Archive for July, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – July 2017

Dr. Hoyt describes the College’s efforts to provide members of the surgical patient care team with the resources necessary to improve outcomes, including the Quality and Safety Conference, and the release of Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety.

2017 Clinical Congress Preliminary Planner

Clinical Congress 2017 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, and other information related to Clinical Congress 2017, October 22–26 in San Diego, CA.


The opioid epidemic: What can surgeons do about it?

The surgeon’s role in addressing the U.S. opioid crisis is described, as are the College’s efforts to educate policymakers, providers, and patients about opioid abuse prevention.

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP

CoC Chair Dr. Shulman works to improve quality of cancer care

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP—the first medical oncologist to Chair the ACS Commission on Cancer—is profiled.

Adapted from The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery—Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development, by Nobhojit Roy, March 2016. Available at:

Latin America Indicator Research Coalition examines prehospital care using a trauma systems application of LCoGS indicator 1

This article describes how the Latin America Indicator Research Coalition is improving trauma care in Colombia, specifically by examining the link between LCoGS Indicator 1 and prehospital care.

Dr. Freischlag

Profiles in surgical research: Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon)

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), a vascular surgeon and prolific surgeon-scientist, is the latest physician to be profiled in this ongoing series.

Table 6

2016 ACS Governors Survey: Issues affecting surgical practice

Surgeons’ views on health policy and advocacy-related issues and their potential effect on general surgery practice, based on the findings of the 2016 ACS Governors Survey, are summarized.


Postoperative data reporting for global services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is collecting claims-based data on postoperative visits provided in the 10- and 90-day global period.

Doctor with file

Coding for dialysis circuit interventions

Information regarding nine new codes for reporting dialysis circuit interventions is provided.

Figure 1. Collaborative patterns of patient care in Montana

RS3—the Montana Rural Surgery Support System—is a model for surgical care in rural CAHs

A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.

Training and networking opportunities for medical students at the ACS Clinical Congress

Medical students who participated in the Medical Student Program at Clinical Congress 2016 describe the benefits of participating in this opportunity, and a new program for surgeons who are interested in sponsoring a medical student’s participation is introduced.


Gastrectomy for cancer: What are the benefits of a minimally invasive approach?

Gastric cancer is a significant cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in the U.S., with an estimated 26,370 new cases and 10,730 deaths in 2016.1 The incidence of gastric cancer is rising, particularly proximal tumors, and among young (< 40 years old) Caucasians, who have experienced a nearly 70 percent increase in the incidence of […]

President Johnson showing his scar to reporters

Politics and the president’s gallbladder

The political implications of President Johnson’s gallbladder surgery in 1965 are described.

National Doctors Day

National Doctors’ Day initiative highlights gratitude for mentors

The important role of mentors and the contributions that ACS Fellows made to the ACS Foundation on National Doctors’ Day this year in honor of are described.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission releases data on challenging requirements for OBS practices

Solutions for complying with office-based surgery standards, specifically those related to clinical privileges and infection control, are summarized.

Figure 1. Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) mapping knowledge of lowering chances of colon cancer

Using the NCDB to explore trends in cancer

The inaugural “National Cancer Database (NCDB) cancer bytes” column describes how the database will be used to summarize emerging trends in cancer care.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Amusement park injuries are not amusing

This month’s column examines the occurrence of amusement park-related injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Sims

Letters to the Editor

A letter regarding a recent article published in the Bulletin and the author’s response are featured.

Chapter News

Inaugural Chapter Officer Leadership Program promotes best practices for effective chapter management

More than 30 Chapter Officers attended a new program designed specifically for them at the ACS 2017 Leadership & Advocacy Summit.

Participants at the symposium (from left): Dr. Neumayer; Dr. Hawn; Mary T. Killackey, MD, FACS, professor and Robert & Viola Lobrano Chair, department of surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA; Dr. Spector; and Nita Ajuja, MD, FACS, professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

SSC Women’s Committee hosts leadership symposium

The Society of Surgical Chairs Women’s Committee hosted a leadership symposium for 40 women surgeons April 18–19, immediately preceding the annual meeting of the American Surgical Association.


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