Surgery Reunion 2020
 August 28-29

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2021.
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We are excited to host our second Department of Surgery Alumni Reunion to be held in Hanover/Lebanon August 28-29, 2020. This will include former surgical trainees from Dartmouth-Hitchcock of all specialties and all years, as well as former students of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth who trained in surgery elsewhere.

We are following the well-received format of our inaugural reunion in 2017 with both department-wide and specialty-specific activities, as described in detail below. Based on alumni feedback, we moved up the date of this reunion so that everyone could enjoy the many outdoor activities available in late August. The schedule provides free time on Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday to get together with friends for the activities of your choice. So, reach out to your alumni and faculty friends, encourage them to attend, and plan some hiking, kayaking, golf, biking, or whatever you enjoyed most when you were at Dartmouth! As people register, we will post their names on the reunion website, so you'll know who's coming. Several sections will be planning special events during the weekend and will be reaching out to their alumni who register. This promises to be a great reunion, so please make plans to join us. 


Contact Annette Rine at 603-653-0726 or


Expand each date below to view the schedule of activities and sessions planned for each day. 

Friday, August 28

Education (CME) Sessions
Auditorium G
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception
Rubin Atrium
5:00- 6:30 p.m.

Specialty Specific Dinners with Alumni, Current Faculty and Residents
Auditorium A-D
7:00 p.m.

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Saturday, August 29

Breakfast: Section Specific Case Presentation by Alumni
Auditorium A-D
7:30 a.m.

Education (CME) Sessions
Auditorium E
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Reception and Dinner for Alumni and Current Faculty (open mic during dinner for favorite recollections)
Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH
6:00 p.m.

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We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hanover Inn at a special low rate of $169.00 per night. In order to obtain this rate, call the Inn (603-643-4300) and provide the event name "Surgery Reunions" before July 14. The Hanover Inn will be the most convenient lodging, since the Saturday dinner will be held there, but other local hotels are also available.

Arrival, Parking, Local Transportation

Upon arrival on Friday, come to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium G for your welcome gift, nametag, and materials for the weekend. If you arrive on Saturday, registration materials will be outside DHMC Auditoria E and F. 

Free parking is available at DHMC and a parking map will be sent to all registrants. Also, shuttle service will be available from local hotels to DHMC after you check in Friday and you can return to the hotel Friday after dinner. Hotels will also provide a shuttle service to DHMC and back for the Saturday morning session. On Saturday evening, if you are not staying at the Hanover Inn, you will need to provide your own transportation. 

Education Session Topics

Friday, August 28

Welcome and Department Overview
Sandra Wong MD | 1:00 - 1:20 pm

New surgical devices: sex, lies and videotapes
Philip Goodney MD | 1:20-1:40 pm

Can we improve care by using patient reported outcomes?
Srinivas Ivatury MD | 1:40-2:00 pm

Surgery training then and now. What’s different?
David Albala MD, Scott Shubach MD, and Current Surgical Residents | 2:00-2:45 pm

What surgeons can learn about resilience from POWs
Christine Finn MD | 3:00-3:20 pm

Performing better surgery with fluorescence guidance
David Roberts MD | 3:20-4:00 pm

Is there a role for surgeons as entrepreneurs?
Richard Barth MD | 4:00-4:20 pm

Saturday, August 29

Global surgical experience: challenges and opportunities
James Saunders MD and David Kuwayama MD | 9:30 - 10:10 am

Planning a successful transition from surgery to retirement
John Sanders MD | 10:10-10:30 am

Using data to improve the care of patients with bladder cancer
Florian Schroeck MD | 10:30-10:50 am

Lessons learned transitioning from academic to for-profit medicine
John Birkmeyer MD | 10:50-11:10 am