Archive for November, 2016

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – November 2016

Dr. Hoyt’s column provides an overview of the new Quality Payment Program and summarizes the ACS resources and services available to Fellows who are preparing for the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Aerial view demonstrating the location of the Pulse night club (lower left) in relation to the Orlando Health campus (upper right). The proximity of the club facilitated rapid transport of victims to the Level I trauma center at ORMC.

Orlando Regional Medical Center responds to Pulse nightclub shooting

This article describes the continuity of care provided by Orlando Regional Medical Center surgeons and trauma team members to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and highlights lesson learned in the hours after the mass casualty event.

Surgical futility and patient-centered care: The effects of human nature in decision making

The need for surgeons to competently communicate of the quality-of-life benefits of nonsurgical and palliative care to patients and families is the focus of this article.

Mr. Downes and Ms. Kensky (pictured with their service dog, Rescue) threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game last summer (Photo: Allana Taranto/Ars Magna Studios)

Boston Marathon survivors find treatment, care, and solidarity among veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, the Bulletin is proud to publish this article about two victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings who received care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, and found solidarity among the veterans who were receiving care at the facility.

Rashmi Roy, MD, FACS

ACS WiSC addresses ongoing challenges for women in surgery

This article examines the ongoing challenges women in surgery face, reports the results of the WiSC medical student call for applicants, and offers insights into how to make surgery a more welcoming profession for women surgeons.


RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents debate the boundaries of surgeon disclosure

The topic of this year’s Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons Symposium was Exploring the Limits of Surgeon Disclosure: Where Are the Boundaries? Read the first place essays submitted from both sides of the debate.


Exploring the limits of surgeon disclosure: Where are the boundaries? First-place essay—Pro

This essay supports a critical analysis of how to achieve  true informed consent from surgical patients and the effects of surgeon disclosure.


Exploring the limits of surgeon disclosure: Where are the boundaries? First-place essay—Con

This essay suggests that without conclusive evidence to confirm outcomes, surgeon disclosure might pander to public fears rather than improve patient safety.

ACS Chapter Grant Program supports opportunities to lobby state lawmakers

The events and accomplishments of ACS Chapters this year—supported by the College’s Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program—are summarized.

Improving rectal cancer outcomes through advocacy, education, and research: The OSTRiCh Consortium and the new NAPRC

Over the last three decades, there has been a significant shift in cancer care from the generalist to the specialist setting. This shift is especially true in surgical oncology, where surgeons specializing in the care of breast cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer have become the norm for many facilities treating cancer patients in the […]

Colonel William Mayo (left) and Colonel Charles Mayo (right) in World War I (photo courtesy of Dr. Oliver H. Beahrs and the Mayo Clinic)

The historic link between the ACS leadership and the military

This month’s column highlights the contributions of three Past-Presidents of the ACS to both medicine and the military.

Dr. Riehle

Planned giving: A powerful legacy

The accomplishments of three recipients of an ACS Faculty Research Fellowship or Resident Research Scholarship are the focus of this month’s column.

Dr. Meshkati and Dr. Pellegrini, with a plaque commemorating the Codman memorial

Ernest Amory Codman Award honoree furthers quality improvement mission

Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, a professor of civil/environmental engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and international relations, was the recipient of the Ernest Amory Codman Award this year.

Figure 4. hospital discharge status, age ≥65

Guns and the golden years

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients injured by firearms using information from NTDB research dataset.

Bulletin mobile

Bulletin moves online for most readers beginning with January 2017 issue

The Bulletin transitions to online-only for most readers beginning with the January 2017 issue.

Dr. Townsend

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, installed as 97th President of the ACS

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, was installed as ACS President, and Hilary Sanfey, MB, BCh, MHPE, FACS, FRCSI, FRCS, and Mary C. McCarthy, MD, FACS, were installed as Vice-Presidents at Clinical Congress 2016.

Dr. Walker (photo courtesy of the National Library of Medicine)

Inaugural Mary Edwards Walker Award presented to Dr. Maniscalco-Theberge

The inaugural Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award was presented to Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS, at Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.

Five outstanding surgeons conferred Honorary Fellowship in the ACS

Honorary Fellowship in the ACS was awarded to five prominent surgeons from around the world during Convocation.

Professor Abaúnza

Citation for Prof. Hernando Abaúnza Orjuela, MD, FACS, MACC(Hon)

Prof. Hernando Abaúnza Orjuela, MD, FACS, MACC(Hon), is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Marco Patti, MD, FACS.

Professor Belghiti

Citation for Prof. Jacques Belghiti, MD, PhD

Prof. Jacques Belghiti, MD, PhD, is presented for Honorary Fellowship in the ACS by Leslie H. Blumgart, MD, FACS, FRCS.


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