Archive for February, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – February 2017

The ACS’ role as an international organization that meets the needs of surgeons and patients around the world, particularly in the areas of membership, education, quality programs, and surgical capacity building, is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Dr. Canady with a young patient (photo courtesy of Children's Hospital of Michigan)

Introduction: Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture

A brief history of the Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture and an overview of the latest Jonasson Lecturer—Alexa Canady, MD, FACS, the first African-American woman neurosurgeon in the U.S.—are provided.

Dr. Canady delivering the Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture at Clinical Congress 2016

The journey: Becoming a neurosurgeon and back again

Alexa Canady, MD, FACS, describes her career path as the first African-American woman neurosurgeon in the U.S., outlines the benefits of peer support for the success of minority physicians, and highlights the importance of retirement planning to avoid surgeon burnout.

Dr. Williams with Dr. Canady at Clinical Congress 2016

Dream to become: Dr. Canady inspires an aspiring surgeon

Estell Williams, MD, a surgical resident, describes how Alexa Canady, MD, FACS, affected her decision to pursue a career in surgery.


How do we improve patient safety? A look at the issues and an interview with Dr. Britt

In his welcoming remarks at the 40th annual meeting of the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons (AVAS) in April 2016, L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), expressed concern that surgeons have made little progress in the prevention of adverse […]

Dr. Britt

Conversation with Dr. Britt

Dr. Britt, ACS Past-President, shares his views on the state of patient safety in an interview with Dr. Lipshy.

Global medicine

Above and beyond: A primer for young surgeons interested in global surgery

Guidelines for participating in a global surgery program and a curated list of resources for surgeons interested in pursuing these opportunities are provided.


The art of the deposition: Teaching residents about medical liability

This article describes a program at Maricopa Medical Center aimed at preparing residents for medical liability litigation and defines lessons learned for developing a program that prepares students for the possibility of being deposed in a liability lawsuit.


A rural surgeon looks back on his experiences

A rural surgeon highlights the benefits associated with practicing in a non-urban setting, such as surgeon autonomy and the opportunity to deliver care to people who reside in your community.

Figure 1. A021302: Impact of early FDG-PET directed intervention in locally advanced gastric cancer

A new approach for advanced gastric cancer: Using PET scans as a biomarker of preoperative chemotherapy efficacy

This month’s column describes how new technology may improve outcomes for patients diagnosed with gastric cancer, specifically the use of PET scans as a biomarker of preoperative chemotherapy efficacy.

Figure 1. Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification domains

Joint Commission now offering Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

The scope-of-care requirements for the Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification program, which helps facilities offer a complete range of high-quality services for cardiac patients, is the focus of this month’s column.


2016 Pediatric Annual Report: Almost a 10

The 2016 Annual Pediatric Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—which outlines a variety of issues regarding the current state of care for injured pediatric patients  in the U.S. and Canada—is highlighted.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.

Meeting attendees

TQIP annual meeting continues to advance quality trauma care

Topics covered at the 2016 TQIP meeting in Orlando, FL, are summarized, including practice guidelines for palliative care,  the ACS TQIP Collaboratives program, and lessons learned from the Pulse nightclub mass casualty event.

The original Excelsior Surgical Society in Rome, 1945.

Initiating a surgical society within the ACS: The renewed Excelsior Surgical Society

The ongoing revitalization of the Excelsior Surgical Society is described.


Register now to participate in ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017

Registration is open for the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017, May 6–9, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.


Coming next month in JACS, and online now: Quality measures and accreditation of breast centers

This news brief highlights a JACS article which examines how the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers has affected compliance with the post-mastectomy radiation quality measure.

American College of Surgeons

Disciplinary actions taken in 2016

This report summarizes the disciplinary actions taken by the ACS Board of Regents in 2016.

Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

Nominations for 2017 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award and the Surgical Humanitarian Award.

Connecticut Chapter: Roland Assi, MD, and Roger Patron-Lozano, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, participating in the Surgical Skills Competition

Chapter news

ACS chapter meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.


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