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Former CoC Chair Dr. Shulman Interviewed in Bulletin Brief

In the February 23 issue of the American College of Surgeons Bulletin Brief, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, Chair, National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviewed former Commission on Cancer (CoC) Chair Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCO. Dr. Shulman discussed COVID-19’s impact on cancer screening and treatment.

Help Us Stay Connected to You and Your Team

It is important for American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs to stay in touch with you and your cancer program and breast center. The beginning of a new year provides the opportunity for accredited programs to log in to our systems and review and update their facility and staff contact information. Reviewing this information on a quarterly basis is important to ensure you and your colleagues continue to receive the weekly e-newsletter and e-mail communications containing important information about the accreditation process, educational opportunities, and more.

Please take a few minutes now to review and update the facility and staff contact information for your program.

  • For Commission on Cancer (CoC) programs, log in to Datalinks and click on the Facility Information and Manage Staff Contacts links in the Main Facility Activity menu and update where needed.
  • For National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and National Accreditation for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) programs, please log in to the ACS Quality Portal and click on the Site Profile and Site Contacts links and update where needed. Please note that for NAPRC and NAPBC programs, the primary contact is the only person who is able to update the information.
  • It is critical that your program identifies a primary contact and a billing contact. It can be the same staff member. If a billing contact is not selected, your program may not receive annual invoices, which may lead to a disruption in access or loss of accreditation.
  • Ensure that all names, titles, and e-mail addresses are complete and accurate. Remember to remove staff members who are no longer at your program.

If you have questions, please contact the CoC, NAPBC, or NAPRC.

Call for Clinical Congress Abstracts and Videos Closes March 1

The call for abstracts and videos for the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2021, October 24–28 in Washington, DC, is closing soon. Submit abstracts or videos by at 11:59 pm CT on Monday, March 1 for the following programs:

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum

The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research.  Learn more

Video-Based Education Sessions

The Video-Based Education Sessions aim to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams in order to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment. Learn more

History of Surgery Poster Session

The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties. Learn more

Please note: The committees do not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions.

Bulletin Brief Honors Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, Pioneer in Advancing Colorectal Cancer Screening

As Black History Month comes to a close, this week’s American College of Surgeons (ACS) Bulletin Brief highlights the achievements of Black surgeon and Fellow Kenneth A. Forde, MD, FACS, FASCRS, FACG, FCCS(Hon), an ACS Governor who advanced the practice of coloscopy and became a fixture of public education on the importance of the procedure in detecting colon cancer.

Dr. Forde, who passed away in 2019, worked for 40 years teaching clinical surgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (formerly the College of Physicians and Surgeons), where for the majority of his career he was the only Black member of the medical faculty.

Dr. Forde’s commitment to overcoming racial discrimination as a medical student and in his professional career, as well as his tangible impact on colon cancer detection, led to him being named an ACS Icon in Surgery in 2018—watch the video to see Dr. Forde discussing his career in his own words.