Archive for May, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – May 2019

This month’s column outlines findings from a recent ACS member survey and describes College initiatives to address marketplace challenges, particularly those in private practice.

OR attire

Proceedings and recommendations from the OR attire summit: A collaborative model for guideline development

The recommendations provided at the operating room attire summit are described, including the findings of relevant scientific literature reviewed by summit participants.

Governors Survey

2018 ACS Governors Survey: The disruptive and impaired surgeon

The results of a survey of ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including surgeon viewpoints and experiences concerning both disruptive and impaired surgeons.

John Howard in Korea

John M. Howard: A pioneer in vascular, trauma, and pancreatic surgery

The pioneering work of Dr. John M. Howard is summarized, particularly his contributions to trauma, vascular, and pancreatic surgery for both civilian and military patients.

State capitol dome

Trauma and cancer take center stage in the state legislatures

Developments in state legislation in the first quarter of 2019, including bills related to Maintenance of Certification, single-payor coverage, and unanticipated billing, are summarized.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part VI

This month’s articles focus on the role of the NIH in metabolic surgery, and improvements in the accreditation of centers through advocacy-related efforts.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

The role of the NIH in the development of metabolic and bariatric surgery

The findings of NIH-supported clinical trials, including Look AHEAD and LABS studies, are identified as are future research objectives.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Advocacy in action: Bariatric and metabolic surgery

The efforts to improve patient access to quality metabolic surgical care through advocacy-related initiatives are described.

ACS seal

Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons

The Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons was developed by the ACS Committee on Ethics and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL.

Figure 2. Impact of c-spine clearance pathway: 6 months

Implementation of a pediatric trauma cervical spine clearance pathway

The efficacy of a pediatric cervical spine clearance pathway developed by Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, is described.


Defining the optimal treatment of locally advanced gastric cancer

Clinical trial data are examined to help develop a consensus approach for locally advanced gastric cancer.

John Gabbert Bowman - Photo from the Archives of the American College of Surgeons

John Gabbert Bowman, first Executive Director of the ACS

Dr. Bowman
Archives of the American College of Surgeons

The Joint Commission

Study aims to improve handoff process to stem incidence of workplace violence

Strategies for curbing aggressive patient behavior in the workplace are examined.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Back stabbers and the renal wounds they inflict

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with knife wounds to the kidneys in the National Trauma Data Bank®.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Unanticipated medical billing takes center stage

Reporting on an issue with both federal and state implications: unanticipated, or surprise, billing from out-of-network physicians or facilities.

ACS News

Register for 2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Health care professionals dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of surgical care and patient safety are invited to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019 Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. “The ACS Quality and Safety Conference is likely the leading conference dedicated […]

Stop the Bleed Save a Life

Stop the Bleed featured in The New Yorker

A summary of The New Yorker article featuring the ACS Stop the Bleed® initiative, published last month, is provided.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Transferred emergency general surgery patients are at increased risk of death: A NSQIP propensity score-matched analysis

Interhospital transfer status has a small effect on mortality and morbidity in the emergency general surgery population, according to a new study published in JACS.

ACS News

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2019

This report describes the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and the College as of February 2019.

Scholarships and Fellowshipes

ACS awards six Resident Research Scholarships for 2019–2021

The recipients of the ACS Resident Research Scholarships for 2019–2021 are announced.


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