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Course Faculty

Faculty for the course includes nationally renowned surgeons with expertise in developing and teaching review courses. Core and guest faculty members are:

Core Faculty

John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS | Course Chair

Professor of Surgery
Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
Medical Director, SESAP®
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL
Vice President
Trauma Associates, Lead, SD

Dr. Weigelt recently retired from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where he was the Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma Surgery, as well as professor and chief, division of trauma and critical care. He has joined the University of South Dakota and the Sanford Health System as a professor of surgery. In his more than 30 years as an ACS Fellow, Dr. Weigelt has been very involved in ACS trauma-related activities. He has been a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) since 1992, serving as COT Chair (1994–1998), COT Membership Committee Chair (1998–2004), and COT Region 6 Chief (1989–1992), as well as serving on the National Faculty of the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) program since 1983. Dr. Weigelt has also been active in the College’s educational programs. He has been an author and on the Advisory Committee of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) and has served as Medical Director since 2001. He helped start the ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course and has functioned as Course Director since its beginning in 2010. He has been recognized as a premier surgical educator, twice earning the Wangensteen Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993, 1999) and the MCW Teacher of the Year Award (2004, 2010) as well as the Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award (2002). In 2013, Dr. Weigelt was elected to the Giants in Surgery by the Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, both in Dallas. In 2015, he received the ACS Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Dr. Weigelt is editor-in-chief emeritus of the Journal of Surgical Education and the audio Practical Reviews in General Surgery. He was editor of the Journal of Surgical Outcomes (2002–2007), as well as associate editor with Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®) (1989–1996). He has published more than 160 medical journal articles, written more than 50 book chapters, and been a contributing or associate editor of more than 60 entries in SRGS. He has been awarded 19 research grants during his career.

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Kastenmeier obtained his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. Following his general surgery residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. He is associate professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he has leadership roles in medical student, resident, and surgical fellow education. His clinical interests include minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, minimally invasive surgery for reflux disease and hiatal hernias, advanced endoscopic surgery of the stomach and esophagus, and hernia repair surgery. His research focus is on clinical outcomes in foregut surgery, surgical education, hernia repair, and advanced endoscopic surgery. He is a minimally invasive surgeon who serves on national committees and has membership in key surgical professional societies.

Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., MD, FACS

Cynthia and John H. Schultz Professor and Chief
Division of GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Medical Director, Endocrine Surgery and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery
University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO

Dr. McIntyre obtained his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed surgical internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is board certified in surgery and in surgical critical care. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992. He is currently the Cynthia and John H. Schultz Professor and chief, division of GI, trauma, and endocrine surgery. Dr. McIntyre is also the medical director of endocrine surgery and medical director of the trauma-acute care surgery services at the University of Colorado Hospital. He performs approximately 300 endocrine surgical procedures each year, including thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, neck dissection, adrenalectomy, and pancreatic resection. He has published 185 manuscripts and 57 book chapters. He is the editor of the textbook Surgical Decision Making. He has given more than 200 invited lectures and visiting professorship presentations and 150 research presentations. He has served in positions of leadership and is on numerous national committees.

Laura J. Moore, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
The University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas

Dr. Moore is professor of surgery and the chief of surgical critical care at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. Dr. Moore completed her general surgery training at the Rush-Cook County Integrated Surgical Residency in Chicago, IL and completed her fellowship training in surgical critical care at the University of Texas in Houston. She is medical director of the Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the busiest ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center in the U.S. Her clinical practice is focused in trauma surgery and critical care. Her main areas of research interest include the use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in hemorrhagic shock resuscitation, application of computerized clinical decision support in the ICU, and surgical infections. Dr. Moore is actively involved in multiple national organizations, including the ACS, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She also serves as National Co-Director for the ACS BEST course.

Guest Faculty

Kathleen K. Christians, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI

Emilia J. Diego, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Chief, Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Program Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Stephen A. Fann, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Jason B. Fleming, MD, FACS

Professor and Chair, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Kirk A. Ludwig, MD, FACS

Vernon O. Underwood Professor in Colorectal Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Department of Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Tamara E. Saunders, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX

Catherine M. Wittgen, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Residency
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Staff Consultants

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME

Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH

Associate Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL