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Advocacy Committees

Health Policy and Advocacy Group

The purpose of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group is to identify public policy issues and concerns affecting surgeons and our patients; prioritize these issues and concerns, identify those that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) should focus its attention and resources, and recommend these priorities to the Board of Regents; develop action plans for addressing these issues, including recommending positions and initiatives the College should adopt; expand and monitor mechanisms by which the ACS makes surgeons, our patients, and the public aware of our health policies and agendas; and develop and maintain mechanisms by which legislative and regulatory issues can be addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Chair: Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, Sioux Falls, SD 
Staff: Christian Shalgian, Washington, DC

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and recommending positions on federal legislation and policy issues that come before the U.S. Congress with the potential to affect the needs, interests, and roles of surgeons and surgical patients.

Chair: James W. Gigantelli, MD, FACS, Omaha, NE
Staff: Kristin McDonald, Washington, DC

General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee

Formerly called the CPT/RUC Committee, the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee represents and acts in the interests of general surgeons and their clinical practices regarding regulatory, legislative, and other issues that impact coding, billing, and reimbursement for general surgical services.

Chair: Linda M. Barney, MD, FACS, Dayton, OH
Staff: Vinita Ollapally, Washington, DC

Health Policy Advisory Council

The Health Policy Advisory Council is responsible for fostering an extensive grassroots advocacy network throughout the Fellowship of the College. Councilors are expected to develop expertise on legislative, political, and regulatory issues in order to serve as a two-way communication pathway between Fellows at-large and the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, and to mentor future members of other health care committees.

Chair: Ross Goldberg, MD, FACS, Phoenix, AZ
Staff: Katie Oehmen, Washington, DC


Governed by an appointed executive board, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC (American College of Surgeons Professional Association Political Action Committee) aims to support an advocacy agenda for surgeons and their patients across specialty lines. Through an aggressive grassroots educational and political investment program, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and its members provide financial support to federal office holders who share surgery’s perspective on health care policy issues. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC was established by ACSPA in October 2002.

Chair: Danny R. Robinette, MD, FACS, Fairbanks, AK
Staff: Katie Oehmen, Washington, DC