Archive for March, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2019

The importance of a value-based system of care is the focus of this month’s column—not only reduce health care spending but to improve patient outcomes

A path toward diversity

Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture: A path toward diversity, inclusion, and excellence

This edited version of the Olga M. Jonasson Lecture, delivered by Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, at Clinical Congress 2018, underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion to develop sustainable change in health care.

Latin America

Improving global emergency and essential surgical care in Latin America and the Caribbean: A collaborative approach

Regional collaborative partnerships—focused on enhancing access to surgical care in Latin America and Caribbean countries—are described.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium—Part IV

This month’s articles focus on bariatric surgery and psychiatry, and neurologic metabolic surgery.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Bariatric surgery and psychiatry: A review

The links between bariatric surgery and psychiatry are assessed, including potential changes induced by the pharmacokinetics of medicine and concerns related to altering the vagus nerve to treat severe depression.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Neurologic metabolic surgery: A review

Identifies the development and potential challenges of neuromodulatory therapies in treating obesity and its comorbidities.

NSQIP Case Studies

Dedicated pre- and postoperative unit leads to fasttrack pathway for noncomplicated pediatric appendicitis

The results of implementing an enhanced recovery protocol for noncomplicated pediatric appendicitis at Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte, NC, are summarized.


Atezolizumab in the adjuvant treatment of stage III colon cancer: Can PD-L1 inhibition improve survival?

The study design for the ATOMIC trial (Alliance A021502), a randomized phase III study examining atezolizumab treatment of stage III colon cancer, is described.

John Staige Davis

The book that established plastic surgery in the U.S.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Plastic Surgery: Its Principles and Practice, this month’s column looks at the development of this textbook as it relates to the evolution of the subspecialty of plastic surgery.

The Joint Commission

Sentinel Event Alert focuses on developing a reporting culture by learning from close calls

This month’s column examines the development of a culture of safety specifically through the analysis of reporting close calls in patient care.

NTDB data points: Traumatic injuries below the belt

This month’s column examines National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) records on the occurrence of patients with scrotal gunshot wounds.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Democrat leaders shift focus to preserving Affordable Care Act protections

Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that safeguard access to surgical care—currently under review by key congressional committees—are described.

ACS News

Call for nominations for ACS Secretary and Treasurer positions

The 2019 Nominating Committee of the Board of Regents will be selecting nominees for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer of the ACS.

Balazs “Ernie” Bodai, MD, FACS

Members in the news

The newsworthy accomplishments of ACS members are summarized.

ACS News

ACS and MacLean Center offer fellowships in surgical ethics

The ACS Division of Education and the MacLean Center are offering two fellowships in surgical ethics.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Enhancing patient outcomes while containing costs after complex abdominal surgery: A randomized controlled trial of the Whipple accelerated recovery pathway

Researchers report that using the Whipple procedure accelerated the recovery pathway in pancreaticoduodenectomy patients without increasing readmission risk.

Register for 2019 ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course

Registration is open for the 13th annual ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders course, March 29–31 at the College’s headquarters in Chicago, IL.

ACS in the News

ACS in the news

This summary provides excerpts from external media outlets covering ACS activities and initiatives from the ACS Clinical Congress 2018.

ACS News


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

Apply for Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship

Applications are being accepted through May 15 for the inaugural Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship.


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