Board of Regents approves new seats; nominations due September 10

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents, at its June meeting in Chicago, IL, approved the addition of two new seats on the Board. These new seats ensure that the Regents represent all specialty members that are certified under the auspices of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), such as trauma and vascular surgery. As a result of the change, the number of Regents increases to 14 from 12, with five members from the ABS community and one from each of the nine specialty boards. The Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (NCBG) will be accepting nominations for surgeons to fill the new positions through September 10, 2015.

Nomination criteria

The subspecialties that fall under the purview of the ABS and from which Regents may be nominated include the following:

  • Burn and critical care surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplantation
  • Trauma
  • Vascular surgery

One new position will be filled in 2015, and the other will be filled in 2016. The NCBG will convene in fall 2015 to select the nominee for this year’s pending vacancy. The NCBG uses the following guidelines when reviewing nominees to the Board of Regents:

  • Nominees must be loyal members of the College who have demonstrated outstanding integrity and medical statesmanship, along with an unquestioned devotion to the highest principles of surgical practice.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated leadership qualities that might be reflected by service and active participation on ACS committees or in other components of the College.
  • The NCBG recognizes the importance of Board members representing all health care professionals who practice surgery.
  • The NCBG also considers geography, surgical specialty balance, and academic or community practice.
  • The College encourages consideration of women and other underrepresented minorities.
  • Individuals who are no longer in active surgical practice should not be nominated for election or reelection to the Board of Regents.

All nominations must include:

  • A letter of recommendation
  • A personal statement from the candidates detailing their ACS service and passion for the position
  • The name of one reference

In addition, entities such as surgical specialty societies, ACS advisory councils, and ACS chapters that are submitting nominations must provide a description of their selection process and the total list of applicants reviewed. Any attempt to contact members of the NCBG by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate will be viewed negatively and may result in disqualification of the candidate. Applications submitted without the requested information will not be considered.

If you have nominated or been nominated this year for 2015 already, you do not need to resubmit for this year’s position. Please submit nominations to For more information, contact Betty Sanders, Staff Liaison for the NCBG, at 312-202-5360 or

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