To affirm the Benjamin Franklin truism—“if you want something done, give it to a busy person”—look no further than Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS.
An active general surgeon, professor of surgery, and vice chair of the department of surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Sharp represents general surgery in numerous surgical organizations; one example is past president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, of which he is the current secretary director. He serves the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in multiple capacities, including as secretary of the ACS Foundation.
Dr. Sharp’s commitment to the College doesn’t end with giving of his time and talent. He and his wife Jane are also generous Regents Circle members in the Foundation’s major gift program, the Fellows Leadership Society (FLS). They recently upgraded their FLS membership to Regents Circle with a gift of $1,913 per year over six years for the 1913 Legacy Campaign priority—the Rural Surgery Fund.
“We have valued the chance to support the 1913 Legacy Campaign as an important time to further the philanthropic mission of the ACS, specifically for its efforts through the Rural Surgery Advisory Council to keep general surgery alive in rural America.”
Dr. Sharp is a vocal advocate for the Foundation, always encouraging his peers to join him in giving back to the College. He often represents the Foundation at regional surgical meetings, most recently at the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit, where nearly $50,000 was raised for the 1913 Legacy Campaign, following Dr. Sharp’s motivating presentation.
Summing up why the College is a top philanthropic priority for him, Dr. Sharp remarked, “I have benefited enormously from my membership in the ACS. I have enjoyed innumerable educational opportunities and have especially enjoyed the fellowship with other College members. The ACS embodies all that I hold dear about the field of surgery—the noble intention to continuously improve the surgical care of patients, the educational mission and the fellowship of surgeons.”