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New Regents and Board of Governors Executive Committee Members elected

New members of the ACS Board of Regents and members of the Board of Governors  Executive Committee were elected at the Board of Governors Annual Business Meeting.


December 3, 2021

New members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents (B/R) and members of the Board of Governors (B/G) Executive Committee were elected at the B/G Annual Business Meeting on October 17. Governors at-Large and Specialty Society Governors also were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of Members on October 27. The full list can be viewed at bit.ly/3HjKHfA.


The B/G has elected six new members of the B/R, as follows.

Carol L. Brown, MD, FACS, FACOG

Dr. Brown is an esteemed professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. She is associate cancer center director, diversity and health equity; senior vice-president and chief health equity officer, and the Nicholls-Biondi Chair for Health Equity, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. She also is attending surgeon, gynecology service, and vice-chair, health equity, department of surgery, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York City.

She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and her medical degree (MD) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and her fellowship in gynecologic oncology and her National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

A Fellow of the ACS since 1999, Dr. Brown serves on the Manhattan Credentials Committee.

James W. Fleshman, Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Fleshman is a renowned colon and rectal surgeon. He is chief of surgery; the Sparkman Endowed Professor and Chairman, department of surgery; and professor of surgery, department of surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas.

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts (BA) degree from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He earned his medical degree (MD) at Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis (now Barnes-Jewish Hospital), Washington University School of Medicine. He was a Monheimer Research Fellow at The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and did his colon and rectal surgery fellowship in the department of surgery, University of Toronto, ON.

A Fellow of the College since 1990, Dr. Fleshman has been a member of both the North Texas and Missouri Chapters of the ACS and an ACS Governor. As a Governor, he served in the following capacities: member, Executive Committee (2015−2016); member, Coalition Workgroup (2013−2016); member, Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup (2013−2016); member, Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup (2013−2016); Chair, Nominating Committee (2013−2014); and member, Physician Competency and Health Workgroup (2011−2013). He chairs the North Texas Credentials Committee (2014−present) and is vice-chair, National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (2019−present). He also has served as Region Chief, Health Policy Advisory Council (2017−2020), and Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery (2005−2016).

Dr. Brown
Dr. Brown

Andrea A. Hayes, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Hayes is an esteemed pediatric surgeon and surgical oncologist. She is professor and chair, department of surgery, Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Hayes is the first woman chair of surgery at Howard University.

Dr. Hayes pursued her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH. She was a general surgery resident at the University of California (UC) Davis-East Bay; a molecular biology fellow at UC San Francisco; a pediatric surgical oncology fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN; a melanoma and sarcoma fellow at MD Anderson; and a pediatric surgery fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.

A Fellow of the College since 2008, Dr. Hayes has served on the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (2018−2020) and has been an ACS Governor (2009−2021), serving on the B/G Committee on Socioeconomic Issues (2010−2012), B/G Grassroots Advocacy Engagement Workgroup (2017−2021), and B/G Diversity Pillar (2020−2021). She also served on the Committee on Diversity (2010−2013) and the Young Surgeons Committee (2004−2006). She presented the 2021 Olga M. Jonasson Lecture at Clinical Congress.

Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Savarise is an esteemed general surgeon and clinical associate professor; medical director, outreach and network development; and section chief, community general surgery, department of surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He also is attending general surgeon, George Wahlen Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He earned his BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MD from the University of Colorado, Denver. He received his master of business of administration from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. He served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps as Staff General Surgeon, 81st Medical Group (1996−2000).

A Fellow of the ACS since 1999, Dr. Savarise has served in the following capacities: member, Practice Protection Committee (2020−present); member, Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2018−present); member, Health Policy Advisory Council (2014−present); member, Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (2012−2018), and Chair, Advocacy Pillar (2013−2018); member, Advisory Council for General Surgery (2010−2015); Chair, ACS Committee on Young Surgeons/Young Fellows Association (2005−2011); Secretary, Utah Chapter of the ACS (2013−2015); Utah Chapter Philanthropic Champion, ACS Foundation (2014−2015); and member, ACS Alternative Payment Model Advisory Council (2015−2018).

Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS

Dr. Timmons is a respected neurosurgeon, chair of neurological surgery, and the Betsey Barton Chair, department of neurological surgery, and co-director, Neuroscience Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. She received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, and completed her residency in neurological surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

A Fellow of the College since 2005, Dr. Timmons was an ACS Governor (2012−2018). As a member of the B/G, she served on the following work groups: Grassroots Advocacy Engagement Workgroup (2017−2019), Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup (2016−2018), and Coalition Workgroup (2013−2015). She was Chair of the Coalition Workgroup (2015−2016) and was a member of the Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar (2013−2018).

In addition, Dr. Timmons has served in the following capacities: member, Pennsylvania Credentials Committee (2014−2017); member, Advisory Council Chairs as Chair of the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery (2012−2016); member, Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery (2009−2018); member, Committee on Trauma (COT) (2005−2013); member, Verification and Review Committee (VRC) (2011−present); member, Trauma Systems Evaluation and Planning Committee and Reviewer (2005–2013); Trauma Systems Consultation Executive Committee (2006–2013); member, COT Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee (2005–2013); member, COT Neurosurgery Committee (2005–2013) and Chair (2012–2013); and Liaison, Program Committee (2010−2012).

Philip R. Wolinksy, MD, FACS, FAAOC, FAOA

Dr. Wolinsky is professor and chief value officer, University of California Davis Medical Center. He will be moving to Dartmouth Medical Center in 2022.

An esteemed surgeon-scientist and educator, Dr. Wolinsky earned his BA in biochemistry at Columbia College and his MD at New York University (NYU), New York. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Stony Brook Medical Center, NY, and NYU/Bellevue Medical Center. He did his fellowship training in orthopaedic trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

He has been an ACS Governor since 2016 and was a member (2017−2019), Vice-Chair (2019−2020), and Chair (2020−present) of the B/G Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup. In addition, he has served on the Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery (2016−2022), the COT (2010−2018), and the VRC (2011−present).

Reelected Regents

The following individuals were reelected to the B/R:

  • James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS, Alexandria, VA (third term), otolaryngology−head-and-neck surgeon
  • Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, St. Louis, MO (third term), general surgeon
  • Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI (second term), general surgeon
  • Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS, Galveston, TX (third term), plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  • Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN (second term), general surgeon
  • Anton N. Sidawy, MD, FACS, Washington, DC (third term), vascular surgeon

B/G Executive Committee

The B/G has elected the following individuals to its Executive Committee:

Dr. Fleshman
Dr. Fleshman
  • Chair: Danielle Saunders Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP, CPHQ, a pediatric surgeon, founded and leads Pirate Surgery, PLLC, in Greenville, NC. She recently served as general surgery residency program director, department of surgery vice-chair for diversity and inclusion, and director of surgical quality, James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital and Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. She is a former President of the Association of Women Surgeons and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, for which she serves as Governor at-Large.
  • Vice-Chair and Advocacy Pillar Lead: Ross F. Goldberg, MD, FACS, district medical group vice-chairman of surgery and specialty ambulatory medical director for Valleywise Health, Phoenix, AZ; he also serves as chief, division of general surgery, as well as director, robotic surgery program, and director, minimally invasive and hepatic surgery. He is associate professor of surgery, Creighton University School of Medicine, Phoenix.
  • Secretary: Oscar D. Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, FACS, chief, division of trauma and surgical critical care; medical director, trauma intensive care unit; professor of surgery; and director, Multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic; he also holds the Carol Ann Gavin Directorship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Vanderbilt University Health, Nashville, TN.
  • Diversity Pillar Lead: Cherisse D. Berry, MD, FACS, associate trauma medical director, New York City Health and Hospitals, Bellevue; associate professor of surgery, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; and medical director, Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion-Inpatient Surgery, NYU Langone Health.
  • Communications Pillar Lead: Shannon M. Foster, MD, FACS, a trauma, critical care, and acute care surgeon who transitioned after 12 years in academic medicine to both clinical practice and providing nonclinical administrative support to Level I and Level II trauma centers. Her work encompasses external consulting, peer review, legal commentary, and other services through SMF Coverage & Solutions LLC. She is the President of the Keystone Chapter of the ACS and Pennsylvania Governor at-Large.
  • Quality Pillar Lead: Lillian S. Kao, MD, FACS, professor, department of surgery, and division chief, division of acute care surgery, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.
  • Education Pillar Lead: Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, RVT, FACS, assistant professor of surgery (vascular), Florida State University Medical School, Sarasota, and chief, vascular surgery, Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
  • Member Services Pillar Lead: Maie A. St. John, MD, PhD, FACS, professor and chair, department of head and neck surgery; Thomas C. Calcaterra, MD, Chair in Head and Neck Surgery; and co-director, University of California Los Angeles head and neck cancer program.