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


Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress to be held for the first time in Boston, MA, on October 21–25, 2018. 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 stellar Named Lectures and Panel Presentations, cutting-edge Scientific Sessions, unique hands-on and didactic learning opportunities, and discussions on the most important advances in surgical practices, along with unparalleled access to your peers.

The Clinical Congress 2018 program addresses essential clinical and nonclinical content. Eleven Named Lectures will be delivered by renowned faculty. Fifteen Didactic Courses and 14 Skills Courses will be offered. More than 115 Panel Sessions will be offered. The Scientific Forum will include exciting surgical research presentations and e-Posters. Video-Based Education Sessions will showcase important surgical procedures. Also, Meet-the-Expert Sessions and Town Hall Meetings will provide more informal learning experiences. Continuing Medical Education Credit and Self-Assessment Credit will be available for most sessions, including CME Credit for e-Poster rounds. Certificates of Verification will be provided for Skills and Didactic Courses. Also, many sessions will address specific licensure and other regulatory mandates.

Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, ACS President, has selected “Joy and Privilege of a Surgical Career” as this year’s theme. The Program Committee, under the leadership of Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng (Hon), and the ACS Division of Education, led by Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, has developed an outstanding 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.

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

Best regards,

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Board of Regents

ACS Program Committee


Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng (Hon), Los Angeles, CA


David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN
David A. Spain, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA


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


Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, Houston, TX
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
Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY


Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Chicago, IL
Richard V. King, PhD, Chicago, IL
M. Jane Burns, MJHL, Chicago, IL
Jana M. Stringfellow, Chicago, IL