November 15, 2022
In addition to installing the New President and Vice-Presidents and announcing the next President- and Vice-Presidents-Elect at Clinical Congress 2022, several other leaders of ACS governing bodies were announced.
Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS, FCS(ECSA), a general surgeon in Palo Alto, CA, was elected as ACS Secretary. She replaces Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, who served as Secretary from 2019 to 2022. Dr. Wren is the second woman to hold this position (the first was Kathryn Anderson, MD, FACS, who held the position from 1992 to 2001).
Dr. Wren is a professor of surgery (general surgery) at Stanford Health Care, part of the adult health care delivery system of Stanford Medicine, CA. She specializes in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal cancer, including stomach, pancreas, intestinal, and colon and rectal cancers. In addition, Dr. Wren is intimately involved with humanitarian and global surgery.
She was an ACS Governor from 2008 to 2014, wherein she served on the Board of Governors (BoG) Committee on Socioeconomic Issues, Committee on Surgical Practices, and Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College. In addition, she was Vice-Chair of the ACS Women in Surgery Committee from 2005 to 2011 and a specialty society representative to the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery. She also was President of the ACS Northern California Chapter 2008–2009.
Sarwat Salim, MD, FACS, an ophthalmologist in Medford, MA, was the only new member of the Board of Regent elected in 2022. Dr. Salim is a professor of ophthalmology, vice-chair of clinical and academic affairs, and director of the glaucoma service at New England Eye Center and Tufts University.
Dr. Salim served on the ACS Board of Governors from 2017 to 2022, working in the Education Pillar, Diversity Pillar, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education/Advocacy Workgroup, and Surgical Training Workgroup. She also was the Specialty Society Governor for the Advisory Council for Ophthalmic Surgery in the same period.
The BoG elected the following individuals to its Executive Committee.
Ross F. Goldberg, MD, FACS, is the district medical group vice-chair of surgery and specialty ambulatory medical director for Valleywise Health in Phoenix, AZ. He is the chief of the division of general surgery, director of the robotic surgery program and director of minimally invasive and hepatic surgery. In addition, he is an associate professor of surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix.
Dr. Goldberg is the youngest BoG Chair in ACS history, as well as the only Chair that was in the ACS Young Fellows Association at the time of his election.
Vice-Chair and Quality, Research, and Optimal Patient Care Pillar Lead
Lillian S. Kao, MD, FACS, professor in the department of surgery and chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston
Marion C. W. Henry, MD, MPH, FACS, FAAP, professor of surgery at UChicago Medicine in Illinois
Education Pillar Lead
Amit R. Joshi, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and associate dean for graduate medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ
Advocacy Pillar Lead
Don J. Selzer MD, FACS, Willis D. Gatch Professor of Surgery, program director of the fellowship for advanced gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery, chief of the Division of General Surgery, and associate chair of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis
In addition to Dr. Kao, three other Pillar Leaders were reappointed:
The current composition of the BoG leadership marks only the second time that women are in the majority, with last year being the first.