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

May 2015

In This Issue:

Message from the Chair

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Foundation. While philanthropy has been a significant part of the College's outreach since its 1913 establishment, creation of the ACS Foundation in 2005 formalized the commitment to connect Fellows and friends with philanthropic opportunities in support of optimal patient care and the surgical profession.

Generous donors have responded enthusiastically, and their impact on the College has been remarkable. Since 2005, more than $26 million in donations to the ACS Foundation has been expended to provide or enhance Fellowship benefits, which include scholarships, fellowships, research, training, and support for outreach such as Operation Giving Back and patient education.

Philanthropy has been a cornerstone of the College, and you are helping to continue this important legacy. In this issue, I am proud to share with you a few examples of the meaningful impact.

Thank you for being a part of the ACS Foundation family...your support means so much for our patients and our profession.


Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS

$3 Million Contributed to the Legacy Campaign 

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation is pleased to announce that more than $3.1 million in gifts and commitments has been given to the 1913 Legacy Campaign. Major gifts were designated to support to the Codman Quality and Safety Fund, Rural Surgery Fund, the Sustaining Fund, Operation Giving Back and scholarships.

"We are grateful for these donations that will support efforts that are core to the College's mission of optimal patient care and education. The 300 donors who have each invested at least $1,913 in this special initiative are all important partners in the philanthropic work of the College. Every donation makes a meaningful impact for the surgical profession and patients," said Dr. Stewart.

The ACS Foundation Board of Directors and volunteers have led the 1913 Legacy Campaign to maintain the vital role of the College and strengthen high-impact services for its next 100 years. Philanthropic investments within three priority campaign initiatives are benefiting—the Surgeon, the Profession, and the Societal Good.


Did You Know? 

If your children are the beneficiaries of your IRAs and other retirement plan assets, federal income taxes may erode up to 39.6 percent of the amount they receive.

For Example: Betty plans to leave $250,000 to her daughter, Karen, and $250,000 to the American College of Surgeons Foundation. Among her assets, Betty owns a $250,000 IRA. If she leaves the IRA to Karen, it will be subject to income taxes at Karen's marginal income tax rate (35 percent). To avoid her daughter having to pay these taxes, Betty names the ACS Foundation as the beneficiary of her IRA and leaves less tax-burdened assets to Karen. Because the ACS Foundation is tax-exempt, income taxes are eliminated.

Provide for Family & Help Others: Leaving retirement plan assets to the ACS Foundation shields your heirs from taxes on the retirement assets and frees you to give them other assets that are not as heavily taxed. You can be sure to provide for your family members and help others through your charitable wishes. The ACS Foundation staff is happy to answer questions at 312-202-5338; tips and tools are available at no charge on the Foundation's website.

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, Joins ACS Staff as Operation Giving Back Medical Director

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, recently joined the staff of the ACS Division of Member Services as the new Medical Director of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) program. The recipient of the Pfizer/ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2011, Dr. Tefera is professor of surgery, department of surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, he is vice-chair, division of vascular surgery and chief of vascular surgery, Middleton Veteran Affairs Hospital in Madison.
In his new role with the OGB program, Dr. Tefera will develop and lead ACS Clinical Congress programs in global surgery, coordinate the College's response to disasters worldwide, develop new programs and opportunities for surgeon volunteers, communicate the work of OGB, and increase College participation and recognition among other similar global organizations. He also will oversee a redesign of the OGB website to match members' needs with volunteer opportunities.

Dr. Tefera's first priority is to gain a better understanding of ACS member needs and to connect them to available assignments. "OGB will work to create opportunities for global engagement to improve access and quality of surgical care for the underserved here at home and beyond."" he said. "These programs will leverage the existing strengths and infrastructure of the College in education, service, quality, and leadership."

Dr. Tefera also looks forward to partnering with individual ACS members, ACS committees, nongovernment organizations, and government agencies. "In the developing world, trauma and non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer, have reached epidemic proportions. Trauma will be the third leading cause of death in most sub-Saharan countries. I believe the Committee on Trauma and the Commission on Cancer can play a major role in helping to build systems and train the health care workforce that is desperately needed," he said.

Operation Giving Back is one of several College benefits supported through contributions to the ACS Foundation. Your tax-deductible donation to Operation Giving Back can be made online, by phone at 312-202-5338, or by check made payable to the ACS Foundation, 633 N. Saint Clair Street, Chicago, IL, 60611-3211; please include Operation Giving Back in the memo. 

Inaugural Tom Russell Scholar 

Kathleen B. To, MD, FACS, was recently selected by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Scholarships Committee as the inaugural Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship (Tom Russell Fellowship) recipient.

Through this prestigious fellowship, Dr. To will receive a $40,000 annual stipend for two years to support research in quality patient care. Her project title is "Emergency General Surgery - Catalyst for Change: Outcomes, Models of Care and Performance Improvement."

Dr. To is Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Acute Care Surgery (Trauma, Burns, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery) at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System (UMHHS). Her clinical practice and research interests are in emergency general surgery, trauma, critical care, wound care, patient outcomes and quality improvement. She has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on a number of research studies in these areas of investigation. Dr. To received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The ACS Foundation Board of Directors applauds the selection of Dr. To and her work in improving patient care. In 2010, the ACS Foundation established the Tom Russell Fellowship to honor its namesake's advocacy for increased scholarly opportunities at the College. More than $250,000 was donated to the fellowship fund as a tribute to Dr. Russell's service to the ACS and the surgical profession.

Smith & Nephew Supports Patient Education

The ACS announced a new initiative to improve outcomes for patients requiring complex wound management. ACS will release a new structured teaching and verification program that utilizes engaging media and self-assessment checklists to educate surgical patients and their families about delivering self-care for wound conditions.

"Ninety percent of ACS members who completed a 2014 patient education survey reported needing wound care resources. This program provides instruction in print and digital formats, educational checklists, and home care monitoring guides for surgical professionals to utilize with their patients. Evaluations from both patients and professionals will identify the best methods for home wound care management," Kathleen Heneghan, MSN, RN, Assistant Director, ACS Patient Education Program, explained.

The Surgical Patient Education Program of the ACS Division of Education plans to produce, distribute and evaluate 4,000 home skills kits over the next two years with support from an educational grant from Smith & Nephew. "There is a well-defined need for evidence-based wound care education designed to improve outcomes and instill best practices," commented Glenn Warner, President of Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division. "We welcome the opportunity to support an ACS initiative that engages and empowers patients and their caregivers in achieving these important objectives."

The wound management program is the third in a series developed by the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program, building on the success of the ACS home skills program for patients with an ostomy and the recently announced program for patients requiring an enteral feeding tube.

"Standardized wound education and training modules support an equitable and effective patient-centered program available to all surgeons, nurses and patients. The adherence to guidelines and providing engaging visual methods to communicate care needed for recovery is an effective way to improve quality, reduce variation in care and improve financial performance," ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, said.

ACS Foundation's 2014 Annual Report Report is now available for online viewing. Many thanks to our generous donors who contributed over $2 million last year to support College initiatives for scholarships, research, patient education, optimal patient care and Operation Giving Back!

Thank You to Our Generous Donors!

All gifts listed are Donors Circle Level ($1,000) and above from January 1, 2015 to April 27, 2015.

Individual Donors

W. Gerald Austen, MD, FACS, and Mrs. Patricia R. Austen
Dr. Bruce J. Averbook
Dr. Karen J. Brasel
Dr. David J. Brown
Prof. Laurie Chassin and Mr. Clark Presson
Dr. and Mrs. William C. Cirocco
Dr. Benny R. Cleveland
Dr. Alexander W. Clowes
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Daly
Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS
Drs. Roger S. Foster, Jr. and Baiba J. Grube
Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Fratianne
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Friedmann
Dr. Anne B. Galvi
Dr. Ross F. Goldberg
Dr. and Mrs. David E. Grambort
Dr. Mehmet Ali Haberal
H. Mathilda Horst, MD, FACS
Tyler and Mary Hughes
Dr. Mark A. Jones
Dr. Gregory J. Kechejian
Jaime H. Membreno, MD, FACS
Dr. Lena M. Napolitano
Dr. and Mrs. Terry O. Norton
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Ocampo
Dr. and Mrs. Frank T. Padberg Sr.
Dr. Joan C. Palomaki
Carlos and Kelly Pellegrini
Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Riley Jr.
Dr. David W. Roberson
Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Seljeskog
Rahul Shah and Banu Karimi-Shah
Dr. and Mrs. Wihbi A. Shu'Ayb
Dr. and Mrs. David G. Small
Dr. and Mrs. John H. Stewart IV
Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS
Dr. Spence M. Taylor
Dr. David J. Terris
Shelton Viney, MD, FACS
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Weigelt
Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Weissler
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed)
Dr. Donald K. Wonder II

Corporate Donors

Applied Medical Technology, Inc. (AMT)
Amgen Inc.
Coloplast Corp.
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Boston Scientific Corporation
Stryker Endoscopy
Ethicon, Inc.

Thank you for your loyal support of the American College of Surgeons Foundation. If you have questions, please email us at or call 312-202-5338.