2019 Point Counterpoint

The 38th Annual Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference


The 38th annual meeting of Point/Counterpoint will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on May 13 and 14. A number of things have changed. Again this year, the program will be two days. The focus will remain the same. This will be a review of state-of-the-art management strategies for common clinical problems, as well as challenging and controversial topics. This year Point/Counterpoint offers afternoon breakout sessions tailored to the specifics of “Difficult Exposures” and “Trauma Updates”. This year an additional breakout session for EMS providers has been added. This choice of sessions will appeal to a variety of participants. Various topics presented by subject matter experts in the field will provide state of the art information in an informative manner.

This year, we have attempted to make the content more broadly applicable to nurses, EMS, advanced practice professionals, and physicians from a variety of disciplines. Gathering all who care for these challenging patients for two days can only serve to make us all better.

This year, the Charles C. Wolferth Jr., MD Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Todd Rasmussen, MD. On Tuesday, James Manning, MD, will be presenting the Sharon M. Henry/Maryland COT Lecture.

Point/Counterpoint will assemble an expert faculty. We intend this to be evidence-based and expect a lively intellectual exchange. Our course syllabus will include a synopsis of each presentation and will be distributed at registration.


At the completion of this program, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based algorithms for the resuscitation of the acutely ill patient.
  • Describe specific management approaches to special injuries and different disease entities in unstable patients after blunt multi trauma.
  • Objectively analyze the ongoing controversies in damage control.


This meeting will address relevant issues in trauma, emergency general surgery, and critical care. The format of Point/Counterpoint, a pro/con debate, will allow for critical analyses of the current body of evidence with interaction from the moderators, the presenters, and the meeting participants.


Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM


Jose Diaz, MD, CNS, FACS, FCCM
Habeeba Park, MD, FACS
Sharon Henry, MD, FACS
David Efron, MD, FACS
Elliott Haut, MD, PhD, FACS
Kimberly Davis, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM
David Livingston, MD, FACS
James Brown, MA

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