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Christine Hodyl, DO, FACS, director of breast health services at South Nassau Community Hospital, Oceanside, NY, and a strong advocate for breast cancer screening and early detection, was recently honored as a health care hero by the Long Island Business News (see photo). The award recognizes individuals and organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties for outstanding leadership and commitment to health care issues. Dr. Hodyl also served as South Nassau’s Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer, 2009–2012.

Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and chairman of the department of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, and surgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, in December 2012 received the Grand Award of Merit from the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, the society’s highest honor (see photo, this page). The award recognizes Dr. Michelassi for his excellence, dedication, and leadership in medicine and the surgical field, as well as his contributions as a clinician, researcher, and teacher.  Dr. Michelassi serves on the ACS Executive Committee of the Board of Governors and is chair of the ACS Committee on Clinical Congress Programs of the Advisory Council for General Surgery. He is also a Member and Past-Chair of the ACS International Relations Committee.

A new book on leadership by Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons, is now available in print and e-reader formats (see photo, this page). Published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., the book contains inspirational quotes, illustrations, and photos. Each chapter concludes with a section on “Lessons learned.”  Dr. Palmisano is clinical professor of surgery and clinical professor of medical jurisprudence at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Palmisano’s first book, On Leadership, was published in 2008.

Susan E. Pories, MD, FACS, an award-winning breast surgeon at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, was elected president of the Association of Women Surgeons at the organization’s 31st annual conference in Chicago, IL (see photo). Dr. Pories is the co-director of the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge. She serves on the ACS’ Women in Surgery Committee and has participated in committees of the American Society of Breast Disease and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, chairman of the department of surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and chief of surgery at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC, on July 1 will assume the role of chief executive officer of the 1,000-physician University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group in Rochester, NY (see photo, this page). In this new assignment, Dr. Rotondo will also serve as senior associate dean of clinical affairs, professor of surgery, and vice-president for administration at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rotondo, a former ACS Governor, is currently Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma and Liaison for the ACS Program Committee.

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