The Philadelphia Surgery Conference


Saturday March 28, 2020


The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Keynote Speakers

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William C. Meyers, M.D.

William C. Meyers, MD has dedicated 35 years to pioneering the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of core muscle injuries, formerly known by the horrible name “sports hernia”. Dr. Meyers led the awareness that the whole body from mid-chest to mid-thigh should be considered a unit and called “the core.” His new textbook, Introducing the Core – Demystifying the Body of an Athlete (on or, unveils numerous new anatomic and physiological considerations and injuries; and why this area of the body had stumped the medical world for so long. The book is written with humor and simple language so both the public and world of medicine can understand it.


Dr. Meyers was once an athlete. He turned down playing baseball for the St Louis Cardinals out of high school and instead, went to Harvard. There, he set NCAA records as a soccer goalkeeper and then played for a popular first division soccer team in Brazil. The day after he signed a lucrative one-year contract, the chair of the board at Columbia University College of Physicians called and threatened Bill that he had a choice between spending his life in recreation or dedicating his life to medicine. Dr. Meyers chose “the dark side” and flew home the next day.


Dr. Meyers spent most of his academic life at Duke University, where he served most of the time as chief of general surgery. The GI Center, which he co-headed, was consistently ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report. He developed the largest liver surgery program in the country and created many of the modern techniques for liver resection, transplantation and living-donor transplantation. He established the third liver transplant program in the country. He also co-wrote the first modern textbook of liver and biliary surgery, plus many of the first papers in modern minimally invasive surgery. He created or co-created many of those techniques. His 1991 Prospective Analysis of 1518 Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies in the New England Journal of Medicine was the most cited paper in medicine for several years.


As a “hobby” at Duke, Dr. Meyers helped take care of the university’s sports teams as well as the USA national soccer team. It was from this experience, plus work in a fresh cadaver laboratory, that he and his colleagues recognized the core and all the new, previously undiscovered anatomy contained within it. The new knowledge has led to his care of over 40,000 athletes and non-athletes with afflictions in this region of the body, as well as new magnetic resonance imaging techniques that identify precisely most of the injuries. From Duke, Dr. Meyers spent five years at the University of Massachusetts Health System helping to bring that medical school and health system to new heights. In 2001, he came to Philadelphia and helped create Drexel University College of Medicine out of the old bankrupt Allegheny Health System.


In 2013, Dr. Meyers established the now world renowned Vincera Institute, an independent outpatient health system totally devoted to the core. All five Philadelphia academic health systems have now become part of the institute. The Vincera Foundation is the research arm of the institute. Under his belt, Dr. Meyers has over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications, three books, one screenplay, and a history of many years of continuous NIH RO-1, VA Merit Review basic science funding, along with over ten million dollars in industry grants. He has been a member or officer of all the prestigious surgical societies and is now attaining membership in the principle orthopedic societies. He helps take care of most of the professional and major sports teams in this country, the Premiership, and many other sports teams and organizations from abroad.

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Marcin A. Jankowski, D.O.

Marcin A. Jankowski, DO, MBA, FACS, FACOS, CHSE is a member of the Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Services team and the Director of Surgical Outcomes and Research at Christiana Care. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Penn State University - University Park in State College, Pa and his Osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, Pa. He then completed his General Surgery residency at PCOM, followed by a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Christiana Care in Newark, DE and most recently obtained a Healthcare Executive MBA at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Dr. Jankowski is board-certified in General Surgery and in Surgical Critical Care and is an active member of many associations including the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). He is also a certified health simulation educator (CHSE) by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH). He has previously served as the Trauma Program Medical Director at two regional trauma centers and has been involved in numerous hospital-wide leadership committees as well as numerous local, regional and state-wide trauma outreach initiatives, including Stop The Bleed. He has also been involved in numerous clinical research publications and has presented at many local, regional, state and national conferences and meetings. 

Dr. Jankowski is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He also served as a member of the Bureau of Examiners (BOE) on the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) and was involved in the administration of oral and written board-certifying exams. He has served as the clinical preceptor and the site director for several programs including PCOM, Inspira, Rowan-SOM and Drexel College of Medicine, in the Department of Surgery at several healthcare institutions. Dr. Jankowski currently serves as an adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery and is also the ATLS Program/Course Director and Director of Surgical and Critical Care Ultrasound Course at PCOM.

Dr. Jankowski’s primary interests include the initial resuscitative phase of trauma care, surgical outcomes, quality and performance improvement, graduate and undergraduate surgical education and simulation, as well as concepts in transformational leadership, crew resource management, team communication and healthcare finance.

Lunch Speakers

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Meredith P Jankowski, D.O.

Meredith P. Jankowski, D.O. studied biology and fine and performing arts at Saint Joseph’s University before getting her osteopathic medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduating in 2006 she completed a year in general surgery before fulfilling an active duty obligation to the United States Navy. During her four year commitment she was a flight surgeon with the Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan. Following her time in the military she completed another year of general surgery followed by four years of urologic surgery at the Detroit Medical Center and Childrens’ Hospital of Michigan.

While in Detroit, she had the opportunity to train with one of the world’s leading experts in reconstructive urology. As such, she is uniquely qualified to perform surgery on the urethra to repair narrowing and improve voiding symptoms. Dr. Perry also has an interest in the treatment and management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. She believes strongly in a multidisciplinary approach to patient management and care.

Beyond her interest in urology, Dr. Jankowski is a nationally recognized speaker on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And, when she’s not in the office she enjoys spending time with her family- Marcin, Olivia, Connor, and Matthew and puppy, Bettis, doing yoga, cooking, mentoring, and traveling.

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Michael G. Tecce, D.O.

After five years in public accounting and ending as a senior consultant in advisory and assurance services with two of the largest accounting firms in the world, Dr. Tecce left his career in pursuit of full-time academics in medicine. During this time, he completed a one-year graduate fellowship in bioethics and served on multiple medical mission trips to Guatemala. He also founded the Philadelphia Surgical Conference, a clinical skills conference held annually for medical students enrolled in all Philadelphia area medical schools. After medical school, he completed a dedicated clinical research fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His fields of interest are broad and include free tissue transfer for breast reconstruction and for traumatic defects, complex hernia repair, and virtual surgical planning and 3D printing, among others. Future plans include a career in academic plastic surgery and contribution to the field’s national organizations.




 6:45-7:45AM  Registration + Breakfast
 8:00-8:45AM  Keynote Address (Marcin A Jankowski, D.O.)
 9:00-9:55AM  Stop the Bleed Cert/Advanced Course for M2s* 
 10:00-10:50AM   Workshop 1
 11:00-11:50AM  Workshop 2
 12:00-12:50PM  Lunch/Surgeon Speakers
 1:00-1:50PM  Workshop 3
 2:00-2:50PM  Workshop 4
 3:00-3:45PM  Closing Address (William C. Meyers, M.D.)


*M1s or students who have not had prior bleeding control training will participate in the Stop the Bleed Certification course. M1s or M2s who have already had this training will have the option to attend the advanced clinical skills course. 


Stop the Bleed – Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, this national campaign aims to provide instruction on the use of hemorrhage control tourniquets and wound packing to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation. Hahnemann has trained nearly 3000 civilians in bleeding control, including police officers, medical students, teachers, and other health care professionals as part of a movement to inform, empower, and educate 300+ million citizens of the United States.



Registration for the 2020 Philadelphia Surgery Conference is not available

About The Conference

The Philadelphia Surgery Conference is one of the largest student run events in the country. Hosted by the Wisely Surgical Association at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, participating students will have the opportunity to interact with surgical specialists, ranging from residents to program directors, and begin honing a variety of surgical skills during the four workshop sessions. Students will also become certified in bleeding control by completing the "Stop the Bleed" certification course. Finally, some of the top surgeons in the region will give talks with topics including leadership, most interesting and challenging cases, and their respective paths to a successful career in surgery.


2020 Philadelphia Surgery Conference

Hosted by the PCOM Wisely Surgical Association

Saturday March 28, 2020



The conference will take place on PCOM’s campus, located at 4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Coming from Center City - take 44 bus to City Ave and Kings Grant Drive - arrives right at the PCOM campus! 

PARKING: Parking is complimentary but please when arriving to the conference, park on the third floor or higher of the parking garage.  


The Hilton on City Ave
4200 City Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19131 - (215) 879-4000

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia City Ave
4100 Presidential Blvd, Phiadelphia, PA 19131 - (215) 477-0200

Hosted by the Wisely Surgical Association

Wisely Surgical Association Executive Board (PCOM Second Year D.O students, from left to right): Ryan Andrew (Treasurer), Holly Archinal (Community Service/National Liaison), Heather Waring (President), Benjamin Murray (Vice President), Laura Waldron (Secretary), Sarah Tepe (Mentorship/Shadowing Coordinator Chair)

Special thanks to (PCOM First Year D.O. students): Kameron Durante, Madison Rhodes, Amanda Stella, Michael DeMarco, John Malin, Danica Smith