Chapter news – June 2013

Connecticut Chapter presents Doctor’s Day 2013

The Connecticut Chapter co-hosted its annual Doctor’s Day with the Connecticut State Medical Society and several specialty societies on April 4 at the State Capitol in Hartford. All groups that participated in the program are members of a coalition that has worked on common issues during the current state legislative session. Doctor’s Day coincided with the signing of Connecticut’s historic new firearms legislation, which was developed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT, in December 2012.

On the agenda were the delivery of personal, handwritten messages to legislators’ offices and presentations from Connecticut House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R), and Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, MD (R). Dr. Srinivasan (see photo, this page) is the only elected physician in the Connecticut General Assembly. Doctor’s Day participants also were honored to be joined by Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM, Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate, who addressed the gathering and conveyed more information about her office’s advocacy efforts.

This year, chapter members have advocated for passage of a definition of surgery bill and the defeat of a bill that would weaken Connecticut’s certificate of merit statute. Chapter President Kathleen LaVorgna, MD, FACS (see photo, this page), and Philip Corvo, MD, FACS, Co-Chair of the Chapter’s Patient Safety Committee, gave a presentation on the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC). In the past 18 months, the CtSQC has grown from four participating hospitals to more than 20, most of which are using the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program as their database.

As in past years, the Connecticut Chapter’s Doctor’s Day was successful due to the hard work of chapter members who took time from their practices to attend the event. Because of the partnerships that were forged with the state medical society and the specialty societies, as well as the support of the ACS Board of Governors, the medical and surgical communities were able to speak with a united voice.

Residents, Governors from the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter visit Capitol Hill

An ACS grant allowed three residents of the Brooklyn and Long Island (BLI) Chapter to attend the 2013 Leadership and Advocacy Summit in April in Washington, DC. Attending the Summit were: Robert Autin, MD, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn; Teddy Takeuchi, MD, New York Methodist Hospital; and Praise Matemavi, MD, New York Hospital Medical Center, Queens. ACS Governors participating in the conference included Howard Sussman, MD, FACS, and Charles Coren, MD, FACS. The Leadership and Advocacy Summit proved to be memorable for these participants.

Alabama Chapter presents Annual Lobby Day with state medical association

The Alabama Chapter presented its annual Lobby Day in conjunction with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama’s (MASA) legislative reception on the evening of February 5 (see photo, this page). The event occurred on the same night that Gov. Robert J. Bentley (R) delivered the State of the State Address in the Alabama Archives and History Building. After the address, members of the House and Senate convened for the reception with physicians from Alabama.

Peru Chapter hosts IX Congress

The Peru Chapter presented this year’s IX Congress in conjunction with the XIII International Congress of General Surgeons Peruvian Society (see photo, this page). More than 720 surgeons and surgical academicians attended the educational and scientific program, which took place at the Lima Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center. This year, 24 professors from the U.S., Spain, Belgium, and Latin America were invited to attend the event.

Carlos A. Garberoglio. MD, FACS, chairman of the department of surgery at Loma Linda (CA) University, represented the College. Dr. Garberoglio lectured on gastric cancer, esophagi-gastric junction cancer, and acute care surgery. He also provided an update on other College activities.

New Mexico Chapter conducts annual meeting

Attending the 2012 New Mexico Chapter’s Annual Meeting and representing the state were Murugan Athigaman, MD, FACS, Chapter Vice-President; Robert Bahnson, MD, FACS, ACS guest speaker; Charles Guimaraes, MD, FACS, Chapter President; Albert Kwan, MD, FACS, Chapter Treasurer; Stephen Lu, MD, FACS, Trauma Liaison/Past-President, Tim Nelson, MD, FACS, Chapter President-Elect; Ann Marie Wallace, MD, FACS, Past Cancer Liaison; and Anthony Vigil, MD, FACS, ACS Governor (see photo).

Leaders of the New Mexico Chapter, which held a successful annual meeting last September, hope to double attendance for the upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting, September 13–14 at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel Uptown.

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New Mexico Chapter, (from left): Drs. Vigil, Lu, Wallace, Bahnson, Kwan, Guimaraes, Nelson, and Athigaman.

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Peru Chapter (from left): Danilo Bambaren, MD, FACS, President, ACS Peru Chapter; Dr. Garberoglio; and David Ortega, MD, FACS, ACS Governor, Peru Chapter.

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Representing the Alabama Chapter at ACS Lobby Day/MASA Legislation Reception (from left): Robert Willett, MD, FACS; Duncan McRae, MD, FACS; David McKinley, MD, FACS; and Charles Rodning, MD, FACS.

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Tennessee Chapter representatives attend ACS Leadership and Advocacy Symposium Summit (from left): Tony Haley, MD, FACS, State Advocacy Representative; Laura Witherspoon, MD, FACS, Governor-at-Large; Wanda McKnight, Chapter Administrator; and Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, ACS First Vice-President.   

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Matthew Katz (left), Executive Vice-President and CEO, Connecticut State Medical Society, and Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS, ACS Governor-at-Large for Connecticut.

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Dr. Srinivasan

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Dr. LaVorgna

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