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 following surgeons are the elected officers of the new Excelsior Surgical Society:
Captain Eric Elster, MD, FACS, U.S. Navy
Professor and Chairman, The Department of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Colonel Stacy Shackelford, MD, FACS, U.S. Air Force
Deputy Commander for Clinical Services (DCCS)/Chief of the Medical Staff (SGH) 455th EMDG, Craig Joint Theater Hospital Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Colonel Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, U.S. Army
Chief, Metabolic and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center.
Colonel Kirby R. Gross, MF, FACS
Director, Army Trauma Training Center, University of Miami.
Councilperson at Large, U.S. Army
Colonel Matthew Martin, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Trauma Medical Director, Madigan Army Medical Center
Councilperson at Large, U.S. Navy
Captain Gordon Wisbach, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Department of General Surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego
Councilperson at Large, U.S. Air Force
Colonel Joe DuBose, MD, FACS
Vascular and Trauma Surgeon, Travis Air Force Base
Councilperson at Large, Reserve/National Guard
Colonel Jay A. Johannigman, MD, FACS
Director of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati.
Norman Rich MD, FACS, DMCC, COL, MC, USA (Ret)
Leonard Heaton & David Packard Professor, Founding Chairman, The Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Want to learn more about becoming a member or holding office? Visit the ESS Membership and Officers page.