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ACS Program Updates, Resources and Announcements

The Time Is Now: ACS Membership Application Fees Waived until October 21

Did you attend and enjoy the virtual Clinical Congress 2020, but are not yet a member of the ACS? Now is the time to apply—the College is waiving application fees for Fellow and Associate Fellows membership through October 21, 2020. This great value is normally offered during the in-person Clinical Congress, but the College has extended the special application period this year.

Clinical Congress is just a part of the incredible value of membership in the ACS. View all of the benefits of joining the ACS and make sure to apply by October 21!

ACS Leaders Installed and Elected at Clinical Congress 2020

At the virtual Clinical Congress 2020, the American College of Surgeons installed the 2020–2021 President and Vice-Presidents and announced the new Officers-Elect; Regents, including a new Chair and Vice-Chair; Governors, including new members of the Executive Committee.

President and Vice-Presidents

Newly installed Officers of the College include the following:

  • ACS President: J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, the Richard T. Myers Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • First Vice-President: H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS, FASCRS, professor of surgery and emeritus program director of the University of Texas colon and rectal surgery residency training program
  • Second Vice-President: Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, director, interdisciplinary breast program; chief, division of breast surgery, and medical director, International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes, Weill Cornell Medicine-New York Presbyterian Hospital Network

Read more about Drs. Meredith, Bailey, and Newman.

President-Elect and Vice-Presidents Elect

Officers-Elect for 2021–2022 include the following:

  • President-Elect: Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, and chief executive officer, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  • First Vice-President Elect: Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, division of general surgery, and chief, section of endocrine surgery, University of California, San Francisco
  • Second Vice-President Elect: Richard A. Lynn, MD, FACS, RPVI, retired general (vascular) surgeon in private practice, Palm Beach, FL

Regents—New Chair, Vice-Chair, and Members

The new leaders of the Board of Regents are as follows:

  • Chair: L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Paul B. Magnuson Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; chair, department of orthopaedics; professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and professor of surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Vice-Chair: Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Chair, Department of Colorectal Surgery; Director, Digestive Disease Institute; and Clinical Professor Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL

Newly elected members of the Board of Regents include the following:

  • Annesley (AJ) W. Copeland, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and Surgery Core Clerkship Director, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  • David J. Welsh, MD, FACS, surgeon in private practice, Batesville, IN
  • Francoise P. Chagnon, MD, FACS, FRCSC, associate professor, department of medicine, Université de Montréal, QC, and associate professor, department of otolaryngology, McGill University, Montréal
  • Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FACS, FRCS, professor of surgery and head of the department of surgery, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, AB

Regents reelected for three-year terms include the following:

  • Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, attending surgeon, Sanford Surgical Associates; and professor and chair, department of surgery, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota
  • Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, Henry N. Harkins Professor and chair, department of surgery, University of Washington, were reelected to three-year terms

Governors—Executive Committee Officers and New Members

Officers of the Board of Governors Executive Committee and new members include the following:

  • Chair (reappointed): Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, FACS, professor and chair of surgery, associate vice-president for UI Health Alliance, professor of surgery-surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, professor of biochemistry, professor of anatomy and cell biology, and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Vice-Chair: Nancy Lynn Gantt, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, and co-medical director, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital Center, OH
  • Secretary: Andre Campbell, MD, FACS, FACP, FCCM, professor of surgery, division of general surgery; director, surgery 110 clerkship; and director, surgical critical care fellowship, University of California San Francisco

New members of the B/G Executive Committee elected to serve one-year terms include the following:

  • Ross F. Goldberg, MD, FACS, vice-chairman, department of surgery, and specialty ambulatory medical director, Valleywise Health, and associate professor of surgery at both the Creighton University School of Medicine and University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
  • Bryan K. Richmond, MD, MBA, FACS, professor of surgery and chair, department of surgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Charleston
  • Anne G. Rizzo, MD, FACS, trauma and critical care surgeon, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA
  • Danielle Saunders Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP, associate professor of surgery, division of pediatric surgery, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center; and director of surgical quality, James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital, Greenville
  • Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS, a minimally invasive surgeon in Jacksonville, FL, affiliated with Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL, was reappointed to the Executive Committee

More information on Officers-Elect, Regents, and Governors will be available at later this week.

A Year in Review, and the Road Ahead: Watch the 2020 ACS Annual Business Meeting of Members

On October 7, the ACS held the Annual Business Meeting of Members via Zoom and all Fellows were invited to attend. If you were not able to watch it live, we have posted the entire proceedings, which feature reports from College leaders including Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and the Chairs of the Board of Regents, Governors; presentations of ACS awards, including the Joan L. and Julius J. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award; and announcements of newly elected ACS Regents and Officers, including the President-Elect.

Watch the recording

Clinical Congress 2020 Attendees Step Up in the Wellness Step Challenge

During the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020, the College hosted the Wellness Step Challenge to keep real-world movement a priority. This friendly step count competition asked participants to track their steps from Sunday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 7, and winners include the following:

50,000 steps
Winner: Robert Riviello, MD, FACS (Nickname: Riviello)

70,000 steps
Winner: Konstantinos Chouliaras, MD (Nickname: Choulios)

90,000 steps
Winner: Luke Moreau (Nickname: L. Moreau)

Thank you to all participants for taking part and staying active!

Building HR Function from the Ground Up: ACS HR Director Michelle McGovern

The high-quality work output of the ACS staff is no coincidence—it is in part the result of the successful efforts of the College's Human Resources department to build and support a quality workforce. A recent article from Human Resources Executive describes that work—led by Michelle McGovern, ACS Director of Human Resources and Operations—during her eight years at the College to modernize and create the organization's current, effective HR infrastructure.

Read the article to see how Ms. McGovern has transformed and modernized the College's HR department.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for Colorectal Surgeon, Trauma Medical Director, Burn Medical Director, and Cardiothoracic Surgeon

With the American College of Surgeons Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today.

UNC Department of Surgery | Chapel Hill, NC
Colorectal Surgeon

Northwell Health |Staten Island, NY
Trauma Medical Director  

UT Southwestern Medical Center Dept. of Surgery |Dallas, TX
Burn Medical Director  

Banner Health CardioVascular Institute (CVI) | Greeley CO
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Tailor your Surgery Career Connection search to target the opportunities of interest to you.