American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Dear Colleagues,

Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS

It is my sincere pleasure to invite you to attend the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, to be held October 22–26, 2017, in San Diego, CA. The ACS Clinical Congress remains the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress are a broad range of outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers.

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, ACS President, has selected “Do What’s Right for the Patient” as this year’s theme. The Program Committee, under the leadership of Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, and the ACS Division of Education, led by Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, has developed an outstanding, cutting-edge Scientific Program to address critical education and training needs and equip surgeons with skills to achieve the best outcomes in the ever-changing environment of health care.

The Clinical Congress 2017 program addresses essential clinical and nonclinical content. An exciting series of Named Lectures will again be delivered by world-renowned experts in their respective fields. Didactic/Experiential and Surgical Skills Courses will focus on acquisition of knowledge and skills through best practices in education and training methods. More than 110 Panel Sessions on relevant topics will be offered. The Scientific Forum will include surgical research presentations and posters. New this year, all posters will be e-posters and will be available for viewing throughout the entire Clinical Congress. Video-Based Education Sessions will showcase surgical procedures. Meet-the-Expert Sessions and Town Hall Meetings will offer a more informal learning experience.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment Credit will be available for most sessions, including CME Credit for poster rounds. Certificates of Verification will be provided for Skills and Didactic Courses. Also, many sessions will address specific regulatory mandates for licensure.

On behalf of the American College of Surgeons, I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Best regards,

Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Board of Regents

ACS Program Committee


Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY


Henri R. Ford, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA


Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV
Joshua A. Broghammer, MD, FACS, Kansas City, KS
David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA 
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, Rochester, MN
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL 
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY
Nicolas Mouawad, MD, Bay City, MI 
David A. Spain, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA


Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA
Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, New York, NY


Robert R. Bahnson, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH
Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, Houston, TX
Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS, Norfolk, VA 
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA 
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA


Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Chicago, IL
Richard V. King, PhD, Chicago, IL 
M. Jane Burns, MJ(C), Chicago, IL
Jana M. Stringfellow-Estell, BS, Chicago, IL