American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

International Leadership

International Relations Committee develops relationships and partnerships between the American College of Surgeons (ACS), international surgeons, and international surgical and other health care organizations to address issues of surgical practice, education, research, advocacy, and leadership with the aim of achieving and safeguarding appropriately high standards of clinical care, access, safety, and quality improvement for surgery worldwide.

International Governors

The Board of Governors is integral to the administration of the ACS. The Governors represent the Fellows of the College, and are the official communications link between the Fellows and the Board of Regents. Currently, 41 Governors residing internationally serve on this group, bridging communications between the ACS and Fellows, residents, medical students, other surgeons, and members of their communities. Many international Governors also are active in several workgroups and committees of the College.

International Chapters

ACS Chapters provide their members with opportunities to improve the quality of surgical care via educational, networking and social events at the local level. They also offer a venue for members from all surgical specialties to communicate. There are 70 ACS Chapters in North America, including Canada, and nearly 40 international chapters. Chapter membership is open to all members of the College. The Governors Chapter Activities International Work Group was created to serve as an advocate for all ACS international colleagues and to support the mission of the College.

Surgical Volunteerism

Operation Giving Back is a comprehensive resource designed to help surgeons find volunteer opportunities best suited to their expertise and interests, whether across town or across the world.

Questions? Contact the ACS International Liaison at

International Governance Opportunities

There are some wonderful opportunities to participate in governance at the College. Dr. Nigri, an officer of the Italy Chapter of ACS, describes his activities as a committee member and with his chapter.