Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, the William Stewart Halsted Professor, director of the department of surgery, and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, Joseph P. Riddle Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was elected Vice-Chair at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2012 Clinical Congress, in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Freischlag, a vascular surgeon, has been a Regent since 2006 and has served on the Executive Committee of the B/R since 2010. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (2001–2006, Secretary 2002–2006). Previously, Dr. Freischlag served on the Board of Governors (B/G) Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2002–2006) and as a Liaison to the B/G ACS Committee on Surgical Practice in Hospitals and Ambulatory Settings (2001–2002). Since becoming a Fellow in 1991, Dr. Freischlag has served on many ACS committees, including: the Committee on Research and Optimal Patient Care (2011–2012); Finance Committee (2002–2011, Investment Subcommittee, 2010–2011); Scholarships Committee (2006–2012, Chair, 2010–2012); Committee on Ethics (2011–2012); Committee on Education (2006–2012, Chair, 2010−2012); Pre- and Postoperative Care Committee (1995−2002); Committee on Education (2006–2012, Chair, 2010−2012); Executive Compensation Committee (2003−2006); and Program Committee (2002−2007). She currently serves on the Advisory Council for Vascular Surgery and the Comprehensive Communications Committee.
Dr. Weissler, an otolaryngologist and chief of the division of head and neck oncology in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a director of the American Board of Otolaryngology, has been a Regent since 2006 and was an ACS Governor from 2002 to 2007. A Fellow since 1989, he has been an active member of the following ACS committees: Committee on Ethics (2009–2012, Chair, 2011−2012); Pre- and Postoperative Care Committee (1993−2002); Advisory Council for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2002−present); Central Judiciary Committee (Chair, 2011−2012); Honors Committee (2008−2011); Member Services Liaison Committee (2006−2008); Committee on Informatics (2011−2014); Program Committee (Liaison, 2011−2013); and Committee on Education (2011−2012). Dr. Weissler also presently serves on the Scholarships Committee and the Comprehensive Communications Committee. He is a Past-President of the North Carolina Chapter of the ACS (2002−2003).
In addition, the following surgeons were elected to the B/R and began their first three-year terms in October: John L.D. Atkinson, MD, FACS, Rochester, MN; Henri R. Ford, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA; Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA; L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA; Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, Wichita Falls, TX; and Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, Weston, FL.
Dr. Atkinson is a professor of neurological surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A Fellow since 1994, Dr. Atkinson served as Chair of the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery, as a member of the Board of Governors (B/G) (2006−2012), and as a member of the Committee on Trauma. He served on the Program Committee (1997−2004) and on the Committee on Resident Education (2005−2011).
Dr. Ford is vice-president and surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CA, and is vice-chairman and vice-dean for medical education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. As a Governor (2005−2011), he served on the B/G Executive Committee (2009−2010) and as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee (2010−2011), chaired (2008−2010) and was Ex Officio (2010−2011) of the Nominating Committee, and was a member of the B/G Committee on Surgical Infections (2006−2009) and Liaison to the Committee on Surgical Infections (2010−2011). He also was a Liaison to the B/G Committee on Chapter Relations. In addition, he served on the Committee on Trauma (2005−2011), the Committee for the Forum on Fundamental Surgical Problems (2006−2012), and the Board of Regents Member Services Liaison Committee (2010−2011). He currently is a member of the Program Committee and the Surgical Forum Representative for the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery.
Dr. Hernandez is The Abraham Roth Professor and Chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science; director of the division of gynecologic oncology; and professor of pathology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. As an ACS Governor (2005−2011), he served on the Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2006−2011). He is a Past-President of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the ACS (2001−2002).
Dr. Levin is the Paul B. Magnuson Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, chair of the department of orthopaedics, and professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia. Dr. Levin is a retiring ACS Governor (2006−2012) and, in that capacity, has served on the Governors’ Committee on Surgical Practices. After serving on the Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery for 10 years (1998−2008), he was named Chair of the Council (2008−2012). He also served as a Liaison to the Program Committee (2011) and is presently on the Committee on Video-Based Education.
Dr. Sutton is a general surgeon in private practice in Wichita Falls, TX, and a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. She has served on the Board of Governors (2004−2010) and on the B/G Executive Committee (2008−2010), the B/G Committee on Chapter Relations (2005−2008), and the Governors’ Committee on Surgical Infections (2008−2010). She also has served on the College’s Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (2003−2009). She is a Past-President of the North Texas Chapter of the ACS (2001−2002) and chairs the Northern Texas Credentials Committee (1993−present). Dr. Sutton presently serves on the Nominating Committee of the Fellows and the Women in Surgery Committee.
Dr. Wexner is chair of the department of colorectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, clinical professor of surgery and affiliate dean for clinical education at Florida International University in Miami, and an affiliate professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery (Chair, 2003−2005, and member, 1997−2003). As a Governor (2000−2006), he served on the Governors’ Committee on Socioeconomic Issues (2004−2006). He is a member of the Commission on Cancer (CoC®) and serves on the CoC’s Accreditation Committee and on the Committee on Video-Based Education. He is a Past-President of the South Florida Chapter of the ACS. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons since 2000, and served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association-SurgeonsPAC (2005−2010).
Reelected to additional three-year terms on the Board of Regents were: Raymond F. Morgan, MD, FACS, Charlottesville, VA; Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, Salt Lake City, UT; and Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, Philadelphia.
B/G Executive Committee
The Board of Governors reelected Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI, as Executive Committee Chair; Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, Sioux Falls, SD, as Vice-Chair; and William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, Providence, RI, as Secretary. Also reelected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors were Lorrie A. Langdale, MD, FACS, Seattle, WA; and Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS, Palo Alto, CA.