Searching for Surgeons
The ACS Find a Surgeon tool (located on the left) allows you to search for a qualified surgeon in a variety of ways. You can search by any combination of the following:
- Location (city, state, zip code, country)
- Specialty (for example, general surgery, neurosurgery)
- Subspecialty (for example, surgical oncology, hernia procedures, colon and rectal disorder/procedures)
- Area of Clinical Concentration (for example, inguinal hernia, brain tumor, lung resection)
The Find a Surgeon database lists members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) including Fellows, Initiates, Associate Fellows, and Residents. It can assist you in finding a qualified surgical specialist who is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name indicates that he or she is a Fellow of the ACS. Fellows are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct are reviewed and consistent with the high standards of the ACS. Not all surgeons are accepted as Fellows, and there are some surgeons who choose not to become Fellows.
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Giving Your Informed Consent
The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. Board certification and society membership information are provided by the Fellows and are not continuously verified by the ACS. The areas of special interest and expertise are self-reported.
Initiates are surgeons who have completed the application process to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and are awaiting formal induction at the Clinical Congress.
The Associate Fellow membership category provides an opportunity for surgeons who are beginning surgical practice and who meet specific requirements to assume an active role in the College at an early stage in their careers.
Resident members are physicians-in-training who are pursuing a surgical career.
The ACS does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information contained in this database. These data may not be downloaded, republished, resold, or duplicated—in whole or in part—for commercial or any other purposes or for purposes of compiling mailing lists or any other lists of surgeons. Although members are encouraged and permitted to view their database listing and to update it online, in no event shall the College be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. IMPORTANT NOTE: The exchange of information with a surgeon facilitated by this site does not, by itself, establish a doctor-patient relationship.
The College currently has more than 78,000 members, including more than 66,000 Fellows, 2,700 Associate Fellows, and 8,500 Resident members.