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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

ACS Continues Search for New Executive Director

After a long and successful tenure, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, will complete his exemplary service as ACS Executive Director in December 2021. Dr. Hoyt's leadership and accomplishments allow us to embark on the search for our new Executive Director as the largest organization of surgeons in the world and a powerful voice for innovation, quality, education and research.

Applicants must be Fellows of the College. If you know of potential candidates who might be interested in the position, encourage them to visit Consider encouraging potential candidates of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, women and specialty surgeons, among others. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

To learn more about the position or submit an application, visit

Submit Abstracts for Clinical Congress 2021 by March 1

The deadline to submit abstracts for the Clinical Congress 2021, scheduled to take place October 24 – 28, 2021, in Washington DC, is quickly approaching. Through the March 1, 2021, deadline, abstracts or videos may be submitted for the following programs:

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum

The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research.

Video-Based Education Sessions

The Video-Based Education Sessions aims to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams in order to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment.

History of Surgery Poster Session

The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties.

Note that the committees do not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions. Get a head start on your abstract process–submit today!

Open NOW: 2021 ACS/Pfizer Award Nominations, with New Award Category

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference.

Typically, there are five award categories for which an individual can be nominated—humanitarian, domestic volunteerism, international volunteerism, military and resident. For 2021, a sixth category, the Academic Global Surgeon, has been added.

The ACS/Pfizer Academic Global Surgeon Award will be given in recognition of those surgeons who are committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care through organized educational activities. The award is intended for ACS Fellows in active academic global surgical practice who are committed to applying research, training and evidence-based advocacy to make significant contributions to surgical education and care in regions of inequities, or retired Fellows who have been involved in academic global surgery during their active practice and into retirement. Surgeons of all specialties are eligible for this award.

The awards nomination page, accessible through the Operation Giving Back (OGB) website, is open through March 1, 2021. We strongly encourage you to submit nominations on behalf of your surgical peers deserving of an award in the various categories.

Contact OGB with any questions at or

Upcoming AIS Channel Events Features ACS Leaders Discussing Challenges during COVID-19

The Advances in Surgery Channel, in collaboration with the ACS, will broadcast a two-part international interactive program about successful leadership, challenges and solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first session will be held on Thursday, January 7, and the second panel takes place on Thursday, January 14, each from 8:00–10:00 am ET. The program specifics and registration are available on the AIS Channel website—mark your calendar today to take part in these important sessions!

ACS 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Summit Will Be Virtual—Dates Announced!

The ACS will host the virtual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, Saturday, May 15, through Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The Leadership Summit begins on May 15 and the Advocacy Summit begins on May 16.

The summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provides ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

Further details, including times and presenters, will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Trauma Medical Director, Orthopedic Surgeon, Colorectal Surgeon, and General Surgeon

With the ACS Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today!

Trauma Medical Director
Northwell Health | Staten Island, NY

Orthopedic Surgeon
Banner Health | Ogallala, NE

Colorectal Surgeon
Penn State Health | Hershey, PA

General Surgeon
Winslow Indian Health Care Center | Winslow, AZ

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.