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Grand Rounds & Visiting Professors

Grand Rounds are held each Friday at 8:00 a.m. in the Academic Classroom Building, Room ACB–110.

The TTUHSC Department of Surgery hosts local faculty and outstanding regional or national speakers, who present on a range of general, cardiothoracic, vascular, pediatric, and plastic surgery topics in weekly grand rounds. Health professionals from other departments and from other institutions are welcome to attend.

Surgical Grand Rounds are open to all and are held unless otherwise noted on Friday mornings, 8:00 am–9:00 am, in the ACB room 110. CME credits are given for documented attendance.

The purpose of Grand Rounds and M&M Conference is to provide surgeons, residents and other attendees with up-to-date knowledge of surgical issues encountered in academic practice. It is expected that by promoting awareness of current advances in surgery, patient care will improve and mortality and morbidity will be reduced.


  1. Improve patient care by keeping abreast of current and new treatment modalities in diagnosing and management of common Surgery related diseases.
  2. Cite current research findings in Surgery and critically analyze research issues.
  3. Identify and discuss newer surgical techniques/therapeutic options in the treatment of selected diseases.
  4. List radiological and pathological features of selected entities encountered by Surgeons.

List of Visiting Professors

January 2013 — Rohan Jeyarajah, MD
Director of Surgical Oncology
Director of HPB Fellowship
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Topic – Diagnosis & Management of Liver Masses

November 2012 — Roxie Albrecht, MD
Professor & Vice Chairman, Medical Director, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
Department of Surgery
University of Oklahoma
Topic – Laparoscopy in Trauma

February 2012 — Robert S. Rhodes, MD
Associate Executive Director for Vascular Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Topic – Quality, Safety and Systems in Surgical Care

February 2012 — Demetrius Litwin, MD
Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor & Chairman
Department of Surgery
University of Massachusetts
Topic – Laparoscopic Surgery Past, Present and Future

May, 2011 — Kenneth Mattox, MD
Professor & Vice Chairman, General Surgery Division
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine at Houston
Topic – The Collaborative Interaction of EMS, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and TRAUMA

March 2011 — Richard Andrassy, MD
Denton Cooley Chair in Surgery, Professor & Chairman
Department of Surgery
University of Texas at Houston
Topic – Update on Pediatric Sarcomas


October 2010 — Richard Satava, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Washington
Senior Science Advisor
US Army Medical Research & Materiel Command
Topic – Impact of Advanced Technologies on the Future of Surgery


August 2010 — Karel Zuzak, PhD
Faculty Associate
Research and Bioengineering
University of Texas at Arlington
Topic – Translating DLP Hyperspecteral Imaging from the Research Bench to the Clinical and Surgical Bedside

March 2010 — Tom DeMeester, MD
Jeffrey P. Smith Chair in Surgery
Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Southern California
Topic – Surgery of the Esophagus


December 2009 — Mark Arredondo, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo
Topic – Updates on Treatment of Melanoma & Soft Tissue Sarcomas


November 2008 — Larry Sasaki, MD
Colorectal Surgeon
Bossier City, LA
Topic – Update on Colorectal Surgery



March 2008 — James “Red” Duke, MD
Professor of Surgery
Professor of Emergency Medicine
John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences
University of Texas at Houston
Topic – The Inevitability of Change


May 2007 — David Peeler, MD
Interventional Radiologist
Baptist Memorial Hospital at Memphis
Topic – TIPS: New Twist on an Old Idea


April 2007 — Craig Spellman, DO, PhD
Associate Dean of Research
Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Odessa
Topic – Insulin Use in the Critical Care Setting


April 2007 — Richard Miller, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care
Vanderbilt University
Topic – Complex Abdominal Wall Defects


November 2006 — Carin Hagberg, MD
Joseph C. Gabel Professor & Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Texas at Houston
Topic – Current Concepts in the Management of the Difficult Airway


September 2006 — Marek Dobke, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of California at San Diego
Topic – The Science and Art of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy