American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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Who did you leave an imprint on? In 1879–1880, William Stewart Halsted, MD, FACS, learned much about antisepsis and surgical resident education, especially from Austrian surgeon Theodor Billroth. Halsted went on to train 17 chief residents, including seven who became professors of surgery and 11 who established residency programs. The impact we have on those we train, and those who train us, can't be understated. Who was critical in your surgical training? Dick Kiefer, MD, FACS, and former Johns Hopkins Surgery Chair George Zuidema, MD, FACS,  were mine. Mentorship is a lifelong relationship. As we start 2021, why not reach out to yours and check in?

—John L. Tarpley, MD, FACS, FWACS, 2006 International ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award Recipient

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Conor P. Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, FACS, FRCSI, FASCRS, FRCSI (Hon), CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic Florida, discusses setting up a COVID-19 vaccine program at his institution.

Christian Shalgian, Director, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, on stopping the Medicare cuts that impact surgeons and continued efforts to protect patients' access to surgical care in 2021.