Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, a renowned vascular surgeon, in October was elected the new Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents. His election to a one-year term was announced following the conclusion of the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2021. Dr. Sidawy is professor and the Lewis B. Saltz Chair of the department of surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC. He assumed this position in 2010 after completing a 14-year tenure as the chief of surgery at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In his role as Chair, Dr. Sidawy will work closely with the ACS Executive Director and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 24-member Board of Regents formulates policy and ultimately is responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The board’s diversity and variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
A Fellow of the College since 1987, Dr. Sidawy has been a member of the ACS Board of Regents since 2015. He previously served six years on the ACS Board of Governors, was President of the ACS Metropolitan Washington Chapter, and Chair of the ACS Committee on Chapter Activities. He is an inaugural member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators (AMSE) and now serves on its Steering Committee.
Furthermore, Dr. Sidawy has contributed his health policy expertise while serving on the ACS Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee and the Surgical Quality Alliance, a collaborative of more than 20 surgical and anesthesia specialty societies united to define the principles of surgical quality measures, collaborate in the development of meaningful tools for quality improvement, and provide a forum for shared and coordinated efforts among the specialties to monitor and respond to federal and private sector initiatives.
Dr. Sidawy has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, more than 55 book chapters, numerous abstracts, and has made several national and international presentations. His work spans the clinical, research, and educational fields. In addition, Dr. Sidawy served a 7.5-year term as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, at the time the premier journal in the specialty, ranking first among its peers in the U.S. and across the world.
He has held numerous leadership positions with vascular surgery societies and organizations, including serving as president of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Eastern Vascular Society, and the Chesapeake Vascular Society.
Dr. Linda Phillips elected Vice-Chair
In addition, Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS, Truman G. Blocker, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor and chief, department of surgery, division of plastic surgery, and professor, school of medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents.
In this role, Dr. Phillips will become Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, and Regental Liaison to the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee. Further, in the Board of Regents Chair’s absence or inability to act, the Vice-Chair will perform the duties of the Chair.
A Fellow since 1988, Dr. Phillips has served as an ACS Regent since 2015. She is the Chair of the Central Judiciary Committee (2016–2021) and has been a member of the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery since 2000 and served as Chair (2004–2008); a member of the Nominating Committee of Fellows (2006–2009), and Chair (2009); a member (since 2001) and consultant (2007–2011) for the Women in Surgery Committee; and an active member of the Southern Texas Chapter of the ACS (since 2013), among numerous other involvements with the College.
Throughout her career, Dr. Phillips has received numerous accolades. She has been included in the Best Doctors in America database, was listed in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons, was named a Texas Top Doc, and was recognized by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Doctor. She was honored with the Young at Heart award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation.
In addition, Dr. Phillips is a prolific writer and has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 45 book chapters in surgical textbooks.