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Associate Fellow News: November 2020

Ivy Haskins, MDThis edition of the Associate Fellow Newsletter focuses on opportunities and resources, as well as a glimpse into the lives of two Associate Fellow members and their work. Consider a one-year leadership position on this committee, or a micro-volunteer opportunity such as writing a piece for this newsletter. We welcome your ideas to make this newsletter useful to you. Enjoy this issue.

Ivy Haskins, MD
Editor, Associate Fellow News, RAS-ACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Call for Vice-Chair and Secretary, One-year Positions Starting December 2020

We are currently seeking nominations for a Vice-Chair and Secretary for the Associate Fellow Committee. A description of each of these available leadership positions is listed below. To nominate yourself or another member of this committee, please send an email to by November 30 with the following in a Word document:

  • A paragraph or two outlining why you want the position
  • Your photograph

Position responsibilities for both Vice-chair and Secretary:

  • Attend at least 80 percent of the Associate Fellow Committee meetings
  • Participate in committee activities and leadership decisions as able
  • Assume other committee responsibilities (such as running the meeting) as assigned by the Associate Fellow Chair

Additional responsibilities for Secretary:

  • Take written minutes and forward to RAS administrator Alison Powers within three days of the meeting for distribution and record-keeping
  • Follow-up with action Items

The ballot will be assembled and distributed to the committee on or around December 1 and left open for voting for 10 days.

FACS Fellowship Application Due December 1

The application for FACS is December 1, 2020. To review the list of requirements and to apply online, please click here. Have questions about how to become a FACS? Watch our video narrated by our former Chair, Shannon Castle, which was presented at the ACS Clinical Congress in the fall.

Associate Fellow Chethan Sathya, MD, Introduces Gun Violence Screening Program

Chethan Sathya, MD, MScChethan Sathya, MD, MSc, is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, and the director of the Center for Gun Violence Prevention at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York. He has been a member of the American College of Surgeons since 2019. He recently won a $1.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant to establish gun violence prevention screening at his institution. For more information about his award, read the Northwell Health article.

Here is what Chethan has to say about how he became interested in firearm safety:

    Having trained in Chicago, I was astonished at how many children with bullet wounds I was having to treat. It became apparent that gun violence is far and beyond one of our nation's major public health crises. And having to tell parents over and over again that their child has died from a firearm injury was heart-wrenching; hence this is an issue that I am particularly passionate about. When I got to Northwell Health, I was fortunate in that our CEO, Michael Dowling, took a strong stance against gun violence and this led to the establishment of our Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention, which I lead. Through this health system-wide center, we spearhead local and national initiatives spanning the domains of education, research, advocacy, and community outreach. We recently launched a national gun violence prevention learning collaborative for hospitals and health systems that will bring health care leaders to the table to discuss firearm injury prevention and implement best practices.

    Furthermore, we were able to bring together a collaborative team of investigators that allowed us to successfully obtain this $1.4 million NIH grant for firearm injury prevention research. Our study will be one of the first to develop and implement a universal screening and intervention protocol for patients who are at risk of firearm injury and mortality.

To learn more about Dr. Sathya, follow him on Twitter @drchethansanthya.