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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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American College of Surgeons Condemns Recent Violence

Recent events across the country have significantly impacted us all, particularly Fellows who are members of Black and Brown communities.

The ACS stands in solidarity against racism, violence, and intolerance. Our mission is to serve all with skill and fidelity, and that extends beyond the operating room.

Racism, brutal attacks, and subsequent violence must end. We will help any injured, and we will use our voice in support of the health and safety of every person.

Surgeon Voices

In this issue, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Board of Regents, and a surgeon in private practice in Wichita Falls, TX, who discusses her experience responding to COVID-19 outside of the widely discussed academic and urban medical centers. Though her hospital was fortunate not to be overburdened by COVID-19 patients, Dr. Sutton speaks about the facility’s plans to ensure it had sufficient personnel and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the challenges of telehealth in a more rural location. She also discusses guiding the Board of Regents during an unprecedented period in medical history, the College’s advocacy to ensure the financial viability of surgical practices, and a renewed ACS communications strategy.

Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, ACS Regent; Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and chairman, department of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; and surgeon-in-chief, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, who discusses his experience practicing and leading in New York City, the world’s largest COVID-19 hotspot. Dr. Michelassi speaks of his facility’s preparations to create capacity to treat the once rapidly growing number of COVID-19 patients by converting hospital beds to intensive care unit beds, redistributing physicians to provide COVID-19-specific treatment, creating a committee to protect surgeons and staff in operating rooms, securing sufficient PPE, and more.

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.
— Louis Pasteur