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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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At the recent Promoting DEI & Anti-Racism: Professional Surgical Society Retreat, Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, MA, gave a personal accounting of his own health journey, acknowledging the surgeons who treated him; and he presented his own views of racism in the U.S. The interview was conducted by Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, FACS, President, Howard University. The retreat’s primary purpose was for the ACS to hear from surgical societies and other stakeholders about their own DEI efforts. The retreat concluded with the announcement that the ACS will be funding matching grants to departments, societies and other organizations focused on innovative and impactful programs dealing with DEI and anti-racism issues.

—Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, ACS Regent

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:

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS NSQIP, and Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, on the upcoming ACS 2021 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL.



A follow-up conversation on the Promoting DEI & Anti-Racism: Professional Surgical Society Retreat, with the following contributors:

  • Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Board of Governors Diversity Pillar
  • John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS, representing The American Board of Surgery
  • William Chapman, MD, FACS, representing the Southern Surgical Association
  • Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FACS, representing the Society of Surgical Chairs