The Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, presents Well, Well, Well: Timely Topics for Your Health and Wellness. Free weekly classes featuring medical leadership from St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will provide health information to attendees in a fun, interactive way.
Join us March 11 for Surgical Spotlight: Panel with Dr. Chance Conner and Dr. Carl Lauryssen, facilitated by Jeremy Barclay, CEO. Dr. Conner, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Services, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and Dr. Lauryssen, neurosurgeon, two renowned local surgeons, will share their expertise and the latest research on heart and brain health. Moderated by Jeremy Barclay, CEO of St. David’s Round Rock Hospital.
About the panel
W. Chance Conner, M.D., is a native Texan originally from Houston. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and received his medical degree from The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduation he completed his one year surgery internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He then served with the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army as a general medical officer for two years before returning to his surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Upon graduation he entered his thoracic surgery residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. After graduation he was assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas where he served as the Assistant Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery prior to assuming the Chief role in 2011. During his tenure he oversaw the integration of the U.S. Army and Air Force Cardiothoracic Surgery programs. In 2013 he directed the integration of the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery programs in San Antonio, Texas. During his twenty five year plus service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Conner was deployed three times in support of combat operations, serving as a thoracic surgeon with the 28th Combat Support Hospital in the Middle East. Dr. Conner retired from the United States Army in April 2014 having achieved the rank of Colonel before joining Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons.
Dr. Conner is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His interests are focused on patient safety with a special focus on achieving quality outcomes in cardiothoracic surgery through program development. Dr. Conner strives to serve his community in the full spectrum of diseases of the chest to include cardiac, vascular, and thoracic oncology.
Dr. Conner currently serves as the Medical Director for Cardiothoracic Surgical Services at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. He is an active member of the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Association, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons where he serves on the Work Force for Patient Safety and Task Force for Military Affairs.
As a leading spinal neurosurgeon, Dr. Carl Lauryssen treats a wide range of spine and neurological conditions using state-of-the-art techniques. Dr. Lauryssen was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for seven years. While there, he directed the advanced neurosurgical spine program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was then recruited to lead research and education at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, where he served until 2005. Dr. Lauryssen was the co-director of spine research and development at Olympia Medical Center. His research and surgical interests have focused on minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation and sports-related spinal injuries.
He was previously the team neurosurgeon for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. He has twice been awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for his work on cervical disorders and stem cell research. Dr. Lauryssen was the first neurosurgeon to inject stem cells into a human spinal cord as part of an FDA trial. He shares his expertise and vision by writing medical publications, giving presentations and developing surgical devices to improve surgical outcome. He has a number of patents and inventions that are used in spinal surgery throughout the world. Dr. Lauryssen has served on the boards of several companies, including a company researching a new unique material to be used in sports helmets to reduce the impact of brain injuries in sports-related concussions. Dr. Lauryssen provides a fresh approach to care and prides himself on being a conservative, empathetic educator of patients’ options.