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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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As we have navigated the COVID crisis, several issues have required our immediate attention and focus: the health of our families, the support of our health care workers, the needs of our institutions and communities, and the encouragement of our physician colleagues. Most of us have had limited time in the operating room but have invested considerable time learning telemedicine and reassuring patients that their surgeons are concerned about their welfare. There is an inherent “joy of surgery” that we recognized when we decided to pursue the practice of surgery. That “joy” has never waned. Let’s return to it!

— Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents
— L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, surgical oncologist for Weill Cornell Medicine and Second Vice-President-Elect, American College of Surgeons, and other physicians explain why COVID-19 may be more dangerous for African Americans to TIME Reports with Katie Couric.

Cori McKeever Ashford, Director, Division of Integrated Communications, ACS, discusses the College’s efforts to keep the surgical community informed during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, ACS Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Wael K. Barsoum, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic Florida, who describes the measures taken to optimize patient and health care provider safety during preparation for the COVID-19 surge and subsequently when re-starting elective services. His unique insights and leadership decisions earned him recognition from the Governor of Florida and have been nationally and internationally shared as best practices.

Andrew R. Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, FATA, a colorectal surgeon and past-president of the American Telemedicine Association, who explains why he has been a staunch supporter and practitioner of telemedicine and shares his logic and practical advice for implementation and continuation of telemedicine during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert K. Cleary, MD, FACS, FASCRS, who shares an emotional recounting of his own battle as a patient hospitalized in the intensive care unit due to a COVID-19 infection.

The ACS Fellowship Pledge: Why It Matters Now More than Ever

The American College of Surgeons Fellowship Pledge, followed by members for more than 100 years, is more meaningful than ever right now. In this video, ACS leaders share a script, written by Leah Tatebe, MD, FACS, Cook County Health, highlighting why the pledge resonates greatly during the COVID-19 crisis.