Archive for April, 2012

Looking forward – April 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Ergonomics study at the Yale University laparoscopic cholecystecomy lab.

Surgeons experience more ergonomic stress in the OR

Ramon Berguer, MD, FACS, chief of surgery at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA, near San Francisco, recalls that during his residency in the late 1980s at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, laparoscopic surgical procedures were coming of age. “Gynecologic surgeons were the first to popularize laparoscopic surgery,” Dr. Berguer said, “and […]

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Common origins: The two ACSs-100 years of collaboration to improve the lives of cancer patients

When we talk about medical history, we often focus on the way events unfolded, but never really think deeply about why they happened.

Dr. Detmer

ACS Fellows appointed to NQF advisory groups

Two Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—Bruce Lee Hall, MD, PhD, FACS, and Don E. Detmer, MD, FACS—have been appointed to National Quality Forum (NQF) advisory groups in recent weeks. Dr. Hall, a general surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, was appointed to the NQF’s Patient […]

Recycling the retired surgeon: Surgical assisting—A Canadian’s perspective

This article provides some perspective on becoming a surgical assistant and an historical review of surgical assisting in North America, particularly from a Canadian’s perspective.

At the RCSI Charter Day meetings (from left, all FRCSI): Kevin O’Malley, MD, RCSI Council Member; Dr. Britt; Prof. Eilis McGovern, MD, DCh, FACS(Hon), RCSI President; Dr. Gullane; Laura Viani, MSc, RCSI Council Member; and Joseph Duignan, MD, RCSI Council Member.

Dr. Britt and Dr. Gullane named honorary fellows at RCSI meetings

Immediate Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng (Hon), FRCSEd (Hon), FWACS (Hon), delivered the Johnson & Johnson Lecture at the annual Charter Day meetings of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), February 2–4 (see photo). His address was titled Acute Care Surgery in […]

ACS and ASMBS unify bariatric surgery accreditation programs

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) signed a memorandum of understanding on March 7 as part of an agreement to unify their two separate bariatric surgery accreditation programs—the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) and the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence (BSCOE) program. As […]

College will celebrate 100th anniversary with commemorative publication

As part of its year-long centennial celebration, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently announced plans to produce a high-quality, magazine-style publication featuring articles about historical achievements across the breadth of the surgical specialties. The ACS has licensed Faircount Media Group to produce this soft-cover edition, which will be provided free of charge to all […]

Dr. McKellar (center) in surgery

Cancer care closer to home: Dr. McKellar ensures rural patients get quality care

Today, Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, and the other health care professionals at the Wayne HealthCare Cancer Program have developed a reputation in this rural county as sharp-shooters of a different kind.

Dr. Hughes

Dr. Hughes elected to six-year term on American Board of Surgery

Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, was recently elected to a six-year term, beginning July 1, as an at-large director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists. Dr. Hughes, a community surgeon from McPherson, KS, was one of 65 candidates drawn from an open nomination process. […]

Register now for ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course

Register now for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, which will take place June 28–July 1 in Chicago, IL. The intensive three-and-a-half day review course will cover the essential content areas in general surgery, including abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, oncology, perioperative care, skin and soft tissue, critical care, trauma, […]

World Trauma Congress 2012 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, August 22-25

The 2012 World Trauma Congress (WTC) will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 22 to 25, according to WTC president, Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS. Health care professionals from around the world will meet at the Congress to discuss vital aspects of trauma care and strategic actions for improving the quality and scientific knowledge […]

New Targeted Solutions Tool to prevent wrong site surgery

On February 14, the Center for Transforming Healthcare released its newest solution in the ongoing challenge to reduce the risk of wrong site surgery. The center’s new Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) guides health care organizations through a step-by-step process to identify, measure, and reduce risks in key processes that can contribute to a wrong site […]

Emergency department discharge disposition

Smarter than the average bear

The word “bear” is derived from the old English word bera, which belongs to a family of names for bears originating from an adjective meaning brown. In Germanic culture, the bear symbolized the warrior. Bears are found in ancient literature, folk songs, mythology, legends, children’s songs, cartoons, on the shelves of your local toy store, […]

Lung surgery trial algorithm

Alliance leads thoracic surgery trials for lung cancer in 2012

Two lung surgery clinical trials are currently being conducted through the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. These two trials are highlighted in the accompanying diagram (see Figure) with an algorithm to assist in decision making and patient eligibility. The surgical standard of care for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is an anatomic lobectomy […]

Dr. Sachdeva (center) with Dr. Seropian (left) Dr. Mancini.

Dr. Sachdeva honored with SSH award for contributions to health care simulation

The Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, has received the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Healthcare Simulation. The SSH president, Mary E. Mancini, PhD, RN, FAAN, and the immediate past-president of SSH, Michael Seropian, MD, FRCPC, presented the […]

Dr. Borman

Dr. Borman to serve on outpatient payment panel

Karen Borman, MD, FACS, has been appointed to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the appointment of six new members last week. The purpose of the panel is to provide expert guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

Dr. Moalem (second from right) with (left to right) Owen Garrick, MD, AMA foundation president; Jack Watters, MD, Pfizer Vice-President of External Affairs; and Peter Carmel, MD, FACS, AMA president.

Dr. Moalem recognized for leadership in endocrine surgery, patient care

Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, an endocrine surgeon and  assistant professor of surgery at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center, received a Leadership Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer Inc., in February. The Foundation presents several of these awards annually to medical students, residents, fellows, and early-career physicians who […]


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