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Advisory Council for Colorectal Surgery News: Summer 2019

David Beck, MD, FACSMessage from the Chair

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) continues to be an important organization for colorectal surgeons, and I would like to take this opportunity to update our ACS members who are colorectal surgeons on the activities of your council and the projects we are working on with our colleagues at the College.

The following updates describe how you can get involved with the College and have your voice heard in the House of Surgery

David Beck, MD, FACS
Advisory Council Chair

ACS Board of Regents Report

An outside consulting group, Weber Shandwick, has been engaged to help develop a global integrated communication strategy to improve communication with ACS Fellows. Updates on this strategy are forthcoming.

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Collaboration among ACS Divisions, Advisory Councils, and the Board of Governors are an ongoing priority, and to this end, joint meetings of the Advisory Council Pillars with the Board of Governor Pillars were held during the 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, in Washington, DC. (The 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit will be held March 28-31.)

The Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons was developed by the ACS Committee on Ethics and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL. The guidelines, published in the May issue of the Bulletin, are intended to provide guidance for how surgeons can maintain an online presence while adhering to the ACS standards of professionalism.president of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society.


A surgical quality verification program is being developed based on the standards recommended by the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (the Red Book). Site visits have been conducted at various hospitals to pilot test the program.

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was developed through a collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC).The NAPRC is managed by the ACS and CoC with equal representation on the four committees (executive, quality, education, and accreditation) by representatives from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), the College of American Pathologists, and the American College of Radiology. In addition, each committee has representatives of the ACS fellowship. We thank the OSTRiCH Consortium for having successfully concluded its mission to foster a collaborative platform for these organizations. Today, ACS Fellows and Associate Fellows seeking more information regarding the NAPRC should access the College’s website or reach out to an ACS Quality Programs staff member.

The NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care via a multidisciplinary approach. The NAPRC is based on evidence-based models that emphasize program structure, patient care processes, performance improvement, and performance measures. To date, 12 programs have been accredited by the NAPRC and more than 40 centers have applied for NAPRC accreditation.

Colon and Rectal Surgeons in the News

Dr. NelsonHeidi Nelson, MD, FACS, FASCRS, joined the College’s Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC) in September 2018, as Medical Director, Cancer Programs, Chicago, IL.

Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, continues to serve in his role as the Director of DROPC.

Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, FASCRS, continues to serve as the Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy, in the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, Washington DC.

Dr. McKeeRohini McKee, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS (pictured), is the 2019 ACS/American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Health Policy Scholar. Dr. McKee participated in the Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management in June, which was presented by the Heller School of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

There are three colorectal surgeons Honorary Fellows-Elect who will be inducted as Honorary Fellows at Clinical Congress 2019, in San Francisco, CA:

  • John M. P. Hyland, MD, MCh, FRCSE, FRCSEIre, FACS, Dublin, Ireland
  • Antonio Lacy Fortuny, MD, FASCRS(Hon), Barcelona, Spain
  • Neil Mortensen, MA, MBChB, MD, FRCSEng, FRCPSGlas(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), Oxford, U.K.

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