Achieving our Personal Best – Back to the Future of the American College of Surgeons
Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS
As he begins his term of office, 95th President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, reflects on the legendary life of another Boston surgeon, the late Ernest Amory Codman, MD, FACS, whom Dr. Warshaw calls a “man ahead of his time.” Dr. Codman was well known for advocating the “End Result Idea” in medicine: the common-sense premise that hospital staffs would follow every patient they treated long enough to determine whether treatment was successful, and if not, how they could learn from failures to prevent a similar fate for their future patients. Dr. Codman’s ideas have become the basis of patient-centered, quality-based surgery promoted in ACS standards and in current-day medical practice.
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