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Excelsior Surgical Society

The 2018 Excelsior Surgical Society-Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons

History

At the end of World War II, surgeons who had served during the conflict gathered at the Excelsior Hotel in Rome to discuss their experiences. This meeting was the first of what would be called the Excelsior Surgical Society. 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, 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. 

The Society will offer a “home” for the military surgeon within the ACS, and will service as both an on-ramp to membership in the College as well as an “off ramp” for surgeons as they separate from the military and transition to civilian practice. In conjunction with the ACS Clinical Congress, the Excelsior Surgical Society holds an annual full-day meeting that is attended by active and retired military surgeons, residents, and students.

The Original Excelsior Surgical Society (1945)

Officers

The following surgeons are the elected officers of the new Excelsior Surgical Society:

Colonel Robert B. Lim, MD, FACSPresident

Colonel Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, U.S. Army
Chief, Metabolic and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center


Captain Gordon Wisbach, MD, MBA, FACS, FAMBS, MC, US NavyVice President (President Elect)

Captain Gordon Wisbach, MD, MBA, FACS, FAMBS, MC, US Navy
Assistant Department Head, Department of General Surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego


Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, FACS

Secretary

Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Holt, MD, FACS
Chief, Department of Surgery, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital


 

Colonel Kirby R. Gross, MF, FACSTreasurer

Colonel Kirby R. Gross, MF, FACS
Director, Army Trauma Training Center, University of Miami.


Lieutenant Colonel Vance Sohn, MD, FACSCouncilperson at Large, U.S. Army

Lieutenant Colonel Vance Sohn, MD, FACS


Commander Matthew D. Tadlock, MD, FACSCouncilperson at Large, U.S. Navy

Commander Matthew D. Tadlock, MD, FACS


Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gavitt, MD, FACS

Councilperson at Large, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gavitt, MD, FACS


 

Colonel Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, FACSCouncilperson at Large, Reserve/National Guard

Colonel Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, FACS


News from the ESS

President's Message—May 2019

Excelsior Surgical Society Newsletter September 2018

Excelsior Surgical Society Newsletter September 2017

President's Message—January 2018

 

Want to learn more about becoming a member or holding office? Visit the ESS Membership page.