The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) sponsors three academic surgeon exchange programs that send a talented young U.S. or Canadian Fellow to the annual surgical meeting of each participating country. Afterward, the Fellows tour several sites tailored to their specific research interests. In exchange, the College accepts young academic surgeon-scholars from the participating societies to attend the annual ACS Clinical Congress. This exchange is with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with the ACS Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter, the Japan Surgical Society with the ACS Japan Chapter, and the German Surgical Society with the ACS Germany Chapter.
The 2018 ANZ Exchange Fellow is Yiu Ming Ho, MB, BS, MS, FRACS, a general and colorectal surgeon, University of Sydney, Australia. His recent research has been on examining personalized radiation therapy for low-risk early breast cancer. His U.S. counterpart, Mayur B. Patel, MD, MPH, FACS, is assistant professor of surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, specializing in neurotrauma and traumatic brain injury. He attended the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons held in Sydney, Australia, in May.
This October, the College will welcome Japan Exchange Fellow Kenichiro Araki, MD, PhD, assistant professor, division of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan. Dr. Araki performs research on carcinoma of the liver and pancreas and laparoscopic hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery. Brian D. Badgwell, MD, FACS, associate professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, attended the Japan Surgical Society meeting in Tokyo in April 2018. Dr. Badgwell specializes in gastrointestinal surgery and acute and palliative surgical oncology. Read about Dr. Badgwell’s experience in the July Bulletin at bit.ly/2z5UNBA.
The ACS Traveling Fellow to Germany, Paul J. Karanicolas, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, associate professor, HPB surgical oncology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, attended the German Surgical Society’s annual meeting in Berlin in April. His German counterpart, Carsten Kamphues, MD, PhD, senior physician, department for general, visceral and vascular surgery, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin, will attend the ACS Clinical Congress this year in Boston, MA, and visit several surgical sites under the guidance of his U.S. and German mentors. Dr. Kamphues’s work centers on pancreatic and gastric cancer surgery.