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Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provides ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

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Registration is now open! Register by Monday, April 23 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Make your hotel reservations now as rooms are limited, and reservations made after the group room rate deadline are subject to rate and space availability.

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Reasons to Attend in 2018

Join more than 400 College leaders and ACS members for the 2018 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit. The Leadership Summit will begin the evening of Saturday, May 19, with a Welcome Reception open to all registrants, and continues with a full day of sessions on Sunday, May 20. Compelling speakers will address key topics such as mentoring for a career in surgical leadership; ethics in surgical leadership; leading in times of crisis; change management and managing complex teams; and more. In addition, a portion of the Leadership Summit will be dedicated to sharing ACS Chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters.

The Advocacy Summit provides a unique opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a surgeon advocate. The event will begin on Sunday evening, May 20, with a dinner and keynote address, followed by a full day of sessions on Monday, May 21. Topics will focus on the current political environment in Washington, key advocacy and health policy priorities, and additional initiatives the College is pursuing on behalf of our members. Featured speakers will provide updates on important health care policy issues that have the potential to impact the surgical profession, particularly surgeons’ ability to provide quality patient care. Attendees will then apply this knowledge on Tuesday, May 22, during face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill.

Access the full Leadership Summit agenda

General Schedule

Saturday, May 19
5:30–7:00 pm: Leadership Summit Welcome Reception

Sunday, May 20
7:00–8:00 am: Leadership Summit Breakfast
8:00 am–5:00 pm: Leadership Summit Program
6:00–8:30 pm: Advocacy Summit Welcome Reception & Keynote Dinner

Monday, May 21
7:00–8:00 am: Advocacy Summit Breakfast
8:00 am–6:00 pm: Advocacy Summit Program
7:00–9:00 pm: ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC Reception

Tuesday, May 22
7:00–8:00 am: Welcome to Lobby Day Breakfast
9:00 am–3:30 pm: Congressional Visits

Mark your calendars and plan to be in Washington, DC, to

  • Advocate to improve health care
  • Engage influential decision makers
  • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to get involved
  • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
  • Enhance your leadership skills by attending professional development sessions


For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361.

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Michael Carmody at or 202-672-1511.

Why You Should Attend

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Member Services, highlights the benefits of attending the 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

Value of the Summit

Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD, FACS, talks about his first time attending the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit and what he learned from his experience.

Cultivating Leaders

Cultivating the Surgeon Leaders of Tomorrow

Young surgeon leaders are the future of the profession. Hear how ACS helps surgeons foster leadership skills that can take their careers and patient care to the next level.

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Share Your Voice

ACS is the voice of all surgeons across all specialties. If we aren’t advocating to inform policies that affect our practice and patient care, someone else will. Hear why it’s imperative for surgeons to get involved and influence the future of surgery.

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