Archive for January, 2012

This Leadership Development Program was an intense learning experience and required a significant time commitment on the part of each executive team member, but I believe that what we have taken away from this experience individually and collectively was well worth the effort.

Looking Forward – January 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

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Fellows in Archives photo identified

The photo above was published in the September 2011 issue of the Bulletin, along with a request for help in identifying the individuals pictured. Susan Rishworth, Archivist at the American College of Surgeons, received responses from the following Fellows: Ronald Jones, MD, FACS; C. John Snyder, MD, FACS; Penfield Faber, MD, FACS; Fred Gau, MD, […]

Figure 3.   Cypel ex-vivo lung circuit

Sanctity and organ donation’s societal value

Individual sanctity is an essential component of humanness with deep roots in culture, religion, and law. Indeed, an individual’s sanctity transcends even death, persisting in the minds of those who knew or know of the decedent. Society’s valuation of whole organ donation began cautiously with the successful transplantation of a 23-year-old monozygotic twin’s kidney into […]

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CPT 2012 brings with it new codes and code changes

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)* 2012 manual comprises several new codes and code changes pertaining to general surgery and its closely related specialties. This article summarizes these modifications. New modifier The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health care plans to begin covering immunizations and preventive services without any cost sharing. Modifier 33 has been […]

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Highlights of the 97th Annual Clinical Congress

At the 2011 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, a wide selection of presentations covering subjects from education to practice to clinical considerations—in addition to poster presentations, papers sessions, and special-interest meetings—were offered. The meeting was attended by 15,089 participants, including 9,512 physicians; the remaining attendees included exhibitors, spouses, guests, and convention personnel. Convocation Patricia […]

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Medical liability reform: Evidence for legislative and alternative approaches

Medical liability reform remains a point of contentious debate in the U.S. A growing base of literature shows that the current system for litigating medical malpractice is inconsistent, wasteful, and damaging to physicians and patients. Most patients who sustain injuries due to negligent care never sue, and only one in six who do sue ever […]

Invited commentary – Sanctity and organ donation’s societal value in an opt-out country: The Austrian experience

Nonbeating heart organ donation was reintroduced in most developed nations in the early 1990s to expand the potential donor pool to include futile care withdrawals for patients with irreversible brain injury but persisting brain stem function and unsuccessful in- and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitations. The favored form of donation after cardiac death (DCD) is controlled […]

Table 1. U.S. surgeons per 100,000 population, ordered by percent change since 1981. *Data were not available for vascular surgeons in 1981.

HPRI data tracks: Urology workforce trends

Amid federal efforts to restructure health care, and possible threats to graduate medical education funding, it is important to understand the demographic and practice characteristics of the surgical health care workforce—whether it is growing or contracting—and whether supply will be adequate to meet future demand.  In the coming months, the American College of Surgeons Health […]

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Annual Report 2011: Eightfold over eight years

The 2011 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB) is an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data ever assembled. In total, the NTDB now contains more than 5 million records. The 2011 Annual Report is based on 722,824 records—submitted by 697 facilities—from the single admission year […]

Nominations sought for 2012 volunteerism and humanitarian awards

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in association with Pfizer, Inc, is accepting nominations for the 2012 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award—offered in four potential categories each year—is given in recognition of those surgeons who are committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical […]

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect

The 2012 Nominating Committee of the Fellows has the task of selecting nominees for the three Officer-Elect positions of the American College of Surgeons (ACS): President-Elect, First Vice-President-Elect, and Second Vice-President-Elect. The following guidelines are used by the Nominating Committee when reviewing the names of potential candidates for nomination as Officers of the College: Nominees […]

A message from the Editor

More than 500 of you responded to a readership survey that the Bulletin conducted last fall. Your responses were extremely helpful in determining what sorts of changes the Division of Integrated Communications should implement to ensure that the Bulletin is providing members of the American College Surgeons (ACS) with timely, user-friendly, relevant information. In the […]

Call for nominations for the ACS Board of Regents

The 2012 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors has the task of selecting six nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, to be filled during the 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The following guidelines are used by the Nominating Committee when reviewing the names of candidates for potential nomination to the […]

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J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general, thoracic, and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY, was elected Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents during the College’s 97th Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Richardson is a professor of surgery and vice-chair of the department of surgery at the University […]

2011 lobby day wrap-up: Ohio, Massachusetts, and Alabama

Last year, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) implemented a new program to encourage ACS chapters to host lobby day programs at their state capitols. Endorsed by the Board of Governors and more than 27 chapters, the Board of Regents approved the proposal, which provides $50,000 over two years in grants for state chapters to […]

College seeks nominations for Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting nominations for the eighth Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award to be conferred in 2012. This award has been established to recognize outstanding surgeons engaged in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the […]

International women in surgery symposium set for spring 2012

The Third Annual International Women in Surgery Career Symposium will take place May 31 through June 2, 2012, and will be hosted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. American College of Surgeons President Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the State University of New York Upstate Medical […]

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