Archive for December, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – December 2021

In Dr. Hoyt’s final column as ACS Executive Director, he introduces the To Heal All with Skill and Trust initiative, which reflects the College’s core values and emphasizes surgeons’ commitment to the patients they serve.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding the surgeon’s role in both trauma health policy and climate change preparedness.

Presidential Address: #SurgeonsSowingHope: Enhanced postoperative recovery and elevated healing

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, identified lessons learned from enhanced postoperative recovery and how this approach may be applied to challenges raised by the pandemic in her Presidential Address at Clinical Congress 2021.

Surgeon advocacy in state government: Listening and planning for future engagement

Summarizes key focus group findings regarding ACS state advocacy resources and outlines state legislative priorities in 2022, especially issues related to COVID-19.

Surgeon perspectives on engaging in state advocacy

ACS Fellows share their perspectives and experiences regarding state advocacy.

New Surgical Palliative Care Society aims to build community, alleviate suffering

This article summarizes the function and form of the Surgical Palliative Care Society and the role of the CS in promulgating principles of surgical palliative care.

Statement on Surgeon Well-Being

The Statement on Surgeon Well-Being was developed by the ACS Surgeon Well-Being Workgroup and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its October 2021 meeting.

Synoptic reporting for cancer surgery: Current requirements and future state

Describes the benefits of synoptic reporting, specifically its ability to automate data capture, promote interoperability, and increase research opportunities.

New campaign encourages patients to Speak Up Against Discrimination in health care

The aim of the Speak Up Against Discrimination program—to help patients and their advocates become active in their care—is outlined.

Importance of surgeon engagement in surgical health policy advocacy

Summarizes the goals of the Surgical Care Coalition, a group of 13 surgical organizations formed in 2020 with the common aim of improving quality of care for all patients through advocacy-related work.

E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE, is ACS President-Elect

Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE, has been elected to serve as 2021-2022 President-Elect of the ACS.

New Regents and Board of Governors Executive Committee Members elected

New members of the ACS Board of Regents and members of the Board of Governors  Executive Committee were elected at the Board of Governors Annual Business Meeting.

Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, is next Chair of ACS Committee on Trauma

Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, has been confirmed by the ACS Board of Regents as the 21st Chair of the Committee on Trauma.

COT hosts Mentoring Day for Future Trauma Leaders

The leadership of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma  hosted an in-person Mentoring Day in October to provide  an opportunity for engagement with early career surgeons pursuing careers in trauma surgery.

ACS NSQIP hospitals have the opportunity to receive QVP verification

The benefits of participating in the ACS Quality Verification Program, available in January 2022, are summarized.

SurgeonsPAC’s impact on the 2022 midterm election cycle

The accomplishments of the SurgeonsPAC as of November 2021 are summarized.


ACS NSQIP recognizes 90 hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

A total of 90 hospitals have been recognized for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical care in 2020 by the ACS  National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect and ACS Board of Regents

The 2021 Nominating Committee of the Fellows and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for ACS leadership positions.

2021 Author Index

Index of authors from the Bulletin for 2021.

2021 Subject Index

Index of subjects  from the Bulletin for 2021.


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