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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May 14, 2018

Biliary disease basics for medical students and interns.

A big thanks to:

Dr. Patrick Georgoff and Dr. Vahagn Nikolian who can be contacted at and 

or on Twitter at



May 8, 2018

Dr. Julie Sosa, new Chair of Surgery at UCSF discusses a variety of topics during this recent podcast. This includes leadership in surgery, resident burnout, thyroid cancer, and tips and tricks on central neck dissection.

Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Guy Orangio takes us through how he managed a successful private practice colorectal surgery clinic for many years. He also discusses the pitfalls associated with running a private practice. 

Please check out O.R. Billing who sponsored this episode, if you are in private practice you will surely find this a great resource to help maximize your billing efficiency.

use code "knife2018" for free 6 months. You can all try it out for free for one month with no credit card. 


Mar 12, 2018

Dr. Christian Jones takes us step by step on surgical options for acute pancreatitis. 


Follow Dr. Jones on Twitter @jonessurgery or check him out here



Step Up Approach NEJM 2010

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 6, 2017

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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




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.

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 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.  

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 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!



Mar 22, 2017

Dr. Gerard Doherty is the new Chair of Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Health Care. He is an acclaimed endocrine surgeon who has been a leader and surgeon at many of the nations top institutions. 

On the podcast he discusses his transition from Boston Medical Center to the Brigham and the challenges he faces. He also discusses some of his leadership philosophies to best connect with a new institution. 

We then pick his brain about his subspecialty of endocrine surgery. We dive into neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and then discuss the difficult adrenal dissection.




Mar 15, 2017

Dr. Taylor Riall is the Acting Chair of Surgery at Arizona and is a surgical oncologist who trained under John Cameron and focuses on pancreatic cancer and hepatobiliary disease. She is internationally known for her work in comparative effectiveness and patient-centered cancer outcomes.

In this episode we dive into her experience with burnout and how she was able to rebound and use her experience to better the lives of surgeons throughout the country.


Feb 21, 2017

Dr. Mark Welton, Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford Medical Center shares his experiences after a severely traumatic accident and how it changed himself as a surgeon, leader and family man. This is a must listen.

Jan 23, 2017

Here are some high yield colorectal points for the ABSITE

I apologize for the poor audio quality we were without our standard equipment for the recording of this episode, but the content is still very high yield.



Dec 5, 2016

Dr. Nathan Aranson a vascular surgeon at Virginia Mason in Seattle helps us break down some of the high yield questions you can expect to see regarding vascular surgery on the ABSITE.

If you have ABSITE tips feel free to send them our way. (

Up next will be some of our basic science topics. 

Nov 4, 2016

The American Board of Surgery (the people who give the exam) heard all of the hype around our mock oral episodes, and offered to join us on the podcast to answer any of our questions.

Tweet us more questions if you have them and we will get them answered. 



Oct 27, 2016

The Shouldice Hernia clinic is a world famous hospital near Toronto Canada that only performs hernia surgery. We dive in deep to the specifics of their clinic, their hernia repair and how they have such great outcomes with their chief of surgery Dr. Claude Burul. 

Here is a video of Shouldice repair, though not performed at the Shouldice clinic so there are slightly different techniques seen here than you will hear described in the podcast.

Oct 4, 2016

Dr. Shirin Towfigh is a renowned hernia surgeon in Los Angeles and is currently the president of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center. 

Check out a great resource for patients with hernias


Dr. William Hope is the current president of the Americas Hernia Society and an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington. 

Sep 27, 2016

Dr. Christian Jones walks two brave surgery residents, Sarah Bryczkowski and David Strosberg, through mock oral scenarios on trauma and acute care surgery. 

If you are a brave resident and want to volunteer tweet at us or email us. 

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