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Session Information

SYM S015 - Finessing Surgical Technique

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Sunday, August 04

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Grand Ballroom West

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: David M. Ozog, MD, FAAD


  • Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Emily J. Fisher, MD, FAAD
  • Hayes B. Gladstone, MD, FAAD
  • Christopher James Miller, MD, FAAD
  • Victor Allen Neel, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD
  • Nazanin A. Saedi, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Emily Tierney, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Demonstrate simple yet essential surgical techniques to achieve optimal cosmetic and functional outcomes.
  • Utilize proper surgical instruments and materials to enhance healing and repair outcomes.
  • Assess common mistakes made when coding for surgical procedures and how to avoid them.

This session provides essential surgical pearls for the general dermatologist and intermediate dermatological surgeon. A myriad of topics will be discussed including tips for anesthesia, lasers, nail surgery, optimizing suturing techniques and wound eversion, as well as the best use of surgical instruments, wound dressings and suture materials. Practical topics will be discussed including surgical coding and tips to avoid and treat wound complications.


Sunday, August 04
9:00 AMPainless Anesthesia to Pulley Sutures: Our Residents Favorite Techniques / Dr. Ozog
9:15 AMEssential "West Coast" Suturing Techniques: Beyond the Simple Interrupted Stitch / Dr. Gladstone
9:30 AMInstruments That Can Add "Harmony" To Your Busy Surgical Day / Dr. Tierney
9:45 AMDon't Be A "Valley Girl (or Guy)" - How to Master Eversion / Dr. Miller
10:00 AMQuestions and Answers / Dr. Ozog, Dr. Tierney, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Gladstone
10:10 AMThe "Ear of the Dog" - Hangover Remedies / Dr. Olbricht
10:25 AMHow to "Nail It!" Everytime - Finessing Nail Surgery / Dr. Miller
10:40 AMWhen Less is More - Minimally-Invasive Reconstructions / Dr. Neel
10:55 AMQuestions and Answers / Dr. Nallamothu, Dr. Olbricht, and Dr. Neel
11:05 AMBeyond "Star Wars": Tips To Maximize Lasers In Your Practice / Dr. Saedi
11:20 AM"Good Closures Gone Bad" - A Short Story Of Blood, Pus, And Tears / Dr. Fisher
11:35 AMI Can Get Paid For That? Surgical Coding Update / Dr. Coldiron
11:50 AMQuestions and Answers / Dr. Saedi, Dr. Fisher, and Dr. Coldiron