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

June 2014

In This Issue:

Message from the Chair

I am excited to announce that the 1913 Legacy Campaign has received two recent Distinguished Gift Level contributions ($25,000 - $49,000) from: John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS, and Dr. and Mrs. Julius H. Jacobson II. The contributions have been directed to the College's Sustaining Fund, which provides support for ACS non-revenue programs, helping provide a margin of excellence to education, research and surgical volunteerism efforts.

Dr. Atkinson is a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A Fellow since 1994, Dr. Atkinson is a Regent, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology & Education, and Past Chair of the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery. He served on the Board of Governors, Program Committee, and the Committee on Trauma.

Dr. Jacobson and his wife, Joan, are familiar names in the philanthropic programs of the College. Since 1994, ACS has offered the Jacobson Innovation Award, which was established through a generous gift by Dr. and Mrs. Jacobson. Dr. Jacobson, a Fellow since 1961, is a general vascular surgeon known for his pioneering work in the development of microsurgery.

To date, over $1.9 million, or 39% of the $5 million goal, has been contributed to this important campaign. If you would like to participate in the 1913 Legacy Campaign, please contact the ACS Foundation office.

Also, you should have recently received the ACS Foundation's 2013 Annual Report and the June Bulletin, which features a compelling letter from Dr. Dave Hoyt on the importance of philanthropic gifts to the College. I hope you will take a few minutes and read both to learn more about how your support is making a difference - it truly is! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Foundation

Impact of Philanthropy - Scholarship Updates

Inaugural Pon Satitpunwaycha International Education Initiative Fund Scholars Announced

Later this year, surgeons from various countries, including Iraq and Nigeria, will benefit from the generosity of Dr. Pon Satitpunwaycha. Dr. Pon, as he prefers to be addressed, made an extraordinary gift to promote learning opportunities among international surgeons, especially those in early career. His reason is clear: “I am grateful for the opportunity this country has given me. At this point in my life, I feel obliged to give back. I hope this fund leads to a better understanding and friendship between countries."

The first Pon Satitpunwaycha Fund scholars were recently announced:

  • Ayodeji O. Oladela, Nigeria: plastic surgery; will attend the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress and visit U.S. medical centers
  • Eyo Effiong Ekpe, Nigeria: cardiothoracic surgery; will attend the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress and visit U.S. medical centers
  • Yousuf Aziz Khan, Pakiston: pediatric surgery; will attend the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress and visit U.S. medical centers
  • Haidar M. Muhssein, Iraq: pediatric surgery; will attend the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress and\ visit U.S. medical centers
  • Zafar Nazir, Pakistan: pediatric surgery; will conduct research in collaboration with a ACS\ NSQUIP
  • Jeffrey M. Farma, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia : surgical oncology; the 2014\ Germany Traveling Fellowship recipient

Dr. Pon's generous donation will also underwrite the 2014 International Scholars Luncheon during Clinical Congress.

Dr. Pon was born in Thailand and undertook both pre-medical and medical training there. To develop his surgical expertise, he then came to Northwestern University in Chicago, where he trained six years as an intern, resident and instructor. After returning to Thailand and starting his academic career, Dr. Pon accepted a fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute. He decided to remain in the Houston area, where he established a successful practice.

Since 1996, Dr. Pon has been a loyal and generous benefactor to the American College of Surgeons, investing in the College’s priority programs. What is his motivation? “For the years that I have been a member, I have benefited tremendously from the College’s efforts. Therefore, I believe that it is my obligation to give financial support to ensure that future surgeons will have the same opportunities.” Dr. Pon views gifts to the ACS as “an investment in the future of surgery.”

Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholarship Update

The College’s International Relations Committee (IRC), in partnership with the ACS Foundation, led the effort of the scholarship initiative in honor of Dr. Murray Brennan, which raised more than $260,000 for the ACS International Guest Scholarships Program. An esteemed Fellow of the ACS since 1977, Dr. Brennan has been an advocate for international engagement as a member of the IRC. The Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholarship will recognize its namesake for his enduring collegiality and the value of investing in quality patient care wherever surgeons practice.

Julie Howle, MBBS (Hons I), MS, FRACS, Westmead Hospital and Sydney University, Sydney Australia, surgical oncology, was named the first Brennan Scholar last year. Using the Brennan Scholarship Award, Dr. Howle attended the 2013 ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, DC. In addition, she visited internationally recognized institutions - including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Moffitt Cancer Center - which provided her firsthand exposure to different approaches for multidisciplinary cancer care as well as networking opportunities with experts in her field.

“The Murray Brennan International Guest Scholarship has been one of the highlights of my professional life to date," Dr. Howle reported. The 2014 Murray F. Brennan International Guest Scholar is Roland S. Croner, MD, FACS, of Erlangen, Germany. Dr. Croner is a faculty member of the University Hospital, University Erlangen Nuremberg, where his main areas of patient care are surgical oncology and HPB surgery.

News You Can Use

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation is offering a comprehensive estate planning kit at no charge to ACS Fellows and their spouses or significant others. The kit, which will help potential donors save time and protect their assets, includes a 23-page lesson book and electronic record book, which can be used to organize important personal information and assist in writing a last will and testament. Users also have the opportunity to learn how including not-for-profit organizations, such as the ACS, in the estate can lower taxes while allowing for current recognition in foundation donor societies in general. This method of giving has been particularly popular among 1913 Legacy Campaign donors.

You can download the pdf on the ACS Foundation's website. There is no obligation to those who access this helpful guide.

View more information about the 1913 Legacy Campaign.

Donor Spotlight - Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS

In addition to her busy schedule as a general surgeon specializing in acute burn care, and associate professor of surgery at University of Utah Health Care, Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS, is an active volunteer for the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cochran has found that the College is closely aligned with her own professional priorities. For her, giving her time to the College and contributing to its philanthropic arm, the ACS Foundation, are opportunities to advance those priorities.

"Participating in the ACS Foundation allows me to tangibly demonstrate my own commitment to the College's goals of improving surgical care and maintaining professional standing of surgeons," Dr. Cochran explains.

She serves as an ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC board member and is very excited about the new SurgeonsVoice program developed by the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.

Dr. Cochran began giving to the ACS Foundation through the endorsement of her colleague, Dr. Katie Russell, the daughter of Dr. Tom Russell, former ACS Executive Director and ACS Foundation Chair. She made one of her first gifts to the Tom Russell Scholarship Fund, a named scholarship which honors Dr. Russell's commitment to research pursuits of young surgeons.

Dr. Cochran's annual gifts have now led her to include the College in her estate plans, and she considers her gift "part of her civic responsibility as a surgeon and leader." Dr. Cochran is the first member of the ACS Young Fellows Association to confirm her intent of including the College in her bequest.

"The College does so many things to promote our profession and to enhance the care of our patients," she says. "I hope I can convince others to share my philanthropic perspective."

If you're interested in including the College in your estate plans, please contact Martin Wojcik at 312- 202-5376 or mwojcik@facs.org. You can also find more information on our website.

The 1913 Legacy Campaign - Investing in the College's Next 100 Years

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation Board of Directors launched the 1913 Legacy Campaign in honor of the ACS Centennial Celebration and to raise transformative gifts for the College’s second century. Philanthropic investments within three priority campaign initiatives will help shape the next 100 years of the American College of Surgeons. Through campaign participation, Fellows and friends of the American College of Surgeons will have the opportunity to help guarantee a vital future for surgical quality and lifelong learning.

The Surgeon:
Investments in lifelong learning opportunities and support for every career transition

The Profession:
Emphasis on best practices and quality improvements to advance the surgical profession

The Societal Good:
Patient safety and education programs and public service through surgical volunteerism

To date, over 200 Fellows and friends of the College have made a generous campaign gift as of May 15, 2014:

Fellows:

Dr. David B. Adams
Dr. Suresh and Mrs. Deborah Agarwal
Dr. Nancy L. Ascher
John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Aucar
Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen
Robert R. and Janet Bahnson
Dr. and Mrs. Choong H. Baick
Dr. and Mrs. H. Randolph Bailey
Dr. Megan K. Baker
Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Balch
Dr. Kelly L. Banks
Kevin E. and Patti J. L. Behrns
Dr. William A. Bernie
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Berry
Dr. Peter and Peggy E. Bistolarides
Kirby and Lynn Bland
Dr. Ewing T. Boles Jr.
Dr. Robert Borrego
Dr. Karen J. Brasel
Dr. R. Phillip Burns
Dr. and Mrs. Reginald A. Burton
Dr. Ruth L. Bush
Dr. Patricia M. Byers
Dr. Philip R. Caropreso
James G. and Cynthia G. Chandler
Dr. Alexander W. Clowes
Dr. Amalia L. Cochran
Dr. Joseph B. Cofer
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Corrado
Dr. Myriam J. Curet
Drs. Alice and Edward Dachowski
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Daly
Barbara L. Dean
Dr. Daniel L. Dent
Dr. Hector A. DePaz
Therese M. Duane, MD, FACS, FCCM
Ernest Dunn, MD, FACS
Dr. Margaret M. Dunn
Drs. A. Brent and Sarita Eastman
Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Eberlein
E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, and Mary Pat Borgess, MD
Dr. James K. Elsey
Dr. Diana L. Farmer
Dr. Francis D. Ferdinand
Dr. James W. Fleshman Jr.
Gary S. Flom, MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. and Mrs. Eric W. Fonkalsrud
Dr. Henri R. Ford
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Forde
Drs. Roger S. Foster, Jr. and Baiba J. Grube
Dr. Julie A. Freischlag
Dr. and Mrs. Donald E. Fry
Dr. Joseph T. Gallagher
Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS, and Raymond J. Boniface, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Raghuvir B. Gelot
Dr. and Mrs. Stuart A. George
Dr. Karanbir S. Gill
Dr. Amy J. Goldberg
Dr. Thomas H. Gouge
Dr. and Mrs. David E. Grambort
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Leslie Greene
Kirby R. Gross COL MC US Army
Dr. Ronald I. Gross
Dr. Mehmet Ali Haberal
Dr. B. J. Hancock
Dr. Margaret Hanlon
Dr. Sara L. Hartsaw
Dr. Syed Hashmi
Dr. Sharon M. Henry
Dr. Enrique Hernandez
Jonathan and Jo Carol Hiatt
Dr. Ching Ho
Drs. David B. and Beth Hoyt
Tyler and Mary Hughes
Dr. and Mrs. Julius H. Jacobson II
Dr. Judith M. Johnson
Dr. Mark A. Jones
Danielle A. Katz, MD, FACS
Dr. Harold L. Kent
Dr. and Mrs. Norman M. Kenyon
Drs. Pamela P. Scott and Razaullah A. Khwaja
Jack and Elaine Kilkenny
Dr. Donald H. Klotz Jr.
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Albert Kwan
Drs. Samuel E. and Annette V. Landrum
Dr. Lorrie A. Langdale
Dr. and Mrs. Edward R. Laws
Dr. and Mrs. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr.
Dr. Eli N. Lerner
Dr. L. Scott Levin
Erik J. Lichtenberger, MD, FACS
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, FACS
Dr. Charles W. Logan and Joyce W. Logan
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lottenberg
Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Lucas
Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lynn
Charles and Ruth Mabry
Drs. Lloyd D. and Eleanor MacLean
Ron and Lauren Maier
Dr. and Mrs. Mark A. Malangoni
Dr. Matthew B. Martin
John H. Matsuura, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Mattox
LaMar and Julia McGinnis
Dr. Mary H. McGrath
Jaime H. Membreno, MD, FACS
Dr. Jane E. Mendez
Dr. and Mrs. J. Wayne Meredith
Anthony and Marian Meyer
Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Morgan
Dr. David S. Mulder
Dr. and Mrs. David L. Nahrwold
Deepak G. Nair, MD, FACS
Don and Natalie Nakayama
Dr. Lena M. Napolitano
Drs. Leigh A. Neumayer and David A. Bull
Dr. Juan J. Nogueras
Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS
Dr. Michael S. Nussbaum
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Ocampo
Dr. Frank G. Opelka
Dr. Christopher K. Payne
Dr. I. Benjamin Paz
Carlos and Kelly Pellegrini
Dr. and Mrs. Clifford M. Phibbs Jr.
Alan B. Pillersdorf, MD, FACS
Martine B. and William P. Reed
Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Reiling
Drs. Samuel P. and Leaena N. Reyes
Dr. and Mrs. J. David Richardson
Dr. and Mrs. Bryan K. Richmond
Dr. and Mrs. Layton F. Rikkers
Danny and Paula Robinette
Antonio and Vivian Robles
Dr. James F. Ross
Dr. Sharona B. Ross
Dr. Chad A. Rubin
Dr. Valerie W. Rusch
Drs. Thomas R. and Nona C. Russell
Joseph Victor Sakran, MD, MPH
Dr. Hilary A. Sanfey
Drs. Brian and Crystal Santin
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS
Dr. Michael D. Sarap
Dr. and Mrs. William F. Sasser
Dr. Pon Satitpunwaycha
Dr. Marshall Z. Schwartz
Drs. Pamela P. Scott and Razaullah A. Khwaja
Dr. Kenneth W. Sharp and Mrs. Jane E. Sharp
Dr. and Mrs. Wihbi A. Shu'Ayb
David A. Spain, MD, FACS
Drs. Steven C. Stain and Hyacinth R. C. Mason
Jennifer Starkey
Dr. Steven M. Steinberg
Dr. Keith R. Stephenson
William Sternfeld, MD, FACS
Dr. Amilu Stewart
Dr. Ronald M. Stewart
Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Sticca
Michael J. Sutherland, MD, FACS
Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS
Dr. Danny M. Takanishi Jr.
Dr. Joseph J. Tepas III
Dr. and Mrs. Gary L. Timmerman
S. Rob Todd, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Courtney M. Townsend Jr.
Dr. Patricia L. Turner
Dr. Jon A. van Heerden
Shelton Viney, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Warshaw
Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Weissler
Dr. Ronald D. Wenger
Maj. Cheryl A. Wesen
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed)
Dr. Mallory Williams
Laura E. Witherspoon, MD, FACS, and Harold D. Head, MD, FACS
Dr. Randy J. Woods
Dr. Sherry M. Wren
Dr. Jack Zeltzer
Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Zinner

Chapters, Corporations and Organizations:

Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Foundation of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Society of Breast Surgeons
South Carolina ACS Chapter
Central Surgical Association
ACS Section on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
USU Surgical Associates
Everett D & Geneva V Sugarbaker Foundation
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Region VII Committee on Trauma
The Surgical Section of the National Medical Association
Dana Foundation
Jim Henry, Inc.
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Southwestern Surgical Congress
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Applied Medical Technology, Inc.
Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Coloplast Corp.
Trauma and Critical Care Foundation
Japan ACS Chapter
Massachusetts ACS Chapter
Southern California ACS Chapter

For more information on the 1913 Legacy Campaign, please contact Sarah Klein, ACS Foundation, at sklein@facs.org.

Corporate Donor Spotlight - AMT and Coloplast Support Patient Education

AMT and Coloplast Award Patient Education Grants to ACS

The Board of Directors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation recently announced that Applied Medical Technology, Inc. (AMT) and Coloplast have each committed to contributing a 1913 Legacy Campaign Leadership Gift ($100,000 and up). AMT and Coloplast join more than 200 Fellows and organizations that have contributed to the campaign to support College priorities, such as professional development, patient education, optimal patient care, rural surgery initiatives, and surgical volunteerism.

Both donations will support the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program. AMT’s commitment is specifically for the development and distribution of 2,500 skills kits on enteral feeding tubes to educate patients and their families about self-care following hospital discharge. Coloplast’s commitment renews their support for the ostomy patient education program through the development of 22,000 home skills kits for distribution by surgeons and surgical teams to patients and their families.

Read more about the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program.

Thank You to Our Donors

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

Mayne Heritage Society

Dr. William A. Bernie – Florida
Dr. Amalia L. Cochran – Utah
Danny and Paula Robinette - Alaska
Drs. Pamela P. Scott and Razaullah A. Khwaja - Pennsylvania

Legacy Circle

Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen – Massachusetts
Dr. Christopher K. Payne – California
Danny and Paula Robinette – Alaska

Presidents Circle

Dr. and Mrs. Choong H. Baick – California
Dr. and Mrs. Norman M. Kenyon - Florida
Drs. Samuel P. and Leaena N. Reyes – California

Regents Circle

John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS
Dr. William A. Bernie
Dr. Donald H. Klotz, Jr.
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. David L. Nahrwold
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Ocampo

Governors Circle

Dr. Peter and Peggy E. Bistolarides – Michigan
Dr. Ewing T. Boles Jr. – Ohio
Dr. Joseph B. Cofer – Tennessee
Tyler and Mary Hughes – Kansas
Dr. I. Benjamin Paz – California
Dr. and Mrs. Bryan K. Richmond - West Virginia
Joseph Victor Sakran, MD, MPH - South Carolina
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS - North Carolina
Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Simmons – Pennsylvania
David A. Spain, MD, FACS - California
Dr. Wen T. Yap – Wisconsin

Donors Circle (Individuals giving $1,000 and above from January 1, 2014 through May 15, 2014)

Dr. Peter J. Allen and Ms. Sarah M. Hodder – New York
Dr. Nancy L. Ascher - California
John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS – Minnesota
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Aucar - Texas
Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen - Massachusetts
Robert R. and Janet Bahnson - Ohio
Rev. Talmadge A. Bowden, Jr., MD, FACS - Georgia
Dr. Raul Coimbra - California
Barbara L. Dean
Dr. Daniel L. Dent - Texas
Therese M. Duane, MD, FACS, FCCM - Virginia
Dr. and Mrs. Scott A. Dulchavsky - Michigan
Dr. Margaret M. Dunn - Ohio
Drs. David V. Feliciano and Grace S. Rozycki - Indiana
Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Finley – British Columbia
Dr. and Mrs. Eric W. Fonkalsrud - California
Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS, and Raymond J. Boniface, MD, FACS - Ohio
Dr. Amy S. Gifaldi - Indiana
Dr. Amy J. Goldberg - Pennsylvania
Dr. and Mrs. David E. Grambort - Arkansas
Dr. Ronald I. Gross - Connecticut
Dr. B. J. Hancock - Manitoba
Drs. Alden H. and Laurel S. Harken - California
Jonathan and Jo Carol Hiatt – California
Tyler and Mary Hughes - Kansas
Dr. and Mrs. Julius H. Jacobson II – New York
Dr. Harold L. Kent – Georgia
Dr. and Mrs. G. Edward Kimm Jr. - Colorado
Dr. Mark Kuhnke - Illinois
Dr. Charles W. Logan and Joyce W. Logan - Arkansas
Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Lucas - Michigan
Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lynn - Florida
Dr. and Mrs. Mark A. Malangoni - Pennsylvania
Dr. Matthew B. Martin – North Carolina
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Mattox - Texas
Don and Natalie Nakayama – West Virginia
Dr. Lena M. Napolitano - Michigan
Dr. Paul M. Nemiroff - California
Drs. Leigh A. Neumayer and David A. Bull - Utah
Dr. Ronald L. Nichols - Louisiana
Dr. Juan J. Nogueras - Florida
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Ocampo - California
Dr. I. Benjamin Paz - California
Dr. James J. Peck - Oregon
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pennington Jr. – South Carolina
Dr. and Mrs. Babulal Pragani – West Virginia
Dr. John J. Ricotta – District of Columbia
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS – North Carolina
Dr. Donn M. Schroder - Michigan
Dr. and Mrs. Wihbi A. Shu'Ayb - Lebanon
Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Simmons - Pennsylvania
Dr. and Mrs. W. Eugene Stern - California
Dr. Amilu Stewart - Colorado
Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Sticca – North Dakota
Dr. Jon S. Thompson - Nebraska
Dr. Francisca A. Tolete-Velcek – New York
Dr. Ryoichi Tsuchiya - Japan
Dr. Patricia L. Turner - Illinois
Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Weissler – North Carolina
Dr. Ronald D. Wenger - Wisconsin
Maj. Cheryl A. Wesen - Michigan
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed) - Florida
Dr. Donald K. Wonder II - Missouri
Dr. Randy J. Woods - Ohio

Donors Circle (Chapters, Corporations, and Foundations giving $1,000 or more from January 1, 2014 through May 15, 2014)

American Geriatrics Society
AMT, Inc.
Coloplast Corp.
Covidien
Jim Henry, Inc.
Japan ACS Chapter
Pfizer Inc.
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
South Florida ACS Chapter
Southern California ACS Chapter
Trauma and Critical Care Foundation
Western Thoracic Surgical Association

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.