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Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons is awarded to 12 prominent surgeons

SAN FRANCISCO (October 28, 2019; 12:01 am PDT): Last night, Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was awarded to 12 prominent surgeons from around the world at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif. The Honorary Fellowships were presented at the Convocation, which preceded the opening of the ACS Clinical Congress 2019, one of the largest educational meetings of surgeons in the world. This year's recipients were:

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Italo Braghetto with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Italo Braghetto, MD, MHA, FACS
Santiago, Chile
Professor Braghetto is medical director, Avansalud Clinic, and chairman, department of surgery, Universidad de Chile Clinical Hospital.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Laurence Chiché with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Laurence Chiché, MD
Bordeaux, France
Professor Chiché is professor of surgery and director, department of surgery, Bordeaux University.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Ian D.S. Civil with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Ian D.S. Civil, BSc, MBChB, FRACS, FACS
Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Civil is director of trauma services, Auckland Hospital, clinical director for the Major Trauma National Clinical Network, and clinical leader for the Safe Surgery New Zealand Expert Advisory Group for the Health Quality and Safety Commission of New Zealand.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. John Hyland with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. John Hyland, MCh, FACS, FRCS(Eng), FRCSI, FRCSEd(Hon)
Dublin, Ireland
Professor Hyland is consultant general and colorectal surgeon, St. Vincent's University Hospital, and founder of the hospital’s Centre for Colorectal Disease.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Yoko Kato with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Yoko Kato, MD, PhD
Aichi, Japan
Professor Kato is professor and chair, department of neurosurgery, Fujita Health University Banbuntane Hotokukai Hospital.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Marek Krawczyk with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Marek Krawczyk, MD, PhD
Warsaw, Poland
Professor Krawczyk is professor and chairman, department of general, transplant, and liver surgery; and president, Medical University of Warsaw.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Antonio M. de Lacy Fortuny with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Antonio M. de Lacy Fortuny, MD, PhD
Barcelona, Spain
Professor Lacy is head of the gastrointestinal surgery service and chief of the minimally invasive surgery department at the Hospital Clínic.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Ari Kalevi Leppäniemi with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Ari Kalevi Leppäniemi, MD, PhD
Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Leppäniemi is professor of surgery, abdominal center, Meilahti Hospital, and chief, division of emergency surgery and surgical critical care, University of Helsinki.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Neil Mortensen with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Neil Mortensen, MA, MBChB, MD, FRCSEng, FRCPSGlas(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon)
Oxford, United Kingdom
Professor Mortensen is professor of colon and rectal surgery, University of Oxford Medical School, and honorary consultant colorectal surgeon and a fellow of Green Templeton College.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Vijay Naraynsingh with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Vijay Naraynsingh, MD, FACS
Kingston, Jamaica
Professor Naraynsingh is professor emeritus of surgery, University of the West Indies.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Kerstin Sandelin with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Kerstin Sandelin, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS
Stockholm, Sweden
Professor Sandelin is professor of surgery, Karolinska Institutet, and chair of the National Quality Breast Cancer Register.

Dr. Ronald V. Maier (left) presents Prof. Panayotis Soucacos with Honorary Fellowship in the ACS.

Prof. Panayotis Soucacos, MD, FACS
Athens, Greece
Professor Soucacos is professor of orthopaedic surgery, The Panayotis N. Soucacos Orthopedic Research and Education Center, Attikon University Hospital, University of Athens School of Medicine.

Presenting the Honorary Fellowships last night on behalf of the College was Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS. The ACS sponsoring Fellows who nominated the Honorary Fellows included Juan Hepp-Kuschel, MD, FACS(Hon), Santiago, Chile; Henri Bismuth, MD, FACS(Hon), Villejuif, France; Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, Seattle, Wash.; John R. T. Monson, MB BCh, FRCS(Ire, Eng, Ed, Glas(Hon), FASCRS, FACS, Orlando, Fla.; Kazumi Kawase, MD, PhD, FACS, Tokyo, Japan; Marek Rudnicki, MD, PhD, DMSc, FACS, Chicago, Ill.; Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), Weston, Fla.; Dilip Vijay Dan, MB BS, FACS, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago; Hilary A. Sanfey, MB BCh, MHPE, FACS, Springfield, Ill.; and L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, Penn.

Another highlight during the Convocation was the awarding of Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons to surgeons from around the world. Fellowship is awarded to surgeons whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. During this year's ceremony, 1,993 surgeons were admitted into Fellowship. Sir Rickman Godlee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, was awarded the first Honorary Fellowship in the ACS during the College's first Convocation in 1913. Since then, 484 internationally prominent surgeons, including the 12 chosen this year, have been named Honorary Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

"FACS" designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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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 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

Editor's Note: Full citations and photos of each Honorary Fellow are available from the ACS Office of Public Information. Email: pressinquiry@facs.org