Archive for September, 2016

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – September 2016

Dr. Hoyt’s column highlights the Scientific Program of the Clinical Congress 2016, as well as other key educational and networking opportunities offered during the annual surgical meeting.

Committee on Trauma introduces needs assessment tool aimed at resolving trauma center debate

This article describes the development and deployment of an ACS Needs Based Assessment of Trauma Systems tool, which measures the trauma needs of various regions across  the U.S.

ACS lobbyist experiences the relevance of trauma centers firsthand

An ACS lobbyist’s experiences  at the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center highlight the importance of a trauma-focused message on Capitol Hill.

American College of Surgeons Statements on Principles

The recently revised ACS Statements on Principles, which describe the surgeon’s responsibilities in providing operative care, are reprinted in their entirety.

Dr. Emil and the Africa Mercy

Dispatches from the Africa Mercy: A ship of hope and healing

Dr. Emil describes his pediatric surgery mission aboard the Africa Mercy.

South Sudan (Photograph by John Wollerth/

Fellow initiates program to train Future Doctors for South Sudan

Dr. Waxman describes the challenges and benefits of developing a program to train future physicians in South Sudan.

Statement on general helmet use

The following statement on general helmet usage was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma through its Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Figure 1. A paradigm that fulFIlls the adage “Primum non nocere”

Primum non nocere: A therapeutic imperative for modern wound care

The need for products that help acute and chronic wounds to heal without causing undue harm to healing tissue is the focus of this month’s column.

Why is surgeon qualification important for clinical trials, and how can it be achieved?

This month’s column underscores the importance of clinical trial participation, in particular surgeons who have a demonstrated capability and knowledge in conducting research-related operations.

Dr. Yancey in an undated portrait (Asa G. Yancey papers, circa 1940-2013, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University)

Dr. Asa Yancey and the realization of his mentor’s dream

The legacy and achievements of Asa Yancey, MD, FACS, are the focus of this month’s column.

Henry Ford Health System opens up about pilot testing Oro 2.0

This month’s column describes The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Oro 2.0 High Reliability Organizational Assessment application, which can help organization achieve better outcomes.

Figure 1. hospital discharge status

Deadly rush hour

This month’s column examines the occurrence of highway shootings in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

Dr. Opelka

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, chosen as 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, Washington, DC, has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

Official notice: Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

In accordance with Article I, Section 6, of the Bylaws, the Annual Business Meeting of Members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is called for 4:15 pm the afternoon of Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. This session constitutes the Annual Business Meeting of Members, at which […]

Dr. Stewart (center) with leaders of a Mundari cattle camp in Terekeka, South Sudan

Fellows honored for volunteerism and humanitarianism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2016 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Advancing the surgical agenda: AMA House of Delegates

This report summarizes the topics addressed by the College’s delegation at the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates meeting in June.

Dr. Pories’ cartoon compendium, Is There a Surgeon in the House?, is available for $12.95 plus shipping and handling on

Is There a Surgeon in the House?

Dr. Pories’ cartoon compendium, Is There a Surgeon in the House?, is available for $12.95 plus shipping and handling on

Register for ACS TQIP Conference, November 5−7 in Orlando, FL

The seventh annual Trauma Quality Improvement Program Scientific Meeting and Training will take place November 5–7, in Orlando, FL.

Coming in October in JACS, and online now

This news brief highlights a JACS article on the topic of solid organ transplant outcomes and insurance type.

Accredited bariatric surgery centers have fewer postoperative complications

A survey of published studies suggests patients who have weight loss operations at non-accredited U.S.  bariatric surgery facilities are up to  1.4 times more likely to experience serious postoperative complications and more than twice as likely to die after the procedure.


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