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Cedars-Sinai Surgery Team Wins ACS Debate Competition

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Leo Gordon, MD, faculty coach, (left) and chief surgical resident Matthew Singer, MD, represented Cedars-Sinai at the Battle of the Blades.

Had it been a prize fight, the referee would have stopped it in the first round. The Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery's debate team defeated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in a debate at the American College of Surgeons chapter meeting this month in Santa Barbara.

Cedars-Sinai also won the Tanzini trophy as the best of the eight teams in the chapter meeting's Battle of the Blades debate series.

The issue that pitted Cedars-Sinai against Kaiser Permanente's Fontana facility was the timing of surgery in a patient with a small-bowel obstruction. It was a battle between outmoded surgical concepts and the synthesis of currently available laboratory and imaging testing.

Led by chief surgical resident Matthew Singer, MD, the Cedars-Sinai team argued that current modalities allow the surgeon to make a more informed and medically accurate decision for surgery. Singer wove an eloquent argument for discarding rigid surgical orthodoxy applicable in 1915 but not 2015. His themes were an aging population with associated morbidities, the risk of enterotomies and the overall risks of emergent surgery.

The meeting took place Jan. 16-18.

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