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

2017 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
Milt and Lidy Lunda Charles Aprahamian Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Trauma and Critical Care
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Weigelt is professor of surgery and chief of the division of trauma and critical care at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Weigelt was affiliated with the University of Minnesota, where he was twice recipient of the highest teaching award in the department of surgery and was recognized by an affiliated hospital as the Outstanding Resident Teacher of the Year. He has received similar awards from the Medical College of Wisconsin for his teaching. He also received the Smallwood award from Froedtert Hospital for excellence in patient care. He is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. Since his arrival at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Weigelt has remained active as a general surgeon with specialty interests in trauma surgery and critical care. His research interests include surgical infections, clinical outcomes, and educational approaches to training surgeons. After serving for 10 years, he recently stepped down from his position as associate dean of quality at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of clinical quality and outcomes at Froedtert Hospital. In addition to his responsibilities at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Weigelt is medical director of SESAP 16, produced by the American College of Surgeons. He recently stepped down as director of the audio program Practical Reviews in General Surgery and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Education.

Richard M. Bell, MD, FACS
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC

Dr. Bell completed medical school and his surgical training at the University of Kentucky, was invited to join the faculty at the same institution, and rose to the rank of associate professor. He also served as Flight Surgeon for the United States Air Force (1974–1976) and the Kentucky Air National Guard (1979–1985). He was the director of trauma and surgical critical care for Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC. He served as program director for surgery for 20 years and chair of the department of surgery for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine for 14 years. Currently, he holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Dr. Bell has received numerous teaching awards from medical students and residents at both the University of Kentucky and the University of South Carolina, including the ATLS Meritorious Service Award, the Gordon L. Hyde Teaching Award, the Service and Leadership Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the ACS, and the USC School of Medicine Dean’s Medal. He has served as president of the Association for Surgical Education, chair of the ATLS Subcommittee, and as a member on the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. He is a senior Fellow of the ACS and a senior member of the Southern Surgical Association.

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD, FACS
Assistant 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
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director of Endocrine; Surgery Director of Trauma,  Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care
University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO

Dr. McIntyre obtained his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Following his residency in general surgery at University of Colorado Hospital, he completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery, also at University of Colorado Hospital. In addition to serving as director of endocrine surgery, he is also the director of the surgical intensive care unit and the trauma and acute care services. He is Vice-Chair Department of Surgery University of Colorado. He has published more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters on topics as varied as thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal and pancreatic surgery, shock, sepsis, trauma, and acute respiratory disease.

Guest Faculty

Katherine A. Barsness, MD, MS, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director of Surgical Simulation, Associate Director of Clinical and Translational Research
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL

Kathleen K. Christians, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI

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 of Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Tari A. King, MD, FACS
Chief, Breast Surgery
Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
Associate Division Chief for Breast Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Shari L. Meyerson MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General and Thoracic Surgery
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Laura J. Moore, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery Chief of Surgical Critical Care
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Medical Director, Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX

Faina Nakhlis, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Radhika K. Smith, MD
Clinical Associate
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Vic Velanovich, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Division of General Surgery
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Catherine M. Wittgen, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Residency
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO

Staff Consultants

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Director, Division of Education

Patrice G. Blair, MPH
Associate Director, Division of Education