The American College of Surgeons (ACS) actively participates in the meetings of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates (AMA HOD). Currently, the College supports an active delegation, including: John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, Ocala, FL (delegation chair); Brian Gavitt, MD, Los Angeles, CA (also serves as the ACS delegate to the AMA Young Physicians Section); Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, Rochester, NY; Leigh Neumayer, MD, FACS, Salt Lake City, UT; Naveen Sangji, MD, Boston, MA; and Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL (also serves on AMA Council on Medical Education).
The House of Delegates is the principal policymaking body of the AMA and functions like a Congress. State medical societies and national specialty societies are represented in the House, and during these meetings ACS delegates advocate for resolutions and reports on a variety of issues of interest to surgery. The College has introduced and successfully passed resolutions dealing with reimbursement for ultrasound imaging in the office; medical liability reform relating to expert witness qualifications and affirmation statements; studying the issue of specialty hospitals to determine their impact on the health care system; and development of patient safety principles for office-based surgery.
ACS delegates are leaders in the Surgical Caucus of the AMA, which is managed by staff of the College. The Caucus provides an opportunity for all surgeons in the HOD to meet and discuss resolutions and reports, and take in an educational session focusing on a topic of interest to surgery.
The ACS delegation is staffed through the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy. Questions relating to the AMA House of Delegates and the Surgical Caucus may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.