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November 12-13
The Nines Hotel, Portland, OR



WooHoo! Dr. Fauci predicts that by mid Fall enough of the population will be vaccinated and we will have herd immunity so that we can gather indoors! This means that the Portland Caucus of the North Pacific Surgical will be able to kick off the return of in person meetings. We are slated to hold our meeting at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon on November 12-13, 2021.

We will convene with our top-notch scientific sessions and kick the first night off with a “ murder mystery” dinner. We know you will be intrigued and engaged in figuring out who did it! The Presidents Banquet will host entertainment that should be spectacular, and we’ll get some dancing in (work off those COVID no gym open pounds). We will be one of the first Surgical Associations to be able to host a return to in person meetings. Although we have had amazing virtual educational offering, the opportunity to share camaraderie and to gather is something we are all missing.

To that end, we hope you will come out and support our meeting. It will be one of the first opportunities for you to meet in person with surgeons from all over the Northwest and Canada.  There is something to be said for the personal touch. We plan to offer virtual options for those unable to travel but the in-person offerings will be so enticing that we are feeling good about the attendance. One of the hallmarks of our association has been not only the quality of the scientific presentation but the collegiality of the members.

North Pacific Surgical Association is the oldest Surgical Association west of the Mississippi, founded in 1912. We have a membership of over 150 surgeons and more recently candidate resident members. Our caucuses are in Portland, Vancouver, BC, Victoria/Alberta BC, Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane/Idaho. General Surgeons are our primary audience, but we also have a strong showing from trauma, oncology, pediatrics and endocrine surgeons. Thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you in the Fall 2021!

A Note about COVID-19 Precautions:  We will respectfully ask that those planning to attend in person be vaccinated. We will be following the most current mask mandates for indoor gathering and our seating will be spaced comfortably. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided.


In addition to abstract presentations, invited speakers for the 2021 meeting include:

  • Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine (Invited professor, Founder's Lecturer)
  • Dr. Nathalie Johnson, NPSA Presidential Address
  • Dr. Nis Schmidt, Historian's Lecture
  • Dr. John Harch, author of The Red Blanket
  • Panel Discussion: Life After Surgery
  • Panel Discussion: Breaking the Mold: Diversifying Surgical Residency
  • Case Studies and Videos

ABSTRACTS - closed

The call for abstracts went out in May with a due date of July 9. Now closed.  Normally, NPSA accepts around 32 abstracts that will be grouped into sessions by subject area (general surgery, oncology, acute care, etc).  A limited number of E-posters may also be accepted. 


Continuing Medical Education Has been approved for 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.


All registered attendees will receive links to the Whova App. Attendees will download the app to their phone or tablet or access through Whova's website.  Attendees can:

  • View the agenda
  • Access the Live Zoom links
  • Download documents (like abstracts)
  • View pre-recorded abstracts and e-posters
  • View and chat with speakers
  • View and chat with exhibitors
  • Chat with each other

Procedure: Register, download Whova, log in with your email once you have registered, set a password. Find the NPSA meeting, click that, then you're in. You can update your attendee profile and start using Whova!


In addition to the murder mystery dinner and the black tie banquet, the planning committee is arranging some outings for guests, partners and spouses on Saturday.

Wine Tasting - Wines on Broadway, Thursday, Nov 11 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Chocolate Factory Tour: Saturday, Saturday Nov 13, time TBD  (Est. cost $25)
Portland Chinese Garden Tour, Saturday, Time TBD



6:00 - 8:30 pm, Council Reception, Dinner and Executive Session

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Wine Tasting Happy Hour, Oregon Wines on Broadway 


7:45 - 8:00 am, Welcome – Dr. Nathalie Johnson

8:00 - 10:00 am, 1st Scientific Session, 8 papers - Cancer, Oncology.

10:00 - 10:15 am, Break, Exhibits

10:15 - 11:15 am, Founder’s Lecture – Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

11:15 - 12:00 pm, Life After Surgery Panel. Panelists: John Hunter, MD; William Johnson, MD, Joanh Harch, MD; Dana Andersen, MD; Laurel Soot, MD. Moderators: Jenifer Garreau, MD and Erin Gilbert, MD.

12:00 - 12:15 pm, Break, Lunch Transition, Exhibits

12:15 - 1:00 pm, Lunch, Dr. John Harch, author of The Red Blanket

1:00 - 3:00 pm, 2nd Scientific Session, 8 papers - General Surgery, Trauma, Colorectal

3:00 - 3:15 pm, Break, Exhibits

3:15 - 4:00 pm, Presidential Address — Dr. Nathalie Johnson

4:00 - 4:45 pm, NPSA Business Meeting

4:00 - 4:45 pm, Meet the Professor - Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III

6:00 - 9:00 pm, Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show


8:00 - 10:00 am, 3rd Scientific Session, 8 papers - Education, COVID-19

10:00 - 10:15 am, Break, Exhibits

10:15 - 11:00 am, Historian’s Lecture – Dr. Nis Schmidt

11:00 - 12:00 pm, Panel - Breaking the mold: diversifying surgical residency. Panelists: Marc Horton, MD; Lily Chang, MD; Vance Sohn, MD; Liana Tsikitis, MD; Karen Horvath, MD (tentative). Moderator: Ken Gow, MD

12:00 -  12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:15, Visiting Professor’s Lecture: Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

1:15 - 1:30, Break, Exhibits

1:30 - 3:30 pm, 4th Scientific Session, 8 papers - Cancer, Oncology (Canadian contributors)

3:30 - 3:35 pm, Concluding remarks, Dr. Nathalie Johnson

6:30 - 10:00 pm, Reception, NPSA President’s Banquet, Entertainment, Dinner, Band, Dancing

Note:  Concurrent activities for guests, spouses,  Chocolate Factory Tour, Chinese Garden Tour, times TBD.


Book your room at The Nines Hotel.  It is located in downtown Portland next to Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Rooms (Superior King) start at $229/ nt plus tax. Rooms must be booked by October 22, 2021 to guarantee availability.  Call 888-627-7208 or book online via their Starlinks booking app. Be sure to mention North Pacific Surgical Association.

Below, images of the The Nines Hotel - atrium left, ballroom, right.

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