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

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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Credit belongs to the surgeon in the arena—face is masked, scrubs laden with sweat, gloves soiled from urgent work at hand. Accolades to the surgeon who strives late at night, on weekends and holidays. Credit the surgeon not settling for status quo or "we always did it that way." Credit the surgeon who works for high quality and patient safety and who continues a lifetime of learning as well as teaching, knows enthusiasm and devotion, and experiences high achievement and saves lives. The surgeon makes a difference in the arena. Apologies to Teddy Roosevelt.*

— David J. Welsh, MD, MBA, FACS, ACS Regent

*President Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "Citizenship in a Republic," refers to the "man in the arena" who strives to make the world a better place.

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:

Timothy Mullet, MD, MBA, FACS, new Commission on Cancer (CoC) Chair, who provides an overview of the CoC mission and the impact of COVID-19 on accreditation.

Sharon Stein, MD, FACS, FASCRS, immediate past-president of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), who talks about the history and current mission of the AWS.

Geoffrey Parker Dunn, MD, FACS; Melissa Red Hoffman, MD, ND, FACS; and Pringl Miller, MD, FACS, who discuss the field of surgical palliative care.