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Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 28–31, 2020 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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Reasons to Attend in 2020

When attending the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, plan to be in Washington, DC, 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

The Leadership Summit

Download the full 2020 Leadership Summit Agenda

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

Saturday, March 28

5:30–7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Sunday, March 29

7:00–8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am–5:00 pm Leadership Summit Program

The Advocacy Summit

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

Sunday, March 29

6:00–8:30 pm Advocacy Summit Welcome Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Monday, March 30

7:00–8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am–6:00 pm Advocacy Summit Program
7:00–9:30 pm

SurgeonsPAC Fundraising Event

Tuesday, March 31

7:00–9:00 am Breakfast and Capitol Hill Visit Briefing
9:00 am–2:30 pm Capitol Hill Visits
(If you are registering for Capitol Hill meetings, please do not book any travel before 3:00 pm to allow for meeting scheduling flexibility.)


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

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Austin O’Boyle 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.

Cultivating Leaders

How can we take surgical care to the next level?

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

How do you care for patients outside the OR?

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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