Renewed Excelsior Surgical Society hosts first meeting at 2015 ACS Clinical Congress

With the experiences from the most recent conflicts in the Middle East and the renewed interest in combat casualty care, there is a strong desire among military surgeons who are members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to resurrect the Excelsior Surgical Society and to make the College its official home. The newly reformed Excelsior Surgical Society will meet from 7:30 am to 12:45 pm, Sunday, October 4, at the Hilton Chicago, IL, International Ballroom South, Second Floor, in conjunction with the ACS Clinical Congress 2015.

Excelsior Surgical Society

The original Excelsior Surgical Society in Rome, 1945. Dr. DeBakey is on the far right. (Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Charles G. Rob of the Royal Army Medical Corps (UK), who is leaning on one of the pillars.)

The original Excelsior Surgical Society was founded in 1945 by a group of American surgeons who had served during World War II. Among the founders were Edward D. Churchill, MD, FACS, and Michael E. DeBakey, MD, FACS. The first meeting took place at the Excelsior Hotel in Rome, Italy. The last official meeting of the Society convened in 1986 at the ACS Clinical Congress in New Orleans, LA.

This first meeting of the revitalized society will focus on the theme The Way Forward. The program has been organized by U.S. Navy Commander Gordon Wisbach, MD, FACS, director of minimally invasive, bariatric, and robotic surgery, and vice-chairman, department of surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA; and U.S. Army Commander Yong Choi, MD, FACS, chief, laparoscopic surgery, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA.

Surgical consultants who will speak on the state of U.S. military surgical communities include:

  • U.S. Army Colonel Mary J. Edwards, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon at San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
  • U.S. Air Force Colonel Gregory York, MD, FACS, commander of the 51st Medical Group, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
  • U.S. Navy Captain Craig Shepps, MD, FACS, a general surgeon at Naval Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • C. William Schwab, MD, FACS, FRCS, professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania; director, University of Pennsylvania Trauma Network; and director, fellowship program in trauma surgery and critical care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, will deliver the Army Major John P. Pryor Lecture, Training of a Combat Surgeon.

In addition, Jonathan Woodson, MD, FACS, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense, will discuss the Military Health Service Strategic Partnership with the ACS.

Attendees will be able to participate in the Committee on Trauma’s Region 13 (Military Region) Resident Paper Competition, as well as in an interactive panel discussion on the way forward for the Excelsior Surgical Society.

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