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Surgeon Voices in the COVID-19 Era

Interview from Our Colleague Overseas

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, speaks with Professor Neil Mortensen, MB, ChB, MA, MD, FRCS Eng Hon FRCS (Glasg), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Ed), Hon FACS, President-Elect of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Emeritus Chair of Colorectal Surgery at Oxford University in the U.K. Professor Mortensen has been working with the other three Royal Colleges as well as with many specialty surgery societies in the U.K. and Ireland to develop guidelines that we have cited in our prior issues of Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates and included on our website. He describes the roles of the Royal Colleges and the response of surgeons in the U.K. and Ireland to the pandemic.


From the Frontlines

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, speaks with Robert S. D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, FACS. Dr. Higgins is Director, Chair, and Surgeon-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and President of the Society of Surgical Chairs.



Juan Carlos Salamea, MD, University of Azuay, Hospital Universitario del Río, Cuenca, Ecuador, highlights how he is fighting COVID-19 from an emerging epicenter in South America.



Insights from YFA Members

Two members of the American College of Surgeons Young Fellows Association provide practical insights for combating COVID-19 from the frontlines. View a video from Haytham Kaafarani, MD, FACS, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, about his experience treating COVID-19 patients. Also view a video on diagnosing COVID-19 from Rishi Rattan, MD, Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL.





Stopping Is Not an Option

Read the inspiring story of how Prasad S. Adusumilli, MD, FACS, is harnessing the COVID-19 outbreak, like other difficulties in life as an aspiring health care professional in New York, NY, as a motive to study, learn, provide care, and develop a cure.

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