Archive for October, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – October 2021

Dr. Hoyt outlines the professional accomplishments and leadership experience of Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, who will assume the role of Executive Director-Elect later this month.

Where does equity start? An American surgeon’s northern exposure

The author describes how the prevailing inequities in the provision of health care in the U.S. are most likely to be overcome only when health care is considered a fundamental right of every citizen.

Lessons learned about the ACS Quality Verification Program and pilot hospitals’ pandemic response

Describes how ACS QVP standards helped guide hospital leaders in effectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights how this program establishes a national model for surgical quality through a scalable infrastructure.

A tribute to Harvey W. Bender, Jr., MD, FACS

The professional accomplishments of Dr. Bender—an ACS Past-President, innovative pediatric cardiologist, and dedicated educator—are described.

A tribute to Josef E. Fischer, MD, FACS

The professional accomplishments of Dr. Fischer—Past-Chair of the Board of Regents, an exemplary educator, leader, and clinical and translational researcher—are described.


YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest 2021: An introduction

The introduction to the first-place winner of the 2021 ACS YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest highlights the inspiration for this year’s theme.

YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest 2021: Starting 2021 off right: Positive lessons learned from a pandemic and how medicine has pushed forward

Laura S. Johnson, MD, FCCP, FACS, the winner of the 2021 YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest, describes the evolution of collaboration and networking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Profiles in ACS leadership: A few questions for Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS

This profile provides a look into the professional accomplishments and personal interests of Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee and Diversity Pillar Lead.

Statement on Restrictive Covenants

The Statement on Restrictive Covenants was developed by the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy and was approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2021 meeting in Chicago, IL.

Revised Statement on Trauma Center Designation Based upon System Need and the Economic Drivers Impacting Trauma Systems

The following revised statement was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma in 2014, and the addendum addressing specific issues related to the economic drivers impacting trauma systems was added in June 2021 with the approval of the Board of Regents.


Improving patient-centered breast cancer treatment decisions

Describes the development and goals of the SharEs study, which aims to enhance patient-centered communication for breast cancer patients.


Reporting excision of soft tissue tumor codes

This column provides clarification on appropriate code selection for soft tissue tumor excision.

New workplace violence prevention standards take effect January 2022

To increase patient and worker safety, The Joint Commission will implement new and revised workplace violence prevention requirements for all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Lieutenant General Paul K. Carlton, Jr., to receive Distinguished Military Contribution Award

Paul K. Carlton, MD, FACS, will receive the ACS Distinguished Military Contribution Award at the Clinical Congress 2021 virtual Convocation ceremony.

Trauma surgeon Dr. M. Margaret Knudson to be honored for inspiring women in surgery

Margaret “Peggy” Knudson, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA, will receive the 2021 ACS Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award at the Clinical Congress 2021 virtual Convocation.

Surgeons and residents honored for volunteerism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2021 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Awards.


Cie Armstead, MPA, DBA, begins role as first ACS Director of Diversity

As the newly appointed ACS Director of Diversity, Cie Armstead, MPA, DBA, will lead the development and implementation of proactive anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in support of the College’s strategic plan to create an environment where all have the opportunity to succeed.

2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL emphasizes patient-centered care

This article summarizes the topics and issues presented at the 2021 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL July 12-16.

Official notice: Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

The Annual Business Meeting of Members of the ACS will take place Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the virtual Clinical Congress 2021.

ACS mourns the Passing of J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, ACS Past-President

David Richardson, MD, FACS, ACS Past-President and Past-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, died September 7.


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