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November 12-13
The Nines Hotel, Portland, OR




We are slated to hold our meeting at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon on November 12-13, 2021We 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. We'll have fun too, especially Saturday night when featured entertainment is Mike Phillips, world renowned saxophonist.

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.


Our AGENDA is robust! 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

All attendees receive a copy of The Red Blanket


CME Statement: The American College of Surgeons wishes The American College of Surgeons designates this live for a maximum of 13 AMA Category 1 CreditsTM.  See CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDIT INFORMATION below. 

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

Disclosure Information: In compliance 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 has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. All reported conflicts are managed by a designated official to ensure a bias-free presentation. 

Download disclosure list: ACS_CME_Discl_List_Insert_2021_V2.pdf

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this education activity, participants will be able to better recognizes gaps in their practice and training. Through the various programs and scientific abstract presentations, participants will be exposed to alternate subspecialties so that they might be able to cross-pollenate their practices. They will improve their knowledge in acute surgical emergency, trauma, oncology, endocrine surgery, general surgery, and surgical education. Our invited professor, NPSA president, and historian will offer a wider perspective on surgical issues. In addition, through interactive panel discussions, participants will identify and illustrate challenges related to retirement after surgery and diversity in surgical residency programs.

Specifically, by academic session:

  • Life After Surgery Panel - Participants will be able to better understand the surgeon’s life after they are completed their surgical practice.
  • Diversity Panel – participants will be better able to understand issues in surgical residency programs and will identify gaps, challenges and opportunities to improve these programs.
  • Scientific Sessions – Four abstract presentation sessions featuring eight abstracts each will cover topics including paper presentations in cancer surgery, breast surgery, trauma surgery, general surgery, oncology, COVID 19 and general education.
  • Participants will be able to discuss and evaluate results of scientific abstracts on a variety of topics including:
  • Session 1 and Session 4 (16 abstracts): surgical topics including cancer, oncology, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, gastric cancer and surgical techniques.
  • Session 2 (8 abstracts): general surgical topics, colorectal surgery, trauma surgery and critical care surgery.
  • Session 3 (8 abstracts): surgical topics including research related to education, COVID-19, palliative care, laparoscopic surgery and social factors impacting surgery.

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:

Agendia, Inc.
Ethicon / Johnson & Johnson
Boehringer Labs
Heron Therapeutics
Merit Medical
Myriad Genetics, Inc.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Boston - Surgical Endoscopy CBD Scope
Exact Sciences/OncotypeDX
Castle Biosciences

Commercial Support Acknowledgement: The North Pacific Surgical Association acknowledges the following organizations for their commercial support of this educational activity:

Moda Health
Legacy Health
Providence Cancer Institute


Optional entertainment activities are in the evening. Friday night, join us for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Live actors will work the crowd and members of our own audience will take part in the fun.  Saturday Night's President's Banquet features world renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips, known as one of the most electrifying instrumentalists today. Mike is the first musician signed by Michael Jordan to the Nike Jordan Brand, home of the Air Jordan, and is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul and pop music: Michael Jackson, Prince, and Stevie Wonder, not only as a member of the band, but as a featured soloist. Website: MIKE PHILLIPS (thisismikephillips.com)


Mike Phillips, alto sax

Tyrone Hindrix, drums (MD)

Marquay Stemster, bass

Nick Rolfe, keys

TBA, guitar

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 - Oregon Wines on Broadway, 515 SW Broadway St, Portland Thursday, Nov 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden Tour, Saturday. Tentative time: 2pm

CreoChocolate Chocolate Factory Tour, Saturday. Tentative time: 10am

You will receive a survey to fill out for your guests if they would like to attend these extra events. More details to come as we approach the conference!


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. Room block extended! Book by October 29, 2021 to guarantee availability.  Call 888-627-7208 or....

Book online via their Online Group Reservation Link: Click HERE

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


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!

Tips: Start using Whova right away to chat with attendees before the meeting.  If you are at the event in person, use Whova to post questions, chat with attendees, post pictures, etc. If you are a virtual attendee, consider running Whova from your laptop or tablet to watch virtual sessions and use your phone to chat with attendees, etc. 

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