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

Meet Our Members

Amelia Grover, MD, FACS

Amelia Grover, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Chair
Medical Director, Endocrine Tumor Multidisciplinary Program and Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Grover is a surgical oncologist who specializes in breast and endocrine surgery. She is passionate about the career and talent development of surgeons. The focus of her work is to ensure that surgical faculty career development is inclusive, transparent and equitable. Her ideal is a healthier, engaged and welcoming work environment.

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She believes that a diverse workforce will be better suited for solving issues of health care disparity and creating innovative answers to the challenges we face. She is well suited to lead this challenge given her role as medical director for the Endocrine Tumor Multidisciplinary Program, as the associate program director in the general surgery residency and as a member for the surgical performance improvement team at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as her work in this committee.

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Kathleen A. LaVorgna, MD, FACS

Kathleen LaVorgna, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Vice-Chair
Chair of Surgery, Norwalk Hospital, Western Connecticut Health Network

After graduation from Boston University, Dr. LaVorgna worked for 6 years in biochemical research before deciding to pursue a medical career. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

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A native of Connecticut, she returned after training to practice general surgery, trauma, and acute care surgery at Norwalk Hospital, CT. She served as the Level 2 Trauma Director for 22 years, and remains the Medical Director of the Norwalk Hospital/ Yale University Surgical Physician Assistant Residency Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind in the country.

A member of the ACS since her second year of residency, Dr. LaVorgna currently is Vice-Chair of the ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, and sits on the Board of Governors, representing Connecticut as a governor-at-large. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Women Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and New England Surgical Society.

She has remained active in organized medicine in her state, becoming the first woman president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, during which time she spearheaded their Cultural Competency Program in 2008. She was the second woman president of the Connecticut Chapter of the ACS in 2010, and remains on their board as the Chair of the Legislation Committee.

In addition to the subject of cultural competency and health care disparities, Dr. LaVorgna is passionate about mentoring young women for careers in science and medicine and the elimination of gender bias in STEM professions.

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Babatunde Almaroof MBBS, FACS

Babatunde Almaroof, MBBS, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Young Fellows Association Representative
Vascular Surgeon, Flint, MI

Dr. Almaroof is a vascular surgeon currently in private practice. He has been in practice in Flint, MI, since 2012. His practice involves taking care of a diverse population of patients and hence his passion about having a diverse surgical workforce to help address the disparity in access to health care.


Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (ENGLAND), KM
Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (ENGLAND), KM ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Professor and Vice-Chairman of Surgery; Chief, Division of Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care; Director of Trauma Center & Trauma Program, Department of Surgery, Creighton University School of Medicine and Creighton University Medical Center
Professor of Clinical & Translational Science, Department of Translational Science Creighton University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—Bethesda, MD

Dr. Asensio’s specialty is surgery and his subspecialties are trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

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He served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Trauma of the Southern California Chapter of the ACS and he has participated in the national ACS Committee on Trauma. Dr. Asensio is both a national and an internationally recognized expert in the field of trauma surgery. His area of focused study and expertise is surgical techniques and outcomes for difficult injuries and difficult problems in trauma surgery. His main interests are cardiovascular, thoracic, and complex abdominal and peripheral vascular injuries. He has published extensively in these areas. He has a total of 527 publications and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. His expertise and operative skills have been the subject of documentaries and programs including a 60 Minutes program with Dan Rather, a two-hour documentary on the Discovery Health Channel titled “Medical Maverick” as well as another Discovery Special titled “Surgery Saved My Life—Battlefield Miami”.

Dr. Asensio’s social conscience led him to be involved and concerned with the impact of violence in youth, particularly the Hispanic youth and frequently addresses audiences nationally and internationally regarding urban violence and education. He has received multiple humanitarian of the year awards and commendations including commendations from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, the District Attorney of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council. Dr. Asensio was awarded the Gold Medal of the Mutual Scientific and Philanthropic foundation of The Kings of Spain for his scientific work in difficult injuries and difficult problems in trauma surgery, shock, and exsanguination, for his defense of human rights and Trauma Prevention efforts. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Colombia for Meritorious Services Rendered to The Colombian Military and The Country of Colombia. As well as, in 2015, The Military Order of Merit of Colombia for Bravery and Services rendered to the Colombian Military, The Colombian Military Hospital and the Country of Colombia.

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Karyn Butler, MD, FACS

Karyn Butler, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Consultant
Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Dr. Butler is a professor of surgery, with research interests in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury, ventilator associated pneumonia, outcomes following trauma, delirium in critically ill patients, cognitive simulation in critical care and physician wellness.

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Dr. Butler is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine as well as many prestigious surgical societies.

Dr. Butler has won many awards for teaching and research, has served on multiple study sections for the NIH and military funding mechanisms, has more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and media reports and is the past recipient of six extramural grant awards (NIH and American Heart Association). Dr. Butler has mentored more than 60 medical students, residents, and fellows who have pursued academic careers in acute care surgery.

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Anna Dare, MBChB, PhD
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Resident and Associate Society Representative
General Surgery Resident, University of Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. Dare is a General Surgery resident at the University of Toronto, Canada. Originally from New Zealand, Anna received her medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Auckland.

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She then moved to the United Kingdom to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge as a Commonwealth Woolf Fisher Scholar, prior to moving to Canada to complete her general surgical training. Anna has a long-standing interest in health inequity, which grew from personal and professional experiences of Māori (indigenous) health in her native New Zealand. Her postdoctoral research focuses on understanding the burden of surgical disease in low- and middle-income countries and among minority communities and relating this to potential and realized access to surgical care. In addition to serving as the RAS-ACS Resident representative on the Committee on Diversity Issues, Anna has served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and as a member of the WHO Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgical Care.

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SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Associate Chief of Staff for Quality, Safety and Value, Michael E. DeBakey, Houston VA, TX

Dr. Kuy is a practicing general surgeon and grateful for the opportunity to serve our nation’s heroes. She currently serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Quality, Safety and Value at the Michael E DeBakey Houston VA, home to 5,000 staff at one of the most complex VA facilities.

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Dr. Kuy previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid for the state of Louisiana, working to improve healthcare for 1.6 million children, pregnant women, disabled and indigent patients in a $10.7 billion system. Dr. Kuy is the recipient of the ACS Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, Oregon Health & Sciences University Early Career Achievement Alumni Award for her work to improve healthcare for low income Medicaid women, Ford Family Foundation’s Gerald E. Bruce Award for her work to improve healthcare quality and access for veterans, L’Oréal Paris and Points of Light Foundation’s “Women of Worth” award for her community service supporting wounded veterans, RandomActs.org’s “Caught in the Act” national public service award, and Business Report’s 40 Under 40 Award for her efforts to increase healthcare access for Medicaid patients. Dr. Kuy was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar and completed a healthcare executive training program at the Heller School of Management at Brandeis University. She is thankful for the privilege of serving our veterans.

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Renee McLaughlin, MD, FACS

Renee McLaughlin, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Senior Medical Executive and Director, Value-Based Relationships, Cigna, FL

Dr. McLaughlin is a senior medical executive with Cigna and leads a team focused on the design, implementation, and management of collaborative partnerships with health care providers to improve health outcomes.

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She has extensive experience in this field and speaks regularly in both regional and national forums on value-based health care delivery. She was recently appointed to the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Guiding Committee for CMS.

Prior to joining Cigna in 2005, Dr. McLaughlin was a practicing general and vascular surgeon in a single-specialty practice. She earned a BS at Adrian College, MS at Wayne State University, and completed her graduate and postgraduate medical and surgical training at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently completing her MBA at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She served in the United States Army during the first Gulf war and was awarded the National Defense Medal.

Dr. McLaughlin has a strong interest in LGBT health and workforce issues, and specifically those affecting gender-diverse people. She serves on the leadership team for Cigna's LGBT Colleague Resource Group and is an internal and external resource on transgender-related issues. On behalf of Cigna, she provides workplace and management training to employers, and has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Diversity, a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, a member of the World Professional Association on Transgender Health (WPATH), a member of the Transgender Advisory Committee for Out and Equal, and is a founding board member of OUTLOOK, the Chattanooga, TN LGBT chamber of Commerce. She herself underwent a gender transition in 2013 while maintaining her external-facing corporate position.

She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN, where she spends her free time enjoying Southern culture as well as the waters of the Tennessee River.

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Aeisha Rivers, MD, FACS

Aeisha Rivers, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Breast Surgical Oncologist, Memorial Breast Cancer Center, Florida

Dr. Rivers is a breast surgical oncologist at Memorial Breast Cancer Center. She treats patients with all stages of breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and patients at high risk for developing breast cancer in the future. She also cares for patients with other breast concerns such as benign lumps.

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As a board-certified, fellowship-trained, seasoned breast cancer expert, Dr. Rivers has worked at cancer centers around the country. Many times, she is the first doctor a patient is seeing after learning about their breast cancer diagnosis.

In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Rivers is also involved in clinical research, and has been instrumental in the development and strategic planning for breast cancer programs. She is also actively involved with the American Society of Breast Surgeons and serves on the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Diversity Issues. Dr. Rivers often travels to lecture and present on topics related to breast cancer, breast conserving therapy and components of a comprehensive breast cancer program.

Prior to joining Memorial, Dr. Rivers was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern and the medical director of the Breast Evaluation and the Breast Surgery Clinics at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

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Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS

Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Assistant Professor of Surgery; Associate Director of Diversity in Cancer Research; Co-Director of the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities, New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Dhage is an assistant professor of surgery, the associate director of diversity in cancer research, and co-director of the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities at New York University School of Medicine. Her research is in cancer disparities and cancer genomics.

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She is passionate about patient advocacy and serves on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Young Survival Coalition. She has served the College as a member of the Committee of Diversity Issues and the Board of Governors Surgical Training workgroup.

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Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS

Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Board of Governors Representative
Physician Surveyor, Division of Accreditation and Operations, The Joint Commission

Dr. Simon currently serves as a physician surveyor, division of accreditation and operations for The Joint Commission. Prior to this appointment he was the Chief of Staff for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System. He is a vascular surgeon, a member on the General Surgeon Coding and Reimbursement Committee, and a Governor in the American College of Surgeons.


Brian Williams, MD, FACS

Brian Williams, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Medical Director, Parkland Community Health Institute, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dr. Williams is medical director of the Parkland Community Health Institute. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Williams was an aeronautical engineer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his MD from the University of South Florida. Since then, he has trained and worked at Harvard, Emory, and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is an accomplished surgeon and public speaker, sharing his insight on racial trauma, resilience, and social justice.