Archive for June, 2012

Looking Forward – June 2012

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Joining Forces and the ACS: Dr. Holcomb dedicates career to improving trauma care for soldiers and civilians

Retired U.S. Army Col. John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS, developed a passion for ensuring that military service people receive the best possible care on and off the battlefield in 1993, during his deployment to the east coast of Somalia, Africa.

Leadership skills in the OR, Part II: Recognizing disruptive behavior

The American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics defines disruptive behavior as “personal conduct, whether verbal or physical, that negatively affects or that potentially may negatively affect patient care.”1 With this broad definition of disruptive behavior, physicians and nurses may be unaware that their behavior may fall into this category.

Angelica and Angelina before surgery

Team approach minimizes risks in separating conjoined twins: An interview with Gary Hartman, MD, FACS

Only about 200 conjoined twins have been successfully separated in medical history, and Gary Hartman, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, CA, has successfully parted six of them in the last few decades. Most recently, on November 1, 2011, Dr. Hartman separated two-year-old twin girls, Angelica and Angelina Sabuco, in […]

Stakeholders’ data needs in the public reporting schematic

Public reporting of health care data: A new frontier in quality improvement

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) historically and continuously has sought to promote the highest standards of surgical care. Hence, the ACS recognizes the importance of objectively collecting, analyzing, and reporting data regarding processes of care and clinical and patient outcomes in efforts to optimize quality. The public and the government are now expressing a […]

ACS hosts first annual Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) convened a successful first annual Advocacy Summit March 26–27 in Washington, DC. The conference took place on the heels of the Leadership Conference and the same day the U.S. Supreme Court began historic hearings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Throughout the conference, surgeon leaders and staff from the […]

JCR to engage surgeons and physicians to reduce adverse hospital events

Surgeons and other medical professionals want to prevent patients from being harmed during their hospital stays and to ensure that they heal without complication after they are discharged; however, accomplishing this goal can be somewhat difficult. Within the surgical continuum of care, patients may experience surgical site infections, adverse drug events, postoperative venous thromboembolism, and […]

CALGB 40903: Phase II single-arm study of neoadjuvant letrozole for ER(+) postmenopausal DCIS

Reframing treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ: Could less be more?

In a typical breast surgery practice, nearly one-fifth of new patients present with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), usually detected on mammography as an incidental finding. Most of these women are otherwise healthy, take care of themselves, have had a mammogram as part of their routine health maintenance, and are now grappling with a “cancer” […]

Hospital discharge status


Remember, Twister may be a fun-filled game, but a tornado is a life-threatening climatic occurrence.

Dr. Brücher

Members in the news

Björn Brücher, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSEng, was awarded honorary membership in the Israel Society for Surgical Oncology during the association’s biennial conference in February. Professor Brücher specializes in tumor diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the esophagus, and the stomach, as well as peritoneal carcinomatosis. Lewis Flint, MD, FACS, Editor-in-Chief of Selected Readings in General Surgery, […]

HPB Surgery Fellowship Match opens for 2012–2013

The American Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the Fellowship Council (FC) announce the 2012–2013 Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary (HPB) match. In contrast to the past two years, the FC will conduct the entire HPB match search in 2012 via its website. This match will include all HPB fellowships that meet the standards and accreditation processes established by the FC […]

ACS offers resources to help surgeons achieve meaningful use of EHR

In an ongoing effort to help the surgical community achieve meaningful use through participation in the federal Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program and to better understand program requirements, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has numerous EHR resources available on the home page of its website and is engaged in a number of other […]

ACS, CDC work to avert surgical infections, other adverse outcomes

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to work on shared goals of reporting, measuring, and preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) and other adverse outcomes among surgical patients. The agreement builds on the initial success of the ACS’ and CDC’s joint development […]

Dr. Paruch

One CoC clinical scholar departs, and another steps in

This month, Richelle Williams, MD, will complete her two years as a Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Jennifer Paruch, MD, will fill that position starting in July. Dr. Williams, who is finishing a highly successful term as a Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence, came to the College after […]

Survey reveals most physicians unwilling to recommend health care as a profession

The Doctors Company, the official provider of medical liability insurance for the American College of Surgeons, recently announced the results of the largest physician survey conducted to date on the future of health care in the U.S. More than 5,000 physician members of The Doctors Company responded to the independent survey, which indicated that concerns […]

Chapter news – June 2012

June 2012

Named Lecture schedule for 2012 Clinical Congress updated

Don’t miss out on your favorite Named Lectures during the American College of Surgeons 2012 Clinical Congress, which will take place September 30 to October 4, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Review the list below for updated times of this popular series. Monday, October 1 Opening Ceremony (sponsored by the American Urological Association) and […]

ACS cited in Modern Healthcare article on rural surgeon shortage

The dearth of interest in rural surgical practice has created surgical deserts and health risks in small communities throughout the U.S., reports Paul Barr, in a recent Modern Healthcare article, “Looking for an oasis.” The story cites the American College of Surgeons (ACS) report, Surgical Deserts in the U.S.: Places without Surgeons, which points out […]

Dr. Greene receives SAGES award for endoscopy education

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, chair of surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, and a member of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 2000, has received the Jeffrey L. Ponsky Master Educator in Endoscopy Award. (Dr. Greene is pictured above right, with Dr. Ponsky.) The award was presented to Dr. Greene during the Society […]

CoC accepting applications for 2013 scholar-in-residence

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) is accepting applications for the 2013 Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence program. The two-year fellowship in surgical oncology outcomes and health services research will begin July 1, 2013, and is available to a surgical resident who has completed two or three years of clinical training in the […]


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