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Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter: Attendees at the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter meeting (from left): Ms. Oehmen; John McNelis, MD, FACS, Chapter President; Ms. Roberts; Michael Setzen, MD, FACS, Chapter Program Organizer and Chairman, Scientific Committee; Teresa Barzyz, Chapter Administrator; and Andrew Menzin, MD, FACS, President, Nassau Surgical Society.

Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter: Attendees at the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter meeting (from left): Ms. Oehmen; John McNelis, MD, FACS, Chapter President; Ms. Roberts; Michael Setzen, MD, FACS, Chapter Program Organizer and Chairman, Scientific Committee; Teresa Barzyz, Chapter Administrator; and Andrew Menzin, MD, FACS, President, Nassau Surgical Society.

ACS welcomes new Domestic Chapter Services Manager

The ACS Division of Member Services is pleased to announce that Jennifer Connelly, FACHE, CAE, has been hired to serve as Manager, Domestic Chapter Services. Ms. Connelly joined the College in January from the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she served as a regional director for chapter services. She has more than 10 years of experience in association management and has worked throughout her career to build and maintain strong member relationships and achieve strategic goals to increase member engagement at the national and local levels. Ms. Connelly’s role will include providing support and resources for all domestic chapters of the ACS. Ms. Connelly can be reached at jconnelly@facs.org or 312-202-5737.

Donna Tieberg now will focus her efforts on supporting and expanding the international chapters and can be reached at dtieberg@facs.org or 312-202-5361.

Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter/Nassau Surgical Society host Annual Clinic Day

On December 2, 2015, the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Nassau Surgical Society hosted their combined Annual Clinic Day in Uniondale, Long Island, NY, which attracted more than 400 attendees. The meeting featured an educational program highlighting topics of interest in 10 surgical specialties.

The luncheon speakers included Katie Oehmen, ACS Professional Association-SurgeonsPAC [Political Action Committee] Associate, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, Washington, DC; and Deborah Roberts, an ABC News correspondent. For the first time, the event included a Resident Jeopardy competition with an award to the top team. A Resident Abstract Poster Presentation featured the top 10 posters receiving special awards.

The joint efforts of both the Nassau Surgical Society and the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter have expanded and improved for each of the last 14 years.

Virginia Chapter announces 2016 Humanitarian Surgical Resident Travel Scholars

The Virginia Chapter of the ACS (VA-ACS) recently announced the recipients of the VA-ACS Humanitarian Surgical Resident Travel Scholarship Program. Now in its eighth year, the program was established to offset travel expenses for surgical residents in Virginia who are interested in participating in humanitarian missions to provide surgical care in underdeveloped countries.

The 2016 recipients include the following:

  • Ben Rubinstein, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, will travel to Honduras in October to provide office examinations and surgical services at the Hospital Loma de Luz, Colon, which serves as a medical hub for approximately 70,000 rural Hondurans. The hospital is an outreach hospital on the north coast of Honduras that is staffed by Christian missionaries who seek to improve not only the health but the overall quality of life of the residents by providing community outreach, employment opportunities, and counseling services.
  • Brittany Weber, MD, and Clara Olcott, MD, both of Eastern Virginia Medical School, traveled to the Philippines in January for 10 days as part of the Ifugao Medical and Surgical Mission. Ifugao is a rural province in the northern, mountainous Luzon region of the Philippines. Landlocked because of its rugged terrain, this region offers limited medical access for its residents. The mission involved the provision of otolaryngology surgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, dental, and anesthesia services.
  • Collier Pace, MD, department of surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, traveled to the Hue Central Hospital and Hue University Hospital, Vietnam, in March. It was his second trip to Vietnam as part of a team that demonstrated advanced surgical techniques developed in U.S. operating rooms in a region of the world that is severely lacking in modern technology and training. In addition, the team provided a spectrum of both plastic and reconstructive and orthopaedic surgery procedures.

Dr. Rubinstein

Dr. Rubinstein

Dr. Weber

Dr. Weber

Dr. Olcott

Dr. Olcott

Dr. Pace

Dr. Pace

Florida Chapter hosts first Surgical Coalition Legislative Day

The Florida Chapter of the ACS hosted its first legislative day February 4 in Tallahassee, led by a coalition representing the full spectrum of surgical subspecialties. Chris Nuland, Florida Chapter lobbyist, started the program with an update on legislative issues relevant to surgery. This presentation was followed by a coalition discussion that gave participating societies an opportunity to discuss specific legislative issues within their specialty.

Florida Chapter: Chapter and coalition members representing surgical subspecialties at the Surgical Coalition Legislative Day, first row (from left; all MD, FACS): Joseph Gallagher, Chapter President-Elect; Jaime Membreno, Chapter President; Patricia M. Byers; and Christine Laronga. Second row: Ryan J. Essegian, Esq., Chapter Staff; Ms. Ackerman; Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS; Alan Barth Pillersdorf, MD, FACS; Maureen Whelihan, MD, FACOG; Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS; John Paul Rioux, MD, FACS; Eli N. Lerner; Brian Hart, JD, Chapter Associate Executive Director; Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, FACS; and Christopher R. Seymour, MBA, Chapter Executive Director.

Florida Chapter: Chapter and coalition members representing surgical subspecialties at the Surgical Coalition Legislative Day, first row (from left; all MD, FACS): Joseph Gallagher, Chapter President-Elect; Jaime Membreno, Chapter President; Patricia M. Byers; and Christine Laronga. Second row: Ryan J. Essegian, Esq., Chapter Staff; Ms. Ackerman; Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS; Alan Barth Pillersdorf, MD, FACS; Maureen Whelihan, MD, FACOG; Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS; John Paul Rioux, MD, FACS; Eli N. Lerner; Brian Hart, JD, Chapter Associate Executive Director; Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, FACS; and Christopher R. Seymour, MBA, Chapter Executive Director.

Attendees then went to the Capitol Building to meet with their elected officials and begin their legislative visits. The surgical coalition met with multiple representatives. While the primary issue was balance billing, coalition members had the opportunity to discuss additional surgical and specialty-specific issues. The goal was to demonstrate a unified front on these issues and to promote the idea that surgeons can be a valuable resource to legislators.

In addition, Lucy Gee, Director, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Florida Department of Health, updated meeting attendees on topics under discussion in the legislature, including the following:

  • Office-based surgery
  • Medical errors
  • Crackdown on pain clinics operating as so-called pill mills
  • Medicaid expansion
  • Exploratory discussions regarding videotaping of operations

At lunch, Tara Leystra Ackerman, MPH, State Affairs Associate, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, gave an update on state affairs and legislative developments in other states.

A total of 18 people, including six specialty society representatives, participated in the day’s events, which were made possible in part through the use of facilities offered by the Florida Medical Association.

Fellows in Trinidad and Tobago form new chapter

At its February meeting in Chicago, IL, the ACS Board of Regents unanimously approved the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter—the 109th chapter of the College. With the addition of Trinidad and Tobago, the College now has 42 international chapters. The newly elected officers of the new chapter are as follows: Dilip Dan, MB, BS, FACS, President; Steve Budhooram, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, Vice-President; Jimmy Ramdass, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, Secretary/Treasurer; Patrick Harnarayan, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, Councilor; Dale Hassranah, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, Councilor; Jitendra Shah, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, Councilor; and Vijay Naraynsingh, MB, BS, FACS, FRCS, ACS Governor.

Ecuador Chapter holds annual meeting in Guayaquil

The Ecuador Chapter of the ACS hosted its annual assembly at the Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory in Guayaquil December 4, 2015. Chapter President Enrique Guzmán Cottallat, MD, FACS, reported on the activities of the Committee on Trauma in Ecuador and spoke of sponsorships given to different institutions and scientific societies in the country, such as the Ecuadorian Society for Burns and Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Ecuador Chapter: The Council and members of the ACS Ecuador Chapter hosted its annual assembly at the Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory in Guayaquil, December 4, 2015.

Ecuador Chapter: The Council and members of the ACS Ecuador Chapter hosted its annual assembly at the Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory in Guayaquil, December 4, 2015.

The ACS Governor for Ecuador, Cesar Gastón Cabezas-Tamayo, MD, FACS, provided details about the chapter’s participation in the First Meeting of ACS Governors of Region XIV and the 59th Annual Congress of the Chilean Chapter of the ACS, which took place earlier in the year in Viña del Mar. The central topic for the regional meeting was Surgery Techniques: Standards for Today’s Surgeon. The meeting also included a special session for ACS Governors, with Governors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay in attendance. Esteban Foianini, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the Governors Chapter Activities Workgroup and Region XIV Chief for the Workgroup, led the special session.

Save the date for Speed Networking Session at Clinical Congress

The ACS Governors of the Chapter Activities Domestic and International Workgroups will once again host a fun, fast-paced learning and social Speed Networking Session at Clinical Congress 2016, Tuesday, October 18, 3:00–5:00 pm. Join chapter officers, executive staff, and ACS Governors for this unique opportunity to accelerate your learning experience through concise roundtable talks on topics important to domestic and international chapters. Bring plenty of business cards to network with chapter leaders from around the world.

For more information, contact Ms. Connelly at jconnelly@facs.org or 312-202-5737, or Ms. Tieberg at dtieberg@facs.org or 312-202-5361.

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