Nutrition in Surgery Podcast

Nutrition in Surgery Podcast

Paul Wischmeyer

Changing Care to Improve Surgical Outcomes

In this mini-series of six podcasts sponsored by Abbott Nutrition, the DCRI’s Paul Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, welcomes distinguished scientists and clinicians from across the U.S. to discuss the role of nutrition in surgery. More about the DCRI’s work in perioperative nutrition is available on the therapeutic area webpage.

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Episode One

Host Paul Wischmeyer is joined by Thomas Varghese, MD, section head of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Utah, to discuss the role of nutrition in the American College of Surgeons’ Strong for Surgery initiative. They discuss the established evidence on the prevalence of malnutrition in candidates for surgery and how it can affect outcomes, as well as how to detect malnutrition and the barriers to implementing systemic change in clinics and hospitals.


Episode Two

Screening for malnutrition and preparing patients for the stress of surgery is a team effort for any health system. Duke School of Medicine dietician Kathryn Starr, PhD, joins Paul Wischmeyer in this episode to share how she approaches assessment and treatment, as well as her hope that registered dieticians will become a more common component of patient care teams.


Episode Three

Nutritional interventions are generally low cost, low risk, and high impact. But how do clinicians decide what they give and when? Bob Martindale, MD, PhD, is chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. In this episode, Paul Wischmeyer gets Martindale’s perspective on the history of these interventions, recent innovation in assessment tools, and takeaways from the latest research literature.

Episode Four

There are many ways to tackle malnutrition and better prepare patients for surgery. In this episode, Solomon Aronson, MD, MBA, and Abbey Whittington, PA-C, join Paul Wischmeyer to discuss what motivated them to create the Perioperative Enhancement Team (POET) at Duke University Hospital. They share how they got it done, and what the experience is like for patients.