Florida Hospital’s Bruce Orkin, MD, will be moderating a panel on “Stoma Creation and the Challenging Patient” at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2018 Clinical Congress in Boston on October 22, 2018.
A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that connects to the digestive system, allowing stool to be diverted away from the bowel and out of the body for patients with a variety of intestinal conditions, including colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, blockage, injury, diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis.
The panel will discuss novel approaches to the creation of stomas in patients with the following challenges:
- morbid obesity
- carcinomatosis — widely spread cancer
- ascites — the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling
- dilated thickened bowel
“Stoma creation in these cases can be extremely challenging,” explains Dr. Orkin. “We have convened an incredible panel of experts to discuss novel operative approaches that are improving patient care and outcomes.”
In practice for more than three decades, Dr. Orkin is a board certified colorectal surgeon at Florida Hospital and an internationally recognized authority on colorectal surgery and ostomy management, having published numerous research papers, review articles and chapters in this field. Topics have included the role of surgery in constipation and functional anorectal disorders, anorectal disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, construction and complications of ostomies (ileostomy and colostomy), and minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal cancer. He has also served as a guest lecturer, visiting professor and featured speaker around the country at many national and regional meetings, as well as internationally in Holland, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, China and other countries.
Prior to coming to Florida Hospital, Dr. Orkin practiced at Rush University in Chicago, Tufts University in Boston, and the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also served as a past chair of the medical advisory board for the United Ostomy Association and has been actively involved in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), rising to the chairmanship of the Residency Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery. He was a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
To learn more about the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Colorectal Cancer Program, call 407-303-1700, or visit FloridaHospitalCancer.com/cancer-programs/gastrointestinal-cancer.