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Nominations for Scudder Orator, NSC Award, and National COT Membership

2021 ACS Scudder Orator on Trauma

The ACS COT Committee on Education is responsible for seeking nominations for the Scudder Oration. Honoring Charles Locke Scudder, MD, a founding member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a major contributor to the surgery of trauma, the annual Scudder Oration is one of only a handful of named lectures given annually at the ACS Clinical Congress. This key note address is given by a distinguished member of the trauma community each year; a list of the past Scudder Orators is attached for reference.

You are encouraged to give thoughtful consideration to nominating a candidate for the 2021 Scudder Oration. Any individual who has made significant or sustained contributions to the care of the injured patient may be nominated.

For more information about the award and to submit your full nomination and Letter of Support online, please visit the Scudder Oration on Trauma  page before August 1, 2020. Only online submissions are now accepted.

National Safety Council (NSC) Award

The COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee compiles a running list of candidates for the National Safety Council Award. This award is presented each year at the ACS Clinical Congress and given in recognition of outstanding service or contributions to the field of injury prevention and/or for their roles in the development of safety projects or programs. Please send a letter of nomination that includes a detailed description of your nominee's qualifications and contributions. Your letter should clearly explain the reason you believe your nominee would be a good candidate.
Please submit your nomination for the 2020 NSC award by e-mail to

Nomination to National Committee on Trauma

We would appreciate your help in identifying qualified surgeons for possible appointment to the National COT. Nominees should have demonstrated expertise and commitment to the care of injured patients and must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

The COT values dynamic individuals who will be energetic participants in the activities of the group and who interact well in a committee structure. When submitting a nominee, please include a description of their talents that would support and benefit the work of the COT.

Nominations for National COT Membership should be submitted by e-mail to or the Chair Membership Committee, Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, at by June 1, 2020.