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

April 2013

In This Issue:

Letter from the Foundation Chair

It is my pleasure and honor to serve the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as the newly elected Chair of the ACS Foundation. I look forward to working with my fellow Foundation board members, Dr. David Hoyt and the ACS executive team, and the Foundation staff as we continue to drive the Foundation’s mission of promoting voluntary philanthropy to support the College’s goals. But I am particularly eager to meet and get to know many of you -- the Foundation’s loyal donors who are so important to the College’s continued vitality and excellence.

As the College enters into its next century, philanthropy will play an increasingly important role, supporting visionary programs that invest in the surgeon through continuing education, the profession with development of best practices and health policy, and the societal good advanced by surgical volunteerism. To engage the Fellowship in these causes, the Foundation has recently launched the 1913 Legacy Campaign, a one-time fundraising initiative, established in honor of the College’s 100th anniversary. I hope that you will join us in this exciting campaign as we celebrate the many surgical milestones over the last 100 years and prepare a successful path for the century ahead.

I look forward to your continued philanthropic partnership and the accomplishments that it will bring. Please know that you are truly making a difference for surgical patients and the profession. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at Thank you.


Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Foundation

Foundation Launches 1913 Legacy Campaign

With a commitment to maintaining the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) vitality and excellence and with a vision of strengthening and securing the organization’s future, the ACS Foundation Board of Directors has launched the 1913 Legacy Campaign. This special, one-time fundraising initiative, in honor of the College’s Centennial, will help ensure the College’s capacity to sustain and develop high-priority programs that will benefit surgeons and their patients. The campaign will invest in continuing education, support development of best practices and health policy, and advance the societal good through volunteerism. 

The 1913 Legacy Campaign is a call to action to all Fellows and friends of the College who care about the future of the organization and the surgical profession. Donors will join the leaders of the College, who have made their own campaign gift, including David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director; Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, Chair of the Board of Regents; A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, President; and Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Foundation.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this historic campaign. For more information, please visit the Foundation's website or call 312-202-5338.

New Foundation Officers Elected

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents has approved new officers of the ACS Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term, beginning in February 2013. The new officers are:

Chair: Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, Colorado Springs, CO

Vice-Chair: Christopher J. Daly, MD, FACS, Mars, PA

Secretary: Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN

Additionally, the ACS Board of Regents elected Richard B. Reiling, MD, FACS, Charlotte, NC, as Special Consultant to the Foundation in recognition of his long service to the College’s philanthropy programs.

Click here for more information on each of the Foundation officers.

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Meet Our Donor - Dr. Charles and Carol Balch

Generally regarded as one of the leading melanoma and breast cancer experts in the world, Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, leads a distinguished career as a clinical and academic surgical oncologist. As revered teacher, astute administrator, and world-renowned speaker, he continues to build networks in the field of clinical trials and outcomes research. Over the past 30 years, he has authored more than 600 publications on topics that include clinical investigations involving the natural history of melanoma, prognostic factors predicting clinical outcomes, standards of surgical treatment, and the conduct and methodology of clinical research and immunology. Additionally, Dr. Balch is the editor of Cutaneous Melanoma, regarded as the authoritative textbook on melanoma. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology; and is professor of surgery, division of surgical oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Throughout Dr. Balch’s rewarding career, he has found the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to be an integral part of his success, and he and his wife, Carol, enjoy giving back through their generous contributions to the ACS Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Balch enjoy choosing ACS priority areas that are most meaningful to them, stating, “The ACS Foundation is an important philanthropic organization, with a great mission, and an array of projects. We like the menu of giving opportunities available and the ability to designate our gifts.”

Most recently, they have supported the Thomas R. Russell Scholarship Fund, to honor Dr. Russell’s legacy, and the voluntarism initiative, Operation Giving Back, because it is “a meaningful way to facilitate surgical volunteers who are going to help the less fortunate with surgical needs throughout the world.”

Since becoming a Fellow, Dr. Balch has been an active participant in many ACS activities that are of interest to him, including the Commission on Cancer, ACS Oncology Group, the American Joint Commission on Cancer and the ACS Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to these volunteer activities, ACS has been an important outlet for his continuing medical education.

In summary, Dr. Balch affirmed that the ACS has been an “invaluable organization to me professionally throughout my career” and, therefore, he and Carol have made giving back a priority. “There are many charitable organizations with good causes, but Carol and I believe the ACS Foundation is one of the best ways to leverage our stewardship contributions into impactful projects, whether they are about education, career development, research, or outreach to the underserved.” 

If you would like to join Charles and Carol, in supporting Operation Giving Back or another program of the College, you can donate online or call the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338. 

Impact of Philanthropy: Community Surgeon Traveling Fellowship

In late 2012, Emeka Blessius Kesieme, MBBS, MRCS, FWACS of Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria, attended the ACS Clinical Congress and spent an additional month with surgeons at the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Kesieme was able to learn new techniques to treat his patients in Nigeria and will also share the knowledge with his colleagues.  His experience was made possible through the generous philanthropy of Raghuvir B. Gelot, MD, FACS, who established this award, in honor of his parents, Baxiram S. and Kankuben B. Gelot, for an internationally-based surgeon, working in small community.  Read more of Dr. Kesieme's experience.

News You Can Use

Here's a tax deduction you may want to consider for your 2013 charitable giving plans:  Congress has renewed the Charitable IRA Rollover provision for 2013 charitable contributions. Individuals age 70 1/2 or older are allowed, under specific conditions, to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a qualified charity – like the American College of Surgeons Foundation.  You’ll need to contact your IRA Administrator to confirm your intention, and should also talk with your tax advisor to determine if this rollover provision would work for you. You may also contact Martin Wojcik, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation (phone: 312-202-5376), for more details. 

Thank You to Our Donors

Fellows Leadership Society

The ACS Foundation is grateful for recent gifts (December 2012 - February 2013) from the following new members, who have joined or upgraded their Fellows Leadership Society membership, in our Founders, Regents and Governors Circles of recognition.

Founders Circle (Cumulative Giving of $75,000 to $100,000)
Dr. Mary H. McGrath - California

Regents Circle (Cumulative Giving of $25,000 to $50,000)
Ron and Lauren Maier - Washington
Martine B. and William P. Reed - New York
Dr. and Mrs. George F. Sheldon - North Carolina

Governors Circle (Cumulative Giving of $10,000 to $25,000)
Dr. Ernest F. J. Block – Florida
Dr. A. Willard Emch - Florida
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Forde - New York
Dr. and Mrs. Masaki Kitajima – Japan
Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas P. Kovacevich – California
Dr. David A. and Kathleen Sweetman Rothenberger - Minnesota

The ACS Foundation thanks the following donors for their generous contributions (December 2012 to February 2013).

Donors Circle (Individuals giving $1,000 and above) 

Dr. James N. Anderson Jr - Alabama
Dr. Edward H. Andres III - Missouri
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Aufses Jr. - New York
Dr. and Mrs. Choong H. Baick - California
Dr. and Mrs. H. Randolph Bailey - Texas
Dr. Manjit Singh Bains - New York
Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Balch - Texas
Dr. Ernest F. J. Block - Florida
Dr. Ewing T. Boles Jr. - Ohio
Rev. Talmadge A. Bowden, Jr., MD - Georgia
Dr. F. Michael Campbell - North Carolina
Dr. and Mrs. Abilio A. Coello - Florida
Dr. and Mrs. J. Craig Collins - California
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Corrado - Missouri
Myriam J. Curet - California
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Dempsey - Pennsylvania
Dr. Robert M. Dixon - Arizona
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Donovan - California
Dr. and Mrs. Scott A. Dulchavsky - Michigan
Drs. David L. Dunn and Kelli Bullard Dunn – Kentucky
Drs. A. Brent and Sarita Eastman – California
Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Eberlein - Missouri
Dr. A. Willard Emch - Florida
Dr. Robert E. Falcone - Ohio
Dr. Anita Falla - New Jersey
Dr. Robert M. Flanigan - Illinois
Dr. Henri R. Ford - California
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Forde - New York
Dr. Julie A. Freischlag - Maryland
Dr. Daniel J. Frey - Louisiana
Dr. and Mrs. Donald E. Fry - Illinois
Dr. and Mrs. John C. German - California
Dr. John J. Gleysteen - Alabama
Dr. Amy J. Goldberg - Pennsylvania
Lt. Col. Charles D. Goldman - Iowa
Dr. and Mrs. James E. Goodnight Jr. - California
Dr. and Mrs. David E. Grambort - Arkansas
Dr. Mehmet Ali Haberal - Turkey
Dr. Margaret Hanlon - Illinois
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald B. Healy - Massachusetts
Dr. and Mrs. Kevin R. Hiler - California
Dr. Joel H. Horovitz - New York
Dr. Thomas G. Howrigan – Vermont
Drs. David B. Hoyt and Beth Hoyt – California
Dr. Roy E. Hutchison - Florida
Dr. Rupert Indar - Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. and Mrs. C. R. Kamath - West Virginia
Dr. and Mrs. Christoph R. Kaufmann - Pennsylvania
Dr. Song-Kee Kim - Illinois
Dr. and Mrs. Masaki Kitajima - Japan
Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas P. Kovacevich - California
Drs. Mark L. and Lena B. Labowe - California
Dr. Benjamin B. Lecompte III - Illinois
Dr. Anna M. Ledgerwood - Michigan
Mrs. Joseph H. Lesser - California
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD - Massachusetts
Dr. Paul W. Loeffler - Texas
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lottenberg - Florida
Dr. Marcel C. C. Machado - Brazil
Ron and Lauren Maier - Washington
Dr. and Mrs. Mark A. Malangoni - Pennsylvania
Dr. Mary H. McGrath - California
Dr. Jane E. Mendez - Massachusetts
Anthony and Marian Meyer - North Carolina
Dr. Mary J. Milroy - South Dakota
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Morgan - Virginia
Dr. and Mrs. K. V. K. Murthy - Minnesota
Dr. and Mrs. Nagendra Nadaraja - New York
Dr. Ronald L. Nichols - Louisiana
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Ocampo - California
Dr. James J. Peck - Oregon
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pennington Jr. - South Carolina
Dr. and Mrs. Karl C. Podratz - Minnesota
Martine B. and William P. Reed - New York
Drs. Samuel P. and Leaena N. Reyes - California
Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Riley Jr. - Michigan
Drs. Ajit Kumar and Rajeev Sachdeva - Illinois
Dr. David J. Schoetz Jr. - Massachusetts
Dr. Marshall Z. Schwartz - Pennsylvania
Dr. and Mrs. George F. Sheldon - North Carolina
Dr. Samuel Singer - New York
Dr. Raymond Leigh Smith - Pennsylvania
Dr. Carmen C. Solorzano - Tennessee
Drs. Steven C. Stain and Hyacinth R. C. Mason - New York
Dr. Amilu Stewart - Colorado
Beth H. Sutton, MD - Texas
Dr. Richard S. Swanson - Massachusetts
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Tachovsky - Pennsylvania
Dr. David J. Terris - Georgia
Dr. and Mrs. L. William Traverso - Idaho
Patricia L. Turner MD FACS - Illinois
Dr. Ajay K. Upadhyay - California
Dr. and Mrs. Fred A. Weaver - California
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald John Weigel - Iowa
Dr. and Mrs. Larry P. Weinstein - New Jersey
Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Weissler - North Carolina
Dr. Samuel W. Williams - South Carolina
Dr. Donald K. Wonder II - Missouri
Dr. Nopadol Wora-Urai - Thailand
Dr. Wen T. Yap - Wisconsin
Dr. Stanley Ziomek – Missouri

Donors Circle (Chapters, Societies, and Organizations giving $1,000 or more from December 2012 through February 2013)

Florida ACS Chapter
Maryland ACS Chapter
Massachusetts ACS Chapter
New York Hospital, Queens Surgical Society
North Carolina ACS Chapter
Ohio ACS Chapter
South Florida ACS Chapter
Southern California ACS Chapter
Trauma and Critical Care Foundation

Donors Circle (Corporations and Foundations giving $25,000 or more from December 2012 through February 2013)

Merck & Co./Schering-Plough
Teleflex Foundation