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Houston Surgeon Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, is American College of Surgeons President-Elect


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

CHICAGO (December 6, 2016): Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, the John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair of the department of surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s Annual Business Meeting held during its 2016 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1989, Dr. Bass has been a leader within the ACS for many years.  She was a member of the College’s Board of Regents (2001-2010) and its Executive Committee (2003-2004, 2005-2009). She served two terms as Chair of the Board of Governors (1999-2001); Chair of the Program (2003-2005, 2006-2011); and Chair of the Education Committee (2002-2004, 2005-2007).

Dr. Bass was the recipient of the 2013 ACS Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor. She currently serves as a surgeon champion of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) at Houston Methodist. A longtime champion of ACS NSQIP, Dr. Bass helped launch the program in the VA Health Care System and later served as a member of the national trial that developed ACS NSQIP in the private sector.  She served on the ACS NSQIP Steering Committee from 2004-2010.

Dr. Bass is widely recognized for her contributions to surgical education. She currently serves as executive director of the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education, a state of the art simulation and research center at Houston Methodist Hospital built to create a new infrastructure to support the retooling of surgeons in practice over the course of their careers. Most recently she has been appointed to Co-Chair the Committee on Skills Training for Surgeons in Practice with Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education. She is a senior director and past –chair of the American Board of Surgery and past president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

Dr. Bass’ first research award was the ACS Faculty Research Scholarship (1986-1988) and currently focuses her research on clinical trials in breast cancer, surgical performance, health care education policy, and computational surgery. Her efforts have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the VA Research Service, along with multiple endowments.

Other new ACS Officers-Elect are First Vice-President-Elect Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS, and Second Vice-President-Elect Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD, FACS, FCCM, MCCM. Dr. Mabry is a general surgeon from Pine Bluff, Ark., and associate professor of surgery and practice management advisor to chair, department of surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. Dr. Pruitt, a former ACS Governor, is the Dr. Ferdinand P. Huff Chair in Surgery, clinical professor of surgery, department of surgery, trauma division, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.

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About Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS
Dr. Bass is a general surgeon who focuses her practice in the areas of breast and endocrine surgery. She is highly respected for her clinical and academic contributions to general surgery. She is professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, and senior member of the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute, in addition to her role as executive director, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education.

Dr. Bass has been an influential teacher and mentor throughout her career and served as a general surgery residency program director for 16 years. She has authored or co-authored 145 peer-reviewed papers, delivered 52 named lectureships, and presented 109 invited talks.

Dr. Bass completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, Medford, MA. She earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, followed by an internship and general surgery residency at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She also completed a gastrointestinal research fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and served as a Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps (1982-1984).


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