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Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons

The Excelsior Surgical Society presented this plaque containing two flags flown by the 772nd Forward Surgical Team at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq (left), and the 555th Forward Surgical Team at Camp Brown, Kandahar, Afghanistan (right). Pictured from left are (all MD, FACS, except for Mr. Kirk) Col. Jeff Bailey, Dr. Peggy Knudson, Col. Rob Lim, CDR Gordon Wisbach, Col (Ret.) Jeffrey McNeil, Col. Matthew Martin, Col. Steve Satterly, Dr. David Hoyt, Capt. Eric Elster, and Garrett Kirk, MPH.


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System (MHS) formed the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS) to improve educational opportunities, systems-based practices, and research capabilities in surgery. The strategic partnership—launched December 2014—will facilitate collaboration and the exchange of information between ACS and MHS to advance high-quality, cost-effective care for surgical patients.

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Signing of the MHSSPACS charter

M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS, new Medical Director of MHSSPACS

MHSSPACS Leadership Group holds inaugural meeting in Chicago, IL

Inaugural Meeting of the MHSSPACS

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