Behind The Knife: The Surgery Podcast

Behind the Knife is a podcast aimed for everyone interested in not only an in-depth look at the broad range of surgical topics, but a "behind the scenes" look at the interesting, controversial and humanistic side of surgery from some of the giants in the field. Come along with Kevin Kniery, Jason Bingham, John McClellan and Scott Steele on a journey that explores all the disciplines of General Surgery in this informal discussion and interview format. We feel that this is the perfect medium not only to cover important educational topics for all stages of your professional career, but allow you to listen to a first-hand account of not only where we have been from those that pioneered the way, but also an opportunity to explore where we are now and are headed in the not so distant future from surgical leaders.
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Dec 5, 2017

Dr. Michael Sabel (Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan and a world-renowned leader in breast cancer and melanoma) returns to BTK to take resident Vahagn Nikolian through three challenging breast and melanoma scenarios.

Nov 27, 2017

Dr. Christian Jones (@jonessurgery) takes Kevin and Woo through four challenging mock oral scenarios. 

This is a must listen for any residents with the oral boards in their future or for staff that train residents.

Dr. Jones focuses on keeping the pace that you will see during the boards, and approaches to scenarios that may not require operative intervention. 

Thank you Dr. Jones for your multiple fantastic contributions to Behind The Knife!

Nov 21, 2017

This episode is brought to you by Prytime Medical (, maker of the ER-REBOA catheter for Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta.

In our first-ever sponsored episode, Drs. Steve Smith (University of Florida) and Joseph Ibrahim (Orlando Health) discuss the lessons learned from building REBOA programs at their respective institutions.

The study of REBOA and traumatic brain injury referenced by Dr. Smith can be viewed here:

Nov 14, 2017

This week on BTK we talk with Dr. Hasan Alam regarding his work in developing QuickClot, a field hemostatic agent.  We also discuss whether the "Golden Hour" needs to be revisited and revised, his experiences during the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon, and finally he talks us through his research in EPR (Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation).

Great talk from a well-known and experienced trauma surgeon!

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The Skeptical Scalpel joins Behind The Knife as we examine surgical dogma.

Check out The Skeptical Scalpel at

or on Twitter at @SkepticScalpel



Sources for Mythbuster Episode


Bouffants vs Cloth Hats

University of Buffalo Neurosurgery Study

Dr. Rosen Study

ACS statement


Cephalosporins and Cross Reactivity with Pencilin Allergy

MGH Abx Study

Post Operative Fevers

Bowel Sounds and Return of Bowel Function




Oct 31, 2017

Behind the Knife coverage of the 2017 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress: Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike (Chair of Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center) takes Woo Do and Dominic Forte through her technique for a subtotal cholecystectomy.

Additionally, Kevin Kniery invites listeners to support BTK's mobile app development through this t-shirt fundraiser (

Oct 28, 2017

Behind the Knife coverage of the 2017 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress: Dr. Saketh Guntupalli (Gynecologic Oncology, University of Colorado) takes Woo Do and Dominic Forte through the workup and management of benign and malignant ovarian masses and offers surgical tips for ovarian torsion.

Oct 19, 2017

Dr. Kathleen Berfield, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Seattle VA, takes Woo Do and Kevin Kniery through 4 mock oral board scenarios. 

Oct 10, 2017

The President of the Association for Surgical Education (Dr. Amalia Cochran) and Chair of the Committee on Graduate Surgical Education (Dr. Mo Shabahang) explore the future of surgical education (competency-based training that departs from traditional time-in-service models) and share their insights on helping struggling residents. 

Sep 25, 2017

Dr. Douglas Wood, Chair of Surgery at the University of Washington, discusses thoracic surgery, carinal pneumonectomy (complete resection of a central tumor that would be deemed unresectable by traditional recommendations), bleeding from the hilum, and massive hemoptysis.

Sep 11, 2017

Dr. Alex Eastman, Trauma Medical Director at Parkland, draws from his experience as a trauma surgeon and police officer to discuss how leaders can "bring calm to chaos" in the midst of disasters, active shooter scenarios, and challenging cases in the OR.


We also welcome guest interviewer George Edward (GEB) Black, chief resident at Madigan Army Medical Center and future trainee of Dr. Eastman at UT Southwestern's rigorous trauma fellowship.

Aug 31, 2017

Dr. Thomas Scalea, Physician-in-Chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, describes what makes Shock a unique institution, relates his frustrations with recurrent violence in Baltimore, regales us with tales of maximally invasive surgery, walks us through the management of retrohepatic vena caval injuries, and reveals which injury patterns still raise his sphincter tone.

Violence Intervention Program:

Aug 15, 2017

Welcome Woo Do to the podcast! We are very lucky to have him as part of the team.

Woo is a general surgery resident on his research year and he will be joining BTK this upcoming year. He will be the go to for scheduling and interviewing.

Connect with us on Twitter (@behindtheknife) and



Aug 1, 2017

Dr. Edward Cherullo and Dr. Lee Ponsky are urologists at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio. 

In this episode they discuss their approach to:

-Testicular Torsion

-Urologic Trauma

-Urinary Retention

-Ureteral injuries and more


Jul 17, 2017

Dr. Romanelli is an Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Massachusetts Medical School; and is a general surgeon who is an expert in minimally invasive surgery and is pushing the boundaries with Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery.

He joins us on Behind The Knife to discuss the future of NOTES and how we got to where we are.

He additionally gives us his insights into how surgical quality metrics will change our profession.

For Tips and Tricks he discusses how to choose the right patient for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. 


Jul 3, 2017

Professor (Dr.) Antonio Lacy joins BTK this week to discuss his innovative AIS Channel (link below). The AIS Channel is an amazing tool for all levels of surgeons offering a collaboration to learn and discuss new cutting edge surgical techniques.

Dr. Lacy certainly has a unique way of approaching the training of current and future surgeons. We hope you enjoy this podcast as much as we did!

Jun 28, 2017

Dr. Faries of John Wayne Cancer Institute discusses the evolution and results of a melanoma trial he led that was 12 years in the making.

Do we need to do lymph node dissections in all melanoma patients with positive sentinel nodes?


Our first of many upcoming journal clubs. Send us your ideas of any recent practice challenging journal articles you would like to hear on the podcast. 

Jun 20, 2017

This week we sit down with Dr. Eric Johnson and Dr. Anjali Kumar and discuss the most recent Tripartite ASCRS Meeting in Seattle, WA. 

Dr. Kumar served at this years Program Co-Chair and Symposium Director and Dr. Johnson will be serving as next year's Program Chair in Nashville, TN.  

In the podcast, we discuss the many highlights from the conference including everything from those highly debated topics to symposiums on new, developing procedures in colorectal surgery.

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kumar encourage everyone to get involved and by joining you will have access to the slides and lectures in the near future (free for residents!).  

We can't make all the conferences, but this is definitely a great way to stay informed!



Jun 13, 2017

Dr. Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Dr. Nguyen completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, followed by full general surgery training at the New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he served as the academic chief resident.  Following this, he completed a plastic surgery residency at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center working with famed craniofacial surgeon Dr. Henry Kawamoto, and subsequently trained at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada in pediatric craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Nguyen primarily is interested in all aspects of pediatric plastic surgery, with a practice focusing on facial palsy, facial trauma, vascular anomalies, microtia and ear anomalies, and congenital lesions.  

Dr. Nguyen is also highly active in international mission work, focusing on cleft lips and palates.  He frequently volunteers with Operation Smile as well as other humanitarian organizations, and has traveled to Vietnam, Nepal, India, Peru, and Guatemala, amongst others.  

Jun 7, 2017

In this episode of BTK we discuss the ongoing Comparative Outcomes of Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA).  Dr. David Flum heading this multicenter study with aims to truly determine the appropriate use of antibiotics in the treatment of appendicitis.  

This is an often discussed topic, so get back up to date on the current literature and current works in this controversial field of study!

Great overview and hoping for a look at some of the prelim data soon!

CODA Website Below

May 22, 2017

Dr. Andrew Wright from the University of Washington takes 3 chief residents from the University of Toronto through four different scenarios.

Elliot Wakeam, Chethan Sathya, and Ricky Jrearz knock these scenarios out of the park!



Esophageal Perforation


Refractory Peptic Ulcer

May 9, 2017

Dr. Michael Sabel is the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan and a world renowned leader in breast cancer and melanoma. Who better to take us through the nuances of breast cancer scenarios.

We are also joined by Justin Huntington a Chief Resident at The Ohio State University, future pediatric surgeon. 

Side note Ohio State has gone above and beyond to support these mock orals, so thank you!


Apr 21, 2017

This week on BTK we sit down with Jim Dahle, ER physician and founder of the popular website and book "The White Coat Investor".  Dr. Dahle walks us through an important and often overwhelming part of every physician's life - investing, insurance, and financial planning.  Dr. Dahle breaks down the important points that all physicians will encounter throughout their career.  We learned a lot and I'm sure you all will as well!

This podcast is only a small taste of the of the world of financial planning for physicians so we do recommend checking out The White Coat Investor website below and if you are in for a good read, check out The White Coat Investor book!


Apr 12, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Gurney brings you to the combat hospitals of Iraq and Afghanistan. An expert panel of trauma surgeons both civilian and military retrospectively evaluate trauma cases and discuss the complexities of making war time surgical decisions.

This is a series normally featured on the EAST Traumacast podcast. There are multiple other episodes of cases from the JTS on that podcast so please go check it out!



Apr 6, 2017

COL (ret) George E. Peoples, MD, FACS recently retired from 30 years of active duty as a surgeon and research scientist in the military. He is the Founder and Director of Cancer Insight as well as the Cancer Vaccine Development Program (CVDP).

On this podcast we talk with Dr. Peoples after giving grand rounds to discuss his past and current work in cancer vaccines development.  He explains his research in way so the new medical student to a veteran researcher can understand.  He also gives great advice in getting research started and overcoming the inherent barriers to research.

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