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October 4–8, 2020
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture

This lecture is named for the Excelsior Surgical Society, a group of medical officers who met for the first time in 1945 at the Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Italy. This lecture also honors Colonel Edward D. Churchill, a famous surgeon and consultant to the U.S. Army in the World War II Italian Theater, who presented the first keynote address at this meeting. These meetings continued annually until the death of the last World War II member, Dr. Michael Debakey. Facilitated by the recently established partnership between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Military Health System (MHSSPACS), a new generation of surgeons who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have resurrected the Excelsior Surgical Society and with the ratification of its bylaws and election of officers, it is now an official society within the ACS.

Jonathan Woodson, MDNL06 | Tuesday, October 06, Time TBD
Presiding Officer: Gordon G. Wisbach, MD, MBA, FACS, MC, USN
Lecturer: Major General Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS, US Army Reserve

Past Lecturers

1980: W. Dean Warren, MD, FACS
1981: Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, FACS
1982: William P. Longmire, Jr., MD, FACS
1983: Lloyd D. MacLean, MD, FACS
1984: G.B. Ong, MD, FACS
1985: W. Gerald Austen, MD, FACS
1986: James C. Thompson, MD, FACS
1987: G. Tom Shires, MD, FACS
1988: Basil A. Pruitt, MD, FACS
1989: William Silen, MD, FACS
1990: Bernard Langer, MD, FACS
1991: Keith Reemstma, MD, FACS
1992: John L. Sawyers, MD, FACS
1993: Jonathan L. Meakins, MD, FACS
1994: LaSalle D. Lefall, Jr., MD, FACS
1995: Joseph E. Murray, MD, FACS
1996: Seymour I. Schwartz, MD, FACS
1997: Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS
1998: Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS
1999: Frank C. Spencer, MD, FACS

2000: John L. Cameron, MD, FACS
2001: F. Griffith Pearson, MD, FACS
2002: Lawrence W. Way, MD, FACS
2003: Clyde F. Barker, MD, FACS
2004: Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS
2005: Jon A. von Heerden, MD, FACS
2006: Jay Grosfeld, MD, FACS
2007: Kirby Bland, MD, FACS
2008: John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
2009: George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS
2010: Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS
2011: Donald Trunkey, MD, FACS
2012: Atul A. Gawande, MD, FACS
2013: Mark A. Talamini, MD, FACS
2014: Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS
2015: Monica Morrow, MD, FACS
2016: Lenworth, M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS
2017: Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS
2018: Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD, FACS
2019: Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS

Additional Excelsior Events

Excelsior Surgical Society Business Meeting

Saturday, October 03 | 1700–1900 CST
Location TBD

6th Annual Excelsior Surgical Society Symposium

PS001 | Sunday, October 04 | 0700–1630
Location TBD 

Excelsior Surgical Society Reception

Tuesday, October 04 | 1900–2100
Location TBD 

Call for Nominations

Do you or someone you know in Excelsior have a desire to become actively involved as a leader in the Excelsior Surgical Society? If so, nominations will be open again this October!

The schedule for nominations and elections are as follows:

  1. Nominations will be submitted via Survey Monkey. Floor nominations will also be accepted on 03 OCT during the Business meeting. Nominations will close on 1200 CST on 04 OCT (midway through the Excelsior meeting).
  2. Elections will open at 1200 CST on 04 OCT. Voting will be submitted online via Slido.
  3. Elections will close at 1600 CST on 04 OCT. Results will be tabulated in time to be announced by the end of the Sunday meeting.

Questions regarding the Excelsior Surgical Society or the MHSSPACS should be directed to Mr. Garrett Kirk at or Ms. Jennifer Gregory at