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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

Hippocrates wrote, “If you want to learn surgery go to war.” This Memorial Day, we recognized surgical colleagues from past generations who were deployed to the battlefield to save lives. Today, military surgeons are stationed around the world caring for our soldiers. During the COVID pandemic, we redirected our efforts and surgical practices towards protecting our citizens and health care workforce.  All of us in our own way participated. Lessons learned from experience during crisis have served us well. The ACS must now “soldier on” to support surgeons, and their patients, who are still battling COVID and its adverse effects.

— 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

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:

Art Hiranyakas, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS, FRCST, FSCRST(Hon), FRCFPT, FICS, chief of the Colorectal Disease Institute at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Thailand, and Secretary General of the Thailand Chapter of the ACS, who discusses how Thailand’s government and local hospitals reacted to the once-nascent COVID-19 pandemic to keep the disease in check. As a popular tourism destination for Chinese residents, Thailand was affected early on by COVID-19, but a proactive response has helped to keep infections from the exponential increase that has affected much of the world.  

Ronan O’Connell, MB, BCh, BAO, MD, FRCSI, FRCSP Glas(Hon), FRCS Edin(Hon), FRCS Eng(Hon), FASA(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and president-elect of the European Surgical Association, who discusses surgical training in Ireland, how the RCSI is working to ensure that students complete their education, and integrating students into patient care as COVID-19 continues and eventually wanes. Dr. O’Connell also speaks on Ireland’s initial governmental response to COVID-19 and the new challenge in resuming surgery services.