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A Surgeon’s Voice in the COVID-19 Era

We continue to send our thoughts, prayers, gratitude, and respect to the health care workers in greater New York and other areas who are battling the epicenters of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Fighting COVID-19 at New York-Presbyterian in New York City

ACS Regent Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor, Chairman of Surgery, and Surgeon-in-Chief, Weill Cornell Medicine, is at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the New York City epicenter. He provided a first-person account that can be accessed here.

Dr. Michelassi also shared an e-Newsletter Chairman message he sent to New York Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, residents, and staff.

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An Update from Mount Sinai Health System

Anthony J. Vine, MD, FACS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, and an ACS Board of Governor, delivers a third report for our newsletter.

He states, “Every evening at 7:00 pm for the last week or 10 days, New Yorkers have been coming out onto their balconies, opening their windows, and coming out to the street to clap, cheer, shout, and ring bells for the first responders: Emergency medical services workers, doctors, nurses, grocers, sanitation crews. It is as loud as being at a baseball or football game. It’s hard to describe the feeling as one come home from ‘the front.’” Watch a video of New Yorkers cheering health care workers.

Dr. Vine has also shared a substantive piece on what life like treating COVID-19 patients at Mt. Sinai, as well as key lessons learned to date.

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Recovering from COVID-19: A Surgeon’s Experience with the Virus

Jon Stanford, MD, FACS, Carrollton Surgery Group, Carrollton, GA, delivers a cautionary message after he contracted COVID-19. Now in recovery, Dr. Stanford shares what he went through. 

Video Interviews from Our Colleagues Overseas

In this edition, ACS Regent Steven Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (ED), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews two of our colleagues in two different heavily affected cities—London, U.K., and Madrid, Spain.

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, OM, KBE, PC, FRS, FACS(Hon), FREng(Hon), FMedSci, has been a practicing colorectal surgeon as well as former Parliamentary Undersecretary of Health. He has been a global leader in surgery including minimally invasive and robotic surgery for several decades. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College in London, England. Honorary ACS Fellow Professor the Lord Darzi gives his unparalleled insights into the COVID-19 situation in the U.K.

Delia Cortes-Guiral, MD, PhD, ECPSO, General and Digestive Surgeon specialized in Peritoneal Surface Surgical Oncology and Colo-rectal Cancer Consultant at King Khalid Hospital, Saudi Arabia, and at Hospital Universitario Principe de Asturias, Madrid, offers her unique perspective on working as a colorectal surgeon and surgical oncologist in both Saudi Arabia and in Spain.

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Insights from a Surgeon from the University of Florida College of Medicine

Gilbert R. Upchurch, Jr., MD, FACS, Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, discusses the need for preparation to combat the COVID-19 virus in areas that haven’t yet seen significant cases, and also the need to prepare to “get everything back to normal.” He writes, “While the emotional and fiscal toll will be significant, based on all I know about human resolve, we will show ’grit,’ as we always do.”

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ACS Young Fellows Association Member Shares How He Is Fighting the Pandemic from NYC

ACS Young Fellows Association member Mayur Narayan, MD, MPH, MBA, MHPE, FACS, FCCM, FICS, Weill Cornell Medical Center, delivers a message of how he and his colleagues are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic from New York City.