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Surgeon Voices in the COVID-19 Era

From the Frontlines

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, FL, interviews Christopher A. Ohl, MD, FIDSA, FACP, Professor of Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Ohl has spent several decades building expertise in the management of newly emerging infectious diseases and pandemics. He reviewed significant epidemiology and therapy of essential importance to every surgeon.

Dr. Wexner also asks Melissa S. Pessin, MD, PhD, an expert in serology, to explain the role and value of serologic antibody testing of COVID-19. Dr. Pessin is Chair of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Finally, Dr. Wexner interviews Venky Munikrishnan, MD, MRCS, FRCS. Dr. Munikrishnan leads the Colorectal Surgery Program at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India. He shares with Dr. Wexner the problems and potential solutions of managing COVID-19 in India.

Message from Board of Governors Member Dr. Nancy Gantt

Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS, sends a message to colleagues in the health care community encouraging well-being and use of the ACS COVID-19 Registry. Dr. Gantt is Professor of Surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Co-Medical Director, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Youngstown, OH; and Pillar Lead for Quality, Research, and Optimal Patient Care on the ACS Board of Governors.

Message from the ACS India Chapter President

Prof. Chintamani Chintamani, MS, FACS, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Glas), FRCS(Irel), FICS(Surg Oncol), FIMSA, President of the ACS India Chapter, gives some perspective on the worldwide COVID-19 crisis and the situation in India.