Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the W. Gerald Austen Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the Annual Business Meeting of Members. In addition, the First and Second Vice-Presidents-Elect were elected, along with a new ACS Treasurer and Secretary.
Eminent researcher, educator, clinician
Dr. Warshaw, who also is senior consultant for international and regional clinical relations at MGH and Partners Healthcare, became a Fellow of the ACS in 1974. Since then, he has served the College in various leadership capacities, including in his current role as Chair of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group and as ACS Treasurer (2007–2013).
An eminent surgical researcher, educator, and clinician, Dr. Warshaw has made important contributions to the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory and malignant lesions of the pancreas. He is the director of the Andrew L. Warshaw Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research at MGH, which was established in 2008 to develop innovative and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for all forms of pancreatic cancer. The institute’s core faculty works closely with dozens of clinicians and scientists at the MGH Cancer Center, which has one of the nation’s largest clinical pancreatic cancer programs and offers treatment options available at few other hospitals.
Dr. Warshaw is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and trained at MGH. He spent two years as a clinical associate in the section on gastroenterology of the National Institutes of Health and was a research fellow in medicine (gastroenterology) at MGH. Since 1972, he has been on the staff at MGH and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. In 1987, he became professor of surgery at Harvard and, in 1997, the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery, surgeon-in-chief, and chairman of the department of surgery at MGH.
As ACS Treasurer and First Vice-President (2004–2005), Dr. Warshaw has been active on several Board of Regents’ Committees, including the Finance (2007–2013), Honors (2004–2013), Research and Optimal Care (2004–2005), and Executive Compensation (2007–2013) Committees.
He also is a former member of the ACS Board of Governors (1997–2003). In that capacity, Dr. Warshaw chaired the Governors Committee on Socioeconomic Issues (1999–2003) and continues to serve as an ex officio member of that panel. As chair, he was responsible for initiating the ACS volunteerism program (Operation Giving Back) and the American College of Surgeons Professional Association’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC).
Additionally, he served on the Governors’ Nominating Committee (1999–2000) and Committee on Surgical Practice (1997–1998) and has been an ex officio member of the Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College since 2007.
Dr. Warshaw is a Past-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACS (1991–1992) and has been an active member of the College’s Women in Surgery Committee (2001–2004), the Surgical Research Committee (1988–1993), the Committee on Video-Based Education (1983–1993), and the Medical Motion Pictures Committee (1985–1989). Dr. Warshaw also served as Chair of the ACS Finance Committee’s Investment Subcommittee (2007–2013).
In addition to his leadership within the ACS, Dr. Warshaw has been president of several other surgical societies, including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the International Association of Pancreatology, the New England Surgical Society, the Halsted Society, the Boston Surgical Society, the Society of Surgical Chairs, and the American Pancreatic Association. He served on the board of directors of the American Board of Surgery (1985–1993) and as its chairman in 1993. Dr. Warshaw received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Pancreatic Association (2011), the Ewing Medal from the Society of Surgical Oncology (2002), and the Master Educator Award from the Society for the Surgery of Alimentary Tract (2011).
His bibliography lists more than 420 original reports as well as 240 book chapters, reviews, and monographs and 13 books. Presently, he is editor-in-chief of Surgery.
The Vice-Presidents-Elect also were elected during the Annual Meeting. The First Vice-President-Elect is Jay L. Grosfeld, MD, FACS, Lafayette F. Page Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He served as chairman of the department of surgery at that institution (1984–2003) and as director of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis (1972–2005). The Second Vice-President-Elect is Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; and chief of staff and chief of surgery, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX.
A Fellow of the ACS since 1973, Dr. Grosfeld has served on the ACS Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery (1996–2001) and on the Advisory Councils for Surgical Specialties (1989–1994). An ACS Governor from 1985 to 1991, he was a member of the Board of Governors’ Committees on Chapter Relations (1989–1992) and Physician Competency (1987–1992). He also served as a senior member of the Committee on Continuing Education (1981–1991) and on the Nominating Committee of the Fellows (1991–1992). He has been the president of many surgical associations, including the American Surgical Association and the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and, like Dr. Warshaw, is a former chairman of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Grosfeld also is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Grosfeld has received the William E. Ladd Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Denis Browne Gold Medal from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and the Fritz Rehbein Medal from the European Pediatric Surgeons Association. He recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pediatric Surgical Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons.
Dr. Mattox has been a Fellow of the ACS since 1975. A dedicated trauma surgeon, he has played a particularly active role on the College’s Committee on Trauma (COT). He has served on the COT’s Executive Committee (1986–1989) and chaired the COT’s Emergency Services-Hospital Subcommittee (1983–1990). He also was a member of the COT’s Verification and Consultation Committee (1990–2000) and an ex officio member of the Education Subcommittee (1993–present). He delivered the Scudder Oration on Trauma at the 2000 Clinical Congress and is Program Director of the Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Course and the Disaster Medical Response Course, both of which are sponsored by the ACS and presented each spring in Las Vegas, NV.
In addition, Dr. Mattox has served on the ACS Board of Governors (1985–1991, 1997–2003), playing an active role on the following Governors’ committees: the Committee on Surgical Infections as both Vice-Chair (2002–2003) and as a member (1998–2002), the Nominating Committee (2002–2003), and the Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care (1986–1991). Dr. Mattox also has been a member of the College’s Pre- and Postoperative Care Committee (1988–1994), the Committee on Video-Based Education (1986–1990), the Program Committee (1982–1986), and the Committee on Medical Devices (1980–1986), which he chaired (1983–1986). Dr. Mattox has co-authored or co-edited several prominent surgical texts, including Trauma, Top Knife: The Art and Craft of Trauma Surgery, and the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice.
Secretary and Treasurer
Also elected during the Annual Business Meeting were the ACS Secretary and Treasurer. Edward E. Cornwell III, MD, FACS, FCCM, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, Professor and Chairman of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, and surgeon-in-chief, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, replaces Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, as ACS Secretary. An ACS Fellow since 1992, Dr. Cornwell serves on the ACS Legislative Committee and is Past-Chair and member of the Nominating Committee of the Fellows (2003–2004 and 2001–2003, respectively). Dr. Cornwell has served on several other ACS committees, including the COT (2004–2010 as a member and 2010–2012 as a special member), the COT’s Committee on Trauma Systems (2004–2010), the Pre-and Postoperative Care Committee (2000–2002), and the Committee on Diversity Issues (2002–2005).
Replacing Dr. Warshaw as ACS Treasurer is William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, J. Murray Beardsley Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and surgeon-in-chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, Providence. A Fellow of the College since 1990, Dr. Cioffi completed his service as Secretary of the Board of Governors at this year’s Clinical Congress. He began serving on the Board of Governors in 1999. After serving as member of the Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2001–2002, 2004–2005), he was elected Vice-Chair and Chair of that committee (2002–2004 and 2011–2013, respectively). Dr. Cioffi also served as Vice-Chair of the Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations (2009–2011), and the Ad Hoc Committee to Restructure the Board of Governors’ Committees. He has been an active member of the Pre-Operative and Postoperative Care Committee (1995–2002), the COT (2004–2010), and the Program Committee (2007–2013). Additionally, he has served on the Regents’ Finance Committee (2011–2013) and the Executive Compensation Committee (2011–2013).