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May 12, 2008
 
       
 

SURGEONS
ON THE HILL;
BITAR'S BASH


 

On Friday in the rain, the 72,000 member American College of Surgeons beat their scalpels into plowshares.er, shovels, breaking ground on a $107.6M, 165,000 SF building on Capitol Hill. Ignoring 230 years of American political cartoons and common sense, they are relocating to be closer to policymakers.

 
 

Groundbreaking (safely in a tent) were ACS president-elect John Cameron (general surgeon and prof. at Johns Hopkins); executive director Tom Russell (colorectal specialist and adjunct prof. at Northwestern); building committee member Dave Richardson (vascular specialist and vice-chair of surgery at Louisville); and Board of Regents chair Joe Fischer (general surgeon and surgery chief at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston). Tom tells us their space will be bigger so they can enlarge their advocacy staff from 12 to 18. They bought the whole building as an investment, and are just occupying the 10th floor, so are looking for tenants, eg, specialty surgery associations, as in their main office in Chicago.


BITAR'S BASH!

 

Leave it to Mr. 1-800-Beautiful, cosmetic surgeon George Bitar, right, to order up perfect weather for a sunset reception on the Hay-Adams rooftop. Last weekend, with a view that not even Botox could improve on, he and his wife Rima welcomed friends for CARE's 62nd Anniversary to bring awareness to the non-profit's global poverty fight. Above, George and Seretonin-Plus CEO Bob Posner, to whom he can send clients who also need to lose weight. Bob tells us that females lose, on average, 30 pounds in 12 weeks. His new project is advising doctors how to open weight-loss centers in their primary practice. "Doctors always tell you to lose weight, but they never tell you how." The weight-loss expert maintains his own trim shape with daily runs in Burke Lake Park.

 
 

Manassas OB/Gyn's Ray McCue and wife Lynn found a photogenic place to stand, but our clueless photographer (who doubles as our clueless writer) noticed those monuments only after his shutter closed. Ray was attracted to CARE's efforts because of his own medical work in Hispaniola involving dengue fever. His next trip might involve less dengue virus and more Dwight Yoakam: His son's band, "Warm Gun," is moving down to Nashville. While Ray's been playing guitar since he was 11, he's more at home with high-risk OB services than playing a set at the Opry.

 
 

Inova Fairfax's Karry Reed and husband Brian flank New View ophthalmologist Jacqueline Griffiths. The recent spate of stories on LASIK had media folk like us diving for coverage around Jacqueline, but she was forgiving as long as she could set the record straight. While the FDA did review complaints, she says they also reaffirmed the procedure to be safe and effective, noting LASIK maintains a 95.4% success rate worldwide. Her newest procedure combines cataract and refractive surgery, meaning you leave the chair with no glasses or cloudiness. What she'd like now is a procedure to simulate sunglasses, something she'll need this June when she spends her anniversary in Mexico.

 
 
 
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