New York Surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents
CHICAGO (November 10, 2015): Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York City, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons during Clinical Congress 2015.
52 ACS NSQIP® Participating Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Surgical Patient Care
CHICAGO (October 29, 2015): The ACS NSQIP has recognized 52 of 517 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2014.
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Galveston Surgeon Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, is American College of Surgeons President-Elect
CHICAGO (October 19, 2015): Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s Annual Business Meeting.
Surgical Resection Prolongs Overall Survival for Patients Whose Melanoma Has Spread to the Abdomen
CHICAGO (October 8, 11:30 am CT): Surgical removal of melanoma that has metastasized, or spread, to the abdomen appears to help patients live more than twice as long as those who receive only medical therapy, according to study results presented at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. In more than 1,600 patients treated over 45 years, the results showed an overall survival benefit from surgical treatment despite recent advances in systemic drugs to treat metastatic melanoma.
Many Colonoscopy Patients Do Not Accurately Recall Important Exam Details as Time Lapses
CHICAGO (October 8, 11:30 am CT): As time lapses, many colonoscopy patients become less and less likely to recall when and where they last had the procedure performed; who the doctor was who performed it; whether polyps were found, and, if so, the number and size of those polyps, according to new study results presented at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
Helmeted Bicycle Riders Have Significantly Reduced Severity of Injury and Lower Death Rates After an Accident
CHICAGO (October 8, 11:15 am CT): Helmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts, according to researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Their findings were presented today during the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
Total Thyroidectomy Complication Rates and Costs Are Lower if Surgeon Performs 25 or More Cases Yearly
CHICAGO (October 7, 5:45 pm CT): A new study is one of the first to identify a minimum surgeon volume that is associated with improved patient outcomes for this common thyroid operation.
Electronic Tracking System Contributes to Significant Reduction in Blood Transfusions and Infection Rates
CHICAGO (October 7, 6:00 pm CT): An electronic system that monitors how physicians give blood to patients after an operation has enabled a 22-hospital system with thousands of doctors to significantly reduce the amount of blood transfusions patients receive, cutting costs by $2.5 million over two years and contributing to lower infection rates without harming patients, according to a study presented at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
Researchers Isolate Novel Urinary Biomarkers that May Indicate Adrenal Cancer
CHICAGO (October 7, 6:00 pm CT): A global analysis of metabolites and small molecules in urine samples from patients with adrenal cancer has identified four biochemicals that, when measured together, can distinguish malignant from benign adrenal tumors, according to study results presented at the 2015 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
ACS Honors Four Members with Surgical Humanitarian and Volunteerism Awards
CHICAGO (October 7, 12:05 am CT): Last night, four surgeons received the 2015 American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards in recognition of their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved patients abroad.