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ACS 2023 Health Policy Scholars Are Announced

June 7, 2023

Seventeen surgeons have been named Health Policy Scholars and will be attending the Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management presented by the Heller School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, in June.

Each scholarship includes participation in the weeklong intensive course, followed by a year’s service in a health policy-related capacity for the ACS and the surgical specialty society that is cosponsoring the awardee.

This year’s scholars are:

  • Christy Chai, MD, FACS, Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX (ACS Health Policy Scholar for General Surgery)
  • Anahita Dua, MD, FACS, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (ACS Health Policy Scholar for General Surgery)
  • Deepa Danan, MD, FACS, University of Florida in Tampa (American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Health Policy Scholar)
  • Anne Stey, MD, FACS, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL (The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Health Policy Scholar)
  • Adnan Alseidi, MD, EdM, FACS, University of California, San Francisco (Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Health Policy Scholar)
  • Reto Baertschiger, MD, FACS, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON (American Pediatric Surgical Association Health Policy Scholar)
  • Benjamin Poulouse, MD, MPH, FACS, The Ohio State University in Columbus (American Surgical Association Health Policy Scholar)
  • Dennis Holmes, MD, FACS, Adventist Health Glendale, CA (American Society of Breast Surgeons Health Policy Scholar)
  • Kerri Ohman, MD, FACS, Washington State University in St. Louis, MO (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Health Policy Scholar)
  • Chad Teven, MD, FACS, Northwestern University in Highland Park, IL (American Society of Plastic Surgeons Health Policy Scholar)
  • Denise Asafu-Adeji, MD, MPH, Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago (American Urological Association Health Policy Scholar)
  • Melanie Meister, MD, FACS, University of Kansas in Overland Park (American Urogynecologic Society Health Policy Scholar)
  • Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS, FACS, FCCP, Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Health Policy Scholar)
  • Charles Adams, MD, FACS, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence (New England Surgical Society Health Policy Scholar)
  • Dennis Foretia, MD, FACS, University of Tennessee in Memphis (Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Health Policy Scholar)
  • Ankit Dhamija, MD, FACS, Stony Brook University, New York (The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Health Policy Scholar)
  • Caitlin Hicks, MD, FACS, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (Society for Vascular Surgery Health Policy Scholar)