New Regents, B/G Executive Committee members elected

New members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents (B/R) and the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (B/G) were installed at Clinical Congress 2015 in Chicago, IL.

Board of Regents

The newly elected B/R Chair is Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, vice-chair, clinical research, department of surgery, Miner Family Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers; attending surgeon, thoracic service, department of surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and professor of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, will serve as Vice-Chair of the B/R. Dr. Zinner is Moseley Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; clinical director, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Cancer Center; and surgeon-in-chief, BWH, Boston, MA.

New Regents

In addition, the B/G elected four new Regents:

James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS, FAAOA, is executive vice-president and chief executive officer, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Alexandria, VA, and adjunct professor of clinical otolaryngology, department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, University of Missouri-Columbia. A Fellow of the College since 1991, Dr. Denneny has been an ACS Governor since 2009 and has served on the B/G Executive Committee since 2011.

As Secretary of the B/G (2014–2015), he served on the Executive Compensation Committee and the B/R Finance Committee. He has been Chair of the B/G Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar since 2013, has been a member of the B/G Socioeconomic Committee since 2011, served on the B/G Ad Hoc Committee to Restructure the Governors Committees (2012–2013), and chaired the B/G Coalition Workgroup (2013–2014). Dr. Denneny also has served on the Advisory Council for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (2009–2015), the Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2013–2014), and the Missouri Credentials Committee (2009–2015).

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, is the Bixby Professor of Surgery and chair of surgery; Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and director, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center; and surgeon-in-chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Eberlein is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

A Fellow since 1988, he has served on several ACS committees, most recently on the B/G (2004–2010). As a Governor, Dr. Eberlein served on the B/G Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2008–2010) and the Missouri Credentials Committee (2004–2010). He has served on the Commission on Cancer (1995–2005) and on the Commission on Cancer’s Committee on Education (2001–2007). He served on the Scientific Forum Committee (member, 1998–2004; and Vice-Chair, 2002–2004) and chaired the Surgical Research Committee (1996–2002). As Chair of the Research and Education Committee, Dr. Eberlein worked with Olga Jonasson, MD, FACS, then-Medical Director of the former Education and Surgical Services Department of the ACS, to establish the Clinical Trials Methods Course. Dr. Eberlein also served on the Program Committee (member, 2001–2002; and Liaison, 2003–2004).

Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS, is the Truman G. Blocker, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor and chief, department of surgery, division of plastic surgery; and professor, School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. A Fellow of the ACS since 1988, Dr. Phillips has served on the ACS Committee on Surgical Education in Medical Schools (1993–2003); the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxilliofacial Surgery (member, 2000–2009; Chair, 2004–2008); the Program Committee (Liaison, 2003–2009); the Nominating Committee (member, 2006–2009; and Chair, 2009); and the Women in Surgery Committee (member, 2001–2007; and Consultant, 2007–2011). At the local level, she has served on the Council of the South Texas Chapter and continues to be a member of the Southern Texas District #1 Committee on Applicants.

Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, is Professor and Lewis B. Saltz Chair, department of surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC. An ACS Fellow since 1987, Dr. Sidawy has served as an ACS Governor (2001–2007). In that role, he was an active member of the Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations (member, 2001–2006; and Chair, 2006–2007). He also has served on the ACS Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (2006–2010). Dr. Sidawy has been active in the leadership of the Metropolitan Washington, DC, Chapter of the ACS, including as Secretary-Treasurer (1998–1999) and President (2000–2001) and has served on the Metropolitan Washington Credentials Committee (1995–2014), as well. In 2006, the Metropolitan Washington, DC, Chapter of the ACS presented the LaSalle D. Lefall, Jr., Award to Dr. Sidawy for “outstanding contributions to the profession of surgery and to the entire metropolitan Washington community.”

Reelected Regents

The following individuals were reelected to serve a second term as ACS Regents:

  • John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS, professor of neurosurgery, department of neurological surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, vice-president and surgeon-in-chief, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; and vice-chairman and vice-dean for medical education, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS, Abraham Roth Professor and Chair, department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science; director of the division of gynecologic oncology; and professor of pathology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Paul B. Magnuson Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; chair, department of orthopaedics, and professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
  • Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, private practice general surgeon, Wichita Falls, TX, and clinical professor of surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
  • Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, chair, department of colorectal surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston; clinical professor of surgery and affiliate dean for clinical education, Florida International University, University Park; and affiliate professor and associate dean for academic affairs, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

The following Regents have been reelected to serve a third term:

  • Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, professor and chair, department of surgery, University of Arizona, and Margaret and Fenton Maynard Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
  • Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine; adjunct professor of surgery and pediatrics, Temple University School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University; and surgeon-in-chief, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

B/G Executive Committee

In addition, the B/G reelected Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, as Chair of its Executive Committee. Dr. Michelassi is the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, and surgeon-in-chief, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Diana Farmer, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, the Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery, and chair, department of surgery, University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento, has been elected Vice-Chair of the B/G; and Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair and Professor, department of surgery, Albany Medical College, NY, has been elected Secretary.

New members of the Board of Governors Executive Committee elected to an initial one-year term are as follows: Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, Distinguished Teaching Professor, general surgery residency program director, and professor of surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; and James W. Fleshman, Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS, Helen Buchanan and Stanley J. Seeger Professor and chair, department of surgery, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX.

Susan K. Mosier, MD, MBA, FACS, was elected to the B/G Executive Committee for an initial two-year term. Dr. Mosier is an ophthalmologist who is presently serving as the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the State Health Officer for Kansas, Topeka. Francis D. Ferdinand, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA, was elected to an initial two-year term.

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