Archive for January, 2012


Looking Forward – January 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS


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.

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.


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.

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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.


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.

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.

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. 

Number of records from the most recent admission year

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Richardson

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.

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.

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.

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.


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