Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services, is among four national board members recently elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. Dr. Turner, who also serves as an adjunct associate professor in surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, was previously in full-time academic practice and was the surgery program director at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She currently is an ACS Delegate to the AMA and is a member of the AMA Council on Medical Education. She previously served as a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs.
As ACS Member Services Director, Dr. Turner has promoted College efforts to work evermore diligently on behalf of Fellows, streamlining and simplifying membership processes and making them more intuitive for practicing surgeons. Dr. Turner has also worked to expand ACS recruitment and retention efforts to build an organization that more completely represents surgeons worldwide.
An ACS Fellow since 1996, Dr. Turner has held a number of volunteer positions at the College, including membership on the Committee on Informatics, Patient Education Committee, Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and the ACS Task Force on Duty Hour Standards. She is a leading advocate for patients as well as for postgraduate education reform and medical research.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. Turner continued her training as an intern and resident in surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She completed fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill-Cornell University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Turner is increasingly involved in medical media. Her ability to translate complex medical information into easily understandable language has resonated with patients. She provides medical expertise and commentary for health-related segments on ABC News and Good Morning America.
To view an AMA Foundation press release on the election of the new board members, go to http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ama-foundation-welcomes-four-new-national-board-members-2012-07-18.