Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCS(I)(Hon), The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, department of surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, was named President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the Annual Business Meeting on October 3. Dr. Pellegrini has been a Fellow of the College since 1982 and has played a leadership role in the organization, particularly as Chair of the Board of Regents (2010–2011).
A graduate of the University of Rosario Medical School, Dr. Pellegrini completed his internship and general surgery residency at Granadero Baigorria, Rosario University Hospital in Argentina. He completed a Fellowship in esophageal physiology and surgery and second general surgery residency at the University of Chicago, IL.
In 1979, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) where he developed and directed a center for gastrointestinal motility. During his tenure at UCSF, the surgical residents and medical students presented him with multiple awards for his outstanding skills as an educator.
In 1993, he became the chairman of the department of surgery at the University of Washington, and in 1996, he became the first Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair in recognition of his role in strengthening the department of surgery’s clinical, teaching, and research programs. He is a distinguished leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery and a pioneer in the development of video endoscopy for the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal motility disorders. He is credited with the development of the University of Washington’s Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery, the Center for Esophageal and Gastric Surgery, and the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies.
Dr. Pellegrini began serving on the ACS Board of Regents in 2002 and served on the Regents’ Finance, Honors, and Communications Committees. He is the outgoing Chair of the ACS Committee for the Accreditation Review of Education Institutes, and past-Chair of the Committee on Medical Motion Pictures (1991–1992), the Central Judiciary Committee, and the International Guest Scholarship Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee. He serves on the Steering Committee on Simulation-Based Surgical Education and the Task Force on the Resident 80-Hour Work Week and was Co-Chair of the 2012 Surgeons as Leaders Course. In addition, he was President of the Northern California Chapter of the ACS (1990–1992).
A former member of the board of directors of the American Board of Surgery (2003–2009), he has served as president of a number of surgical societies, including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (1999–2000), the American Surgical Association (2005–2006), the Society of Surgical Chairs (2007–2008), the World Organization of Specialized Studies of Diseases of the Esophagus (2010–2012), and the International Society of Digestive Surgery (1992–1994). He also served two consecutive terms as chair of the Digestive Disease Week Council.
A prolific author of scholarly articles, chapters, editorials, and books, Dr. Pellegrini has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery, and Annals of Surgery. He also has served as an editorial reviewer for Gastroenterology, Archives of Surgery, and the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
The Vice-Presidents-Elect also were named at the Annual Business Meeting. Layton “Bing” Rikkers, MD, FACS, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Editor-in-Chief of Surgery News, is First Vice-President-Elect. John Preskitt, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, is the Second Vice-President-Elect.
A Fellow since 1980, Dr. Rikkers is the former A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery and Chairman at the University of Wisconsin. He is a past-chairman of the American Board of Surgery and is president-elect of the American Surgical Association. Since 2003, he has developed and chaired Surgeons as Leaders: From Operating Room to Boardroom—an ACS course that prepares surgeons for the complex challenges of leadership.
Dr. Preskitt has been a Fellow since 1984 and was a Regent from 2000 to 2009. He chaired the Board of Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations (1997–2000), the Committee on Ethics (2006–2009), and the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee (2006–2011). He served as President of the North Texas Chapter of the College from 1997 to 1998. He is currently clinical professor of surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor campus, and is the director of surgical oncology at the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas.