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Presidential Addresses

Inaugural and Retiring

J.M.T. Finney, MD, FACS, was the first President to address the American College of Surgeons (ACS) when he assumed office in 1913. Apparently Dr. Finney delivered no other address during the rest of his term. The second address as incoming College President was by George Crile, MD, FACS, in 1916. No presidential address was delivered until 1919 when William J. Mayo, MD, FACS, became President of the combined American College of Surgeons and Clinical Congress.

The address of the incoming College President was at the convocation at the end of each Clinical Congress week until 1936, at which time it was discontinued. Thereafter, each President made one address upon retiring from office, until 1953. At that time, the retiring President, Harold Foss, MD, FACS, delivered his presidential address on Monday evening, and Fred Rankin, MD, FACS, gave an address as incoming President on Friday evening. Since then, each College President has made his single address at the convocation.

For full text of any of the Presidential Addresses, contact the ACS Archivist.

1913 Finney, J.M.T. Presidential Address Brochure
1914–1916 No addresses available    
1917 Crile, G.W. Presidential Address Bull Am Coll Surg
1917 (3) 1-2
1918 No address - War year and "Flu" epidemic    
1919 Mayo, W.J. Presidential Address SGO
1920 (30) 97-99
1920 Mayo, W.J. Mortality and End Results in Surgery SGO
1921 (32) 97-102
1920 Armstrong, G.E. Immunity in Surgery SGO
1921 (32) 399-401
1921 Armstrong, G.E. Gastric Hemorrhage SGO
1922 (34) 466-468
1921 Deaver, J.B. Old Methods Versus New in Surgical Diagnosis SGO
1921(33) 605-606
1921 Deaver, J.B. Medical Education SGO
1922 (34) 177-179
1922 Cushing, H. The Physician and the Surgeon SGO
1922 (35) 701-710
1922 Cushing, H. Surgical and End Results in General SGO
1923 (36) 303-308
1923 Ochsner, A.J. Fellowship in the ACS SGO
1924 (38) 285-286.
1924 Ochsner, A.J. Cancer Infection SGO
1925 (40) 336-342
1924 Mayo, C.H. Address of the President SGO
1925 (40) 447-448
1925 Mayo, C.H. Hepatic Function in Health and Disease SGO
1926 (42) 9-14
1926 Matas, R. Mission and Ideals of the American College of Surgeons Yearbook
1926 : 71-78
1926 Matas, R. Surgery and the International Spirit SGO
1927 (44) 424-432
1926 Chipman, W.W. Joseph Lister Yearbook
1927: 103-110
1927 Chipman, W.W. Retiring Address Copy of Ms.
1927 Stewart, G.D. Idealism in Medicine Yearbook
1928: 102-105
1928 Stewart, G.D. Ourselves - the College SGO
1929 (48) 142-144
1928 Martin, F.H. The Evolution of Clinical Medicine and Surgery SGO
1928 (47) 736-50
1929 Martin, F.H. The American College of Surgeons, Past, Present and Future SGO
1928 (47) 887-896
1929 Ireland, M.W. Medical Department of the U.S. Army SGO
1930 (50) 296-301
1930 Ireland, M.W. Military Obligations of the Medical Profession SGO
1931 (52) 485-487
1930 Miller, C.J. Humanities of Medicine SGO
1931 (52) 488-490
1931 Miller, C.J. Medical Men and Their Lay Critics SGO
1932 (54) 391-396
1931 Kanavel, A.B. Program of the College and the Initiates' Responsibilities SGO
1932 (54) 403-406
1932 Kanavel, A.B. Intangibles in Surgery SGO
1933 (56) 394-397
1932 Squier, J.B. American College of Surgeons Twenty Years of Ambitious Effort SGO
1933 (56) 404-409
1933 Squier, J.B. Hippocratic Code and the New Deal SGO
1934 (58) 407-408
1933 Haggard, W.D. Surgeon of the Wilderness: Ephraim McDowell SGO
1934 (58) 415-419
1934 Haggard, W.D. Background of the American Surgeon SGO
1935 (60) 427-431
1934 Greenough, R.B. Cancer Clinics and Cancer Services in General Hospitals SGO
1935 (60) 441-446
1935 Greenough, R.B. Conscience of the Surgeon SGO
1936 (62) 390-394
1935 Balfour, D.C. The Trend of Surgery SGO
1936 (62) 402-405
1936 Balfour, D.C. Function of the American College of Surgeons
(Retiring Presidential address)
SGO
1937 (64) 565-569
1937 Pool, E.H. Education of a Surgeon - Past and Present SGO
1937 (64) 570-575
1938 Pool, E.H. College and the Cultural Aspects of Surgery SGO
1938 (66) 414-418
1938 Besley, F.A. American College of Surgeons in Retrospect and Prospect on its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary SGO
1939 (68) 419-423
1939 Naffziger, H.C. Metamorphosis of the Surgeon SGO
1940 (70) 374-378
1940 Muller, G.P. The College and American Surgery SGO
1941 (72) 529-533
1941 Graham, E.A. American Surgery in a Changing World SGO
1942 (74) 273-280
1941-1946 None given - War Years
1946 Gallie, W.E Ideals in Surgery SGO
1947 (84) 513-518
1947 Abell, I Spirit of Surgery Bull Am Coll Surg
1947 (32) 208-211
1948 Allen, A.W. Looking Forward Bull Am Coll Surg
1949 (34) 47-50
1949 Phemister, D.C. Evaluation of Full Time and Group Practice for the Clinical Faculty of a Medical School Bull Am Coll Surg
1950 (35) 17-21
1950 Coller, F.A. For the Benefit of the Patients Bull Am Coll Surg
1951 (36) 29-34
1951 Cave, H.W. General Surgeon in the Changing Era Bull Am Coll Surg
1951 (36) 348-351
1952 Ochsner, A. Report to Our Founders Bull Am Coll Surg
1953 (38) 15-23
1953 Foss, H.L. American College of Surgeons - Its Obligations and Responsibilities Greater Now Than Ever (Retiring Presidential Address) Bull Am Coll Surg
1954 (39) 23-26
1953 Rankin, F.W. Responsibility of a Heritage Bull Am Coll Surg
1954 (39) 5-9;59
1954 Blalock, A. Our Obligations and Opportunities Bull Am Coll Surg
1955 (40) 83-86;139
1955 Cole, W.H. Surgical Philosophy Old and New Bull Am Coll Surg
1956 (41) 67-71
1956 Elkin, D.E. But Above All, a Good Doctor Bull Am Coll Surg
1957 (42) 5-8;30-32
1957 Estes, W.L., Jr. Responsibility of Leadership Bull Am Coll Surg
1958 (43) 45-48;75-76
1958 Philpott, N.W. Our College in a Changing World Bull Am Coll Surg
1959 (44) 35-36;48
1959 Wangensteen, O.H. Retrospect and Prospect Bull Am Coll Surg
1960 (45) 23-30;62-66
1960 Ravdin, I.S. Whither Goeth the American Surgeon Bull Am Coll Surg
1961 (46) 10;26-28
1961 Zollinger, R.M. Surgical Tithing Bull Am Coll Surg
1962 (47) 9-12;52
1962 Davis, L. Credo Bull Am Coll Surg
1963 (48) 25-28;52
1963 Dunphy, J.E. Responsibility and Authority in American Surgery Bull Am Coll Surg
1964 (49) 9-12
1964 Priestley, J.T. The Impossible of Yesterday Bull Am Coll Surg
1965 (50)5-8;30-31
1965 Patterson, H. A. This Time Is a Good Time Bull Am Coll Surg
1966 (51) 87-90;118-119
1966 MacKenzie, W.C. Our Destiny Is to Build Bull Am Coll Surg
1967 (52) 33-36
1967 Nesbit, Reed M. Heritage and Obligations of Fellowship Bull Am Coll Surg
1967 (52) 383-389;391-392
1968 Wade, Preston A. Science Alone Is not Enough Bull Am Coll Surg
1969 (54) 5-9
1969 Baker, Joel Wilson A Profession Held in Trust Bull Am Coll Surg
1970 (Jan) 7-11
1970 Mahorner, Howard A Surgeon's Career Bull Am Coll Surg
1970 (Nov) 7-11
1971 Rhoads, J. E. National Health Policies for Improving the Care of the Surgical Patient Bull Am Coll Surg
1971 (Dec) 7-10
1972 Longmire, W.P., Jr. The Surgeon, the System and Patient Care Bull Am Coll Surg
1972 (Nov) 9-12
1973 Welch, C.E. Quality Care, Quasi-care and Quackery Bull Am Coll Surg
1973 (Nov) 7-12
1974 McLaughlin, Charles W. Jr. Here Dwells Our Strength Bull Am Coll Surg
1974 (Nov) 7-13
1975 Scott, H. William Professional Liability—The Crisis and Approaches to the Solution Bull Am Coll Surg
1975 (Nov) 7-15
1976 Dunlop, George R. Medical Costs—Our Common Dilemma Bull Am Coll Surg
1976 (Nov) 7-11
1977 Stinchfield, Frank E. A Call for Unity Bull Am Coll Surg
1977 (Nov) 7-13
1978 Altemeier, William A. Quality Care: Ongoing or Outgoing? Bull Am Coll Surg
1978 (Dec) 12-19
1979 Muller, William H., Jr. Quality Health Care in a Regulated Society Bull Am Coll Surg
1979 (Dec) 7-12
1980 Hardy, James D. The President's Reflections on the American College of Surgeons Bull Am Coll Surg
1980 (Dec) 18-23
1981 Shires, G. Tom The Ongoing Pursuit of High Quality Bull Am Coll Surg
1981 (Dec) 12-18
1982 Beal, John M. Unity of Purpose Bull Am Coll Surg
1982 (Dec) 14-17
1983 Bahnson, Henry T. Challenges Bull Am Coll Surg
1983 (Dec) 6-10
1984 Drake, Charles G. Fellowship: The Benchmark for American Surgery Bull Am Coll Surg
1984 (Dec) 6-10
1985 Sabiston, David C., Jr. Professional Liability in the 1980s: Problems and Solutions Bull Am Coll Surg
1985 (Dec) 6-11
1986 Warren, W. Dean Can One Person Make a Difference? Bull Am Coll Surg
1986 (Dec) 8-10
1987 Hanlon, C. Rollins The Assurance of Quality Bull Am Coll Surg
1987 (Dec) 5-11
1988 Beahrs, Oliver H. The Physician, Patient, & Third Party Bull Am Coll Surg
1988 (Nov) 4-9
1989 Jurkiewicz, M.J. The College, General Surgery, and Fragmentation Bull Am Coll Surg
1989 (Nov) 11-17
1990 Spencer, Frank C. The Vital Role in Medicine of Commitment to the Patient Bull Am Coll Surg
1990 (Nov) 6-19
1991 Straffon, Ralph A. To Think and Act as a Unit Bull Am Coll Surg
1991 (Nov) 6-15
1992 Austen, W. Gerald Surgery is a Great Career Bull Am Coll Surg
1992 (Dec) 6-22
1993 MacLean, Lloyd D. Wangensteen's Surgical Forum: A Legacy of Research Bull Am Coll Surg
1993 (Dec) 8-16
1994 Walt, Alexander J. The uniqueness of American Surgical Education and Its Preservation Bull Am Coll Surg
1994 (Dec) 8-20
1995 Leffall, LaSalle D., Jr. Reaffirmation of fealty -- To serve all Bull Am Coll Surg
1995 (Dec) 11-21
1996 Murray, David G. "Some of the King's Horses..." Bull Am Coll Surg
1996 (Dec) 12-17
1997 Schwartz, Seymour I. Credo, Conduct, and Credibility Bull Am Coll Surg
1997 (Dec) 8-13
1998 Sheldon, George F. Professionalism, Managed Care, and the Human Rights Movement Bull Am Coll Surg
1998 (Dec) 13-33
1999 Thompson, James C. Contribution of Surgical Research to Patients and Surgeons J Am Coll Surg
2000 (Apr) 391-403
2000 Bender, Harvey W., Jr. Omnibus per artem fedemaque prodesse: To Serve All with Skill and Fidelity Bull Am Coll Surg
2000 (Dec)8-13
2001 Jones, R. Scott Medicine, Government, and Capitalism J Am Coll Surg
2002 (Feb) 111-120
2002 Sabo, Richard R. The Challenge of Emerging Surgical Technology: The College Can Help Bull Am Coll Surg
2002 (Dec) 8-14
2003 Organ, Claude H., Jr. You Can Make a Difference Bull Am Coll Surg
2003 (Dec) 8-12
2004 Laws, Edward R. Harvey Cushing and the Unity of Surgery Bull Am Coll Surg
2004 (Dec) 8-12
2005 Anderson, Kathryn D. Crises in Humanity Bull Am Coll Surg
2005 (Dec) 10-16
2006 Copeland, Edward M. The Role of a Mentor in Creating a Surgical Way of Life Bull Am Coll Surg
2006 (Dec) 8-13
2007 Healy, Gerald B. Competence, Safety, Quality: The Path of the 21st Century Bull Am Coll Surg
2007 (Dec) 8-13
2008 Cameron, John L John Miller Turpin Finney: The First President of the American College of Surgeons J Am Coll Surg
2009 (Mar) 327-332
2009 McGinnis, LaMar S., Jr. Professionalism in the 21st century Bull Am Coll Surg
2009 (Dec) 8-18
2010 Britt, L.D. ACS: A Legacy of Leadership
PDF | Online
Bull Am Coll Surg
2010 (Dec) 15-16
2011 Numann, Patricia J. Stewardship of Our Profession Bull Am Coll Surg
2011 (Dec) 24-28
2012 Eastman, A.B. The Next Hundred Years
PDF | Online

J Am Coll Surg
2013 (Feb) 177-183

2013 Pellegrini, Carlos A. The Surgeon of the Future: Anchoring Innovation and Science with Moral Values
PDF | Online

Bull Am Coll Surg
2013 (Dec) 8-14

2014 Warshaw, Andrew L. Achieving Our Personal Best: Back to the Future of The American College of Surgeons
PDF | Online

Bull Am Coll Surg
2014 (Dec) 9-18

2015 Richardson, J. David Challenges for the second century
PDF | Online

Bull Am Coll Surg
2015 (Dec) 9-13

2016 Townsend, Courtney M., Jr. Do What’s Right for the Patient: Franklin H. Martin and the American College of Surgeons
PDF | Online

Bull Am Coll Surg
2016 (Dec) 13-21

2017

Bass, Barbara Lee

The Joy and Privilege of a Surgical Career