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

News from the Neurological Surgery Advisory Council: Winter 2019

Message from the Chair

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery, convened at the Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA, to discuss topics and activities relevant to the practice of neurological surgery.

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

William C. Welch, MD, FACS
Advisory Council Chair

Advisory Council Updates

Advisory Council Membership

Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANSThank you to Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, who completed her second term on the advisory council as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) representative to the ACS Board of Governors. Dr. Timmons has also served on the council as a representative from the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS), and served as council chair from 2012–016. We appreciate her leadership on the council and Board of Governors. We wish Dr. Timmons continued leadership success as president of the AANS and as president of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society.

Clinical Congress 2018

The Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery sponsored the Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture, which was titled Slow Ideas: Scaling Surgery and presented by Atul A. Gawande, MD, MPH, FACS. The lecture described changes in the practice of surgery and why some changes are more quickly accepted than others. The at-capacity lecture was standing room only, and the session is available as a webcast to ACS membership.

Atul A. Gawande

The Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery also sponsored Iatrogenic Nerve Injuries: Techniques of Avoidance and Management at Clinical Congress 2018, moderated by Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FACS, and L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS. The session focused on the general characteristics of nerve injury during neurosurgical procedures.

The development of an educational taxonomy for Clinical Congress programming will bring an organized view of what the membership wants, needs, and expects in order to participate at the annual meeting. This taxonomy will serve as a time-defined map through which programming that is in alignment with both the membership’s educational gaps as well as the membership’s wants and needs can be tracked and developed.

ACS Program Committee Liaison: Call for Nominations

Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FACS, will be completing his second term as the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery’s liaison to the ACS Program Committee in October. This position is responsible for submitting proposals for Panel Sessions, which if selected, will be presented at the ACS Clinical Congress. The advisory council shares ideas for topics and moderators, and the liaison submits proposals to the ACS Program Committee. The surgeon in this role also communicates with the liaisons from the other specialty Advisory Councils on topics for multidisciplinary Panel Sessions. The term for this advisory council liaison position is three years, with eligibility for appointment to a second term. Ideally, the new Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery ACS Program Committee liaison will work with Dr. Prestigiacomo during the coming year in planning for the 2020 ACS Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL.

Please e-mail Dr. Prestigiacomo or the advisory council regarding your interest in the liaison position.

Neurosurgeon Scholars in the News

Maya BabuMaya Babu, MD, MBA, was the ACS/American Association of Neurological Surgeons Health Policy Scholar in June 2018, and participated in the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management presented by the Heller School of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Applications for ACS Membership

Congratulations to the diplomates who recently received their American Board of Neurological Surgery certificates. We hope that you will continue to enjoy the value of ACS membership and submit your application for Fellowship.

2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

The College, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards. These annual awards recognize surgeons who have made significant contributions to communities in need of surgical aid, via organized volunteer activities, through the dedication of their surgical career to the underserved, or through a retirement characterized by surgical outreach.

All nominations must be received by February 15, 2019. For more information, contact or visit the awards web page.