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

Surgeon Voices in the COVID-19 Era

John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA, FACS, on Equanimity Under Duress

John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for General Surgery, and Chair, Council of ACS Advisory Chairs, describes an essential attribute—equanimity under duress—that all surgeons share during the COVID-19 crisis and summarizes some of the College’s efforts to support health care professionals at this time.



Insights from Our Division of Advocacy and Health Policy Medical Directors

In this issue, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (ED), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, interviews two ACS staff members who have been working tirelessly with Christian Shalgian, Director, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, and the entire team from the division on behalf of our patients.

Through their significant efforts and widely renowned expertise, they have been successful in having ACS guidelines and recommendations reviewed, endorsed, and supported by other organizations, societies, and governmental agencies. Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy, describes legislative and other considerations related to COVID-19. Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS, Medical Director, Advocacy, shares many important considerations about financial ramifications and other impacts of COVID-19.





Insights from Young Fellows Association Chair Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (ED), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, interviewed Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Young Fellows Association; director, surgical critical care fellowship program; professor of surgery, department of surgery, division of acute care surgical services; and medical director, surgical and trauma intensive care unit, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, who, on behalf of young surgeons, offers her valuable insights on treating COVID-19 patients as well as her experience as a trauma surgeon.