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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

The Tokyo Olympics have caused me to reflect on our “practice and performance.” Emotional strength is required to compete at the highest levels on the international stage of sport. All athletes strive for the gold medal, but silver and bronze are respected. Is it too large a leap of faith to say that we “compete” every day? In our own way, we are marathon runners, long-distance swimmers, and rowers. Our race spans decades. We train, work on technique, and execute with our colleagues, patients’ families, and society watching. We enter the “arena” when we operate. Go for gold every day!

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

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:

Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, chief executive officer and executive medical director, Miami Cancer Institute, FL, and Past-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, on the recent exponential growth in COVID-19 cases in the Baptist Health South Florida hospital system in which he works. Dr. Zinner speaks about how the new surge in Delta variant cases is affecting both young and elderly patients alike, how many non-cancer operations are once again being delayed due to hospitalization numbers, and more.   

Maria Baimas-George, MD, MPH, general surgery resident, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, on surgical health literacy for children and her series of children’s books that describe surgery in words they can understand.