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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!


Registration will open May 2021. There are various rates for members, non members, abstract presenters. 


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!


The call for abstracts will go out in the spring of 2021. Normally, NPSA accepts around 32 abstracts that will be grouped into sessions by subject area (general surgery, oncology, acute care, etc).  E-posters may also be accepted. For presenter instructions, click HERE.

AGENDA, SCHEDULE, SPEAKERS - 2020 Annual Meeting


LEARNING OBJECTIVES - 2020 Annual Meeting

1. Recognize the issues and challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic with focus on surgical services in particular.

2. Examine aspects of diversity and inclusion in surgical practices and hospital environments.

3. Examine historic response to pandemics to appreciate challenges faced in the past and present.

4. Compare current recommendations for pediatric surgery, Covid-19 response, breast cancer surgery, colorectal surgery and cancer, and melanoma with current practice and distinguish areas of divergence

5. Evaluate current recommendations and propose method for implementation in your own practice.


CME Statement:  The American College of Surgeons designates this live for a maximum of 8.25 AMA Category 1 CreditsTM.  See CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDIT INFORMATION below.

Disclosure List, 2020 NPSA Virtual Meeting:  Click HERE

Program Objectives: This program is designed for general surgeons, support staff, surgical residents and medical students. 

Disclosure Information: In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest: The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Commercial Promotion Acknowledgement: The North Pacific Surgical Association wishes to recognize and thank the following companies for their commercial promotion towards this educational activity:

Allergan Aesthetics
Ethicon / Johnson & Johnson
Gore & Associates, Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Disclosure List, 2020 NPSA Virtual Meeting:  Click HERE

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