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Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host our sixth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 6–9 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in their roles.

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Reasons to Attend in 2017

Join more than 400 College leaders, ACS members, residents, and medical students for the 2017 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit. The Leadership portion of the meeting will include a full day of sessions devoted to building communication and strategic thinking skills for effective leadership in and out of the operating room. Topics for 2017 will focus on burnout, resilience, teamwork, challenging situations in leadership, leading the five generations, ethics in leadership and much, much more. In addition, a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to working with you to help strengthen your 65 ACS Chapters.

The Advocacy portion of the meeting will provide you with the opportunity to hear the legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf under the new administration, and will bring together ACS surgeon and surgical resident members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about legislative and health policy priorities, and advocate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

General Schedule

Saturday, May 6: ACS Committee Meetings and Leadership and Advocacy Summit Opening Reception

Sunday, May 7: Leadership Summit Program and Advocacy Reception and Dinner

Monday, May 8: Advocacy Summit Program

Tuesday, May 9: Hill 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 Connie Bura at or 312-202-5290.

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

2016 Leadership Presentations

The ACS has made many of the Leadership Summit presentations available for viewing. The 2016 Leadership Summit focused on communication and team building, which featured sessions on strategic thinking for effective leadership and preparing for difficult conversations.

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Value of the Leadership and Advocacy Summit

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

Why Attend the Summit?

Surgeons say it best when talking about the importance of participating in the Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

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Sharing the Surgeon’s 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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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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