was an educational and highly entertaining event.

Battle of the Blades Winner

This year’s Battle of the Blades competition took place Saturday afternoon, January 15th featuring teams from area teaching programs addressing opposite sides of controversial questions in general/minimally invasive surgery.


Ivy Huang, MD and Joseph Hadaya, MD

After a fierce battle, the winner was –

Ventura Community
Julie Kim, MD, senior resident and
Shawn Steen, MD, FACS, faculty coach and program director

Resident Research Winners

The winners of the resident research competition were:

1st Place: Predictors of Clinical Outcomes following Laparoscopic Colectomy for Traumatic Injury by Vincent Cheng, MD, LAC+USC
2nd Place: Defining a BMI Threshold for Preventing Recurrence in Ventral Hernia Repairs by Jessica Liu, MD, MPH, Harbor-UCLA
3rd Place: Early Cholecystectomy in Gallstone Pancreatitis Patients with and without End Organ Dysfunction: A NQSIP Analysis by Jessica Liu, MD, MPH, Harbor-UCLA

Commission on Cancer Award

  1. Safety and Feasibility of Same-Day Discharge for Highly Selective Colorectal Surgical Procedures with Remote Telehealth Post-Operative Monitoring – Marie Tran-McCaslin from Kaiser Permanente
  2. Prevalence of cervical, gastric, and liver cancers is affected by place of birth among All of Us research program Hispanic participants – Jingjing Yu from UC Irvine
  3. Impact of Robotic Approach on Post-Anastomotic Leaks After Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer – Jessica Wu from USC

Committee on Trauma Award

  • Vincent Cheng, MD, LAC+USC
  • Eric O Yeates, MD, University of California, Irvine
  • Mallory Jebbia, MD, Huntington Hospital

Travel Stipend Winners

The leadership of the ACS encourages participation in the Southern California Chapter meeting particularly of young surgeons. A stipend to help defray travel and registration costs to a future ACS meeting, either local or national, is offered to Young Surgeons every year. The successful applicants meeting all requirements receive a $1,200 stipend. The winners were announced at the Scientific Meeting Young Surgeons’ Breakfast.

The 2022 Young Surgeons Travel Stipend Winners were:

  • Hari Keshava, MD, University of California, Irvine
  • Anna Leung, MD, Kaiser Permanente
  • Amy Yetasook, MD, Harbor-UCLA