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

We Want Your Best Practices!

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs is looking for best practices to include in our sessions at the ACS Quality and Safety Conferences scheduled for July 2021.

You are invited to submit an abstract that demonstrates improvement in the quality of care in the following areas:

  • Measuring and Reducing Disparities in Cancer Care
  • Utilizing Best Practices in Surgical Oncology
  • Implementing Hybrid Cancer Care
  • Incorporating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Quality Improvement
  • Successfully Shifting from the Survivorship Care Plan to Providing Survivorship Services
  • Using Staging to Improve Outcomes

Abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation during one of the cancer-related virtual sessions. No travel will be required. The submission deadline is February 26.

ACS Remembers Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.

In recognition of Black History Month and in honor of the many Black surgeons who have made history in the U.S., the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Bulletin Brief will present weekly profiles of Black Fellows who helped turn the ACS into the world-class surgical organization that it is today. In the February 2 issue, the College honored LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS, the first Black President of the ACS.

Dr. Leffall had a long and eminent career as a surgical oncologist and medical educator, serving as Howard University’s chairman of the department of surgery for 25 years. Dr. Leffall was dedicated to addressing health care disparities in cancer patients, specifically among Black Americans—a goal ahead of its time, and which has grown in importance and focus as modern health care has started to reckon with racial bias.

Dr. Leffall was elected 1995–1996 ACS President. In addition, he was the first Black President of the American Cancer Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of Surgical Chairs, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Leffall died on May 25, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of service and compassion. Read an article in remembrance of Dr. Leffall’s life and career in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

For his many contributions to surgery and the College, Dr. Leffall was named an ACS Icon in Surgery in 2019. View Dr. Leffall’s Icons in Surgery video.

Journal Articles Honor Former CoC Chair’s Legacy

Articles published last month in the Annals of Surgical Oncology explore the surgical legacy of former Commission on Cancer (CoC) Chair Randolph Lee Clark, Jr., MD, FACS. The two-part series, authored by Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO, reviews Dr. Lee’s training, surgical practice, and leadership at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Clark led the institution from 1946 to 1978, where he served as the first surgeon-in-chief and permanent director. He served as CoC Chair from 1959 to 1964.