Rank #1: #15: Stuff Surgery Interns Should Know
Intern basics episode!
Thanks to Andrea Merrill, Stewart Morrison and Sarwat Ahmad for their advice.
Check back to our website where we will links to all our resources mentioned in the episode at behindtheknife.org
Jun 23 2015
Rank #2: #128: Mock Orals #8: Breast and Melanoma with Dr. Michael Sabel (featuring Vahagn Nikolian)
Dr. Michael Sabel (Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan and a world-renowned leader in breast cancer and melanoma) returns to BTK to take resident Vahagn Nikolian through three challenging breast and melanoma scenarios.
Dec 05 2017
Rank #3: #182: Dr. Morrow on Breast Disease
Dr. Monica Morrow is THE expert on breast cancer and gives us a very thorough discussion of the most confusing topics in the management of breast cancer and axillary disease. This is a must listen for all residents and general surgeons alike!
Jun 23 2019
Rank #4: #167 Mock Orals: Colorectal
Just in time for oral boards, we have another episode of our Mock Orals series. Dr. Langenfeld (@seanlangenfeld) takes our guest residents Jon Abelson (@jabelsonmd) and Paul Johnson (@dr_johnson2012) through 6 colorectal board scenarios.
Oct 01 2018
Rank #5: #37: Dr. Jeff Hardacre from CWRU discusses Cholangiocarcinoma
Dr. Jeff Hardacre at CWRU and trained under Dr. Cameron at Hopkins, discusses the often confusing topic of cholangiocarcinoma.
He gives us a great rundown of the work-up, disease process, and approach to treatment. Finally, Dr. Hardacre shares some tips that could help almost all of us intraoperatively.
Such a great discussion!!!
Nov 18 2015
Rank #6: #108: Mock Orals #5 Upper GI with Dr. Andrew Wright
Dr. Andrew Wright from the University of Washington takes 3 chief residents from the University of Toronto through four different scenarios.
Elliot Wakeam, Chethan Sathya, and Ricky Jrearz knock these scenarios out of the park!
Refractory Peptic Ulcer
May 22 2017
Rank #7: #127: Mock Orals with Dr. Christian Jones Round 2: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Dr. Christian Jones (@jonessurgery) takes Kevin and Woo through four challenging mock oral scenarios.
This is a must listen for any residents with the oral boards in their future or for staff that train residents.
Dr. Jones focuses on keeping the pace that you will see during the boards, and approaches to scenarios that may not require operative intervention.
Thank you Dr. Jones for your multiple fantastic contributions to Behind The Knife!
Nov 27 2017
Rank #8: #107: Mock Orals #4: Breast Cancer with Dr. Michael Sabel
Dr. Michael Sabel is the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan and a world renowned leader in breast cancer and melanoma. Who better to take us through the nuances of breast cancer scenarios.
We are also joined by Justin Huntington a Chief Resident at The Ohio State University, future pediatric surgeon.
Side note Ohio State has gone above and beyond to support these mock orals, so thank you!
May 09 2017
Rank #9: #121: Mock Orals #6: Thoracic Surgery with Dr. Kathleen Berfield
Dr. Kathleen Berfield, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Seattle VA, takes Woo Do and Kevin Kniery through 4 mock oral board scenarios.
Oct 19 2017
Rank #10: #26: Parathyroid Disease with Dr. Herbert Chen of UW
Dr. Herbert Chen of University of Wisconsin tackles the tricky topic of parathyroid disease
-He also discusses what it was like to train under the greats Drs. Sabiston and Cameron
-His experience editing for the Annals of Surgery
-His tips on handling a reoperative neck, avoiding injury to the RLN, and managing the intrathoracic goiter
Sep 09 2015
Rank #11: #40: Burn Care, Vietnam War Surgery, and The Journal of Trauma with Dr. Basil Pruitt
Dr. Pruitt is a true surgery legend. With experience as a combat hospital commander in Vietnam and with over 40 years of experience treating burn patients, and advancing the science of burns. He was also the editor of the Journal of Trauma for 18 years. This episode is packed full of insight from a surgeon who has impacted the lives of many.
Dec 16 2015
Rank #12: #65: Rural Surgery Perspectives Part 1 with Dr. Tyler Hughes
Rural Surgery Perspectives Part 1: Dr. Tyler Hughes
Our goal for this two part episode on rural surgery is to give listeners insight into the practice of surgery in rural setting. Many find this area of surgery foreign as many medical schools don't emphasize rural surgery in their curriculum and many academic teaching facilities are focused in urban areas with little exposure to this world.
Dr. Tyler Hughes walks us through his career from moving from a metro area to small town USA and why he decided to stick around. More importantly, we also discuss the need for rural surgeons and the advantages/disadvantages of practicing in this environment.
We hope it is as eye opening for you as it was for us!
Next week we will talk with Dr. Gary Timmerman on his experiences in rural surgery. Enjoy!
May 19 2016
Rank #13: Oral Board Review #1 Esophagus
Episode 1 is focused on diseased of the esophagus.
Patrick Georgoff is a trauma surgery fellow at UT Houston Red Duke Trauma Institute.
Vahagn Nikolian is a MIS fellow focused on complex abdominal wall repair at Columbia University Medical Center.
They can be reached at
SCORE 2018-2019 curriculum: http://www.absurgery.org/default.jsp?scre_booklet
Nov 04 2019
Rank #14: #31: Improving Trauma Care and Designing Trauma Systems with Dr. William Long
Dr. William B. Long specializes in trauma surgery. He is the father of Oregon’s state-wide system of trauma and the ACS/COT-designated level 1 Trauma Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, in Portland, Oregon, where he served until recently as Trauma Medical Director for nearly 35 years. Trained in general and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Maryland and the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Dr. Long revolutionized trauma care on the west coast of the United States by establishing an infrastructure that would support technically advanced ways of restoring function. He has also pioneered numerous surgical innovations.
Oct 14 2015
Rank #15: BTK ABSITE #21: Fluids, Electrolytes, Acid/Base
Another great ABSITE Review! Dr. Martin joins us once again to review Fluids, Electrolytes, and the terrifying Acid/Base!
Quick hits and tips to get you through these questions!
We do apologize for the overall audio quality! We were spread out over a couple states and sometimes talk over one another.
Jan 17 2020
Rank #16: Most Common and Most Feared Oral Board Surgical Descriptions
We are two days before our oral boards, and this is what we are going to say for our surgical descriptions. We hope you find these helpful.
Big thanks to Geb Black, a Major in the US Army, and a trauma fellow at UT Southwestern.
Matt Smith a vascular surgery fellow at Cornell/Columbia combined fellowship in NYC.
Sep 30 2018
Rank #17: #4: John Cameron, M.D. Johns Hopkins, Pancreas Cancer and the Whipple
Episode 4. Dr. John Cameron served as the Chief of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly 20 years and is also the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in pancreatic cancer, and during his career has operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections (>2000) than any other surgeon in the world.
-His tenure at Johns Hopkins
-Discusses all aspects of managing pancreatic cancer
-Tips and tricks for managing pancreatic fistulas
Apr 14 2015
Rank #18: #64: Lessons and Insight on Wartime Surgery with Dr. Al Beekley
Dr. As Beekley is currently a Trauma/Bariatric surgeon (yes, thats correct) at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a military trained surgeon and deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. In this interview, Dr. Beekley walks us through some of his most memorable experiences including taking care of one high-profile patient.
He then discusses with us how these experiences have changed and altered his practice during his time in the military and moving forward to civilian life.
As a bonus, Dr. Beekley walks us through his version of a trauma laparotomy!
Almost like a story unfolding, this podcast is certainly unique to our show! Enjoy!
May 12 2016
Rank #19: #41: We All Could Learn A Lot From Dr. Julie Freischlag
This week on Behind the Knife we bring you well-known surgeon Dr. Freischlag who currently is the Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis and previously served as professor, Chair of the Surgery Department and Surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Freischlag walks us from beginning to end her career in medicine and teaches us how resiliency and persistence are two of the most important factors that an aspiring surgeon must have.
Happy Holidays to all!!
Dec 23 2015
Rank #20: #28: Lessons From The Modern Battlefield with Dr. Matthew Martin
Dr. Matthew Martin is a leading trauma surgeon who has served multiple deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In this week's episode he reflects back on his deployments over the past 10 years and what medical advances we have seen move from the war zone to the civilian sector.
The focus on the episode is on prehospital care and initial resuscitation strategies.
Sep 22 2015