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Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery consists of representatives from the Board of Regents and four specialty societies—American Academy of Pediatrics–Surgical Section, American Pediatric Surgical Association, Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors, and Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons; two representatives from the Board of Governors; and one representative from the American Board of Surgery. The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery is a committee of the Board of Regents and has been assigned the following functions:

  • Serve as a liaison in the communication of information to and from pediatric surgery societies and the Board of Regents.
  • Advise the Board of Regents on policy matters and policy formations relating to pediatric surgery.
  • Discuss matters the Advisory Council wishes to present to the Board of Regents or other appropriate American College of Surgeons (ACS) departments or committees.
  • Nominate Fellows from pediatric surgery to serve on College committees and other committees and organizations.
  • Provide pediatric surgery input into the development of general and specialty sessions, including postgraduate courses, for the College’s Clinical Congress.

Within the past several years, with the support of the College’s Board of Regents, the Advisory Council has begun to serve an expanded role within the College. The responsibility of serving as a conduit of communication between the College and Pediatric Surgery has been targeted as crucial, particularly as the practice of surgery is facing changes and uncertainty under the managed care environment.

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. You may forward your comments to the Council's staff liaison at

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Pediatric Surgery News

Find out the latest news and activities from the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery.

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Value of ACS Membership

The College's top priority is providing value for its members. Members can take advantage of opportunities and resources available for specialty surgeons. FACS indicates a commitment to quality and is well recognized by referring surgeons.

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Join the Community

The ACS Pediatric Surgery Community allows you to connect, engage, and share information with your fellow members. You can share best practices, ask advice, and share your experiences. Check out the latest discussions in your community!


Pediatric Surgical Societies

Advisory Council membership includes representatives from the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (CAPS).

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Statement on Anesthetics

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery developed a statement on the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in children and pregnant women, which the ACS Board of Regents approved at its February 2017 meeting in Chicago, IL.

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Associate to Fellow

Transition your Membership to Fellowship

Associate Fellows, have you thought about becoming FACS when you are eligible? Do you wonder what this step might entail, how long it will take, and what it might mean for your career? Listen as Erin Garvey, MD, FACS, talks about making the transition.

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