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About the ACSPA

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.

A Note about Membership Dues

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.


Questions about membership and the annual dues statements should be referred to the Division of Member Services at 1-800-621-4111 or

Questions about SurgeonsPAC contributions should be referred to the ACSPA at 202-672-1520 or