“Thriving Over Surviving” TEDxBeaconStreet Salon to Feature Inspirational Stories of Courage, Revolutionary Patient Care and Life-Saving Medical Innovation

Once a year the world’s top surgeons convene to advance the future of minimally invasive surgery at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). For the first time ever, the meeting will be open to the public with a new interactive “Adventures in Health” Expo featuring a very special “Thriving Over Surviving” TEDxBeaconStreet Salon.

“Adventures In Health” will include:

1.    “Thriving Over Surviving” TEDxBeaconStreet Salon, March 17 at 7:00 pm, Westin Copley Place Hotel, America Ballroom, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116  – This special TEDxBeaconStreet Salon event will feature 15 inspiring presentations about medical innovation, revolutionary patient care and personal stories that will change the way you think about healthcare. The conversation will explore the intersection of medicine, technology, and personal health transformation and the event will be live streamed to locations around the world. Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, will co-host the event along with SAGES President Dr. Brian Dunkin, and board members Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg and Dr. Melina Vassiliou. For additional information, or to register please visit http://salon.tedxbeaconstreet.com/. Talks will include:

  • Robert Waldinger, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Harvard Study of Adult Development, Renowned TED Speaker on What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study On Happiness
  • Matt Trevithick, American Held in Iran and Freed After 40 Days of Captivity
  • Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Philanthropist, Advocate
  • Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, Author of What Doctors Feel, Medicine in Translation, Incidental Findings, and Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue
  • Shad Deering, MD, National Expert in the Use of Simulation for Patient Safety
  • Peter Pronovost, MD, World-Renowned Patient Safety Champion
  • Daniel Kraft, MD, Physician-Scientist, Inventor, Innovator
  • Eric Johnson, MD, Skydiver
  • Al Millar, International Street, Circus & Corporate Entertainer
  • Dana Rosser, Author of Thru Thick and Thin: Facing Obesity Thru the Eyes of a Loved One
  • Justin Constantine, Lieutenant Colonel, War Trauma Survivor
  • Trine Engebretsen, MD, MS, Organ Transplant Recipient at the Age of One
  • Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC, Music Psychologist, Author of Music is Medicine
  • Camille Brown, Prolific Choreographer, Bessie Award Recipient and TED Fellow
  • Matthew Hueman, MD, Warzone Medic

2.    SAGES Exhibit Hall and Learning Center, March 17-18, 9:30am to 4:00 pm, Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C-D, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, 02115  –  For the first time ever, SAGES will open up its state of the art exhibit hall and learning center to the public. The exhibit hall will feature industry leaders showcasing the latest technological advances and surgical instruments in the field – many of which will be debuted at the meeting. The Learning Center’s simulated surgical environments offer practical mechanisms for both training and performance evaluation for surgeons. One of the simulation scenarios to be featured in the Learning Center is the Top Gun Laparoscopic Skill Shootout Station which allows participants of all training levels to improve their laparoscopic skills. To date, over 6,000 surgeons have participated in this exercise which shows tactics and techniques using videogame technology that transfer into the clinical environment.

3.    Emerging Technology Session: March 18, 3:30pm to 6:00pm, Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Auditorium, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, 02115  – The Emerging Technology Session is one of the most exciting sessions on tech that will occur in Boston this year.  Many revolutionary surgical innovations were first introduced at the “emerging tech” session, and competition is fierce to get on this podium. The session features the latest and newest techniques and technologies in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. Abstracts submitted by physicians, industry engineers, scientists and researchers are carefully selected to showcase cutting-edge new research and emerging technologies.

4.    SAGES Mini Medical School, March 19, 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center , Room 312, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, 02115  – This surgery boot camp and interactive experience, open to local area high school students, sparks interest among those wanting to join the future ranks of minimally invasive surgery. 100 high school students from the Boston area will learn about the field of surgery through lecture and simulation so they can begin to appreciate that being in the operating room is rewarding, important and exciting work. The program includes classroom lectures, hands-on learning and culminates with the “Top Gun Interactive Experience” – a power packed hour featuring video games that help decrease errors, to robotic helicopters that allow students to show off their skills.  To register please complete an application here http://www.sages2016.org/wp-content/uploads/Student-App-Form.pdf