Tag Archive for ‘surgeons as advocates’

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – April 2020

Dr. Hoyt summarizes the findings of a recent Ballast Research report that identifies the ACS as one of the most effective advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.


ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC makes an impact on 2016 congressional elections

ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC supported  candidates in the 2015–2016 election cycle based on their support of legislation aimed at improving surgical care.

Get out the vote: Make a difference on issues of critical concern to surgery

Candidates and incumbents supported by the ACS Professional Association’s political action committee are the focus of this article, which also summarizes the College’s pre-election education resources.

The ACS and advocacy: A tradition of protecting our patients and advancing our profession

Successful regulatory and legislative efforts led by surgeon advocates, such as the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, are summarized in this article, as are ongoing initiatives to reform graduate medical education to sustain the health care workforce.

Applying advocacy skills: Gaining influence from the statehouse to Capitol Hill

Grassroots advocacy—with a focus on relationship building over the course of an elected official’s political career—is the focus of this article.

Surgeons as Advocates

Advocacy and grassroots: Leveraging local issues at the national level

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy has developed several platforms, including SurgeonsVoice, to empower members to advocate for health care policies that are in the best interest of surgeons and their patients.

Surgical leadership and political advocacy

Most surgeons seek to directly assist our patients through the course of their illnesses, paying little attention to the political environment or health care policy. However, over the last decade, it has become increasingly apparent that the independent patient-surgeon relationship is slowly vanishing.

From surgeon to grassroots advocate: Chapter leaders engage in advocacy development

ACS presented the State Leadership Advocacy Conference in April at the College’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. Attendees had the opportunity to network, learn how to structure their chapter to maximize advocacy efforts, explore innovative ways to motivate chapter members, identify best practices for communicating with legislators, and consider programs on building effective legislative messages and coalitions.


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