Two Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were honored at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) earlier this year. Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, FACS, the Brooks Roberts-William Maul Measey Professor in Surgery and director of the thoracic aortic surgery program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, was elected president of the STS at the society’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Bavaria, an internationally known cardiothoracic surgeon who will serve as STS president 2016−2017, will focus on expanding the STS national database to include more cardiothoracic surgery procedures. He also hopes to inspire more global educational activities for the society.
In addition, the STS presented the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award to Frederick L. Grover, MD, FACS, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, department of surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora. The Bakken Award honors individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions that have enhanced the practice of cardiothoracic surgery and patients’ quality of life. Earl Bakken founded Medtronic, where he developed the first external, battery-operated, wearable artificial pacemaker in 1957.
Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, FACS, was elected president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) at its annual meeting in April in Dallas, TX. Dr. Feldman is chief of breast surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and Vivian L. Milstein Associate Professor of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, NY. ASBrS, the leadership organization for general surgeons who treat patients with breast disease, has more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and in 35 countries worldwide. ASBrS advocates on behalf of surgeons who seek excellence in the care of breast patients and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas through education, research, and the development of advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Feldman is a leader in the innovation and use of new surgical techniques and diagnostic tools and is the principal investigator for both single-site and multi-center research protocols that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.
G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, Jack W. Gamble Professor and Chairman, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, recently was appointed interim chancellor and dean at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. As chancellor and dean, Dr. Ghali will serve as chief executive officer of the LSU Health Sciences Center, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Allied Health, and School of Graduate Studies.
Satish Nadig, MD, PhD, FACS, a researcher, transplant surgeon, and co-director of the Transplant Immunobiology Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, in March received a grant from the National Institutes of Health that will allow him to pursue innovative approaches to minimizing the harmful effects of immunosuppressant therapy using nanotechnology. The Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award, also known as a K08, provides more than $580,000 in funding for Dr. Nadig’s work over a three-year period. The grant is intended to cover expenses for young researchers, giving them the freedom to study and work with the help of mentors and ultimately become independent investigators.
E. Anthony Rankin, MD, FACS, received the 2016 Diversity Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at the organization’s annual meeting in March in Orlando, FL. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to making orthopaedics more accessible to diverse populations.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Rankin has educated and inspired generations of minority and female orthopaedists and provided high-quality, culturally competent care to patients worldwide. In 2008, Dr. Rankin became the first African-American president of the AAOS. Dr. Rankin, who specializes in adult reconstructive and hand surgery, is chief of orthopaedic surgery, Providence Hospital; clinical associate professor in community and family medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine; and clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC.