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Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery News: Winter 2015

Winter 2015

Arun K. Gosain, MD, FACS, Editor and Chair, Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

Introduction from the Council Chair

As Chair of the Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Advisory Council to the American College of Surgeons (ACS), I would like to take this opportunity to update our ACS members who are plastic surgeons on the activities of your Council and the projects that we are working on with our colleagues at the College.

I would like to begin by acknowledging and congratulating our plastic surgery colleague Raymond F. Morgan, MD, FACS, who has served for nine years as a member of the ACS Board of Regents and as the Board of Regents representative to the ACS Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Advisory Council. This position is a tremendous honor that Dr. Morgan has earned through his tireless dedication to the College, including his work on the Member Services Liaison Committee, Finance Committee, Committee on Ethics, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents. Ray maintained an intelligent, common-sense approach during his tenure on the Board. His determined advocacy on behalf of his fellow plastic surgeons has made a lasting difference in the College, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude!

We would also like to recognize William Y. Hoffman, MD, FACS, who has completed his final year with the Advisory Council after serving us for six years as the representative from the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS). Dr. Hoffman was a dedicated member of the Council and faithfully attended all meetings and provided valuable insight in representing ACAPS.

Congratulations to Christian Vercler, MD, FACS, the outgoing representative from the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS), who was inducted as a FACS at the Clinical Congress.

New members to the Advisory Council include Jeffrey Janis, MD, FACS, who will serve as the ACAPS representative to the Council, and Douglas Helm, MD, who will serve as the representative from RAS-ACS. Linda Phillips, MD, FACS, will serve as the Board of Regents representative.

In 2015, there were 1,679 Initiates to the ACS, of which 101 were plastic surgeons. Plastic surgery had the second highest number of initiates to the College of all specialties.

A specialty page on ACS member benefits for plastic surgeons has been developed, and it includes a copy of the specialty flyer “I’m a plastic surgeon. Why should I join the ACS?” To further inform candidates of the advantages of joining the College, I recruited a plastic surgery resident, Elbert Vaca, MD, and created a video question and answer session advising the resident of the advantages of joining the ACS both as a resident and for the duration of his career. Please share the value of ACS membership with your colleagues or partners who may not be ACS members, and share the flyer at your state and regional meetings to encourage other plastic surgeons to join our ranks.

The Advisory Council serves a key role in identifying leaders in plastic surgery. Three names were submitted to the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors as nominees to serve as a Regent following completion of Ray Morgan’s term. The Advisory Council also provided three names to serve as nominees for directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Finally, four names were provided as nominees to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for two seats on the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery. The Advisory Council also provided nominations with supporting letters for plastic surgeons to be considered for the prestigious Jacobson and Sheen Awards of the ACS.

Recent Activities

ACS Patient Education

The ACS website has been updated with improvements to the Find a Surgeon tool, which includes the capability to fill out a contact form or obtain contact information while reviewing a surgeon’s profile. The ACS Surgical Patient Education Program has launched a Quit Smoking Before Surgery campaign along with a visually appealing, well-designed handout that will help plastic surgeons meet the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirement for providing counseling on smoking cessation.

The Aging Surgeon

The Board of Regents approved a position statement regarding the aging surgeon, which will be published and online soon. As most can imagine, this subject is a difficult one, and the College leadership has proceeded cautiously in setting the right tone for the document.

Restructuring of the Advisory Councils

I was part of a task force of Advisory Council Chairs formed to mimic the Board of Governors’ representative committees based on the five pillars of College activities. Each of the 13 Advisory Councils has nominated one person to the five pillar working groups. These groups will meet during the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in the spring and at the Clinical Congress in the fall in conjunction with their colleagues on the Board of Governors. They will report back to their respective Advisory Councils. The Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery representatives are:

  • Arun K. Gosain, MD, FACS (Communication)
  • Greg Evans, MD, FACS (Education)
  • Mike Edwards, MD, FACS (Member Services)
  • Karol Gutowski, MD, FACS (Quality)
  • Kant Lin, MD, FACS (Advocacy)

Children's Surgery Verification Pilot

A multidisciplinary, multi-society task force through the College and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) continues its effort to improve safety in pediatric surgery by holding hospitals that perform surgery on children to a uniform set of standards. This effort is modeled after the College’s trauma designation program and entails voluntary verification site visits to ensure that hospitals are properly resourced and staffed to care for the children who are operated on there. The pilot site visits were completed in the spring of 2015, and the pilot verification program will get going in earnest early this winter.

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) is one of the most significant databases available to practitioners today, and it has become a major benchmark by which hospitals evaluate patient outcomes relative to outcomes for similar procedures done throughout the country. The Advisory Council has asked the ACS to put our Advisory Council in touch with the ACS Plastic Surgery Task Force group that played a vital role in organizing the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for the Procedure Targeted “procedures of interest” specific to plastic surgery within the ACS NSQIP database. By opening this line of communication, our Advisory Council can have meaningful input into the parameters recorded by ACS NSQIP when tracking the outcomes of these procedures

ACS Clinical Congress

Our Program Committee Representative, Gregory Evans, MD, FACS, also deserves special recognition for his work on our behalf. Dr. Evans’ experience in recruiting excellent content for the educational material at Clinical Congress has served to represent our specialty well at the annual meetings of the ACS. His success in this position is evidenced by the rich plastic surgery content at each Clinical Congress over the past six years.

At Clinical Congress 2015, Advisory Council-sponsored sessions included Controversies in Breast Reconstruction and Current Treatments in Lymphedema, both held in conjunction with general surgery, and What Works and What Doesn’t: An Update on Wound Healing, which was held in conjunction with the ACS Patient Education Committee.

Dr. Evans has further guided the process by helping the Advisory Council develop a taxonomy for plastic surgery topics presented at the Clinical Congress. This categorization will help guide the selection of future sessions so that we continue to integrate plastic surgery with our colleagues in the College and develop panels that have broad interest across specialties.

Honors and Awards

Scholarship Opportunities

Apply for the ACS and ASPS Health Policy Scholarship

The ACS and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 12–18, 2016. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. Application information is available on the ACS website.

More information on other ACS scholarship and research opportunities is available on the ACS website.

Dates for Future ACS Meetings

ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit

April 9–12, 2016
Washington, DC

ACS Clinical Congress

October 16–20, 2016
Washington, DC

Roster of Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

Arun K. Gosain, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL

Keith E. Brandt, MD, FACS, St. Louis, MO
American Association of Plastic Surgeons

Howard M. Clarke, MD, FACS, Toronto, ON
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS, New York, NY
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Susan E. Downey, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA
Governor / American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS, Las Vegas, NV
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, FACS, Orange, CA
Program Representative

Scot B. Glasberg, MD, FACS, New York, NY
Governor / American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Adam H. Hamawy, MD, FACS, Rye, NY
Young Surgeon Representative / American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Douglas L. Helm, MD, Weymouth, MA
ACS Resident and Associate Society

Jeffrey E. Janis, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH
American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

William M. Kuzon, Jr., MD, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI
Governor / American Association of Plastic Surgeons

Kant Y.K. Lin, MD, FACS, Charlottesville, VA
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

Babak J. Mehrara, MD, FACS, New York, NY
ACS Scientific Forum Representative

Linda G. Phillips, Galveston, TX
ACS Board of Regents

Loren S. Schechter, MD, FACS, Morton Grove, IL
Plastic Surgery Foundation

Alex K. Wong, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA
Plastic Surgery Research Council

ACS Staff Liaisons

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, Member Services

Mark Peterson, Advisory Council Administrator