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.

About ACS CRP

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

  • Education Committee
  • Dissemination and Implementation Committee
  • Cancer Care Standards Development Committee
  • Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee

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 clinicalresearchprogram@facs.org.

Resident Scholarship

ACS Clinical Research Program is offering a limited number of scholarships to surgery residents interested in attending the didactic course Designing and Running a Prospective Surgical Clinical Trial at Clinical Congress 2019. Apply by July 31.

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Call for Abstracts

Submit late-breaking clinical trial abstracts for Clinical Congress 2019 by August 1. Share your scientific research from prospective clinical trials to highlight practice-changing clinical research relevant to the surgeon. 

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Register Today

Registration is now open for the 2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22, at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, DC. Make sure to reserve your spot today!

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Just Released: 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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Surgeon Scientist Series

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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