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Camden native earns national Bostwick medical award

Posted: February 4, 2016 3:49 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Dr. Jack Scheuer III

Dr. Jack Scheuer III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Scheuer Jr., of Camden, won the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons’ national 2016 John Bostwick Award Competition in January during the 32nd annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium in January.

Scheuer, a resident at the University of Texas Southwestern, won the Bostwick Award for his abstract, “A Single Institution Experience Using Bi-pedicled Abdominal Free Flaps for Unilateral Breast Reconstruction.” The symposium took place Jan. 22-24 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta. The abstract describes the use of abdominal flaps in reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy.

Such surgery is defined, according to one medical dictionary, as a type of breast reconstruction in which blood vessels, as well as the skin and fat connected to them, are removed from the lower abdomen and transferred to the chest to reconstruct a breast after a mastectomy.

To be considered for the Bostwick Award, residents in plastic or general surgery must submit abstracts on research topics in breast surgery. In addition to the award itself, Scheuer received a $2,500 stipend for travel and accommodations, including complimentary registration, at the symposium. He was allotted 10 minutes to make a presentation on the abstract during the symposium.

“It’s a big honor,” Scheuer said. “I was excited to be chosen, and glad to have the opportunity.”

According to a copy of the abstract, Scheuer and several colleagues showed bi-pedicle abdominal flaps for unilateral breast reconstruction -- which is not a new technique -- are feasible with low complications, but remain technologically challenging.

“A lot of people have done these. We were trying to show how this can be done for challenging breast reconstruction using both sides of the abdominal tract,” Scheuer said.

Scheuer was a member of the 1998 Upchurch & Jowers All-Academic Team. After graduating from Camden High School, he -- like his sister and two brothers -- received his bachelors degree from the University of Virginia. Scheuer then continued his education at the Medical University of South Carolina before moving on to the University of Texas and Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he trained to become a board certified general surgeon and where he is now completing his residency in plastic surgery. The plastic surgery residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School is the No. 1 such program in the country.

Starting in July, Scheuer will begin a one year fellowship in New York City with renowned plastic surgeon Sherrell J. Aston at Mahattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital.

 

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