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Fireside Chat with Carlos A. Pellegrini

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ virtual Fireside Chat Series connect you with experts for an open dialog driven by audience questions.

Fireside Chat with Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRSCEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon)

Recorded on October 29, 2020

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Dr. Pellegrini will discuss his specific career path and important lessons learned. With more than 4 decades of as mentor, teacher, advisor, and leader overseeing a vast array of work, he has much to share about adversity, ways to maximize positivity and resilience, and how to grow as an educational leader. A significant portion of the hour will be devoted to answering questions from the audience.

About the Speakers

Carlos PellegriniCarlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRSCEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), is a surgeon with expertise on surgical education, simulation, professionalism, and leadership. He is a pioneer in the development of technological surgical advancements and a world leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. The son of two physicians, Dr. Pellegrini spent his childhood years in rural Argentina. He attended the University of Rosario Medical School and remained there for surgical training until 1975 when he emigrated to the U.S. and completed a second surgical residency at the University of Chicago. In 1979, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco. He remained there until 1993 when he moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA to become Chair of the Department of Surgery. In his 23 years as department chair, he assumed many leadership roles in the highest decision-making bodies across UW Medicine and chaired many committees overseeing a vast array of work, including continuous professionalism improvement, diversity, and multidisciplinary practices.

In 2015, Dr. Pellegrini was appointed as the first Chief Medical Officer of UW Medicine and as Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington to provide senior leadership for clinical practice standards across all UW Medicine sites of practice, a position he held until December 2018. As he retired from UW Medicine Dr. Pellegrini decided to apply his experience of more than 4 decades as a mentor, teacher, advisor and trusted colleague, to help healthcare providers develop to their full potential, with particular emphasis on leadership skills. To that end he obtained additional training at SeattleCoach and became an executive coach who focuses on coaching/mentoring healthcare executives.

Dr. Pellegrini is a Past-President of the ACS and the American Surgical Association. Dr. Pellegrini is a Founding Member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and a member of the Academy Steering Committee. He participates in the highest leadership roles in regional, national, and international surgical societies. His bibliography lists more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, editorials, and books. He is a board member of The Joint Commission.

The host for the Fireside Chat is Mohsen M. Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS, chair of the Geisinger Surgery Institute, Danville, PA, and director of general surgery residency. Dr. Shabahang joined Geisinger in July 2010 as the director of the department of general surgery and director of the general surgery residency program at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Dr. Shabahang is Chair of the Subcommittee on Novel Teaching and Assessment Methods and Educational Resources for the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director of the ACS Division of Education and Co-Chair, Steering Committee of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, will give welcoming remarks.

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For questions about the series, please contact Rachel Williams Newman at or call 312-202-5653.