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Leadership & Advocacy Summit

2018 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit took place May 19–22, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

More than 500 ACS leaders and members attended the Leadership Summit May 20. Attendees enjoyed presentations from notable speakers from the medical and academic worlds on topics that included mentoring for a career in surgical leadership, applying ethics in surgical leadership, having impact on lives beyond your practice, leading in times of crisis, managing change, leading complex teams, and thinking strategically.

Leaders from four ACS chapters shared success stories focused on unified advocacy in Florida; new says of engaging residents and young surgeons; and chapter advocacy, recruiting and bleeding control in California. Leadership Summit attendees also had the opportunity to participate in state breakouts to network and identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. The 2018 Leadership Summit provided relevant, specific and actionable information and takeaways on the characteristics of strong leaders and leadership qualities.

More than 300 surgeons and surgery trainees participated in the Advocacy Summit May 21–22. Advocacy Summit sessions focused on ACS health policy priorities, as well as the political environment in Washington, DC. Specifically, panelists—including experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—addressed regulatory reform and reducing administrative burdens, health care reform, and the opioid epidemic. The program also incorporated comprehensive advocacy training and legislative issue briefings to prepare attendees for Tuesday’s congressional visits. Attendees advocated on a range of issues, such as reducing regulatory burdens associated with evaluation and management documentation, ensuring an adequate surgical workforce in underserved areas, and addressing opioid misuse and abuse while maintaining the ability to treat patients for pain.

During their visits on Capitol Hill, members had an opportunity to apply this knowledge with lawmakers and congressional staff while educating them about key ACS legislative priorities affecting surgeons and surgical patients. A record number of attendees representing more than 45 states participated in more than 275 meetings—nearly 100 of which involved members of Congress.

2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Save the date for the 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, and encourage your colleagues to attend.


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

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

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