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Advisory Council for Urology News: Summer 2019

Greetings from the Council

Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS

The Advisory Council for Urologycarries out a number of responsibilities on behalf of the more than 4,700 urologist members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). These tasks include the following: creating content for the Clinical Congress through our Program Committee and Scientific Forum representatives; nominating members of the College to important governing bodies and awards of distinction; and providing input to the College through various committees, specifically the Advisory Council, Program Committee, Board of Governors, our Advisory Council Pillar representatives, and the Board of Regents.

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, represents urologist members on the ACS Committee on Trauma, which has a focus on advocacy, injury prevention, firearm safety, Stop the Bleed®, and other topical areas. The advisory council has engaged the American Urological Association (AUA) leadership regarding a proposal to bring the Stop the Bleed training to the AUA annual meeting in 2020. This program provides training to health care providers and the general public on measures to control bleeding in mass casualty and other trauma-related events.

Best regards,
Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Advisory Council for Urology

Advisory Council Updates

2019 Urological Meeting

Members of the American College of Surgeons met with representatives from the (AUA) August 11–12, at ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, to explore opportunities for strategic alignment and collaboration on key issues affecting surgeons.

Pictured are (left to right): Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, (ACS Regent); Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, (AUA public policy chair); Michael T. Sheppard, CPA, CAE (AUA chief executive officer); John D. Denstedt, MD, FACS (AUA secretary); Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, (ACS President-elect); David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, (ACS Executive Director); Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, (ACS Director, Division of Member Services); Bradley Elliott, CAE, (ACS Associate Director, Division of Member Services); John H. Lynch, MD, FACS, (AUA President); and Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS (AUA immediate past-president).

ACS Clinical Congress

Clinical Congress 2019 offers a wide variety of sessions and courses designed to meet the highest possible standards of education and training, and many topics are of great relevance to our specialty. This year’s Martin Memorial Lecturer is Nina Totenberg, who will be presenting The Health of the Supreme Court. Visit the ACS website to see the entire specialty track and to view the educational program schedule.

During Clinical Congress 2018, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health delivered the Martin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the AUA. Dr. Collins provided an insightful summary of the impact of the organization in a presentation titled NIH: The National Institutes of Hope.


Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD

ACS Board of Regents Report

An outside consulting group, Weber Shandwick, has been engaged to help develop a global integrated communication strategy to improve messaging with ACS fellows. A new, more personalized College News Scope called My ACS NewsScope is now available, which provides users with individually tailored health-related, economic, and global health care issues content via an artificial intelligence algorithm based on user preferences.

Collaboration among ACS Divisions, Advisory Councils and the Board of Governors is an ongoing priority. 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.


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.

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Urostomy Home Skills Program

The Urostomy Home Skills Kit supports patients with educational and simulation materials to assist them in learning the skills needed for optimal postoperative recovery. The standardized interactive program was developed by ACS in collaboration with the AUA, Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurses, and the United Ostomy Associations of America.

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Urologists in the News

Anthony R. Mundy, PhD (Hon), MS, FRCP, FRCS, FACS (Hon)Honorary membership in the College was awarded to Anthony R. Mundy, PhD (Hon), MS, FRCP, FRCS, FACS (Hon) of London, England.

Woodson Smelser, MDWoodson Smelser, MD, represents a rising generation of surgeons committed to the College through service, advocacy, and scholarship. Currently chief resident in urology at the University of Kansas, Dr. Smelser has served the Advisory Council for Urology as the Resident and Associate (RAS) Representative since 2016, and the council has benefitted greatly from his dedication and productive contributions to the College.

Hunter Wessells, MD, FACSHunter B. Wessells, MD, FACS, delivered the annual John K. Lattimer Lecture—Diabetes and Urological Disease: No Sugar Coating—at the 2019 annual meeting of the AUA. Dr. Wessells outlined the UroEDIC study, which showed that a subgroup of patients with diabetes have urological symptoms only in an intermittent fashion, “flip-flopping” between symptoms and the absence of symptoms. “We believe that what’s driving this is really important to understand, because maybe this is where the keys are to remission, prevention and intervention,” said Dr. Wessells, who suggested that new trials should be designed with an aim to delay or prevent onset of specific urological complications.

In Memoriam

Bedford Waters, MD, FACSThe ACS, the Advisory Council for Urology, and urology as a profession lost one of its preeminent figures, W. Bedford Waters, MD, FACS, who passed away on May 24, 2019, at his home in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Waters was honored only weeks before in Chicago with the AUA Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing urologic oncology and inspiring diversity in the field of urology.

Dr. Waters—the second-ever African-American graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine—served on the advisory council as a representative of the American Board of Urology from 2005 to 2008.

W. Bedford Waters, MD, FACS transformed many lives as a physician, leader, teacher, mentor, and friend—this is his legacy.

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