Summary & Highlights: 2013 Annual Meeting

Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
San Francisco
May 17, 2013

Dear Members,

For those of you who attended our May 17th UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Day, thank you for your participation. For those who couldn’t make it, I am providing a summary and highlights of what was truly a wonderful day of education, dialogue, expert panel discussions and, notably, a reunion of many old and dear UCSF surgical friends.

Business Meeting

We held our annual business meeting during the luncheon break in the large and beautiful  library room. Initially standing room only, we had additional tables and chairs brought in  to accommodate the overflow group. At a later date, you will receive a full set of minutes from our Executive Assistant, Annette Bronstein. For now, here are the highlights.


  • Unanimous approval of our name change to: UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. We feel this preserves our history with Dr. Howard Naffziger, while at the same time underscoring our proud UCSF surgery legacy that continues today with the induction of seven new UCSF Chief Resident as members.
  • Approval of the slate of new officers and Council members.
  • Dr. Carlos Corvera was installed as our new President
  • Dr. Nancy Ascher, Professor & Chair, UCSF Department of Surgery, gave an exciting update on the department and introduced the seven graduating Chief Residents.
  • Richard Barg, J.D. provided an update on our vibrant and continually evolving UCSF Naffziger website, which he initially developed during Dr. James Macho’s presidency. Take a look. We are now all connected!
  • Dr. James Macho recited the names of UCSF Naffziger members who had died during the past year: Charles T. “Chuck” Rosson III, Maurice Galante and Bill Heer.  In their honor, members present observed a moment of silence.
  • It was announced also that the family of Dr. Heer had requested that all donations in his memory be made to the UCSF Naffziger Society to support resident education. The Council is now working to establish an F. William Heer-UCSF Naffziger Traveling Fellowship that will help to support the efforts of surgery residents in their research years.
  • Finally, we recognized Annette Bronstein, our retiring Executive Assistant, who has served us for so long and so well. However, as she said, “It’s time to say, ‘sayonara’…”. Annette has graciously agreed to stay involved as we search for her replacement.

Naffziger Program
Friday, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Surgical Education & Training in the 21st Century

Welcome: A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS

Panel  1

Life after UCSF Residency
Summaries by surgeons out of training at 1, 5, 10, 15 & 45 years respectively.

Justin Parekh, MD (2012)
Jonathan Carter, MD (2008)
Crystine Lee, MD (2003)
Adella Garland, MD (1998)
John N. Baldwin, MD (1968)

Insightful, provocative, entertaining and, in several cases, very moving!


The Future of Surgical Education &Training –  A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, Moderator

Frank R. Lewis, Jr. MD , Director, American Board of Surgery
Karen E. Deveney MD, Program Director, Oregon Health Sciences University
William F. Blaisdell, MD, Former Chair of Surgery, University of California, Davis
Nancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD,  Chair of Surgery, UCSF
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD,  Chair of Surgery, University of Washington

Provided the best information and discussion on this critical subject that many of us have ever heard.

Naffziger Rounds

A series of challenging cases presented by Dr. Carlos Corvera with audience participation by electronic voting on management questions. All audience opinions collated and immediately displayed. We saw first hand the “collective intelligence” of our members.

Annual Naffziger Lecture

image“The Surgeon as a Leader: Improving Quality, Decreasing Costs”
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Washington

Dr. Pellegrini gave a moving and inspiring lecture on our responsibility as surgeons to speak out for our profession and our patients in this era of health care reform. Dr. Pellegrini provided outstanding advice on how as surgeons we can and must lead the way for high quality cost efficient surgical care.

Annual Naffziger Dinner for UCSF Surgery Residents
Friday Eve., 6:30-10:00

One Market Restaurant  – Great food and ambiance at a new venue
1 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Comments by Dr. Nancy Ascher. Professor & Chair, UCSF Department Surgery

Comments by A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (Hon) – “Carrying On The Tradition” 

Introduction of New President

corvera2012 (1)Carlos U. Corvera, M.D.

Introduction of UCSF Chief Residents

ahern_aaron MD PhD 2Aaron Ahearn, MD, PhD
Fellowship: Transplant Surgery at UCSF, San Francisco, CA




alemi_farzad MD MS 2Farzad Alemi, MD
Fellowship: Hepatobiliary Surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA




Jelin, EricEric Jelin, MD
Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC




lee_j_susan (2)Susan Lee Char, MD
Fellowship: Breast Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)




LebaresCarterCarter Lebares, MD
Fellowship: GI Acute Care Surgery at UCSF, San Francisco, CA





Matula, Sierra

Sierra Matula, MD
Fellowship: Endocrine Surgery at UCSF, San Francisco, CA





mukhtar_A_rita MD 2Rita Mukhtar, MD
Fellowship: Breast Surgery at UCSF, San Francisco, CA



And Then Followed…………….

The Chief Residents provided personal comments about their plans, aspirations and something interesting about themselves. It was altogether delightful and inspiring. Then an “open mike” where many chose to rise and make comments.

Final Words

My over-arching message of the day was for our new members to carry on what may be the most esteemed surgical society in this country and beyond. We must never forget the privilege we have of being fully qualified surgeons trained at UCSF, and pass on this proud legacy to new generations.

Hope to see you ALL at next year’s Naffziger Day (Reunion). If you’re planning to attend, please contact some of the surgeons from your era and invite them to join you. You can find names and contact information on our website.


A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, FRCS Ed (Hon), FRACS (Hon)
Immediate Past President, UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society


NB – UCSF clinical sessions, to which all Naffziger members were invited free of charge, preceded and followed the Naffziger Program.

They were excellent.

7:00 – 10:00 am:
• Colorectal Surgery (UCSF Faculty)
• Acute Care Surgery (UCSF Faculty)

3:30 – 5:00 pm
• Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery (UCSF Faculty)

Provided the best information and discussion on this critical subject that many of us have ever heard.