Jonathan Y. Song, MD and colleagues Dr. Rotman and Dr. Yordan, have recently received a special award for their surgical contribution from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). On May 4, 2009 during ACOG's annual clinical meeting which will be held here in Chicago, Dr. Song will be awarded first place for his surgical video entitled, "Alternatives to Hysterectomy." A 32 year old patient who had no children had multiple fibroid tumors with the largest measuring 22 cm. She was told by two physicians that she required a Hysterectomy and that her chances of conceiving were nearly impossible. Dr. Song performed a Laparoscopic Multiple Myomectomy with Uterine Reconstruction and removed all fibroids through a small 7 mm skin incision. The patient went home the same day of surgery, did not have an open abdominal surgery, and became pregnant 6 months later and delivered a healthy child. The surgery has been accepted to ACOG's video library collection which will be available for its members.
The world renowned minimally invasive surgical institute IRCAD, located in Strasbourg, France, hosted the world's first ever "Best Minimally Invasive Surgery" exibition/contest in the Fall of 2007. This was an open audience contest for ALL SURGICAL SPECIALTIES (General, Cardiothoracic, Colorectal, Ortho, Neuro, Urology, Pediatric, etc.). Due to the universal nature of the invitation, thousands of surgeries were submitted, and the 30 final contestants have been pre-selected by the IRCAD jury. These 30 finalists were voted upon by all surgeons of all fields from around the world who had access to the internet.
Out of the 30 finalists, 7 American surgeons were selected: 3 were Urologists, 2 were General Surgeons, 1 Neurosurgeon, and 1 Gynecologist (Jonathan Y. Song, MD). I was informed by the institute that non-physicians can vote as well by using a star-ranking system. These videos can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
The results were announced in May 2008, and Drs. Bailez (Argentina), Sargent (USA), and Khelif (Belgium) won. Let us wish the best for these extremely talented surgeons, as well as for the 30 exceptional finalists. I would like to thank all my patients who took the time and consideration to vote. I will keep you all apprised of any new developments or presentations. Thank you again for your support!
Dr. Jonathan Song is a faculty member of SurgeryU and Websurg. To view his additional surgeries, please click on the link above and below.
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