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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture

This lecture is named for the Excelsior Surgical Society, a group of 80 medical officers who met for the first time in 1945 at the Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Italy. This lecture also honors Colonel Edward D. Churchill, a famous surgeon and consultant to the U.S. Army in the World War II Italian Theater, who presented the first keynote address at this meeting. These meetings continued annually until the death of the last World War II member, Dr. Michael Debakey. Facilitated by the recently established partnership between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Military Health System (MHSSPACS), a new generation of surgeons who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have resurrected the Excelsior Surgical Society and with the ratification of its bylaws and election of officers, it is now an official society within the ACS.

2023 Lecture
M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS
Presiding Officer and Introducer: Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, SM, FACS

Title: Service, Synergy, and Surgical Mythology

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Past Lecturers

1980: W. Dean Warren, MD, FACS
1981: Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, FACS
1982: William P. Longmire, Jr., MD, FACS
1983: Lloyd D. MacLean, MD, FACS
1984: G.B. Ong, MD, FACS
1985: W. Gerald Austen, MD, FACS
1986: James C. Thompson, MD, FACS
1987: G. Tom Shires, MD, FACS
1988: Basil A. Pruitt, MD, FACS
1989: William Silen, MD, FACS
1990: Bernard Langer, MD, FACS
1991: Keith Reemstma, MD, FACS
1992: John L. Sawyers, MD, FACS
1993: Jonathan L. Meakins, MD, FACS
1994: LaSalle D. Lefall, Jr., MD, FACS
1995: Joseph E. Murray, MD, FACS
1996: Seymour I. Schwartz, MD, FACS
1997: Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS
1998: Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS
1999: Frank C. Spencer, MD, FACS
2000: John L. Cameron, MD, FACS
2001: F. Griffith Pearson, MD, FACS
2002: Lawrence W. Way, MD, FACS
2003: Clyde F. Barker, MD, FACS
2004: Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS
2005: Jon A. von Heerden, MD, FACS
2006: Jay Grosfeld, MD, FACS
2007: Kirby Bland, MD, FACS
2008: John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
2009: George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS
2010: Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS
2011: Donald Trunkey, MD, FACS
2012: Atul A. Gawande, MD, FACS
2013: Mark A. Talamini, MD, FACS
2014: Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS
2015: Monica Morrow, MD, FACS
2016: Lenworth, M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS
2017: Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS
2018: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD, FACS
2019: Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS
2020: Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS
2021: Allan Douglas Kirk, MD, PhD, FACS
2022: David V. Feliciano, MD, FACS, MAMSE
2023: M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS