New Regents, Board of Governors Executive Committee members elected

The Board of Governors (B/G) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) elected two new members of the Board of Regents at the Annual Business Meeting of Members, October 25, in San Diego, CA. In addition, new B/G Executive Committee Members were elected.


Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, is a general surgeon from Sioux Falls, SD, where he is professor and chair, department of surgery, University of South Dakota (USD) Sanford School of Medicine, and active staff at Sanford USD Medical Center and Royal C. Johnson Veterans Affairs Hospital. He also serves on several committees at Sanford, including the medical management quality, multidisciplinary cancer center, physician-advisory, and surgery-ops committees.

A Fellow of the College since 1992, Dr. Timmerman has exhibited loyal service to the ACS, starting with his active role on the Committee on Young Surgeons (member, 1999−2005; and Chair, 2004−2005). Most recently, he was Chair, ACS B/G Executive Committee (2013−2014) after serving as Vice-Chair for two years (2011−2013). He was an ACS Governor (2008−2013) and served on the Nominating Committees for Fellows and Governors (2005−2010). He also has served on the Committee on Education (2003−2008). At present, Dr. Timmerman is a member of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, the Board of the ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC), and the Health Policy and Advocacy Group. He is a Past-President of the South Dakota Chapter of the ACS (1997−1998).

A preeminent cardiothoracic surgeon, Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, is the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, department of surgery, University of Washington. His clinical and academic interests are in thoracic oncology and tracheobronchial pathology and he has developed the University of Washington as a leading thoracic surgery center and training program in cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr. Wood has been a Fellow of the College since 1995. He has played an active role on the Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery (2007−2013) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), including serving on the CoC Accreditation Committee (2010−2016). Dr. Wood has been involved in the leadership of cardiothoracic surgery professional organizations, previously serving as president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. He has served as director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Wood is president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, president of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet), and vice-chair of the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable.

In addition, the following individuals have been reappointed to three-year terms on the Board of Regents:

  • James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, a general and vascular surgeon in private practice and visiting professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Gerald M. Fried, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Edward W. Archibald Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, McGill University and surgeon-in-chief, McGill University Health Centre Hospitals, Montreal, QC
  • B.J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, associate professor, departments of surgery and pediatrics and child health, University of Manitoba; and pediatric surgeon and pediatric intensivist, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, MB
  • Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, professor of surgery, University of Connecticut; and director, Trauma Institute, Hartford Hospital, CT

B/G Executive Committee

The B/G reelected Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, to serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee. Dr. Farmer is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery and chair, department of surgery, University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento.

Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, has been reelected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee. He is the Henry and Sally Shaffer Chair and Professor, department of surgery, Albany Medical Center, NY.

The newly elected Secretary of the B/G Executive Committee is Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, Distinguished Teaching Professor, general surgery residency program director, and professor of surgery, University of Texas Health School of Medicine, San Antonio.

Two surgeons have been elected to serve one-year terms on the B/G Executive Committee: David A. Spain, MD, FACS, The David L. Gregg, MD, Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery, Stanford Health Care, CA; and Therese M. Duane, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, FCCM, professor of surgery, University of North Texas, and chief of surgery and surgical specialties, the John Peter Smith Health Network Fort Worth, TX.

Two surgeons also join the Executive Committee for two-year terms: David J. Welsh, MD, FACS, a general surgeon in private practice in Batesville, IN; and Terry L. Buchmiller, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital, and associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

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