The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) sponsors three academic surgeon exchange programs. Exchange arrangements are in place with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with the ACS Australia-New Zealand Chapter, the Japan Surgical Society with the ACS Japan Chapter, and the German Surgical Society with the ACS Germany Chapter. In all three programs, the College sends a talented young U.S. or Canadian Fellow to the annual surgical meeting of the participating country. Afterward, they tour several health care institutions that conduct research tailored to the Fellows’ specific interests. In exchange, the ACS makes it possible for young academic surgeon-scholars from the participating societies to attend the College’s annual Clinical Congress, which will take place October 26–30 in San Francisco, CA.
The 2014 Australia-New Zealand Exchange Fellow is Alexander G. Heriot, MB, BChir, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, FRACS, director of surgical oncology and consultant colorectal surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria. He has written extensively on major issues relating to surgery of the bowel, particularly colorectal and gastrointestinal oncological procedures. He is a reviewer for several notable surgery journals. His U.S. counterpart, Wei Zhou, MD, FACS, is professor of surgery, Stanford University, and chief of vascular surgery, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, CA. She attended the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, in May 2014 (see related article).
This October, the College will welcome Japan Exchange Fellow Yoshifumi Baba, MD, PhD, assistant professor of gastroenterological surgery at Kumamoto University’s Graduate School of Medical Science. Dr. Baba’s research focuses on colorectal, liver, and esophageal cancers. John T. Mullen, MD, FACS, assistant professor specializing in surgical oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, attended the Japan Surgical Society meeting in Kyoto in April 2014. (Dr. Mullen’s report will be published in the September Bulletin.)
For the German exchange, Nadja Lehwald, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, department of visceral, general, and pediatric surgery at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, will attend the ACS Clinical Congress this year and visit several surgical sites under the guidance of her mentors both in North America and in Germany. Dr. Lehwald is a surgical oncologist performing hepatic and pancreatic surgery and researching mitochondrial function in liver homeostasis and disease. ACS Traveling Fellow Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, FACS, co-director, cutaneous oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, attended the German Surgical Society’s annual meeting in Berlin in March 2014. (Dr. Farma’s report will be published in the October issue of the Bulletin.)