Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program

45 th Annual Winter Conference

2023 Winter Medical Conference

**45th Annual **

February 23-25, 2023


This is an open invitation offered to anyone interested in joining many of their friends and neighbors in the Tucson community over Rodeo days in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.  We have also extended the conference in recent years to include many guests from around the nation. Great rates have been negotiated for the entire week.

The favorable rates  include discounts on lodging, ski rentals, and lift tickets.  The ski-in/out lodging options are detailed in the links and include a 4 star resort with world class spa,  as well as The Mountain Lodge, with condos and cabins.  Both accommodations are located in the town of Mountain Village at 9500 ft elevation.



This conference will focus on recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of medical, dental and surgical diseases. The presentations, which will cover a broad range of subjects, are designed to enhance the participants' knowledge in their area of expertise while providing a broad overview of allied areas, in order to improve patient care.


THMEP is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. This conference applies for category  1  CME through THMEP.  

***  If you have any questions regarding CME, please contact: Michelle Bureau             Michelle.Bureau@tmcaz.com

Registration and Hotels

Hotel reservations for 2023 are available. Please hold your room reservations to avoid missing out on the block room rate. Note the lenient cancellation policy at each resort.

Each year we have been filling the room block several months prior to the conference.

Meeting Registration


for 2023


The Mountain Lodge Reservations

If anyone has a special requests, questions, or would like to book a cabin please contact:


Sam Barnes   – 970-369-5000

Dina Beserra – 970-369-6117

The Peaks Resort Reservations

          CLICK HERE

The Peaks Resort has agreed to a complete refund to our group members, if you cancel outside of  30 days prior to the reservation.

 For any problems with your bookings at The Peaks, please contact Travis Tayrien:  TTayrien@tellurideskiresort.com or   970-728-7381

Discounted rates are available by identifying yourself as a part of The Tucson Medical Group. These rates are available for anyone, even though your friends may not be attending the conference. Contact must be made directly with the properties.

Agenda 2023: will be posted in mid-January 2023

Agenda 2022 

 Th, Feb 24th, 2022          7 am     David Kaufman MD        COVID Update

                                              8 am      Larissa Allen MD                   Irritable Bowel Syndrome                                              

                                              4 pm     Patrick Chaisson MD            Bariatric Surgery in Women

                                              5 pm      Hillel Baldwin MD                  Wireless Technology, Cell Phone Radiation, and 5G:

                                                                                                                                               A Neurosurgeon's Perspective for a New Decade


                                       6 pm    Cocktail Reception  in Appaloosa Room - 1 floor below reception desk

                                                      Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks  

                                                        **Children's buffet  in game room- 6pm ( please pick up name tag from

                                                                                                              Appaloosa Room for food buffet)

Fri, Feb 25th, 2022           7 am    Kathleen Duerksen MD      Treatment of Eye Lid Cancers

                                             8 am    Milan Jansky MD                     Geriatric Polypharmacy

                                             4 pm    Darius Filsoof MD                   Interventional Bronchoscopy

                                             5 pm    Elizabeth Juneman MD           Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

Sat, Feb 26th, 2022           7 am    Andrew Veitch MD                 10 Things Your Orthopedist Wish You Knew- A                                                                                                                                      Sports Medicine Perspective

                                             8 am    Christopher Weyer MD           MOHS Surgery

Zoom                                 1.  Rob Aaronson MD                             Altitude Effects and Illness                                           2.  Jonathan Insel MD                           Hypothyroid Pearls

                                           3.  Thomas Waggoner DO                     The Watchman Procedure


 The following presenters have disclosures:

Dr. David Kaufman owns stock in Pulsion Medical Systems (Getinge) and is a consultant for Cheetah Systems and Fisher & Paykel.

Dr. Patrick Chiasson is a surgeon educator for Ethicon-Endosurgery.

Dr. Thomas Waggoner is a consultant for Abbott, Abiomed, Acutus Medical, Bolt Medical, Boston Scientific, Edwards Life Sciences, Medtronic, Phillips, RESQ and Shockwave Medical.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

No other speakers or planners have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

THMEP is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

THMEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM  Physicians should claim on the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Agenda 2021

       SPEAKER                        TITLE/TOPIC

1.    Larissa Allen MD                    GERD 2021

2.    Liz Almli, MD                        A Physician’s Cancer Experience: Doctors at Risk

3.    Tung Bui, DDS                      Does Root Canal Treatment Cause Cancer?

4.    Sean Elliot, MD FAAP            COVID-19: A Pediatric Perspective.

 5.   Claudia Gray, DDS               Minimally Invasive Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty

6.    Kim Hewson, MD                  Fat Ski Syndrome- updated

7.    Andrew Mahoney, MD          Shoulder Arthroplasty

8.    Jack McGettigan, MD            Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: Tucson Site Experience & Obserations

9.    Sam Moussa, MD                   Understanding Optimal Evaluation of Patients with NASH

10.  Andrew Rice, DPM               Biologics for Soft Tissue Repair & the At-Risk Limb

11.  Scott Sheftel, MD                   I Know What You Did Last Summer….Your Skin Throughout the Decades

12. Mitchell Halter, MD               Assessment and Optimization of the Upper Airway in OSA

13. Joe Matthews, DDS, MS         Mandibular Advancement Devices for OSA

Lift Ticket Vouchers

2022 Lift Discounts:   

Option 1: Epic Pass   (can be purchased prior to ski season)

If you have purchased an Epic Pass  www.EpicPass.com   for 4, 5, 6, or 7 days, those will be honored at Telluride, as well as the full Epic Pass.  

                                                                                   For any questions about the Epic pass:  

                                     https://epicpass.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/4411815416987-How-many-days-of-skiing-do-Epic-                                                                                                                  Season-Pass-holders-get-at-Telluride-

  • Epic Pass: A total of seven days of skiing and snowboarding at Telluride Ski Resort. Once all seven days have been redeemed, Pass Holders can purchase lift tickets at 50 percent off to ski or snowboard at Telluride Ski Resort.
  •  Epic Day Pass: Epic 4-Day Pass, Epic 5-Day Pass, Epic 6-Day Pass and Epic 7-Day Pass Holders will receive up to seven days total of skiing or snowboarding at Telluride Ski Resort with no blackout dates as part of their total days purchased. After the purchased days are used, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, Pass Holders can get 20 percent off additional lift tickets at Telluride Ski Resort.

NOTE:  historically the Epic Pass has offered the best discounts and flexibility.  

Epic Passes Redemption:

EASIEST: For those with the Epic pass, you should have them in hand upon arrival. These passes are direct to lift. Epic pass owners should request that they be mailed in advance or they can be picked up at a Vail owned resort.

However, if you show up to Telluride without your Epic pass, here is the redemption process:

There are two locations where guests can get their Epic Passes printed- Telluride Sports at Franz Klammer (in Mountain Village) or Telluride Sports at Camel's Garden (in town). 

You will then have the Epic Pass media in your hand, however it will not be ready to scan until Vail activates it, usually this happens 24-48 hours afterwards. However, it can take longer. Our pass office is able to assist.

Guests have two options for the EPIC Pass:

1.       You can go in to the ticket office each day that you want to ski and redeem a day ticket. This provides flexibility and hopefully the Epic pass media will activate after day 1. 

2.       You may have all of the day tickets printed at once so they won’t have to come back to the ticket office, however there is no way to get those days back on their Epic pass should they choose to skip/not use a day.

Option 2:

Link for ordering tickets directly from Telluride:


·  Dates Active: February 19-March 3

·  Code: TM2022

·  Discount: 20%

Group members note the process below:

1. Create all family members or friends you will be paying for as a customer.

2. Add family members or friends with first name, last name, and DOB.

3. Add products to cart.

4. Checkout using your unique discount code.

We strongly suggest that everyone read the FAQ's on the Telluride website:   https://tellurideskiresort.com/ski/#Epic%20Passholders
The information provided should answer most of your questions.

For ticket and pass inquiries call 970.728.7517 and ask for group sales desk,  or email passes@telski.com . Please mention that these are referencing Group Sales.

Ski Rental Discount

30% discount:   ***Be sure to make reservations 7 or more days in advance to assure you receive the discount.***  Both companies also offer door to door service if you are not staying at one of the locations below. For additional questions, contact the rental company directly.

At The Peaks:

Telluride Sports is located at The Peaks Resort and also has several other locations available on the mountain and in the town of Telluride. The link will automatically provide the discount once you complete the advance reservation.

All discounts will require reservations online at least 48 hours prior to arrival. There are no options for walk-in discounts.

Please pick up rentals as early as possible on arrival, as to alleviate any traffic to the rental shop in the early mornings. 

        Telluride Sports: 


Password:  EpicWinter22

At The Mountain Lodge:

Located on site at the Mountain Lodge, is Christy Sports. They also have other sites in Mountain Village.

The link below will require that you reserve more than 48 hours in advance to receive the discount. 




Please pick up rentals as early as possible on arrival, as to alleviate any traffic to the rental shop in the early mornings. 

Delivery Rentals  will not be an option this year