Archive for October, 2018

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – October 2018

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights the College’s commitment to be responsive to the concerns of all surgeons, regardless of where they practice or their specialty.

From left: Cecile Noel, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, New York City; Hannah Pennington, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, New York City; Dr. Pories; Dr. Turner; and Dr. Bass

Addressing intimate partner violence in the surgical community: Is there a need?

The goals and objectives of the ACS Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force are described, including developing resources to educate surgeons on the signs and consequences of IPV.

Lethal means: The deadly combination of firearms and intimate partner violence

The correlation between intimate partner violence (IPV) and firearms are summarized as is the surgeon’s role in both IPV intervention and in advocating for evidence-based legislative solutions regarding access to firearms.

Profiles in surgical research: John Alverdy, MD, FACS

John Alverdy, MD, FACS—a leading surgeon-scientist with a focus on the molecular basis of surgical infections and the gut microbiome—is the latest physician to be profiled in this ongoing series.

Victims of violence

Victims of violence: An ethical conflict between patient rights and institutional policy

A case study involving a patient who sustained a gunshot wound by an unknown assailant examines what happens when institutional and individual ethics collide.

State Lobby Days

2018 State Lobby Days: Opening doors in the state capitols

Summarizes activities and issues discussed at State Lobby Days in 2018, including Stop the Bleed awareness training.

ACS seal

Revised Statement on Intimate Partner Violence

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence Task Force and Women in Surgery Committee have updated the Statement on Intimate Partner Violence developed by the Committee on Trauma (COT) in 2014. This revised statement also replaces the COT’s 2000 Statement on Domestic Violence. The Board of Regents approved the statement at its June […]

Coding and Practice Management

CPT coding for hepatobiliary surgery

This column identifies several frequently asked questions about coding for liver surgery and the correct coding responses.

Jeanine Chalabian, MD

A teacher, not forgotten

The legacy of Jeanine Chalabian, MD, a victim of intimate partner violence, and her effect on the author is the focus of this month’s column.

Figure 1. Trends in colorectal cancer incidence rates by age and year of birth, and by age and year of diagnosis, U.S., 1975 to 2014

Colorectal cancer in adults younger than 50 years old

Colorectal screening options for patients younger than 50 years of age and trends in colorectal cancer rates for this age group are summarized.

Surgeons well-positioned to champion high reliability

The importance of high-reliability care, led by surgeon champions with a patient-centered approach to care, is summarized.

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Active surveillance as a treatment modality in ductal carcinoma in situ

Because many cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) may remain stable without excision, more clinical trials are exploring the role of active surveillance in DCIS management.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Medicating the cage: Pain management of rib fractures

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with multiple rib fractures in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Ko

ACS Quality and Safety Conference emphasizes the value of partnering with providers and patients

This article summarizes the topics and issues presented at the 2018 Quality and Safety Conference in Orlando, FL.

Dateline: DC—2018 Advocate at Home Program: You are your best advocate

The column takes a look at the College’s Advocate at Home Program, which is designed for all surgeon advocates to expand Fellow engagement in the College’s grassroots advocacy efforts.

Exciting changes in the Scientific Forum this year

The evolution of the Scientific Forum, including a new clinical trials session in 2018, is summarized.

ACS News


A correction is noted for the July 2018 issue of the Bulletin.

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

Second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery manual now available

Recommendations from the second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery are highlighted.

Path to fellowship

Associate Fellows: Apply now for ACS Fellowship

The qualifications for ACS Fellowship and the steps necessary to apply are described in this news brief.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Postmortem evaluation of potentially survivable hemorrhagic death in a civilian population

A study reported in an upcoming issue of JACS found that over a 14-year study interval, 124 Maryland decedents—an average of nine per year—might have been saved with prompt placement of a tourniquet.


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