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October 2021

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Remember to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Remember to Get Your Flu Vaccine and Guide Patients Toward Their Own—and Continue to Talk Up the COVID-19 Vaccine

The 2020–2021 flu season was a mild one, likely in part due to the fact that precautions being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 also are effective against the spread of flu. But experts predict that the previous mild season may lead to a much stronger flu season in 2021–2022 due to a lack of exposure and immunity. It is critical that surgeons and health care workers get their flu vaccine to help prevent a difficult flu season on top of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as guide patients toward getting their own vaccinations.

With the availability of COVID-19 vaccine this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its influenza frequently asked questions page to clarify that current evidence suggests that it is safe to get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Talk It Up

Talk It Up!

Do you want to know more about how to approach a potentially difficult conversation with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit the ACS Talk It Up campaign website to view a guide to conversation that might spark some ideas.

Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, named new American College of Surgeons Executive Director

CHICAGO (October 1, 2021): Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named the next Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Turner begins her new role as Executive Director-elect today, and she will formally assume the role of Executive Director on January 1, 2022.

Dr. Turner, a general surgeon with minimally invasive expertise, succeeds trauma surgeon David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, who has held the College's top executive leadership position for more than a decade. She will work closely with Dr. Hoyt during a leadership transition process for the next three months. "Dr. Turner is eminently qualified to take the helm as the College's next Executive Director. She is a champion for issues that are of critical concern to surgeons and dedicated to developing clinical excellence and leadership qualities among surgeons in all practice settings," Dr. Hoyt said.  

"The American College of Surgeons Board of Regents unanimously selected Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, as the next Executive Director," said L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Board of Regents. "Dr. Turner is an outstanding clinician, educator, and surgeon advocate who is an inspired choice to carry forward the College's momentum and lead its continued global growth."

"We are grateful to Dr. Hoyt for his visionary leadership, guidance, and unwavering commitment to the ACS for more than 40 years, including 12 as Executive Director," Dr. Levin continued. "He has left an indelible imprint on this organization, and Dr. Hoyt's strategic guidance and transformative programs will have a lasting impact."

As Director of the ACS Division of Member Services from 2011 to 2021, Dr. Turner pioneered transformative changes that serve the diverse and evolving needs of surgeons in the U.S. and internationally.
"I am honored to be named the next Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, the largest organization serving all surgeons and all surgical specialties in the world," said Dr. Turner. "For more than 100 years, the ACS has focused on setting the highest standards and improving the quality of care for surgical patients. I look forward to continuing the College's legacy of innovative programs into the future."

Continuing ACS Innovation in Quality, Education, and
Patient Care

In her role as Executive Director, Dr. Turner will be charged with continuing and increasing the College's impact on surgical innovation, quality, education, and research.

The ACS has long been a powerful voice for raising the standards of quality care—in surgery, and in its verification and accreditation programs—to deliver the best care for patients and in doing so, decreasing health care costs and enhancing patient outcomes. Dr. Turner will continue this critical work in her new position.

"We are guided by setting the standards that will enable the best patient care, and in this work, our quality programs are truly transformational," said Dr. Turner. "The pioneering ACS quality, verification, and accreditation programs provide us with unmatched experience in driving the best care for patients. We look forward to being a continued source of expertise in this area."

Dr. Turner remains dedicated to ensuring that surgeons are supported by the ACS in all practice settings, specialties, and stages of their careers, and that the ACS advocates for surgeons and the patients they serve. She has published and presented widely on minimally invasive surgical techniques, leadership, innovation, quality improvement, surgical outcomes, and graduate surgical education. Dr. Turner has received numerous awards, honors, and multiple grants for her research as a surgeon investigator throughout her career. A mother of two, Dr. Turner is committed to assuring that there are no artificial barriers to surgeons leading full and productive lives, both personally and professionally.

Leadership Roles and Education

Before joining the ACS Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Turner spent eight years in academic practice on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, where she was the surgery residency program director and medical director of the surgical acute care unit. Dr. Turner is currently on the faculty in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. 

Dr. Turner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and earned a doctor of medicine degree at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her surgical training as an intern and resident followed at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, where she spent two years at the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute conducting bench research. Her fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery was completed at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill-Cornell University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Medicine, New York City. She recently earned a master of business administration degree at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, graduating with highest honors.

She serves on the board of directors of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and OceanFirst Bank (OCFC). She chairs the ACS Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates and is past-chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, past-chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, and past-president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.

Dr. Turner is an active member of other surgical specialty societies, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, Southern Surgical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Society of University Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, Associación Colombiana De Cirugia (honorary member), and Latino Surgical Society.

ACS Clinical Congress

ACS Clinical Congress

While encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, we also recognize that this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year’s American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event. Join us October 23–27 for Clinical Congress 2021. This virtual event offers important surgical education opportunities for medical professionals across all specialties and career stages.

Building on the success of last year’s first virtual Congress, we are confident we can again offer a best-in-class educational event for all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. The program will focus on the latest advances in surgical science, practice, and education, all celebrated under this year’s theme, “Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence.” Plans are well underway to present another robust five-day conference of educational offerings and guest lectures, along with our signature Opening Ceremony and Sunday evening Convocation—all will be remote activities.

Registration Is Open!

The Clinical Congress 2021 program addresses essential clinical and nonclinical content.
  • A compelling series of Named Lectures by world-renowned experts. 
  • Postgraduate Courses incorporating best practices in education and training. 
  • More than 105 Panel Sessions on timely, relevant subjects.
  • The Scientific Forum, featuring exciting surgical research presentations and ePosters.
Clinical Congress 2021 offers the opportunity to earn more than 200 Continuing Medical Education Credits until February 1, 2022. Some of these credits have been designated as potentially meeting state-specific CME requirements (Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates). American College of Surgeons Accreditation/Verification Program participants can find CME opportunities in the relevant content areas. 
Register Here

Start Planning Your Clinical Congress

Visit the interactive Program Planner to view all of the available sessions. Once you have registered for Clinical Congress, you can start to build your itinerary. To login, you will need the Registration ID number provided in the confirmation email and your last name. When the meeting begins on October 23, you will be able to view the playlist you built in the Program Planner on the Clinical Congress 2021 virtual platform.

Maryland Resident Rami Kantar, MD, MPH Receives ACS Volunteerism Award

Rami Kantar, MD, MPH, a general surgery resident in Baltimore, MD, will receive the Resident Volunteerism Award for his work to provide logistical support, surgical and clinical services, and capacity building with the Global Smile Foundation, which offers comprehensive cleft care in underserved countries around the world.

Since 2013, Dr. Kantar, University of Maryland Medical System–R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, has been volunteering with the foundation, which focuses on areas of need, underserved patient populations, and geographical areas significantly affected by geopolitical instabilities and conflict. Dr. Kantar helps to organize and provide logistical support to all missions, and he has provided surgical care to address cleft lip and palate repair in approximately 10 missions to Beirut, Lebanon; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Peru. These areas have been experiencing high rates of poverty and political unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the already existing backlog of untreated patients with cleft lip and palate.

On his missions, Dr. Kantar and his teams have provided both primary and secondary cleft lip repair and cleft palate repair. Other surgical services provided include scar revisions, complex facial tissue rearrangements, and surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency and speech deficits. These missions include surgical, dental, speech, and language pathology, as well as psychosocial services, and Dr. Kantar has worked as a liaison to link patients to each in his organizational role.

Maryland Resident Rami Kantar, MD, MPH Receives ACS Volunteerism Award

Dr. Kantar with a Global Smile Foundation patient at cleft surgery mission in Beirut in 2015

Maryland Resident Rami Kantar, MD, MPH Receives ACS Volunteerism Award

Dr. Kantar (far right, kneeling) with the cleft surgery team, patients and their families, and local support staff in Beirut in 2015

Concurrently with direct surgical and patient care services, the Global Smile Foundation develops and implements capacity-building cleft care initiatives to empower and assist local physicians and communities in reaching cleft care expertise, with the aim to transition surgical missions into autonomous local cleft care centers. The foundation to date has established local cleft care centers at two sites in Beirut and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Dr. Kantar has worked to implement educational initiatives in the form of simulation-based comprehensive cleft care workshops in areas of need, through which he and his colleagues provide hands-on training to students and practicing surgeons.

Dr. Kantar has closely worked with and led multiple initiatives from Global Smile Foundation focused on teaching and mentoring health care workers, with the goal of empowering them to become agents of change in their communities. He has organized simulation-based educational comprehensive cleft care workshops, the first of which was held in Beirut in 2018 and was attended by approximately 100 individuals, while the second workshop took place in Lima, Peru, in 2019 and was attended by more than 200 individuals. Through these workshops, Dr. Kantar and colleagues have provided hands-on, simulation-based teaching to cleft surgeons. Moreover, as part of the research committee of the Global Smile Foundation, Dr. Kantar is directly responsible for mentoring and supporting postdoctoral research fellows.

To help support the activities of the Global Smile Foundation, since 2013 Dr. Kantar has participated in multiple fundraisers and advocacy efforts aimed at making more resources available for patients with cleft lip and palate, as well as improving their access to care. The foundation donates supplies to local sites where they operate, including suture material, surgical instruments, anesthetic agents, anesthesia machines, dental supplies for preoperative naso-alveolar molding, and supplies for speech and language therapy including naso-endoscopic instruments, in addition to patient clothing and other necessities. Dr. Kantar and the foundation also have worked closely with local government and health authorities in Ecuador, Lebanon, and Peru to raise awareness of cleft lip and palate services, secure transportation for patients experiencing poverty, and more.

SESC 2022 Call for Abstracts

SESC 2022 Call for Abstracts

SESC 2022 Call for Abstracts

Join us in Nashville February 5-8, 2022 - the abstract submitter is now open!

Welcome to the Southeastern Surgical Congress 2022 Abstract Submitter!

DEADLINE: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Presentation Types:

  • Oral Presentation | Accepted oral presentations will be required to submit a manuscript toThe American Surgeon. If your abstract is not selected as an Oral presentation, it will automatically be considered for a Quickshot Oral presentation.
  • Quickshot Oral Presentation | Quickshot Oral presentations may be formatted as scientific presentations or case reports. Quickshot Oral presentations are encouraged, but not required, to submit a manuscript to The American Surgeon. Submissions will be considered for non-podium presentation opportunities.
  • Video Presentation (8 min) | Video presentations do not require manuscript submission. However, accepted videos will be invited to submit to The American Surgeon at the author's discretion. If your video is not selected for a Video podium presentation, it will be considered for a Video Quickshot Oral presentation.

  • The abstract body (not counting abstract title or author string) must not exceed 400 words
  • One optional graph/photo or table is accepted (.jpg format only)
  • Video format: Must not exceed 8 minutes, sound optional (MOV or MP4 formats only)
  • No reference to the authors or the institution should appear within the body of the abstract
  • You do not need to be a Southeastern Surgical Congress member to submit an abstract for consideration. However, if none of the authors are SESC members, you will need a member to sponsor your submission. For assistance please email (opens new window)
Calling Trainees! Apply for Award Competitions
NEW Young Investigator Research Award
On behalf of the SESC Foundation, we invite you to apply for the new Young Investigator Research Award! The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote the abstract with the most promising research by a medical student or resident author. The award is valued at $1,000 and is to be used to offset the costs of travel and accommodation for the trainee at the Annual Meeting. To qualify, at least one of the authors must be a SESC member in good standing. Additionally, the first author/presenter must be a medical student or resident at the time of the SESC 2021 Annual Meeting. Within the abstract submission form, indicate your eligibility and submit a brief statement (250 words max) describing your research ambitions to be considered.

Gold Medal Award
The Gold Medal Award Competition is a time-honored tradition at the SESC Annual Meeting. Six abstracts will be selected to enter the competition and the presentations will be prominently featured at the annual meeting, where the authors will compete for awards. To qualify, at least one of the authors must be a member in good standing with SESC. Additionally, the first author/presenter must be a medical student, resident or fellow at the time of the SESC 2021 Annual Meeting.

Duplicate Submission Policy:
Abstracts that have been previously presented at a state or local level are permitted to submit to the SESC, contingent that the prior presentation did not result in formal publication.

Principal Contact & Presenter Information
  • List of Authors
  • Abstract body (400 words or less)
  • Optional graph/photo or table (.jpg only)
  • Optional video for video submissions (.mp4 or .mov formats only)
  • 2 Self-Assessment Questions

Southeastern Surgical Congress
t: 913-402-7102 |

Submit Abstract
Registration is Open for the Virtual 2021 TQIP Annual Conference

Registration is Open for the Virtual 2021 TQIP Annual Conference

Registration is open for the virtual 2021 ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) Annual Conference, November 15–17. The time since the COVID-19 pandemic began has been a period of great change, and we look forward to providing a range of content for everyone in the trauma community with an emphasis on our conference theme of change management.

Join your fellow trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals in this online venue to interact with key leaders from trauma centers around the country, and to network with fellow trauma professionals and share best practices.

For more information and to register, visit the 2021 TQIP Annual Conference website.
Did You Forget? 2020 MD-ACS Dues

Did You Forget?
2020 MD-ACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2020 Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MD-ACS) dues slipped your mind. Not to worry! You can do it now online. Click on the button below and use your ACS ID number to pay your dues for 2020. 

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