Distinguished speakers from across the country will take part in this Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Hernias Symposium. Lectures will focus on complex open and minimally invasive abdominal wall reconstruction techniques, reconstructions in the setting of infection, inguinal hernia repairs, and setting up a hernia center. The course will also feature panel sessions to provide clinicians the opportunity to discuss specific treatment challenges and to learn methods that will be useful in their practices.

The symposium will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus located at 7200 Cambridge St. in Houston. This conference is presented by Baylor College of Medicine and will offer 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and nurses and will be supported, in part, by participants’ registration fees and educational grants from selected pharmaceutical and device companies. Our target audience includes: general surgeons, minimally invasive surgeons, plastic surgeons, robotic surgeons, nurses, residents, fellows, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are interested in optimizing their hernia repair outcomes.  During this course, there will be ample opportunities for interaction between vendors and healthcare providers outside of the CME educational environment.


Through June 30, 2018

July 1, 2018 through Sept. 7, 2018

Sept. 8, 2018













Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joseph A. Talarico

Thompson Health

Dr. Talarico is a general and advanced robotic surgeon with U of R Thompson Health in Canandaigua, N.Y. He is the director of the Hernia Center of Excellence and an instructor in surgery at SUNY Upstate. He created the hernia BOOST program and is well known for educating communities on the advantages of robotic assisted surgery.

He joined Thompson Health after practicing in private practice, serving as staff surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, and completing a two-year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Talarico completed a general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His specialty interests include advanced robotic surgery, hernia surgery, and single incision surgery.

Dr. Ronald E. Hoxworth

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Hoxworth is an associate professor and chief of plastic surgery for the University Hospitals at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He has attained dual board certification from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is director of the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, director of University Hospitals Wound Care Clinic and a plastic surgeon for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars. Dr. Hoxworth completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and finished medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he completed a general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

He joined UT Southwestern in 2007 after completing a fellowship in plastic surgery. His extensive cosmetic and reconstructive practice includes both adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Hoxworth most recently completed his MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades throughout his career from his patients, students and colleagues.

Dr. Mark Gottlieb

Banner University Medical Center

Dr. Marc E. Gottlieb is a practicing board-certified Plastic Surgeon, specializing in Wound & Reconstruction. He is currently serving his community at Banner University Medical Center, Wound and Reconstruction Institute, located in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Gottlieb’s area of special interest and expertise include wound management and related reconstructive surgery, cancer and cancer reconstruction, hand and extremity surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, microvascular and upper extremity vascular surgery & abdominal wall reconstruction.

His education includes completing his medical schooling at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and completing residency at Albany Medical College & the University of Southern California.

Conference Organizers

Michele Loor, M.D.

General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Edward Reece, M.D., E.M.B.A.

Plastic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Carlos Galvani, M.D.

General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

CME Information

The reconstruction of abdominal wall defects remains one of the most challenging dilemmas facing surgeons. Congenital, acquired or post traumatic defects all present unique challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. A multitude of surgical techniques and mesh materials are available to improve outcomes in ventral hernia repair. Robotics has become n important tool for both routine and complex inguinal and ventral hernia repairs. Even though ventral hernia repair remains one of the most common procedures performed, there is little consensus as to the best surgical technique, prosthetic material of choice, or strategies to repair complex defects.

This course is designed to engage physicians who are passionate about repairing hernias in an attempt to align robotic, open, and laparoscopic experts for optimal patient outcomes after hernia repair.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for general surgeons, minimally invasive surgeons, plastic surgeons, nurses, residents, fellow and advanced practice providers who are interested in optimizing their hernia repair outcomes.


At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify ways to optimize patient outcomes after hernia repairs
  • Highlight new techniques, updates in hernia repair, and implications of hernia surgery
  • Describe the emerging robotic-assisted hernia techniques as well as the current laparoscopic and open approaches for each hernia disease
  • Discuss patient selection, postoperative care, complication management, and outcome tracking

Educational Methods

Lecture, Panel Discussion, Audience Response System, Demonstration, and Question & Answer


An evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.