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

A Message from the Regents

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As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are realizing that the House of Surgery will need to provide assurance to our patients that our hospitals and clinics are safe and that we remain committed to the highest standards of care. The sacrosanct physician-patient relationship has been threatened by changes in health care delivery—the electronic health record, managed care policies, and gatekeeping—but our moral and professional surgical compass has remained true despite challenges to our discipline. At this critical time, we must embrace our core values and openly assure our patients that surgeons will provide the care they need when they need it.

— Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents
— L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents


American College of Surgeons Regent Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, describes the importance of ensuring that all surgical patients continue to receive safe and effective care during the pandemic. Dr. Farmer is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine; Surgeon-in-Chief, UC Davis Children's Hospital, and Chief of Surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento, CA.