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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Aug 4, 2015

Dr. Michael Rosen is the director of the Cleveland Clinic hernia center. 


On the podcast he discusses:

Purpose and role of the hernia surgical quality collaborative

Discusses his approach to the inguinal hernia

Also takes us through his reconstructive ladder when it comes to large abdominal wall hernias.


Jul 28, 2015

Dr. Rothenberger Chair of Surgery at University of Minnesota discusses how to manage complications and avoid burnout. 

He also takes us through managing difficult pelvic bleeding. 


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We are also looking for debate topics, oral board topics, and journal articles to review.


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Jul 21, 2015

Dr. Howard Ross from Temple University and Dr. Neil Hyman from University of Chicago debate a very common and difficult medical decision of whether to perform a primary anastomosis in complicated diverticulitis or to play it safe and divert.  A question that many physicians debate on a daily basis today.  Hear it from the experts!

On this podcast they first discuss primary anastomosis surrounding multiple scenarios and, second, the role of laparoscopic lavage!

Jul 14, 2015

Dr. Steven Stain Chair of Surgery at Albany Medical Center


-Future of surgical training

-Future of accredidation

-Managing pancreatic cysts

-Tips to performing a distal pancreatectomy

Jul 7, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Mattox a US legend in Trauma surgery, discusses retroperitoneal hematomas and the ever changing field of surgery. He is a Distinguished Professor at Baylor University and Surgeon-in-Chief at Ben Taub Hospital.


Jun 30, 2015

Dr. Kelly Hunt Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson.


On the podcast she discusses

-Current therapies and management strategies for complex breast cancer patients

-The newest updates in regards to managing patients with axillary disease

-Managing breast cancer in the pregnant patient

-And more!

Jun 23, 2015

Intern basics episode!

Thanks to Andrea Merrill, Stewart Morrison and Sarwat Ahmad for their advice. 

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Jun 22, 2015

Dr. Andrew Wright and Dr. Matthew Martin debate the nuances the recent study published in JAMA on antibiotics vs surgery for acute uncomplicated appendicitis. 

Check out this podcast highlighting the history of appendicitis

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Jun 15, 2015

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Dr. McKenna Baylor abdominal transplant surgeon

-Managing the incarcerated umbilical hernia in the cirrhotic patient

-Step by Step how to do a liver transplant


Dr. Paramesh Tulane abdominal transplant surgeon

-Step by Step on how to perform a living donor kidney transplant


Dr. Dor abdominal transplant surgeon at Erasmus University, Netherlands. 

-Managing the difficult donor kidney

-How to reimplant the ureter

Jun 9, 2015

Episode 1 of 2 from the American Transplant Congress 2015 in Philadelphia

Dr. Kirk is a surgeon/scientist and Chair of the  Department of Surgery at Duke, he is also the editor of the American Journal of Transplant.

He discusess being a surgeon scientist, choosing transplant as a career, and basics of anti-rejection medications.

Dr. Segev is a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins and a leader in the field of living donor kidney chains. He has brought his talents to Capitol Hill and pushed through two very important transplant bills that he talks about on the podcast. 

Dr. Dor is a transplant surgeon at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is a leader in living donor kidney transplants in Europe. He discusses the differences in the logistics of transplant surgery between Europe and the US and how to successfully implement a living donor program.

Don't miss episode 2 where we explore the technical aspects of transplant surgery with Drs. McKenna, Paramesh and Dor.


Jun 2, 2015

Diana Farmer M.D. FACS Chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor, Department of Surgery Surgeon-in Chief

Renowned fetal and pediatric surgeon. 

On the podcast she discusses:

Women in Surgery

Hirschsprung's Disease

Tips and Tricks: The pyloromyotomy

May 25, 2015

Episode 10


Dr. Stanley Goldberg is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He is considered a living legend in the field of colorectal surgery. He lived through and played a large part in advancing the field through the enormous changes that have occurred in the past 50 years. 


On the podcast he discusses

-History and evolution of colorectal surgery

-Managing perianal fistulas

-Diagnosing and surgical options for rectal prolapse


-Discusses the utility of the prone position

May 19, 2015

Episode 9 


Dr. John Weigelt is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also the coordinating editor for Practical Reviews in General Surgery, and the medical director for SESAP 15 sponsored by the American College of Surgeons.


On the podcast he discusses

-How SESAP is made

-Anticoagulation and Reversal in the Trauma Patient

-Managing duodenal trauma

May 12, 2015

Episode 8


Dr. Kenneth Azarow former Army surgeon, now Surgeon-in-Chief for Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Professor of Surgery at OHSU. 


On the Podcast he discusses

-Future of surgical training

-Detailed management and operative description of Tracheoesophageal Fistula


-Malrotation identification and surgical management for the general surgeon

May 4, 2015

Episode 7

Dr. John Holcomb former Army surgeon, now  Professor of Surgery at UT Houston where he also serves as Chief of Acute Care Surgery, and Director of  Center for Translational Injury Research.


On the Podcast he discusses (All Things Trauma)

-Taking care of soldier in Mogadishu, during the Blackhawk down incident

-Being lead author of PROPPR trial, and what we can really take away from this 

-Massive resuscitation with blood products


-Using thromboelastography to guide resuscitation

Apr 27, 2015

Episode 6

Dr. Thomas E. Read colorectal surgeon and Professor of Surgery at Tufts University. Dr. Read is a co-editor for Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. 

Opening Shot: We discuss the evolving management and current guidelines for treating rectal cancer. 
On The Podcast He Discusses 
- His approach to complex rectal cancer patients
- Controversies with: TME, neoadjuvant therapy, local excision, minimally invasive approaches
- Tips and tricks on avoiding injury to the ureters 

Apr 21, 2015

Episode 5

Dr. Keith Lillemoe is Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. Additionally he is Editor-In-Chief of Annals of Surgery and editor of Greenfield's Surgical Text.

On The Podcast He Discusses
-Journey to becoming Chief of Surgery at MGH
-Experience editing the top surgical journal and textbook
-Walk us through managing bile duct injuries and reconstructive options
-Tips and Tricks: Common Bile Duct Exploration

Apr 14, 2015

Episode 4.   Dr. John Cameron served as the Chief of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly 20 years and is also the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in pancreatic cancer, and during his career has operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections (>2000)  than any other surgeon in the world.


-His tenure at Johns Hopkins

-Surgical Training

-Discusses all aspects of managing pancreatic cancer

-Tips and tricks for managing pancreatic fistulas

Apr 2, 2015

Episode 3
We are extremely proud to start this podcast off with Dr. Carlos Pellegrini MD, FACS. 
Professor of Surgery and Chairman of Surgery at University of Washington.
World Renown Expert in Esophageal Disease
Past President of the American College of Surgeons

On The Podcast He Discusses:
-Role of ACS in a surgeon's career
-Workup and surgical management of esophageal cancer
-Tips and Tricks: Treating an esophageal perforation
-Random Fact of The Day: Origin of Boerhaaves

Apr 1, 2015

Episode 2
We are honored to have Dr. Benjamin Starnes MD, FACS as one of our first interviews
Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular Surgery Division at University of Washington
Pioneer in treating ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms with endovascular grafts.

On The Podcast He Discusses:
-Stories from his multiple combat deployments
-Future of vascular surgery training
-Treatment of blunt aortic injury
-Tips and Tricks: Managing penetrating vascular injury to the groin

Apr 1, 2015

Episode 1: Introduction to our new surgery podcast. Will discuss diverticular disease with Dr. Scott Steele.

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