The September issue is the first of two issues devoted to the papers presented at the 132nd meeting of the American Surgical Association held April 26 to 28 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The ASA papers are often some of the most highly cited papers published in the Annals of Surgery. This month's issue is headed by Dr. Tim Eberlein's excellent presidential address regarding his experience in shaping a modern academic department of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. It is followed by 16 original studies including two randomized controlled trials and surgical subjects ranging from the timing of appendectomy to thoracoscopic lobectomy.
This month's journal club, because of some logistic factors, is a continuation of August's. The featured article is "Should more patients continue aspirin therapy preoperatively?: Clinical impact of aspirin withdrawal syndrome by N.S. Gerstein and co-authors. It was published in the May, 2012 issue of Annals of Surgery and is free to all who would like to participate. The moderator is Dr. Lee Fleisher, the Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.