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ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force

The mission of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force—co-chaired by Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, and Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS—is to:

  • Raise awareness of the incidence of IPV in the surgical community
  • Educate surgeons to recognize the signs and consequences of IPV in themselves and their colleagues
  • Provide resources for survivors, including prevention and escape strategies
  • Create resources and curricula in partnership with other national professional and educational organizations to instruct surgeons about how to recognize IPV in colleagues and trainees.

Core Values

The following core values inform the mission of the task force:

  • Respect and compassion for ourselves and our colleagues.
  • Inclusion of all members of the surgical community through years of training and practice, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, training level, culture, religion, race, or ethnicity.
  • Support and understanding of individuals who are presented with life choices and challenges without clear solutions, including supporting those who remain in difficult situations.

Goals and Objectives

The task force has established the following goals and objectives to guide their efforts:

  • Raise awareness about IPV in the surgical profession.
  • Establish the incidence of IPV among surgeons.
  • Develop strategies to support surgeons affected by IPV and to assist with referrals to IPV support resources.
  • Establish educational programs for the surgical profession on how to identify and support survivors of IPV.
  • Develop peer-to-peer intervention training programs.
  • Develop an IPV survivor toolkit for use by surgical societies and surgical training programs.
  • Partner with other committees and organizations to develop primary prevention and intervention strategies.

Task Force Efforts

Initial work of the Task Force includes:

Task Force Members

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS
ACS President and ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force Co-Chair
Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

Patricia L. Turner, MD FACS
ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force Co-Chair
ACS Division of Members Services, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark

Alexander Eastman, MD, FACS
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Celeste Hollands, MD, FACS
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX

Diana Lautenberger, MAT
Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC

Keith Lillemoe, MD, FACS
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Cynthia Plate, MD, FACS
Adventist Healthcare Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, MD

Susan Pories, MD, FACS
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Ann Rogers, MD, FACS
Penn State Health, Hershey, PA

Carrie A. Sims, MD, PhD, FACS
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Sharon Stein, MD, FACS
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

S. Robert Todd, MD, FACS, FCCM
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX