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ACS-Supported Legislation Addresses Access to Care for Patients with Congenital Anomalies

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) signed a January 3 coalition letter to the leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in support of the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA), S. 560/ H.R. 1379. This legislation would address issues that prevent access to necessary diagnosis and treatment for patients with congenital craniofacial anomalies, such as cleft lip and palate, skeletal and maxillofacial abnormalities, facial paralysis, microtia, hypodontia, and craniosynostosis. Many private health insurance companies cover the primary procedures related to these conditions but routinely deny or delay follow-up or corrective procedures, claiming that they are cosmetic in nature. ELSA would require all private group and individual health care plans to cover medically necessary services to repair or correct a patient’s anomaly.

The subcommittee included a discussion of this legislation in a January 8 hearing, Legislation to Improve Americans’ Health Care Coverage and Outcomes. The ACS appreciates the committee’s attention to this issue and supports its continued advancement in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read the letter of support. For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist at

ACS-Pfizer 2020 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Nominations OpenOperation Giving Back

The American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference. The nomination period for the 2020 awards is open through February 15.

The five award categories for which an individual can be nominated are as follows: humanitarianism and domestic, international, military, and resident volunteerism. 

Applications will be evaluated by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarianism Workgroup. Awardees will be announced in September and recognized at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Do you know a surgeon who is eligible and deserving of the award? Submit a nomination today by logging in to your ACS account and visiting the Operation Giving Back (OGB) nominations page.

Read more about the awards, and contact OGB with any questions at

Nominations for ACS Board of Regents, Officers-Elect Due February 21

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2020 Nominating Committee of the Fellows (NCF) and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (NCBG) will be selecting nominees for leadership positions in the College. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 21.

The 2020 NCF will select nominees for the three Officer-Elect positions of the ACS:

  • President-Elect
  • First Vice-President-Elect
  • Second Vice-President-Elect

The 2020 NCBG will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents to be filled at Clinical Congress 2020. Nominations are open to surgeons of all specialties, but particular consideration will be given this nomination cycle to Fellows in the following specialties:

  • Burns and critical care surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplant surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Vascular surgery

For information only, the members of the Board of Regents who will be considered for reelection are Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Sioux Falls, SD, and Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Seattle, WA.

Visit the Bulletin website for a list of criteria for each nominating committee, as well as details on how to submit a nomination and the nomination process.

Nominations may be submitted to If you have any questions, contact Emily Kalata, Staff Liaison for the NCF and NCBG, at 312-202-5360 or