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Dr. Turner Concludes Term as SBAS President

Dr. Patricia Turner

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, American College of Surgeons Division of Member Services, recently concluded her term (2016–2017) as president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). She is the first woman to have served in that role.

Dr. Turner addressed attendees during the SBAS annual meeting, co-hosted with the University of Chicago Medicine and Department of Surgery, April 27–29. In her presidential address, “The Enduring Influence of Surgical Societies,” she described the first time she attended an SBAS meeting as a medical student in 1995 and expressed her gratitude for now being able to lead the meeting as its 22nd president. “I am also grateful to SBAS for the privilege of serving as its first female president,” she said.

In her address, Dr. Turner highlighted historical elements of surgery and the activities of surgical societies, and she called for SBAS to continue to expand diversity in all contexts, including age, specialty, gender, and representative institutional members. She urged the organization to extend its influence by amplifying existing relationships with other organizations, such as the ACS, National Institutes of Health, and Association of American Medical Colleges, while developing new ones with other societies and institutions. Mentorship and excellence in the surgical sciences will continue to be the hallmark of the organization.

Anthony Stallion, MD, FACS, chief of pediatric surgery, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, was installed as her successor.