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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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Success in surgical practices is based on the 3 A’s (available, able, affable). What shouldn’t be taken for granted are our teammates—nurses, anesthesiologists, students, residents, fellows and APPs. Clinic support staff—from office managers to custodial service workers—are vital to facilitating our care of patients. Do you know the name of the person who cleans your office space? Saying “thank you” is often forgotten, but has great meaning to the people that work around us, with us, and for us. Before leaving the OR after a case, do you ever say, “Thanks, team?” We want to say thanks to the ACS staff!

— 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 a special roundtable interview, ACS Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, leads a discussion on the Statement on the Importance of Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Workplace Accommodations for Surgical Residents and Fellows to get the perspective from surgical leaders on the need and importance of this position in the context of the modern health care landscape.

Participants include:

  • Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, ACS President and Miner Family Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers; attending surgeon, thoracic service, department of surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; and professor of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York
  • Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, ACS Past-President and Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus, State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse; SUNY Upstate Distinguished Service Professor, and SUNY Upstate Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
  • Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, ACS Regent and Henry N. Harkins Professor and chair, department of surgery, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, ACS Regent and Bixby Professor of Surgery and chair of surgery; Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and director, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center; and surgeon-in-chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, MO
  • Sharon Stein, MD, FACS, FASCRS, President, Association of Women Surgeons, and program director, colorectal surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Board of Regents and private practice surgeon in Wichita Falls, TX
  • Naveen F. Sangji, MD, MPH, Chair, RAS-ACS, and assistant professor, general surgery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


ACS Clinical Congress Highlights

In the weeks leading up to Clinical Congress, we are featuring interviews with various ACS members sharing what you can expect at this year’s free, virtual meeting. This week’s interviews, led by Dr. Wexner, include the following:

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director of the ACS Division of Education, speaks about the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators—specifically, the Academy’s Symposium at Clinical Congress, “Transformation of Residency Training in Surgery: COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.” This year’s Symposium, which is open to view for all conference attendees, will highlight the major activities of the Academy that have focused on residency training during the pandemic and on opportunities to transform residency training in surgery for the future.



Specialized Content, Broad Appeal. Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMSc, FACS, FAAP, division chief of pediatric surgery, University of Louisville, and surgeon-in-chief, Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY, discusses the value of the Clinical Congress to pediatric surgeons specifically, as well as more broadly to general surgeons, medical students and residents, and international attendees.