Disciplinary actions taken

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary actions at its June 7, 2013, meeting:

  • A plastic surgeon was censured following charges that this Fellow violated the ACS Bylaws after disciplinary action was taken against his state medical license.
  • David A. Stalker, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Clovis, NM, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following disciplinary action by the New Mexico Medical Board placing his license on probation with terms and conditions including a requirement that he enter into a treatment contract with the Monitored Treatment Program.
  • Peter J. Wilk, MD, a general surgeon from New York, NY, was expelled from the College. That action was taken following charges that he violated the ACS Bylaws when providing expert witness testimony in a medical liability lawsuit.
  • A general surgeon from Kansas City, MO, had his full Fellowship privileges restored following a period of probation. That Fellow met all of the conditions for reinstatement imposed by the Board of Regents in 2002, including the restoration of his full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, full and unrestricted surgical privileges in an accredited hospital, and review and approval of his recent practice pattern.
  • A plastic surgeon from Leawood, KS, had his full Fellowship privileges restored following a period of probation. That Fellow met all of the conditions for reinstatement imposed by the Board in 2002, including the restoration of his full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, full and unrestricted surgical privileges in an accredited hospital, and review and approval of his recent practice pattern.

Definition of terms

Following are the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violations of the principles of the College.

  • Admonition: A written notification, warning, or serious rebuke.
  • Censure: A written judgment, condemning the Fellow or Member’s actions as wrong. This is a firm reprimand.
  • Probation: A punitive action for a stated period of time, during which the Member: (a) loses the rights to hold office and to participate as a leader in College programs; (b) retains other privileges and obligations of membership; (c) will be reconsidered by the Central Judiciary Committee periodically and at the end of the stated term.
  • Suspension: A severe punitive action for a period of time, during which the Fellow or Member, according to the membership status: (a) loses the rights to attend and vote at College meetings, to hold office, and to participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs; (b) is subject to the removal of the Member’s name from the public listing and mailing list of the College; (c) surrenders his or her Fellowship certificate to the College, and no longer explicitly or implicitly claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; (d) pays the visitor’s registration fee when attending College programs; (e) is not subject to the payment of annual dues. When the suspension is lifted, the Fellow or Member is returned to full privileges and obligations of Fellowship.
  • Expulsion: The certificate of Fellowship and all other indicia of Fellowship or membership previously issued by the College must be forthwith returned to the College. The surgeon thereafter shall not explicitly or implicitly claim to be a Fellow or Member of the American College of Surgeons and may not participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs.

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