Puerto Rico Chapter meets in San Juan in February
The 64th Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Puerto Rico Chapter took place February 20–22 in San Juan. The meeting began with concurrent grand rounds on February 20 at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, with a focus on the surgical specialties of urology, otolaryngology, and general surgery. This activity was followed by two days of presentations on developments in both general surgery and the surgical subspecialties at La Concha Resort in San Juan. Approximately 200 Fellows, faculty, non-member physicians, residents, and medical students were in attendance.
Guest speakers from both the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico offered presentations. Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Director of TRICARE, delivered two lectures: The Changing Face of Surgical Education—A Military Experience, and a keynote lecture on Lessons Learned from a Decade of Conflict. TRICARE is the worldwide health care program for more than 9.6 million active duty service members, U.S. National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors, and others. Peter A. Burke, MD, FACS, chief of trauma services at Boston University, MA, gave talks on The Boston Marathon Bombing and Acute Care Surgery. David Farley, MD, FACS, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, spoke on Simulation and the Future of Surgical Education. Pablo Rodriguez, MD, FACS, Puerto Rico Chapter, and director of the Puerto Rico Trauma Center, gave a keynote lecture on The Past, Present, and Future of Trauma Care in Puerto Rico. Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services, presented an update on College activities and participated in several events at the meeting.
The meeting featured the 34th annual F.L. Raffucci Memorial Lecture and Surgical Research Forum. This year’s guest speaker was David P. Winchester, MD, FACS, Medical Director of ACS Cancer Programs. Dr. Winchester spoke on Quality Improvement for the Cancer Patient through the ACS Cancer Programs. The
Raffucci Forum was initiated as part of the ACS Puerto Rico Annual Convention in 1972 and was established to honor the memory of Francisco L. Raffucci Arce, MD, a pioneer surgical educator and researcher from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Chapter’s 65th Annual Meeting is scheduled for February 2015 in San Juan.
Fellows in Bolivia form new chapter
Fellows in Bolivia have formed the newest chapter of the ACS. The ACS Board of Regents unanimously approved the establishment of the chapter at its June meeting in Chicago, IL, making it the 105th chapter of the College. Currently, the ACS has 66 domestic chapters, including two from Canada. With the addition of Bolivia, the College now has 39 international chapters, with several other proposed chapters currently in the formative stage. The newly elected officers of the Bolivia Chapter are as follows: Sergio O. Aparicio, MD, FACS, President; Jose Luis Gallardo, MD, FACS, Vice-President; Mario B. Goitia-Duran, MD, FACS, Secretary; Renan R. Antelo Cortez, MD, FACS, Treasurer; Tito Grageda, MD, FACS, Councilor; Gonzalo Aviles Caseo, MD, FACS, Councilor; Maiza D. Saavedra, MD, FACS, Councilor; and Esteban Foianini, MD, FACS, FASMBS, ACS Governor.
Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter holds 42nd Annual Young Surgeons dinner
The Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter was honored to have Layton F. Rikkers, MD, FACS, ACS First Vice-President, serve as the keynote speaker at the 42nd Annual Young Surgeons dinner on June 10 at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY. Dr. Rikkers gave a keynote presentation titled ACS: Why Join? to the 86 Fellows, residents, and young surgeons who were in attendance, most representing the Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
ACS staff speak at Ohio Chapter meeting
An enthusiastic audience of nearly 100 Fellows, residents, and guest speakers attended the ACS Ohio Chapter’s two-day annual meeting at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square. Representatives from the College included Donna Tieberg, Chapter Services Manager, Division of Member Services; Nina Miller, MSSW, OSW-C, Cancer Liaison Initiatives Manager, who facilitated a talk on Patient-Centered Standards and Commission on Cancer Advocacy; and John Hedstrom, JD, Deputy Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, Washington, DC, who gave an enlightening talk on Partners in Advocacy: The Fellows and the ACS Washington Office. Mr. Hedstrom informed attendees about how they can become more involved in advocating and partnering with the ACS Washington Office to promote the College’s health policy agenda.
Stephen Karp, MD, FACS, a general surgeon at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, delivered the keynote address, Breast Update for the General Surgeon. Also presenting was Peter A. Burke, MD, FACS, chief of trauma services and professor of surgery at Boston University School of
Medicine, who spoke on The Boston Marathon Bombing: Lessons Learned. Dr. Burke’s presentation described in detail the events surrounding the April 15, 2013, bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. More specifically, Dr. Burke addressed the hospital response to the bombing and the physics of blast injuries. The meeting concluded with a buffet dinner and lively social activities.
Metro Philadelphia Chapter Meeting
On May 19, at the 2014 Annual Joint Dinner Meeting of the ACS Metropolitan Philadelphia, PA, Chapter and the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, more than 100 physicians were honored to hear Dr. Turner speak on The Surgical Workforce and Generational Change. Dr. Turner addressed the generational differences and composition of the surgical community and identified ways to effectively communicate strategies and ideas across generations.
Iran Chapter holds Sixth Annual Congress
The Iran Chapter presented its Sixth Annual Chapter Congress at the Razi Conference Center in Tehran. The meeting took place in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Iranian Association of Surgeons. Heshmatollah Kalbasi, MD, FACS, President of the Iran Chapter, reported that the meeting sessions focused on obesity and laparoscopy. A lively panel discussion, coordinated by A. Pazouki, MD, featured seven discussants. The next Iran Chapter meeting will take place January 28–30, 2015, on Kish Island. Representing the College and offering presentations at the February meeting will be Andrew Warshaw, MD, FACS, who is currently ACS President-Elect.
Northern California Chapter Meeting
The Northern California Chapter held its 2014 Annual Meeting in Berkeley under the leadership of Shelley Marks, MD, FACS, Planning Committee Chair and Chapter President-Elect, and Christina McDevitt, Chapter Executive Director. The program highlighted chapter activities in global surgery, public health advocacy, and emerging technologies. A current focus of the Northern California Chapter is fostering the career development of surgical trainees and highlighting the activities of Fellows, residents, and medical students through the addition of an expanded Papers Session and Laparoscopic Skills Competition at the annual meeting.
The meeting began with a President’s Dinner to celebrate the career of Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, former ACS Executive Director. David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, the current ACS Executive Director, summarized Dr. Russell’s important contributions to the ACS mission during his decade-long tenure as Executive Director.
Sherry Wren, MD, FACS, a member of the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee and chief of general surgery and assistant chief of surgical services at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, moderated a panel discussion on global surgery. Other panelists included Thomas Weiser, MD, FACS, of Stanford University; Polyxene Kokinos, MD, of the South Bay Vascular Center; and Stanford University surgery resident Zach Kastenberg, MD. David Cooke, MD, FACS, moderated the Surgical Trainee Papers Competition. Winning presentations were offered by Hadiza Kazaure, MD, for Long-Term Results of a Postoperative Prevention Program for the Inpatient Surgical Ward, and Monica Dua, MD, for Transgastric Approach to Surgical Necrosectomy for Pancreatic Necrosis. Both Dr. Kazaure and Dr. Dua are from Stanford University.
ACS President Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, delivered the keynote address. Expanding on his Presidential Address at the 2013 Clinical Congress, he offered his wisdom on the role that surgeons can play as leaders in the operating room, boardroom, and halls of government. At lunch, California Medical Association (CMA) chief executive officer Dustin Corcoran shared the overarching strategy regarding the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) initiative, which calls for raising MICRA’s cap on noneconomic damages to $1.1 million. Mr. Corcoran explained how and why surgeons should get involved in efforts to defeat the measure. CMA president-elect Luther Cobb, MD, FACS, described opportunities for the CMA and the three ACS California chapters to collaborate with respect to advocacy. In addition, Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS, provided an update on the ACS Foundation 1913 Legacy Campaign.
Formal presentations concluded with an address by the Chair of the ACS Board of Regents, Julie Freischlag MD, FACS, dean of the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, who spoke on the evolving health care environment. Rounding out the meeting was a laparoscopic skills competition, the Laparoscopic Bowl, which featured teams from area surgical training programs competing in three rounds of timed fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery exercises. The winning team was from the University of California-San Francisco.
Italy Chapter and New Jersey Chapter hold joint meeting in Catania, Italy
The New Jersey Chapter and the Italy Chapter held a joint scientific meeting in Catania, Italy, on May 13. The meeting was organized by Antonio Di Cataldo, MD, FACS, ACS Governor from Italy and professor of surgery at the University of Catania. Achille L. Gaspari, MD, FACS, former ACS Governor from Italy, chaired the joint meeting, according to Alessandro M. Paganini, MD, PhD, FACS, President of the Italy Chapter.
West Virginia Chapter Meeting
The annual meeting of the West Virginia Chapter took place May 9–11 at the Greenbriar Resort in Sulphur Springs. ACS Governor Tyler Hughes, MD, FACS, conducted an informal session on rural surgery at the meeting. Brian Eastridge, MD, FACS, director of trauma at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was the guest trauma lecturer. Well-attended trauma and surgical residency competitions enhanced the educational focus of the meeting. In addition, chapter members and other attendees welcomed students from a local osteopathic school.
Nevada Chapter Meeting
The Nevada Chapter held its annual meeting June 19 at Lawry’s in Las Vegas. Approximately 40 chapter members and officers attended a social hour and dinner meeting, with attendees representing diverse specialties, such as ophthalmology, gynecology, and neurology. Chapter President Annabelle Barber, MD, FACS, welcomed as guests Ms. Tieberg and keynote speaker John Preskitt, MD, FACS, ACS Second Vice-President. Dr. Preskitt gave a presentation titled The American College of Surgeons: 100 Years of Relevance, which highlighted current ACS programs, with a particular focus on the recent reorganization of the College; ACS quality initiatives, including the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program; advocacy; and the work of the Division of Member Services. Dr. Preskitt also reiterated the importance of strategic planning for chapters and provided an overview on what strategic planning entailed.