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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

March 15, 2022

The Growing Symphony of ACS DEI Efforts

by Anthony J. Vine, MD, FACS, Chair, Board of Governors Diversity Pillar, Communication and Education Workgroup

Perhaps disheartened by the crescendo of racism and hate crimes during the last 2 years, we now have reason to be reinvigorated, thanks to some novel diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts taking shape at the ACS.

ACS Leaders in DEI

Under the baton of our new Executive Director Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, several ACS leaders are working together to promote DEI projects in the organization:

  • Cie Armstead, DBA, ACS DEI Director
  • Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS, the new ACS Medical Director of DEI
  • Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, Chair, Board of Regents Anti-Racism Committee
  • Cherisse Berry, MD, FACS, Board of Governors Diversity Pillar Lead

ACS Committees Working on DEI

  • Board of Regents Committee on Healthcare Disparities
  • ACS Committee on Diversity Issues
  • Commission on Cancer Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce
  • Committee on Trauma Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup
  • Young Fellows Association Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workgroup

In addition, other Regents, Governors, Fellows, and the industrious ACS staff are making progress on myriad DEI projects, programs, and initiatives that will begin converging toward a unification of efforts with increased collaboration between committees and workgroups. The goal is to create a symphonic orchestra from our many surgical chamber groups and small ensembles engaged in DEI activities.

A musical theme—or leitmotif—is essential to the work that we do. DEI strategies require coordinated orchestration and cooperative participation from all players. As we learned at the recent ACS DEI Joint Strategic Meeting January 21, the projected plans will involve alignment of foundational work across multiple fronts. These plans range from establishing conjoining committees to defining goals and timelines on DEI integration progress, developing best practices and anti-racism training programs, creating safe spaces, and intervening earlier in the pipelines to establish greater understanding of DEI (along with its terminology) and generate pathways to leadership, to name just a handful.

The musical score, with all its segments and subdivisions, will be known by our entire orchestra—just as the last stand second violin player must know what the second bassoonist is playing. Of course, there will be a maestro leading, as well as a few associate concertmasters and principal section leaders, but the resonance of our DEI symphony must be accomplished by harmonious playing from the collective of individual ACS instrumentalists so that the desired performance resound with vibrancy, lyricism, and conviction.