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Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the eighth annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2 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.

The Leadership Summit offered compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. A portion of the event was dedicated to sharing ACS Chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. Your leadership makes a difference.

The topics covered during the Leadership Summit included:

  • Getting to the C-Suite: How to Advance in Your Surgical Career
  • Leading + Coaching = Better Physician Performance
  • Leading Change: Advancements in Care through Information Technology
  • Mentorship Malpractice and Missteps: Avoiding Error Traps for Mentors and Mentees
  • Leadership: Why, Not What!
  • Just Smile and Keep Dancing—Effective Negotiation for the Novice, the Seasoned, and the Grizzled

The Advocacy Summit highlighted several legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and brought together ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about health policy priorities, and participate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

Attending the Summit in Washington, DC, offers the opportunity to

  • Advocate to improve surgical patient care
  • Engage influential decision makers
  • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to become more involved
  • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
  • Enhance your leadership and mentoring 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.

Value of the Summit

Kimberly Davis, MD, FACS, talks about the Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Kimberly Davis, MD, FACS, says topics discussed at Summit have helped her to understand leadership issues both in and out of the operating room.

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