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

December 2012

In This Issue:

Letter from the Foundation Chair

What a delight it was to see so many of the Foundation’s donors at the annual Fellows Leadership Society Luncheon held in conjunction with the 98th Annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. If you were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed catching up with friends and learning more about what the Foundation is making possible through the generosity of you, our donor.

One of the core areas of giving prevalent among ACS donors has been helping promising young surgeons continue the advancement of our beloved profession with funding for scholarships and fellowships. Each year, dozens of young surgeons are awarded with traveling fellowships for attendance at the ACS Clinical Congress. They gain invaluable new skills training and are exposed to innovative methods for patient care that they can implement in their respective medical facilities. Many of these internationally based award recipients also take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit renowned U.S. medical centers, like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where they receive mentoring from top experts in their surgical specialties.

I am happy to report that it is philanthropy, both past and current, from donors that is funding nearly all of these fellowship awards. In this issue, you can read about the experiences of two surgeons who were able to attend Clinical Congress because of donors like you.

As 2012 comes to a close, I sincerely thank you once more for your loyal support of the ACS Foundation. I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

With gratitude,

Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Foundation

News You Can Use

Give the Gift of Appreciated Stock:

For your next donation to the College, have you considered giving appreciated stocks instead of a cash gift? Forgo some of the heavy capital gains tax, and give stock this year. The value of the stock at the time of its transfer will be the value of the donation for tax deduction purposes.
Here are the simple steps:

  • Contact your broker and provide required instruction authorizing transfer of stock to the American College of Surgeons.
  • Inform the ACS Foundation (T: 312-202-5376/E-mail: of your intent to contribute stock, providing the following:
  • Your full name
  • The name, address, and telephone number of your broker
  • The name of the stock(s) to be transferred
  • The number of shares
  •  The anticipated date of transfer

American College of Surgeons
Northern Trust
Account: NT2058157
DTC: 226
Contact person: Sue Ingraffia
Phone: 312-557-2912
ACS tax ID 30-0305504
ACS Foundation: 312-202-5376

Upon successful transfer of the donated stock, the College will officially acknowledge your contribution for tax purposes.

Are You Prepared for the 2013 Tax Law Changes?

If you have been putting off creating an estate plan or haven't updated it in years, upcoming changes in tax laws might spur you into action. The current estate tax laws will expire at the end of 2012. Unless Congress intervenes before that time, you will see significant changes. Click here for a preview of what you can expect.

Highlight on Giving: Scholarships and Fellowships

Merck has generously funded an educational grant to the ACS Clinical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence Program, which provides young surgeons opportunities to conduct innovative research in partnership with the College’s Cancer Division.

John Wong, MD, PhD, FACS(HON), and The China-Hong Kong Chapter of the ACS honored long-time friend of their organization, Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, with a generous donation to the ACS Foundation, which will establish the Carlos A. Pellegrini Fellowship of the China-Hong Kong Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. The Fellowship will provide enduring funding to a meritorious young surgeon from China to attend the Clinical Congress and visit other surgical institutions specifically tailored to his or her interests. 

The ACS Foundation is most appreciative of these gifts as they advance the College's efforts toward the ultimate goal of improving the quality of care for the surgical patient.

Special Recognition: Fellows Leadership Society  

To honor and recognize their philanthropic commitment, the members of the Fellows Leadership Society (FLS), the major donor recognition program of the ACS Foundation, are invited to attend the annual FLS Luncheon. This year, the featured speaker was Patrick G. Ryan, founder of Aon Corporation. Other highlights of the luncheon included the presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Philanthropist Award to Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, and the announcement of FLS members, a total of 21, who joined or upgraded their membership in the 2012 fiscal year. An additional four members were inducted into the Mayne Heritage Society (MHS), the Foundation’s planned giving recognition program.

New MHS members Richard Lynn, MD, FACS, and his wife, Margrit, explained why they named the College a beneficiary of their estate:

“We have been honored by the recognition that the College has shown to us over the years. The ability to give back to an institution that has provided so much to the surgical career that has benefited the many patients as well as ourselves is a privilege, especially doing this while still very active in clinical practice. Philanthropic contributions—independent of the magnitude—are a wonderful experience, particularly when one knows the value with which the gift will be utilized in ensuring the highest quality of patient care for years to come—the sine qua non for which the American College of Surgeons stands.”

If you are interested in learning more about Fellows Leadership Society or Mayne Heritage Society membership, please e-mail the Foundation at or call 312-202-5338.  

Impact of Philanthropy: Supporting Excellence

Dozens of young surgeons attended the 2012 ACS Clinical Congress using philanthropic-funded fellowship awards. One attendee was Stephanie Allen Lilly, MD, FACS, a surgeon practicing in rural New Hampshire; her award was funded through the scholarship endowment established by the family of Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, in honor of Dr. Oweida’s commitment to serving rural communities.

While at Clinical Congress, Dr. Lilly participated in several courses including the Challenging Surgical Emergencies Postgraduate Course and the Flexible Endoscopy for General Surgeons, which enhanced her technical skills of the procedure. Dr. Lilly found her attendance at Clinical Congress to be a “wonderful education experience, which benefitted not only me, but also the colleagues and patients with whom I can share this wealth of information.”

Another surgeon who was able to attend the 2012 Clinical Congress thanks to the support of kind donors was Alvaro Sanabria, MD, PhD, MSc, FACS, from Medellin, Colombia. In addition to attending educational lectures at Clinical Congress, Dr. Sanabria also visited MD Anderson Cancer Center, Georgia Health Sciences University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he observed surgical procedures and toured the hospital's clinics. In his thank-you letter to the College, Dr. Sanabria reported on his fellowship, stating, “This experience allowed me to understand that differences between us and the most important oncological centers in America is not the physical resources or money, but the discipline in following established protocols and the ability to work as a team.”

Thank You to Recent Donors - September 2012 through November 2012

The following individuals have joined or upgraded their membership in the Fellows Leadership Society:

Regents Circle
Carlos and Kelly Pellegrini – Washington
Dr. and Mrs. J. David Richardson - Kentucky

Governors Circle
Dr. Suresh and Mrs. Deborah Agarwal – Wisconsin
Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Logan – Arkansas
Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS – Illinois
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS (Ed) - Florida

Donors Circle (Individuals giving $1,000 and above from September 2012 through November 2012) -
Dr. Suresh and Mrs. Deborah Agarwal – Wisconsin
Dr. Frank R. Arko – California
Dr. Ernest F. J. Block – Florida
Dr. David J. Carlson – Indiana
Dr. and Mrs. James G. Chandler – Colorado
Dr. Quyen D. Chu – Louisiana
Dr. Benny R. Cleveland – Texas
Dr. Amalia L. Cochran – Utah
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Corrado – Missouri
Drs. Bard and Pamela Cosman – California
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Daly – Pennsylvania
Prof. Stephen A. Deane – Australia
Dr. Michael J. Demeure – Arizona
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley J. Dudrick – Connecticut
Dr. James K. Elsey – Georgia
Dr. Diana L. Farmer - California
Dr. William H. Fleming – Nebraska
Dr. and Mrs. Eric W. Fonkalsrud – California
Drs. Roger S. Foster, Jr. and Baiba J. Grube – Vermont
Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Fratianne – Ohio
Dr. Thomas H. Gouge – New York
Kirby R. Gross COL MC US Army – Texas
Dr. and Mrs. Jamal J. Hoballah – Lebanon
Danielle A. Katz, MD, FACS – New York
Drs. Samuel E. and Annette V. Landrum – Arkansas
Drs. Max and Sue Langham - Tennessee
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, FACS - Massachusetts
Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Logan – Arkansas
Drs. Lloyd D. and Eleanor MacLean – Quebec
Dr. Robin S. McLeod – Ontario
Dr. David S. Mulder – Quebec
Dr. and Mrs. David L. Nahrwold – Illinois
Dr. Juan J. Nogueras – Florida
Drs. Donna M. Pietrocola and Steven Pinheiro – New York
Dr. Howard R. Porter – California
Dr. and Mrs. Babulal Pragani – West Virginia
Dr. and Mrs. Basil A. Pruitt Jr. – Texas
Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Reiling – North Carolina
Antonio and Vivian Robles – California
Dr. James F. Ross – Manitoba
Dr. William A. Rough – New Jersey
Dr. Hilary A. Sanfey - Illinois
Dr. Gary R. Seabrook - Wisconsin
Dr. Kenneth W. Sharp and Mrs. Jane E. Sharp - Tennessee
Dr. and Mrs. W. Eugene Stern - California
Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Sticca – North Dakota
Beth H. Sutton, MD - Texas
Dr. and Mrs. Gary L. Timmerman – South Dakota
Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS – Illinois
Drs. Nicholas B. Vedder and Susan R. Heckbert - Washington
Dr. W. Lynn Weaver - Georgia
Dr. Mallory Williams – Ohio
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS (Ed) - Florida

Donors Circle (Chapters, Corporations, and Foundations giving $1,000 or more from September 2012 through November 2012)
Alabama ACS Chapter
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American Geriatrics Society
Applied Medical
Boston Scientific Corporation
The Central Surgical Association
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Hawaii ACS Chapter
Michigan ACS Chapter
The Ohio State University
Region VII Committee on Trauma
Society of University Surgeons
South Dakota ACS Chapter
Southern California ACS Chapter
Karl Storz Endoscopy
Stryker Endoscopy
Everett D & Geneva V Sugarbaker Foundation
Teleflex Foundation
Tennessee ACS Chapter
Virginia ACS Chapter
Wisconsin Surgical Society - a Chapter of the ACS

The following individuals have recently joined the Mayne Heritage Society:

Dr. Robert T. J. Holl-Allen – United Kingdom
William Sternfeld, MD, FACS – Ohio

Every attempt has been made to properly recognize the spelling of your name and the level of giving. If we have made an error, please accept our apologies and notify us at 312-202-5338 so that we can correct our records.

Thank you.