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Domestic and international chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) met in the last several months to host a variety of activities, including annual meetings, award presentations, the ACS General Surgery Review Course, and other events. Following are highlights and photos from these programs.

Brazil Chapter: ACS Region 14 Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: ACS Governors from chapters in Latin America and the Caribbean attended the Annual Meeting of Region 14 on September 11. This meeting was held in conjunction with the Regional Congress of Rio de Janeiro of the Central Nucleus of the Brazilian College of Surgeons. The ACS General Surgery Review Course was offered during this event, which was the first of its kind in Brazil. Photo: Savino Gasparini, MD, FACS, ACS Governor (left), and 2017–2018 ACS President Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon).

Brazil Chapter: ACS Region 14 Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: ACS Governors from chapters in Latin America and the Caribbean attended the Annual Meeting of Region 14 on September 11. This meeting was held in conjunction with the Regional Congress of Rio de Janeiro of the Central Nucleus of the Brazilian College of Surgeons. The ACS General Surgery Review Course was offered during this event, which was the first of its kind in Brazil. Photo: Savino Gasparini, MD, FACS, ACS Governor (left), and 2017–2018 ACS President Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon).

Chile Chapter: The ACS General Surgery Review Course was offered September 28–29 in Santiago, Chile. The course was organized by the Chile Chapter of the ACS and directed by (all MD, FACS) Guillermo Rencoret; Marcelo Vivanco; Victor Bianchi, Second Vice-President of the Chile Chapter of the ACS; and Juan Hepp, ACS Governor.

Chile Chapter: The ACS General Surgery Review Course was offered September 28–29 in Santiago, Chile. The course was organized by the Chile Chapter of the ACS and directed by (all MD, FACS) Guillermo Rencoret; Marcelo Vivanco; Victor Bianchi, Second Vice-President of the Chile Chapter of the ACS; and Juan Hepp, ACS Governor.

China-Hong Kong Chapter: Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), 2018–2019 ACS President, visited the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) course at the Surgical Skills Center, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Maier participated in the course during his trip to Hong Kong for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh/College of Surgeons of Hong Kong Conjoint Scientific Congress. Photo (from left): Mrs. and Dr. Maier and Prof. Jeff Dai, MD, Hong Kong ATLS Course Director.

China-Hong Kong Chapter: Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), 2018–2019 ACS President, visited the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) course at the Surgical Skills Center, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Maier participated in the course during his trip to Hong Kong for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh/College of Surgeons of Hong Kong Conjoint Scientific Congress. Photo (from left): Mrs. and Dr. Maier and Prof. Jeff Dai, MD, Hong Kong ATLS Course Director.

Georgia Society of the ACS (GSACS): Annual Meeting, August 17–19, St. Simons Island. Pictured are Thomas E. Reeve III, MD, FACS, Carrollton Surgical Group, GA, (right) who was honored with the Past-President’s Award for his distinguished service as the 2016–2018 President of the GSACS. The presentation took place August 19 at the conclusion of the GSACS 2018 Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma by incoming GSACS President Dennis Ashley, MD, FACS, Milford B. Hatcher Professor and chair of surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Center Navicent Health, Macon, GA (left).

Georgia Society of the ACS (GSACS): Annual Meeting, August 17–19, St. Simons Island. Pictured are Thomas E. Reeve III, MD, FACS, Carrollton Surgical Group, GA, (right) who was honored with the Past-President’s Award for his distinguished service as the 2016–2018 President of the GSACS. The presentation took place August 19 at the conclusion of the GSACS 2018 Annual Meeting & Day of Trauma by incoming GSACS President Dennis Ashley, MD, FACS, Milford B. Hatcher Professor and chair of surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Center Navicent Health, Macon, GA (left).

Massachusetts Chapter (MCACS): MCACS Advocacy Day, October 10, in Boston. More than 80 medical personnel, government officials, law enforcement, high school students, and legislators and their staff received Stop the Bleed® training at the meeting. Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, ACS Regent, and Chair, Hartford Consensus, spoke at the event. Photo (from left): Dr. Jacobs; David McAneny, MD, FACS, MCACS Historian; Elissa Klein, MCACS Executive Director; Peter Masiakos, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Terry Buchmiller, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Anne Larkin, MD, FACS, MCACS President; Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, MCACS Secretary; and George DeBusk, MD, FACS, MCACS Councilor.

Massachusetts Chapter (MCACS): MCACS Advocacy Day, October 10, in Boston. More than 80 medical personnel, government officials, law enforcement, high school students, and legislators and their staff received Stop the Bleed® training at the meeting. Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, ACS Regent, and Chair, Hartford Consensus, spoke at the event. Photo (from left): Dr. Jacobs; David McAneny, MD, FACS, MCACS Historian; Elissa Klein, MCACS Executive Director; Peter Masiakos, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Terry Buchmiller, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Anne Larkin, MD, FACS, MCACS President; Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, MCACS Secretary; and George DeBusk, MD, FACS, MCACS Councilor.

Michigan Chapter (MCACS): Several members of the MCACS attended the 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Summit May 19–22 in Washington, DC, and had the opportunity to meet with Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D) to educate them about ACS legislative priorities that affect surgical patients. Pictured (from left): Mark W. Puls, MD, FACS, Past-ACS Governor; Kurt Kralovich, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Senator Peters; Jennifer Brady, MD, general surgery resident, Wayne State University, Detroit; Jay Nathan, MD, neurosurgery resident, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Miguel Tobon, MD, general surgery resident, Wayne State University.

Michigan Chapter (MCACS): Several members of the MCACS attended the 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Summit May 19–22 in Washington, DC, and had the opportunity to meet with Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D) to educate them about ACS legislative priorities that affect surgical patients. Pictured (from left): Mark W. Puls, MD, FACS, Past-ACS Governor; Kurt Kralovich, MD, FACS, ACS Governor; Senator Peters; Jennifer Brady, MD, general surgery resident, Wayne State University, Detroit; Jay Nathan, MD, neurosurgery resident, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Miguel Tobon, MD, general surgery resident, Wayne State University.

Nevada Chapter: The Nevada Chapter hosted the Annual Statewide Meeting September 15 in Las Vegas. Photo (from top): Row 8: Raymond Price, MD, FACS, Past-ACS Governor; Brandon Snook, MD, FACS, trauma surgeon, Nellis Air Force Base; Leslie Browder, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter Secretary/Treasurer; Michael Edwards, MD, FACS, Specialty Society Governor; and Joseph Thornton, MD, FACS, Past-President, Nevada Chapter. Row 7: Hugo Peredo, medical student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); John Brosious, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; Saju Joseph, MD, FACS, surgical residency program director, Valley Health, Las Vegas; and Christopher McNicoll, MD, Nevada Chapter Resident and Associate Society of the ACS Representative. Row 6: Laurel Blair, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Las Vegas Surgical Associates; Timothy Dickhudt, MD, surgical critical care fellow, department of surgery, UNLV; C. Neal Ellis, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock; and James Dylan Curry, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter President. Row 5: Vladislav Zhitny, medical student, UNLV; Camille W. Spenner, Nevada Chapter Executive Director; and Craig Iwamoto, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Las Vegas. Row 4: John Fildes, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter Past-Governor; Daniel Cheng, MD, MPH, general surgery resident, UNLV; and Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM, Nevada Chapter Past-President. Row 3: Austin Shinagawa, medical student, UNLV; Lauren Hollifield, medical student, UNLV; Shirong Chang, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; and Crystal Dickson, medical student, UNLV. Row 2: Minh Tri Pham, MD, general surgery resident, UNLV; Helene Nepomuceno, MD, general surgery resident, Sunrise Health, Las Vegas; Jennifer Baynosa, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter President-Elect; Kyle Mock, MD, trauma and critical care Fellow, UNLV; and Jeffrey Gahr, MD, FACS, retired general surgeon, Henderson. Row 1: Allison McNickle, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; and Michael D. Johnson, MD, FACS, Miriam Medical Clinics, New Castle, DE.

Nevada Chapter: The Nevada Chapter hosted the Annual Statewide Meeting September 15 in Las Vegas. Photo (from top): Row 8: Raymond Price, MD, FACS, Past-ACS Governor; Brandon Snook, MD, FACS, trauma surgeon, Nellis Air Force Base; Leslie Browder, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter Secretary/Treasurer; Michael Edwards, MD, FACS, Specialty Society Governor; and Joseph Thornton, MD, FACS, Past-President, Nevada Chapter. Row 7: Hugo Peredo, medical student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); John Brosious, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; Saju Joseph, MD, FACS, surgical residency program director, Valley Health, Las Vegas; and Christopher McNicoll, MD, Nevada Chapter Resident and Associate Society of the ACS Representative. Row 6: Laurel Blair, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Las Vegas Surgical Associates; Timothy Dickhudt, MD, surgical critical care fellow, department of surgery, UNLV; C. Neal Ellis, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock; and James Dylan Curry, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter President. Row 5: Vladislav Zhitny, medical student, UNLV; Camille W. Spenner, Nevada Chapter Executive Director; and Craig Iwamoto, MD, FACS, general surgeon, Las Vegas. Row 4: John Fildes, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter Past-Governor; Daniel Cheng, MD, MPH, general surgery resident, UNLV; and Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM, Nevada Chapter Past-President. Row 3: Austin Shinagawa, medical student, UNLV; Lauren Hollifield, medical student, UNLV; Shirong Chang, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; and Crystal Dickson, medical student, UNLV. Row 2: Minh Tri Pham, MD, general surgery resident, UNLV; Helene Nepomuceno, MD, general surgery resident, Sunrise Health, Las Vegas; Jennifer Baynosa, MD, FACS, Nevada Chapter President-Elect; Kyle Mock, MD, trauma and critical care Fellow, UNLV; and Jeffrey Gahr, MD, FACS, retired general surgeon, Henderson. Row 1: Allison McNickle, MD, assistant professor, department of surgery, UNLV; and Michael D. Johnson, MD, FACS, Miriam Medical Clinics, New Castle, DE.

Thailand Chapter: Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, then ACS First Vice-President-Elect, stands among members of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand during the organization’s 43rd Annual Scientific Congress, July 27−30.

Thailand Chapter: Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, then ACS First Vice-President-Elect, stands among members of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand during the organization’s 43rd Annual Scientific Congress, July 27−30.

Trinidad and Tobago Chapter: The chapter hosted its Annual Resident Research Day in conjunction with the Society of Surgeons of Trinidad and Tobago at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital in May. A total of 10 papers were presented on cases in general surgery, pediatric surgery, and emergency medicine, and included prospective studies done in developing countries. Photo (from left): Prof. Dilip Dan, MB, BS, MD, FACS, President of Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of the ACS; presenter Sabrina Saroop, MB, BS, postgraduate-year (PGY)-4, Breast Cancer in the Young Female; and Troy Lum, MB, BS, PGY-1, An Audit of Pediatric Inguinal Hernias Rate of Obstruction.

Trinidad and Tobago Chapter: The chapter hosted its Annual Resident Research Day in conjunction with the Society of Surgeons of Trinidad and Tobago at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital in May. A total of 10 papers were presented on cases in general surgery, pediatric surgery, and emergency medicine, and included prospective studies done in developing countries. Photo (from left): Prof. Dilip Dan, MB, BS, MD, FACS, President of Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of the ACS; presenter Sabrina Saroop, MB, BS, postgraduate-year (PGY)-4, Breast Cancer in the Young Female; and Troy Lum, MB, BS, PGY-1, An Audit of Pediatric Inguinal Hernias Rate of Obstruction.

Utah Chapter: Annual Meeting, May 24, in Salt Lake City. Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM, professor of surgery, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and medical director, trauma intensive care unit, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, was the invited speaker and discussed how her trauma center responded on the night of the 2017 Las Vegas shootings. Attendees also participated in Stop the Bleed® training. Photo (from left): Tawnya L. Bowles, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President, Utah Chapter, with medical students, residents, and clinical fellows from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Utah Chapter: Annual Meeting, May 24, in Salt Lake City. Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM, professor of surgery, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and medical director, trauma intensive care unit, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, was the invited speaker and discussed how her trauma center responded on the night of the 2017 Las Vegas shootings. Attendees also participated in Stop the Bleed® training. Photo (from left): Tawnya L. Bowles, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President, Utah Chapter, with medical students, residents, and clinical fellows from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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