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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. James L. Cox Receives 2020 ACS Jacobson Innovation Award

James L. Cox, MD, FACSJames L. Cox, MD, FACS, received the 2020 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) February 5 at a virtual event held in his honor. A professor of surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and a senior consultant to eight medical device companies and a member of the board of directors of four companies, Dr. Cox is a highly esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher, professor, and mentor. He is best known for his influential research and innovative work in cardiothoracic surgery.

Although Dr. Cox has developed multiple procedures to address arrhythmias, he is best known for the Cox-Maze procedure, an operation that involves placing multiple lesions in the right and left atria in a maze-like pattern to interrupt the multiple electrical circuits that cause atrial fibrillation (AFib). The procedure has been the gold standard for surgically treating AFib for more than 30 years, undergoing modifications to make it less invasive and quicker to perform than the original procedure.

“During his long career, Dr. Cox has developed and refined many procedures and created and patented many surgical devices related to the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, garnering him the title of ‘father of cardiac arrhythmias,’” said Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President of the ACS, during the virtual event. “He also has been a pioneer in intervention for atrial fibrillation making him a legend in the field of cardiac surgery.”

Read more about Dr. Cox’s life and storied career.

Read the February Bulletin: How Will the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Affect Your Practice?

ACS Bulletin February 2021 | 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule: How will it affect your practice?The February issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is available online. This month’s Bulletin cover story provides an overview of the provisions in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that will affect physician reimbursement. In addition, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Executive Director, and Christian Shalgian, Director, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, describe how the College was instrumental in ensuring that surgeons were spared from potential payment cuts of up to 10 percent.

Other highlights of this issue include the following:


Price and cost: Both are important to achieve value-based care

Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture: Never let a good crisis go to waste: Continuous professional development and COVID-19

Profiles in surgical research: Dr. Michael Bowdish leads effort to combat COVID-19


Looking forward: The College’s Efforts to Prevent Surgeon Medicare Payment Cuts

ACS quality and safety case studies: Hospital aims to stop the clot in neurosurgery

What surgeons should know about... The Quality Payment Program in 2021


AWS Foundation honors 2020 award recipients

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, October 2020

Chapter news

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Learning Opportunities Continue this Winter with Upcoming ACS Cancer Research Program Webinars

The ACS Cancer Research Program invites you to continue participating in the CRP winter webinar series, which will cover important information relevant to physicians and other health care professionals.

This month begins with Surgical Oncology for the General Surgeon on February 11. During this webinar, the community surgeon will be updated with the latest advances in cancer care, including, but not limited to: how tumor biology influences the surgical care of cancer patients, the proper sequencing of therapies and advances in therapies, the use of genetic and genomic testing and the findings of the latest cancer clinical trials. Flavio Rocha, MD, FACS, moderates a panel of geographically diverse surgeons.

On February 25, Toan Nguyen, MD, FACS, moderates a panel of surgeons active on social media in How to Utilize Social Media to Create a Meaningful Impact in Your Practice. This webinar will address how surgeons can capitalize on social media's pervasiveness in contemporary culture by distributing pertinent and nonbiased findings to their patients and to engage with current and future patients around emerging treatment options.

Finally, join us on March 11 for Emerging Diagnostic and Treatment Opportunities for Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract. Clancy Clark, MD, FACS, will moderate a panel of surgeons to discuss updated diagnosis and management of both primary and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors in the context of recent innovations and their impact on outcomes.

Can't make these times but wish you could be there? All webinars will be recorded and made available after the live date, through the online learning management system. Stay tuned to Cancer Program News for announcements regarding when webinars are posted, including the recent January 28 webinar on Surgical Emergencies in Advanced Cancer Patients.

Nominations for ACS Board of Regents, Officers-Elect Due February 19

The ACS 2021 Nominating Committee of the Fellows and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will be selecting nominees for leadership positions in the College. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 19, 2021.

Reminder: 2021 ACS/Pfizer Award Nominations Due March 1

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.

For 2021, a sixth category, the Academic Global Surgeon, has been added to the typical humanitarian, domestic volunteerism, international volunteerism, military and resident categories.

The ACS/Pfizer Academic Global Surgeon Award will be offered 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 webpage, 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 who deserve recognition in the various categories.

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Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist, Orthopedic Surgeon and Plastic 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!

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Banner Health Northern Colorado | Front Range, CO

Surgical Oncologist
Mount Sinai Services/Queens Hospital | Jamaica, NY

Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgeon
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center | Bangor, ME

Plastic Surgeon with Hand Fellowship
Charleston Area Medical Center | Charleston, WV

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