American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Icons in Surgery (previously Heroes in Surgery) is a series managed by the Committee on Video Based Education and presented at Clinical Congress. The presentations honor the lives and accomplishments of noteworthy Fellows.

2019 Presentations

Patricia K. Donahoe, MD, FACSPatricia K. Donahoe, MD, FACS

Presented by Allan M. Goldstein, MD, FACS

Patricia K. Donahoe, MD, FACS was the first female surgical resident in Boston and the first female professor of surgery at Harvard University. She is currently the Director of Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories and Chief Emerita of Pediatric Surgical Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Donahoe is celebrated for her contribution to the understanding of the molecular and genetic causes of congenital anomalies, with over 230 peer-reviewed publications.


Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, FACSThomas J. Fogarty, MD, FACS

Presented by Thomas M. Krummel, MD, FACS

Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, FACS, cardiovascular surgeon and inventor, revolutionized surgery with the invention of the Fogarty® Embolectomy Balloon Catheter to treat blood clots. Dr. Fogarty has more than 100 surgical patents, and in 2001, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also received the American College of Surgeons' Jacobson Innovation Award for his commitment to developing industry-standard surgical instrumentation.


LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, FACSLaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, FACS

Presented by Edward E. Cornwell III, MD, FACS, FCCM, FWACS(HON)

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, FACS had a long and eminent career as a surgical oncologist and medical educator, serving as Howard University's chairman of the Department of Surgery for 25 years. Dr. Leffall was dedicated to addressing health care disparities in cancer patients, specifically among African Americans. He was the first African American to serve as President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Leffall died of cancer on May 25, 2019.


Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon)Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon)

Presented by Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, FACS

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon) is a world-renowned leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. In 2018, he retired from his position as chair of the University of Washington's Department of Surgery after 23 years, where he also led the university's Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery. Dr. Pellegrini served as the 94th President of the American College of Surgeons from 2013-2014, and is a member of the Board of The Joint Commission.


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