Archive for May, 2015

Looking forward – May 2015

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital, a new book edited by ACS fellows that describes the hospital’s impact on surgical care and its ties with the College.

Dr. Heniford participating in a 2010 Operation Hernia medical mission trip in Mongolia. The surgeons used the recycled surgical supplies donated by the CMC OR.

Strategies for sustainability: Going green in the OR

Effective green OR strategies reduce operating cost, eliminate waste, and improve environmental sustainability. This article highlights practical solutions for promoting the kind of culture change necessary to achieve long-lasting green OR initiatives.

The authors, from left: Ms. Lazow, Ms. Venn, and Dr. Dakin.

PreOp program: Can we achieve a “trickle-up” effect?

This article describes the PreOp program—a preclinical surgical exposure initiative—and how it successfully offers increased surgical exposure to first-year medical students by providing preliminary data from an ongoing longitudinal study of this program.

Dr. Waller (top left) looks on as Dr. Jain (a local eye surgeon, at microscope) and a local nurse assistant (left) transplant a cornea. Drs. Jindal and Patel observe

Surgeons develop visionary plan to bring corneal transplants to developing countries

Key features of a successful corneal transplant system in underserved countries are highlighted in this article, including the private-public partnership model that can be useful in offsetting costs, building surgical capacity, and establishing the infrastructure to support an eye bank.

American College of Surgeons Foundation: An Enduring Legacy, Annual Report 2014

The ACS Foundation’s Annual Report 2014 outlines notable Foundation activities for the past year, including the support of scholarship funds, fellowships, and other philanthropic initiatives.

Omnibus per artem fidemque prodesse

Statement in support of motorcycle helmet laws

The following statement in support of motorcycle helmet laws was originally developed by the Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control of the ACS Committee on Trauma. The ACS Board of Regents approved this updated statement at its February 6–7 meeting.

Statement on physician tiering and narrow network programs

The following statement was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Health Policy and Advocacy Group and was approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its February 2015 meeting. As health care plans create incentives to improve quality and reduce costs, many entities have started using physician-tiering protocols directing patients to choose certain […]

One surgeon’s principles

The author of this month’s column shares his 10 principles for the provision of care—words of wisdom culled from nearly 50 years as a surgeon.

Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

Limited resection as a cure for early lung cancer: Time to challenge the gold standard?

A clinical trial is exploring whether limited resection should replace lobectomy as the gold standard for treatment of early-stage lung cancer.

Detail of Dr. Martin’s laparotomy record.

ACS Archives houses practice records of Franklin H. Martin

The ACS Archives house four record books detailing the gynecologic practice of Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS.

Monitoring OR fires to improve patient safety

The goals of the Preventing Surgical Fires initiative are summarized in this month’s column.

Figure 1. Age of scald injury victims

What’s cookin’? Who’s lookin’?

This month’s column examines the occurrence of pediatric scald injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

ACS NSQIP hospitals significantly improve outcomes over time

Most hospitals participating in the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program improve surgical outcomes over time, and improvement continues with each year that hospitals participate in the program, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Surgery.

Dr. Michelassi (right) receives the award from John J. Connolly, EdD, president and chief executive officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Michelassi honored with National Physician of the Year Award

Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Board of Governors, was awarded the Castle Connolly 2015 National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence on March 23.

At the MHSSPACS meeting (from left): Drs. Tefera, Winchester, Turner, Elster, and Cordts; Colonel Martin; Dr. Knudson; Colonel Gross; Admiral Bono; Mr. Kirk; Dr. Hoyt; Ms. Bura and Ms. Blair.

MHSSPACS Leadership Group holds inaugural meeting in Chicago, IL

The Leadership Group of the newly formed Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons held its inaugural meeting March 31 at the College’s headquarters in Chicago.

Disciplinary actions taken

This report details the disciplinary actions the ACS Board of Regents took at its February 6–7, 2015 meeting.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2015

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of February 2015.


A correction is noted for the article “The ACS motto: What does it really mean?” published in the March 2015 Bulletin.

75 cancer care facilities receive ACS CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

The ACS Commission on Cancer has granted its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award to 75 accredited cancer programs based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted last year.

ACS in the News

This summary provides excerpts from news stories covered by external media outlets from October 2014 through March 2015 that mention key ACS activities and initiatives.


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