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Save the Date: Nation’s Capital Hosts the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress October 16-20

College’s annual conference will include hundreds of scientific sessions, including a new lineup of didactic courses for today’s practicing surgeon


CHICAGO (March 21, 2016): The 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world—will convene October 16-20 in Washington, DC.  The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will house the scientific sessions, courses, and all scientific and technical exhibits, and the Marriot Marquis Washington DC will serve as headquarters hotel for the meeting.

As the American College of Surgeons enters its second hundred years of improving the quality of care for surgical patients, this year’s conference theme is “Challenges for the Second Century.”  The program features more than 120 panel sessions; postgraduate didactic and skills-oriented courses; meet the expert luncheons; named lectures; scientific paper sessions and poster presentations; a scientific forum; video-based education sessions; and town hall meetings.  More than 200 companies will also be on site displaying products and services that improve the quality of surgical care or enhance surgical management practices.

Program highlights include panel sessions on cutting edge topics such as:

  • Breast Cancer: Genetics, Risk Assessment and Genome Profiling
  • Anything New in Wound Healing?
  • 3D Printing in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Fad or Transformative
  • Childhood Surgical Conditions: Transitions to Long Term Care and Adult Providers
  • Assessing Your Hospital's Financial Health, and How Does it Affect Your Job Hunt?

Postgraduate didactic courses will include popular courses from past Clinical Congresses along with a number of new courses.  A selection of those new offerings includes:

  • How Do I Get My Hospital Verified as a Children's Surgical Center?
  • Innovation and Invention in Surgery
  • Fertility and Pregnancy in the Young Breast Cancer Patient and Those with Genetic Mutations
  • Annual Update in Surgical Critical Care
  • Challenges in General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement: 2016 Advanced Coding Workshop
  • General Surgery Review Course (Two-day course)

Subject-oriented symposiums for video-based education will include:

  • Novel Interventions in Bariatric Surgery
  • ACS Video Atlas Showcase (Colon and Rectal Volume)
  • Icons in Surgery
  • Controversies in General Surgery

For more information on the 2016 ACS Clinical Congress, visit

Press registration materials are available online at:

If reporters planning to cover the Clinical Congress have any questions once press preregistration begins, they should contact Dan Hamilton, Senior Public Information Assistant, ACS Division of Integrated Communications: 312-202-5328 email:

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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 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 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

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