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

Paula FerradaMessage from the Chair

Dear Young Fellows,

It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve as your chair this year. I consider it a huge privilege, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly.

In the past few years we have focused on increasing the influence of young Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (ACS). We have increased participation on committees and increased visibility locally and during Clinical Congress.

The Young Fellows Association (YFA) Council aims to hear your voice and increase opportunities for all young surgeons to get involved with activities of the College.

Our goal is to support the development of young surgeons in the areas of quality, education, and leadership.

I am looking forward to working together with many of you so we can continue our mission.

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS
YFA Chair

Leadership Team Updates

This year’s leadership team includes:


Joshua Mamman, MD, FACS

Governing Council

Claudia Emami, MD, FACS, Pediatric Surgery, California

Jason Wilson, MD, FACS, Surgical Oncology, Florida

Shaneeta Johnson, MD, FACS, General Surgery, Georgia

ACS Standing Committees

Commission on Cancer—John Mullinax, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Health Information Technology Committee—Brian Mucher, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Patient Education CommitteeJessica Burgess, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA

Surgical Research Committee—Issam Koleilat, Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY

Women in Surgery Committee—Michele Manahan, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Advisory Councils

Cardiothoracic Surgery—Evgeny Arshava, University of Iowa, Iowa City

General SurgeryKyle Vincent, Kansas University School of Medicine, Wichita

Gynecology and Obstetrics—Greg Marchand, Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mesa, AZ

Neurological SurgeryIsaac Yang, University of California, Los Angeles

Ophthalmic SurgeryPatricia Nelson, University of Toronto, ON

Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryJohnathan Shum, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Orthopaedic SurgeryBhavuk Garg, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Board of Governors

Physician Competency and Health WorkgroupDaniel Eiferman, Ohio State University, Columbus

Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards WorkgroupChris Dodgion, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa

Cancer Committees

National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Accreditation SubcommitteeAnkit Sarin, University of California, San Francisco

NAPRC Quality SubcommitteeChristopher Buzas, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA


We would like to thank our outgoing Governing Council members—Stephanie Bonne, Edie Chan, and James Suliburk—for their service and friendship.