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Letter from the Editor

D. Rohan Jeyarajah, MD, FACSIt is a great pleasure to write a brief note for the first time as Chair of the Newsletter Workgroup. I am so humbled to be a Governor, let alone the chair of a workgroup. As someone who has lived the American dream—I’m from Sri Lanka, grew up in Zambia, attended high school in England, and then came to the U.S. for undergraduate and medical school—I see that anything is possible with energy and hard work.

Under the leadership of the Communications Pillar Lead, David Welsh, MD, MBA, FACS, we have been trying to make communication better within all aspects of the College. As Governors, we are the key. We need to be the conduit between the Regents and the Fellows. For many years, the fact that one held the title of Governor was enough. This is no longer the case. As Governors we need to work for and show initiative for the constituents we represent.

In Texas, one small way we tried to make an impact was to hold conference calls with a specific agenda on a monthly basis. These calls have served to bring us together around a unified mission. Through them, we have chosen a few initiatives that we will work on during this year as a collective group. Through this effort, we have made a difference. The blueprint for this endeavor wasn’t written down anywhere. It emerged from the drive and energy of a small group focused on making a difference. As Governors we are in such an honorable position, and I ask that we use that position to make a difference for our patients and colleagues.

I thank you for all that you do daily to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

Many blessings,


D. Rohan Jeyarajah, MD, FACS
Governor, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
Editor, The Cutting Edge: News and Notes from the Board of Governors