Archive for April, 2012
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Ramon Berguer, MD, FACS, chief of surgery at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA, near San Francisco, recalls that during his residency in the late 1980s at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, laparoscopic surgical procedures were coming of age. “Gynecologic surgeons were the first to popularize laparoscopic surgery,” Dr. Berguer said, “and […]
When we talk about medical history, we often focus on the way events unfolded, but never really think deeply about why they happened.
Two Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—Bruce Lee Hall, MD, PhD, FACS, and Don E. Detmer, MD, FACS—have been appointed to National Quality Forum (NQF) advisory groups in recent weeks. Dr. Hall, a general surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, was appointed to the NQF’s Patient […]
This article provides some perspective on becoming a surgical assistant and an historical review of surgical assisting in North America, particularly from a Canadian’s perspective.
Immediate Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng (Hon), FRCSEd (Hon), FWACS (Hon), delivered the Johnson & Johnson Lecture at the annual Charter Day meetings of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), February 2–4 (see photo). His address was titled Acute Care Surgery in […]
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) signed a memorandum of understanding on March 7 as part of an agreement to unify their two separate bariatric surgery accreditation programs—the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) and the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence (BSCOE) program. As […]
As part of its year-long centennial celebration, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently announced plans to produce a high-quality, magazine-style publication featuring articles about historical achievements across the breadth of the surgical specialties. The ACS has licensed Faircount Media Group to produce this soft-cover edition, which will be provided free of charge to all […]
Today, Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, and the other health care professionals at the Wayne HealthCare Cancer Program have developed a reputation in this rural county as sharp-shooters of a different kind.
Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, was recently elected to a six-year term, beginning July 1, as an at-large director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists. Dr. Hughes, a community surgeon from McPherson, KS, was one of 65 candidates drawn from an open nomination process. […]
Register now for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, which will take place June 28–July 1 in Chicago, IL. The intensive three-and-a-half day review course will cover the essential content areas in general surgery, including abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, oncology, perioperative care, skin and soft tissue, critical care, trauma, […]
The 2012 World Trauma Congress (WTC) will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 22 to 25, according to WTC president, Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS. Health care professionals from around the world will meet at the Congress to discuss vital aspects of trauma care and strategic actions for improving the quality and scientific knowledge […]
On February 14, the Center for Transforming Healthcare released its newest solution in the ongoing challenge to reduce the risk of wrong site surgery. The center’s new Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) guides health care organizations through a step-by-step process to identify, measure, and reduce risks in key processes that can contribute to a wrong site […]
The word “bear” is derived from the old English word bera, which belongs to a family of names for bears originating from an adjective meaning brown. In Germanic culture, the bear symbolized the warrior. Bears are found in ancient literature, folk songs, mythology, legends, children’s songs, cartoons, on the shelves of your local toy store, […]
Two lung surgery clinical trials are currently being conducted through the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. These two trials are highlighted in the accompanying diagram (see Figure) with an algorithm to assist in decision making and patient eligibility. The surgical standard of care for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is an anatomic lobectomy […]
The Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, has received the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare Simulation. The SSH president, Mary E. Mancini, PhD, RN, FAAN, and the immediate past-president of SSH, Michael Seropian, MD, FRCPC, presented the […]
Karen Borman, MD, FACS, has been appointed to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the appointment of six new members last week. The purpose of the panel is to provide expert guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]
Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, an endocrine surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center, received a Leadership Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer Inc., in February. The Foundation presents several of these awards annually to medical students, residents, fellows, and early-career physicians who […]