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Leadership and Advocacy Summit

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

2013 Advocacy and Leadership Summit

April 18–21, 2015
J.W. Marriott Hotel 
Washington, DC

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host its fourth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, in Washington, DC. The Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates comprehensive and specialized educational sessions focused on the tools needed to be an effective leader, followed by interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to DC congressional offices.

Leadership Summit

Join us for the 2015 Leadership Summit on Sunday, April 19. The Leadership Program will kick off with a Welcome Reception Saturday, April 18, in the evening. On Sunday, attendees will gather to attend presentations by expert speakers on a diverse array of leadership topics including chapter success stories, leading with influence, developing resiliency, and much more. Attendees will convene into breakout groups by states/regions to identify strategies to further develop and enhance their chapters. For questions surrounding the Leadership Summit please contact Donna Tieberg at or 312-202-5361.

“Superb meeting!”

     —John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, State Surgeon General of Florida, Ocala, FL

“Presentations on Emotional Intelligence were outstanding.”

    —James Gigantelli, MD, FACS, ACS Board of Regents, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 

Advocacy Summit

At the 2014 Advocacy Summit more than 200 participants from 44 states attended 229 meetings on Capitol Hill during Lobby Day, held on April 1. Each year, Lobby Day concludes the Advocacy program at the Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Last year’s Summit convened during a pivotal time in health care—when Congress was debating whether to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) or enact a one-year patch through the Protecting Access to Medicare Act described in an article published in the June issue of the Bulletin. Although Congress elected to "kick the can down the road" for another year, Summit attendees delivered a strong message that permanent repeal of the SGR must happen. Other ACS congressional "asks" during Lobby Day centered on medical liability reform, research funding, the 96-hour rule, and trauma and emergency care.

The agenda for the next Advocacy Summit is being developed now. Program topics for the 2015 Summit will again include in-depth and interactive presentations on the legislative process and how to effectively communicate with members of Congress on Lobby day and after. Please continue to check back for the 2015 Leadership and Advocacy Summit agendas. For questions surrounding the Advocacy Summit please contact Sara Morse at or 202-672-1512.

Please continue to check back for the 2015 Leadership and Advocacy Summit agendas!

"The Advocacy Summit has provided me with the opportunity to network with other surgeons who are similarly interested in engaging in the political process and improving the profession and care for our patients. The program offers tangible opportunities to get involved in advocacy and health policy—even as a resident."   

            —Nikki Perez, MD, resident, Atlanta Medical Center, GA

"As a practicing transplant and general surgeon, it was very beneficial for me to spend time at the Advocacy program. I have gained further insight into some of the mechanics behind the new decisions and legislation facing surgery, and where surgery is headed. Overall, this has been an invaluable experience. I believe that every surgeon should attend this meeting."

            —William Kendall, MD, FACS, transplant surgery, Sanford Health, Fargo, ND