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

The mission of the Alliance/American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) is to reduce the impact of cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness of new evidence and practice standards; increasing the participation of community oncology surgeons in cancer research and cancer care activities; developing and implementing evidence-based practices in surgical oncology; and creating opportunities for meaningful health services research.


The program has four committees with unique goals and activities that work together to reach the program's overall research goals. These committees include:

The Principal Investigator and Director of the ACS CRP is Kelly Hunt MD, chair and professor, department of breast surgical oncology, division of surgery, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The ACS CRP was created when the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) merged to form the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance) in 2012. The ACS CRP benefits from a close relationship with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC)—organizations that can help validate and disseminate research from the Alliance. Together these groups share responsibility for developing surgical standards for use in Alliance clinical trial protocols and CoC accreditation in addition to disseminating new evidence-based knowledge.

Get Involved

The Alliance and the ACS CRP offer many opportunities for surgeons involved in the care of cancer patients to get involved in the research and development of evidence-based practices in surgical oncology. For more information, e-mail

Register Today

Register for the Designing and Running a Prospective Surgical Clinical Trial Didactic Course, October 27, 8:30 am–4:00 pm. The course is designed to teach the methodology of design and implementation of a clinical trial for surgeons interested in developing and leading a prospective trial.


Clinical Trial Session

Cracking the Code to Clinical Trial Enrollment: How to Start and Who Can Help? is a special interest session designed to overcome administrative barriers that may hinder surgeon participation in clinical trials. Surgeons from all specialties are invited to drop in on this all-day, open-house style session on October 27, 7:00 am–4:00 pm. Stop by to learn about newly activated clinical trials and resources for enrollment to clinical trials.

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Surgeon Scientists

Surgeons Scientists – Timothy R. Billiar, MD, FACS

Timothy R. Billiar, MD, FACS, George Vance Foster Professor and Chair, department of surgery, University of Pittsburgh, is currently profiled in our Surgeon Scientists video series. Dr. Billiar speaks about his longstanding interest in trauma and discusses similarities and differences between performing operations and conducting research.

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New Manual

The second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, a collaborative manual from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, is now available for purchase.

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