Archive for April, 2016

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – April 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights key initiatives aimed at improving communication between rank-and-file Fellows and the ACS leadership, including enhanced social media engagement and the online ACS Communities.

Above: Dr. Rodriguez and Mr. Hardison. Below: Mr. Hardison before his injury, after his initial surgery, and after the facial transplant.

Face forward: Transplant surgeon overcomes challenges with teamwork and technology

Dr. Rodriguez and a team of more than 100 health care professionals established new standards of care after completing the most extensive facial transplant to date.

Three generations of Harry Richter, MDs. The infant, Dr. Harry Richter III, is flanked at left by his father Dr. Harry Richter, Jr., and his grandfather, Dr. Harry Richter, Sr.

A family tradition: Fellows describe influence of surgeon parents and other relatives

Generations of practicing surgeons are profiled in this article, including descendants of the original founders of the College.

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ACS CoC creates awareness of cancer issues at state and federal levels

This article describes the ACS CoC’s role in advocating for quality cancer care and provides an update on key issues including raising the smoking age, coverage parity for oral chemotherapy, and regulating tanning bed use.

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2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons express concerns regarding EHR

The findings of the 2015 ACS Governors Survey, specifically the benefits and challenges associated with the EHR, are summarized.

Statement on the importance of parental leave

The following statement on parental leave was developed by the ACS Women in Surgery Committee and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February 2016 meeting.

Dr. Nora

Skills course helps rural surgeons stay current

The benefits of the Nora Institute Advanced Skills Course for Rural Surgeons, including enhanced confidence and patient care, are described.

How successful is NST in increasing breast-conserving surgery rates in TNBC patients?

Historically, neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST) has been mainly used to convert breast cancer from inoperable to operable; however, today NST also is incorporated into the treatment of patients who initially present with operable disease. NST can allow some patients with stage II-III breast cancer who initially present with disease extent necessitating mastectomy to possibly undergo […]

Dr. Matas’ Presidential portrait

Dr. Rudolph Matas: Learned trailblazer, father of vascular surgery

Rudolph Matas, MD, FACS, a founding member of the College and a pioneer in the area of modern vascular surgery, is profiled in this month’s column.

Insure your family’s future with life and disability insurance

The long-term value of life and disability insurance is the focus of this month’s column.

Hand hygiene TST helps hospitals reduce HAI rates

This month’s column describes how the Memorial Hermann Health System used The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool to improve compliance with hand hygiene guidelines.

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Look up and die

This month’s column examines the occurrence of orbital floor blowout of fractures in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

Dr. Connolly

In memoriam: Dr. John Connolly, pioneering cardiothoracic surgeon

John Earle “Jack” Connolly, MD, FACS, Past-Second Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACS died on January 20 at 92 years old.

Modernizing the AMA Code of Medical Ethics

The American Medical Association House of Delegates has been working on updates to the  AMA Code of Ethics.

27 cancer care facilities receive CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

The ACS Commission on Cancer has granted its second installment of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards.

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.

Chapter news

ACS chapter meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.

MHSSPACS and Excelsior Surgical Society issue call for abstracts

The Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons and the Excelsior Surgical Society invites military surgeons to submit their research for presentation at the Clinical Congress 2016.

Dr. Irvine (right) with Dr. Brennan at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Report from the 2015 Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholar

Tracey Irvine, MB, BS, MSc, MA, FRCS, an oncoplastic breast surgeon and a recipient of the ACS Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS, International Guest Scholarship, reports on her experiences at Clinical Congress 2015 and visiting medical centers in the U.S.

Apply now for the 2016 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship

The ACS is now accepting applications for the 2016 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship.

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