Call for Abstracts

This fall will mark the 75th anniversary of The Wisconsin Surgical Society, A Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. We are pleased to announce our plans to celebrate with an in-person meeting at The American Club in Kohler, WI on Friday-Saturday November 5-6, 2021. Please save-the date and plan to attend! We are finalizing the agenda for an engaging, educational, and fun event and, as in previous years, we hope to have participation from surgeons across the state.

This is the second call for abstracts for the annual meeting. Surgeons, students, residents, advance practice practitioners, nurses, and researchers are all welcome to submit abstracts related to basic science, clinical, and health services research; quality improvement projects; education, policy, and advocacy initiatives; interesting case reports; and any other surgery-related topic you wish to share with the WSS community.

As in previous years, we plan to be broadly inclusive when selecting abstracts for presentation. As such, each person may only present one abstract at this meeting. You are welcome to submit more than one abstract, but only the higher scored abstract will be selected for presentation. You may be a co-author or senior author on an unlimited number of abstracts. You are welcome to submit abstracts that have been previously submitted or presented in other conferences. Awards will be given for the highest rated abstracts and presentations.

All abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract submission website, which is now open for submissions:

The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 6pm CTAll abstracts must be sponsored by a WSS member who should plan to attend the meeting. If the sponsor is not able to attend, the sponsor will need to arrange an alternative WSS member to sponsor the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Elise Lawson at

Our annual meeting is a great opportunity to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the clinical practice of surgery in a way that allows our membership to make and reinforce connections with colleagues from across our state. Please encourage your colleagues and trainees, especially those who are new to Wisconsin, to submit an abstract and/or attend. We look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of WSS with all of you in November!


Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS
Jessica Wernberg, MD
Brandon Grover, DO
Tim Ridolfi, MD

Hotel Information

The Wisconsin Surgical Society has a limited block of rooms set aside at the special rate of $207 + tax at The American Club and $129 + tax for a single or double at The Inn on Woodlake. Room reservations must be made no later than October 05, 2021.

Hotel Room Block Name: Wisconsin Surgical Society 1-855-205-5679
Reference City Ledger: 82S7Z4 or Wisconsin Surgical Society

In order to take advantage of the spa special, reservations must be made directly with the hotel.
Room Cut-off: October 05, 2021

For more information about the conference, please contact:
Terry and Terry Estness
Executive Directors
The Wisconsin Surgical Society
2408 North 67th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213