August 9, 2023
Retired US Air Force Major General Paul A. Friedrichs, MD, FACS, is leading the efforts of the new Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy as the inaugural director and principal advisor on pandemic preparedness and response. This permanent executive office is aimed at leading, coordinating, and implementing actions to prepare for and respond to pathogens that could lead to a pandemic or significant public health-related disruptions in the US.
Dr. Friedrichs, a urologist, currently serves as special assistant to the President and senior director for global health security and biodefense at the National Security Council. He previously was the joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon, where he coordinated all issues related to health services, provided medical advice to the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and served as medical advisor to the Department of Defense COVID-19 Task Force.
An ACS Fellow since 2000, Dr. Friedrichs has provided care for hundreds of patients injured in combat and has a history of service addressing public health challenges, domestically and abroad.
Trauma surgeon Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPA, MPH, FACS, has been promoted to executive vice-chair of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as director of emergency general surgery, associate chief in the Division of Acute Care Surgery, and associate professor of surgery.
Dr. Sakran has held several positions within the ACS, currently serving as a Governor in the Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup and President of the Maryland Chapter. He previously chaired the ACS Resident and Associate Society. In addition, Dr. Sakran is widely recognized for his commitment to addressing firearm violence and surgical volunteerism.
Callisia N. Clarke, MD, MS, FACS, is now the chief of the Medical College of Wisconsin Surgical Oncology in Milwaukee.
Dr. Clarke previously served as an associate professor and surgical oncologist at the Froedtert Hospital Cancer Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For the ACS, she serves on the Committee to Advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, as well as the Cancer Research Program Education Committee. Earlier this year, she was named president-elect of the Association for Academic Surgery.
John H. Stewart IV, MD, MBA, FACS, is the new chair of the Department of Surgery at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Dr. Stewart will begin roles as chief of surgery for Grady Health System and associate dean for oncological programs at MSM.
Dr. Stewart, an oncologic surgeon, also was a professor of surgery at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans School of Medicine and founding director of the LSU-Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Health Cancer Center in Baton Rouge.
For the ACS, Dr. Stewart chairs the Advisory Council Chairs, as well as the Advisory Council for General Surgery. He also is a member of the ACS Foundation Board of Directors.
Two ACS Fellows—M. Ashraf Mansour, MB, BCH, FACS, and Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS—recently were elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) for 2023–2024. In these positions, Drs. Mansour and Goldberg will work with the ABS Council (previously the Board of Directors) to guide the organization in its mission to provide leadership in surgical education and practice, as well as certification.
Dr. Mansour is chief of vascular surgery at Spectrum Health Medical Group Department of Surgical Specialties in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously served on the ABS Council and as vice-chair of the ABS Vascular Surgery Board. For the ACS, he is a member of the Committee on Trauma and has been an active leader of the Michigan Chapter, serving as Chapter President 2017–2018.
Dr. Goldberg, a trauma surgeon, is the Marjorie Joy Katz Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the George S. Peters, MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and professor of surgery at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She previously served on the ABS Council. She previously served as an ACS Governor and Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors.
Sean P. Cleary, MD, MSc, MPH, FACS, FRCSC, has been appointed the Bernard and Ryna Langer Chair of the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario.
Before this new position, Dr. Cleary, a hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon, was chair of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, as well as vice-chair (Education) of the Department of Surgery, deputy director of disease groups at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and chair of hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Cleary has been an ACS Governor since 2017, currently serving as a member of the Member Services Pillar.
Colorectal surgeon Scott R. Steele, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named president of the Cleveland Clinic main campus in Ohio.
Since 2016, Dr. Steele has served as chair of the Department of Colorectal Surgery. He also holds the Rupert B. Turnbull, MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery position and is a professor of surgery through the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. A former Army physician, Dr. Steele served 25 years in the military, including combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been an ACS Fellow since 2006.