• SIS in the News

    Listen to Dr. Heather Evans on KIRO Radio talking about her experience with Google Glass...

    Hypoalbuminemia linked to increased surgical risks in obese patients

  • Expert Roundtable Discussion

    Preoperative Preparation to Avoid Surgical Site Infections

    Dr. Marc Jeschke, chairman of the Scientific Studies Committee, reviews this inportant roundtable discussion from leading members of the SIS. Topics addressed include patient factors such as obesity and diabetes, bowel preparation, choice of antimicrobial agents, and the economic cost of SSIs. A critical read for anyone involved in the peri-operative care of the surgical patient.....

  • This month's featured SIS Member

    Barbara Trautner, MD, PhD

    I am an infectious diseases clinician-investigator with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; a physician at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an investigator in the Houston Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).  My focus is on prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infection, with research projects that range from development of novel antimicrobials in the microbiology laboratory to implementation strategies for guidelines concerning antimicrobial overuse. I am passionate about antimicrobial stewardship--not only do we need to preserve antibiotics as a precious resource, but also we need to avoid damage to the normal human microbiome. 
    The reason I joined the Surgical Infection Society is that that this past April I joined the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine as the Director of Clinical Research.  I have several responsibilities in this role, including increasing surgical participation in the thriving outcomes research center affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine (IQuESt) and also mentoring the surgical residents who are in the research track.  My mentoring role led me to look into joining the SIS, as I hope to inspire our surgical trainees with enthusiasm for antimicrobial stewardship.  Eventually I would like to mentor a surgical trainee in the area of guidelines implementation, and I know that the SIS has been instrumental in developing many of the key guidelines concerning appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in operative patients.   
    Barbara Trautner, MD, PhD 
    Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases 

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  • Important Dates

    Late October

    Abstract Submission Opens

    November 1

    Fellowship Application Deadline

    December 1

    Abstract Submission Closes

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  • Resident Education Corner Supported by 

    As we continue our education section, we herein review the presentation and management of Infected Artificial Urinary Sphincters (AUS). Although targeted at residents, this is applicable to all general surgeons in practice. Click here to review the powerpoint presentation.