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October 14, 2022

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Board of Directors

Meet Your New NC-ACS Board of Directors

The New NC-ACS Board of Directors:
President Raghid Bitar MD, FACS UNC
President Elect Keri Seymour DO-FACS Duke
Secretary/Treasurer Leah Sieren MD, FACS Wake Forest
Secretary/Treasurer-Elect William Hope MD, FACS New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Immediate Past President Amy Hildreth MD, FACS Wake Forest
2nd Year Past President Ranjan  Sudan MBBS FACS Duke
3rd Year Past President Perry Shen MD, FACS Wake Forest
At Large Member Marissa Howard-McNatt MD, FACS Wake Forest
At Large Member Andrew Nunn MD, FACS Wake Forest
At Large Member Arielle  Perez MD, MPH, MS, FACS UNC
Bariatric Surgery Liaison** Wayne Overby MD, FACS UNC
Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison** Benjamin Haithcock MD, FACS UNC
General Surgery Liaison** Pascal “Osi” Udekwu MBBS MBA/MHA FACS WakeMed
Gynecology Liaison** Lisa Jackson-Moore MD, FACS UNC
Neurosurgery Society Liaison** Ziad Hage MD, FACS Novant Health
Ophthalmology Liaison** Sharon Fekrat MD, FACS Duke
Orthopedic Society Liaison** vacant      
Otolaryngology Liaison** Carlton Zdanski MD, FACS UNC
Plastic Surgery Liaison** Ivo Pestana MD, FACS, FAAPS Wake Forest
Pediatric Surgery Liaison** J. Duncan Phillips MD, FACS Wake Med
Urology Society Liaison** John Smith, III MD, FACS Novant Health Pelvic Health Center
Associate Member Representative Kristina Shaffer MD Novant Health
AWS Representative** Gayle DiLalla MD, FACS Duke
Military Representative** Lt. Col. Shaun Brown DO, FACS Womack Army Medical Center
Resident Representative Justin Faulkner MD New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Rural Surgery Representative Lindsay Bridges MD, FACS Rockingham Surgical Associates
Young Fellow Representative Jean Ashburn MD, FACS Wake Forest
Designated Board Members
Board of Governors Danielle Walsh MD, FACS, FAAP Pirate Surgery, PLLC
Board of Governors Anthony Charles MD, MPH, FACS UNC
Board of Governors Timothy Farrell MD, FACS UNC
Board of Governors Janet (Betsy) Tuttle MD, FACS ECU
Governor, AAST Preston Miller MD, FACS Wake Forest
Governor, SE Surgical Congress Michael Meyers MD, FACS UNC
ACS Officers J. Wayne Meredith MD, FACS Wake Forest
Board of Regents Anthony Atala MD, FACS Wake Forest
Board of Regents Past Member Mark Weissler MD, FACS UNC
COC Chair Richard L. White MD, FACS Atrium Health
COT Chair David Jacobs MD, FACS Atrium Health
Nominating Committee Chair Amy Hildreth MD, FACS Wake Forest
Legislative Committee Chair Matthew Martin   Central Carolina Surgery
Membership Committee Chair Melissa Red Hoffman MD, FACS MAHEC / Mission Hospital
President Thank you

NC-ACS Thanks 2021-2022 President

At the close of the 2022 NC/SC ACS 2022 Annual Meeting,  NC-ACS Past President Ranjan Sudan thanks 2021-2022 NC-ACS President Amy Hildreth for her service and leadership.

Welcome the ACS Initiates from North Carolina

Please congratulate the following North Carolina surgeons on achieving the monumental milestone of becoming an ACS Fellow!
These Initiates will become Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 16, 2022 in San Diego.
More than 2,000 Initiates will be inducted as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons at the Convocation Ceremony held during the Clinical Congress.
Samuel   Carmichael MD Winston Salem
Christopher   Helak DO Wilmington
Sarah   Fox MBBS Wilmington
Kush S Patel MD Statesville
Chase   Campbell MD Smithfield
Jiselle   Bock MD Shelby
Linda Marie Youngwirth MD Raleigh
Michael Lee Williford MD Raleigh
Patrick   Georgoff MD Raleigh
Anna Blair Johnson MD Matthews
Daniel D Gerry MD Matthews
Rykoff Ritchie Mae Mamuad Delara MD Matthews
Ashley   Badger MD Marion
Jennifer   Christman MD Lewisville
Claire Sanger Dillilngham DO Kernersville
Luke   Johnston MD Jacksonville
Michelle   Roper MD Hampstead
Rohini Khatri Olson MD Greenville
Justin   Sargent DO Goldsboro
Elizabeth   Miller MD Fayetteville
Yana   Mikhaylov MD Fayetteville
Paul   Trottman MD Durham
Hung-Jui   Tan MD Durham
Lisa M McElroy MD Durham
Jeffrey E. Keenan MD Durham
Suha   Kaaki MBBS Durham
Astrid   Botty Van den Bruele MD Durham
Crystal   Yi DO Davidson
Michael R Driedger MD Concord
Daniel   Mistrot MD Clemmons
Adam   Strickland MD Charlotte
Kristina   Shaffer MD Charlotte
Chris   Kuppler MD Charlotte
Rajat   Kumar MD Charlotte
Ashish K Jain MD Charlotte
Robert   Czuprynski MD Charlotte
George Edward Black MD Charlotte
Jeyhan   Wood MD Chapel Hill
Travis Parke Schrank MD Chapel Hill
Adeyemi Adebanji Ogunleye MBBS Chapel Hill
Brant   Inman MD Chapel Hill
Adesola   Akinkuotu MD Chapel Hill
Thomas M Kelley MD Aberdeen
Dr, Atala
Left: ACS President Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS (left), presents Dr. Atala with the Jacobson Innovation Award medallion. Right: Dr. Atala with his wife Katherine Atala, MD, and son Zachary

Dr. Anthony Atala, Regenerative Medicine Pioneer, Receives 2022 ACS Jacobson Innovation Award

Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, of Winston-Salem, NC, was presented with the 2022 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at a dinner held in his honor June 10 in Chicago, IL. He is the George Link Jr. Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) and the W. H. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, both in Winston-Salem.
The international surgical award from the ACS honors living surgeons who are innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery. It is made possible through a gift from Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, FACS, and his wife Joan. Dr. Jacobson is a general vascular surgeon known for his pioneering work in the development of microsurgery.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award,” Dr. Atala said. “The things that were accomplished [for myself] with this research are not really important. What is important is what we do for our patients, and—more important—what we do for each other.”

A Career of Innovation
Dr. Atala is a pediatric urologist, researcher, professor, and mentor who is renowned for developing foundational principles for regenerative medicine research, which holds great promise for people who require tissue substitution and reconstruction. Dr. Atala and his team successfully implanted the world’s first laboratory-grown bladder in 1999.

His remarkable work has expanded, and today, WFIRM is a leader in translating scientific discovery into regenerative medicine clinical therapies. He currently leads an interdisciplinary team of more than 450 researchers and physicians. Beyond many other world firsts, WFIRM also has developed 15 clinically used technology-based applications, including muscle, urethra, cartilage, reproductive tissues, and skin. The Institute is working on more than 40 tissues and organs.

Through Dr. Atala’s vision, ingenuity, and leadership, the WFIRM team has developed specialized 3-D printers to engineer tissues. This work is accomplished by using cells to create various tissues and organs, including miniature organs called organoids, to create body-on-a-chip systems. Dr. Atala and his team also discovered a stem cell population derived from both the amniotic fluid and the placenta, which are being used for clinically relevant research applications.

Dr. Atala’s theory is that every cell within the human body should be capable of regeneration. What reproduces naturally inside the body should also have the same capabilities of reproduction outside of the body. According to Dr. Atala, “The key benefit to the approach of cell and tissue regeneration is that a patient will not reject their own cells or tissue, which is always a concern related to traditional organ match transplantation.”

Resident Competition Results – NC/SC ACS 2022 Annual Meeting

Committee on Cancer Competition
  • First: Richard Erali - Modeling Pheochromocytoma & Paraganglioma Drug Responses in Patient-Derived Tumor Organoids (Wake)
  • Second: Kristen Quinn - Reprogramming T cell Metabolism with IL-12 to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy (MUSC)
  • Third: Ian Solsky - Conditional Survival After Hepatectomy for Colorectal Liver Metastasis (Atrium Health/Wake)
Resident Trauma Paper Competition
  • First: Joshua Davis (CMC)- “Utility of The Updated Brain Injury Guidelines (UBIG) For the Triage of Minimal Traumatic Brain Injury Within a Trauma System”
  • Second Place: Brandon Steven Peine (ECU) - “A Statewide Analysis of Predictors of Trauma Center Transfer: The Burden of Non-Clinical Factors”
  • Third Place: Taylor Hudson (Duke) - “Platelet Rich Plasma Increases Mechanical Strength of Rib Fractures”
1st and 3rd place will go on to regional competition because the Regional COT requests one clinical and one basic science abstract.

General Session
  • First:  Michelle Mendiola - Porcine Model of Gene Therapy for Acute Cardiac Allograft Rejection (Duke)
  • Second:  Emily Peairs - Hospital and Surgeon Competition and its Association with Disclosure of Payments for Major Joint Arthroplasty (Duke)
Top Gun
Place   Team               
1          Wake               
2          MUSC              
3          Prisma Cola       
4          Cape Fear         
5          New Hanover     
6          Prisma #2    
The Wake Team was coached by Dr Lauren McCormack; competitors were Andrea Tressler; Bigyan Mainali; Alan Cruz.
Clinical Congress

Engage in Meaningful Learning as a Virtual Attendee of Clinical Congress 2022

Clinical Congress 2022, October 16–20 in San Diego, CA, will be the first in-person conference since 2019, but this year’s hybrid format means that your surgical education can take place from anywhere, and at any time. If you don’t have the time or the travel budget to attend in person, consider participating as a virtual attendee. Learn from the masters and gain clinical and nonclinical knowledge all from the comfort of your home or office. Virtual attendees will have access to select real-time, livestreamed sessions and on-demand recordings, which will be available for most sessions within an hour after being presented. In-person attendees also will have access to select livestreamed and on-demand content.

All attendees will have the opportunity to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, earn self-assessment credits, and meet other regulatory requirements through May 1, 2023.
Register Today
EGS-VP Program

Emergency General Surgery Verification Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) have announced the launch of the Emergency General Surgery Verification Program (EGS-VP), a new surgical quality program that will help hospitals establish and maintain the highest standards in emergency general surgery.
As a program uniquely focused on the care of emergency general surgery patients in an acute setting, the EGS Verification Program offers an opportunity to chart the progress of a hospital’s program while also setting benchmarks and goals to continue the quality improvement journey of the EGS service.
Participation in the program addresses the following areas:
  • Resources: standards specific to the diverse nature of EGS
  • Data: a targeted registry within the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) platform with a focus on EGS outcomes and variables
  • Clinical care: development of standardized pathways of care utilizing a multidisciplinary approach
  • Value-added care: recognition that the right team, timeframe, and support provide the best opportunity to improve outcomes
Alongside the EGS Verification Program, the EGS Targeted Module of the NSQIP registry has been developed to bring hospitals the data they need to advance their quality processes. The first registry of its kind to capture both operative and non-operative cases, the module offers participating hospitals access to targeted EGS variables and reports designed specifically to support the progress of the EGS program. Leveraging the features of the ACS NSQIP platform allows participants to capture clinically relevant, risk-adjusted data and benchmark their outcomes in a national registry.

Contact for more information.

Visit ACS Central in the Exhibit Hall during Clinical Congress to ask questions and learn more about EGS-VP.
Learn More

Congressional Champions Introduce Legislation Addressing Medicare Payment Cuts

Surgeons are again facing drastic cuts to Medicare payment at the end of the year due to policies in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Last week, Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), introduced the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022, which would address the nearly 4.5% cut to the Medicare conversion factor beginning in January 2023. The ACS supports this bipartisan legislation, which would provide a critical lifeline to surgeons who are also facing a 4% Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) cut.

Unlike other sectors of the healthcare industry, investments in surgeons and other healthcare professionals treating Medicare patients lack an automatic annual update. Medicare payments have failed to keep pace with inflation, including the record, ongoing inflation experienced in 2022, resulting in a real-world decrease year after year. At the same time, the costs of running a medical practice have increased significantly.

Without congressional action, these compounding cuts will jeopardize the financial stability of surgical practices and are, simply put, not sustainable. While the ACS believes that broader reforms are necessary for ensuring long-term stability of the Medicare payment system, the College supports efforts that provide immediate relief to surgical practices facing financial uncertainty.

Take action! Use ACS SurgeonsVoice to write your Representative today, where you can tell them to cosponsor Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 and protect patient access to care.

See How Surgeons Are Sowing Hope for Their Colleagues, Patients

Surgeons Sowing HopeThroughout her term, Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, DFSVS, has been speaking with surgeons and ACS members about how they have worked to sow hope this year. These optimistic surgeons have discussed topics, including a focus on return to cancer screening, improving resident well-being, getting engaged with community health, showing trainees the joy of surgery, and much more. 
As Dr. Freischlag’s Presidential year concludes, you can review previous conversations and see new ones by visiting the Surgeons Sowing Hope YouTube playlist.
Watch Now

ACS TQIP Annual Conference

TQIP ConferenceThe 2022 TQIP Annual Conference will gather in-person December 11- 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. The conference brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, PI clinicians, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and provides attendees the opportunity to network with key leaders from trauma centers around the country. We are pleased to also offer a virtual registration option for on-demand access to select session content.

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Registration Information
Registration is open for the 2022 TQIP Annual Conference, December 11-13 in Phoenix, AZ. Secure your spot today.
Pre-conference Workshops
We are pleased to offer pre-conference workshops prior to the start of the 2022 TQIP Annual Conference.
ACS Conference

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Quality and Safety Conference in Chicago. On-demand access is available now. Make sure to claim your credits and view highlights from the conference.
Conference Highlights
The Value of Membership

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2022 NC-ACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2022 North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (NC-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 2022. 

Thank you!
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