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Episode 51: The Many Facets of Microsurgery

DiepCJourney Podcast

Release Date: 03/13/2024

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Have ever been you curious about the networking, conversations, and education that happens among colleagues at medical conferences? Or are there topics you see online but are not aware of the stories behind the social media posts from these conferences?

I invite a returning guest to give you a behind the scenes look at one such conference, the annual conference of The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. We chose a few highlights and topics from the conference to share our experience so you can learn more about these rich learning events.

Here to share the highpoints and a few of our favorite topics is one of the presenters at the conference himself, Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo. He is the current president of PRMA in San Antonio, Texas who works with a team of nine microsurgeons that perform primarily tissue-based breast reconstruction for those affected by breast cancer. He is a welcome returning guest to the DiepCJourney podcast.

In addition to his microsurgical prowess, he is an entrepreneur. Dr. Chrysopoulo founded Toliman Health and is the creator of Toliman’s flagship award winning app, Breast Advocate app, the first shared decision-making app for breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction.

He begins by highlighting the diversity of global skill represented at the conference sharing the moving moment when the “Best Case/Best Save” presentations were made. This is the most attended session at the meeting. It is a packed room. This year’s winner was an especially inspiring case of a young Ukrainian woman whose lower face was reconstructed due to a horrific shrapnel injury and repaired by Dr. Adam Maciejewski of Poland.

We touch on the keynote address from CEO and Founder of the Proximie Surgical Learning Platform System, Nadine Hachach-Haram. Dr. C points out the mission of the Proximie system is to expand surgical education and improve patient access to surgical expertise.

We revisit other topics like breast sensation, shared decision-making, and patient advocacy. Links to these topics can be found below.

Dr. C congratulates the ASRM team for putting together another impressive conference from global leaders in microsurgery. We are happy to share our experience.

Learn more about resources mentioned and topics related to the Podcast:

JAMA article on AI and chat box responses

Shared Decision-Making blog with Dr. Chrysopoulo

DiepCJourney podcasts on Breast Sensation

Connect with those mentioned in the Podcast:

Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo on LinkedIn

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram (Plast) BEM on LinkedIn

American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery: Instagram