NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO (November 10, 2011): J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general, thoracic, and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY, was elected Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents last month during the College’s 97th Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Richardson is a professor of surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
As Chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Richardson will work closely with ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS and, as part of his leadership role, he will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 22-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board’s diversity and the variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
A 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Lexington, Dr. Richardson remained at the University of Kentucky to complete a surgery internship and work as a junior assistant resident. He then moved to the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, to complete a general surgery residency and a thoracic surgery residency. After completing his surgical training, he returned to Kentucky and rose through the academic ranks at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, holding the positions of assistant professor of surgery, associate professor of surgery, professor of surgery, vice chairman of the department of surgery, and chief of the division of general surgery. He has held his current positions of professor of surgery and vice-chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since 1982 and 1985, respectively. Furthermore, he has been chief of surgery service and director of emergency medical services at the University of Louisville Hospital since 2005.
A Fellow of the College since 1980, Dr. Richardson began serving on the Board of Regents in 2003 and served as a member of the Board of Regents Executive Committee from 2010 to 2011. He has also served on a number of College committees, including service as Chair of the Research and Optimal Patient Care Committee (2004-2011) and Vice-Chair of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2011). He has also been an active member of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT), including serving as Chair of the Emergency Services-Prehospital Subcommittee (1992-1999) and as a member of the COT’s Executive Committee (1992), Membership Committee (1993), Verification/Consultation Committee (1993), and as Chair (1985-1987) and Vice-Chair (1981-1985) of the Kentucky Committee on Trauma. On the local level, he was an ACS Governor-at-Large representing the state of Kentucky (1989-1990) and served as President (1989) and Secretary-Treasurer (1987) of the College’s Kentucky Chapter.
In addition to his work with the College, Dr. Richardson’s dedicated service to the surgical profession includes leadership roles as director (1987) and chairman (1998-1999) of the American Board of Surgery; president of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma (1999); president of the Kentucky Surgical Society (1987); president of the Kentucky Vascular Surgery Society (1989); and president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress (1999). He has also served on the AAMC MCAT Content Review Committee (1988), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee (2000-2007), and on the board of directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (1994).
A prolific scholar and author, Dr. Richardson to date has published 342 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 46 book chapters, and two books of surgical literature, and he has served as editor of The American Surgeon journal since 2005. Moreover, Dr. Richardson has been recognized as a superb educator at the University of Louisville on numerous occasions. He received the School of Medicine Distinguished Educator Master Teacher Award, the University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, the Alumnus Association Red Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching at a University Level, the Ephraim McDowell Kentucky Physician of the Year 2011, and he has been honored as outstanding teaching faculty within the department of surgery on four separate occasions.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
Cory Suzan Petty