In 2001, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors voted unanimously to establish a new, more flexible 501c(6) affiliated corporation, the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA), to offer a broader range of activities and services benefiting surgeons and patients, including an expanded legislative advocacy program featuring a political action committee (PAC). The formation of the 501c(6) ensures that the College can continue to maintain the standard-setting educational activities that remain at the core of its mission. Additional information and resources can be found by visiting SurgeonsVoice.org and SurgeonsPAC.org.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) holds a restrictive 501c(3) tax-exempt status that limits the range of services it can provide to and on behalf of its Fellows. Most notably, the College's tax classification forbids participation in political activity of any kind.
To ensure the College continues to maintain the standard-setting and educational activities that have always been at the heart of its mission, in 2001, the ACS Board of Governors unanimously voted to establish a new, more flexible 501c(6) affiliated corporation, the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (ACSPA), to offer a broader range of activities and services benefitting surgeons and patients, including an expanded legislative advocacy program featuring a political action committee (PAC). Any active, U.S. dues-paying members and green card holders (and their spouses) as well as ACS employees are invited to support the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC.
In addition to advocacy and political activities, the ACSPA structure allows for the creation of new educational and credentialing programs, and the ability to provide: management services to other associations, market new insurance and investment products, and more. Currently, the ACSPA only houses the expanded legislative action program.
Surgeons hold a single and seamless membership in both the College and in ACSPA.
Annual dues dollars are not used to fund or support the College’s political activities. All political efforts are financed through voluntary, personal contributions from ACSPA members made directly to the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC. A small portion of dues receipts will be retained by the ACSPA to finance the legislative support program, and as a result, will no longer be deductible from federal income taxes as a business expense. The exact dollar amount (somewhere in the range of 3 to 5 percent of dues) is listed on the back of your annual dues statement.
L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon)
Anthony Atala, MD, FACS
John L.D. Atkinson, MD, FACS
Francoise P. Chagnon, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Annesley (AJ) W. Copeland, MD, FACS
James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS
Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS
Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS
Henri R. Ford, MD, FACS
James W. Gigantelli, MD, FACS
Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FACS, FRCSC
Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS
Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS
Anton N. Sidawy, MD, FACS
Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS
Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS
Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS
David J. Welsh, MD, MBA, FACS
Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy
Manager, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots
For questions or to learn more about the College’s advocacy and political activities, contact Katie Oehmen, Manager, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots, at 202-672-1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the College’s federal legislative efforts, contact Kristin McDonald, Manager, Legislative and Political Affairs, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, at 202-672-1512 or email@example.com.
Questions about membership and the annual dues statements should be referred to the Division of Member Services at 1-800-621-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about SurgeonsPAC contributions should be referred to the ACSPA at 202-672-1520 or email@example.com.