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GSACS eNews

January 2022

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Dr. Patricia L. Turner Takes Helm of American College of Surgeons

Dr. Turner leads world’s largest surgical association after directing its Member Services Division for a decade

Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, formally assumed the role of Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on January 1, ushering in a new era of leadership for the world’s premier educational and professional society for surgeons. 
 
“ACS represents the entire House of Surgery, and it’s an honor to steer this incredible organization with a rich history of leadership in our field, especially at this critical time in health care,” said Dr. Turner, who is a general surgeon and specializes in minimally invasive surgery. “As surgeons, we thrive on innovation, collaboration, creativity, and above all, caring for our patients. I look forward to applying the skills and work ethic I developed in the operating room to the organization that is so important to our members and the millions of patients we care for every year.” 

“Dr. Turner is an exceptional leader and surgeon – constantly pushing the envelope for her patients and for our profession to ensure that we provide the highest quality care,” said ACS Board of Regents Chair Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE. “Under Dr. Turner’s leadership and work, the College has strengthened its connection to our surgeons, which advances the College’s professional standards and quality care initiatives for the betterment of our patients. As our new Executive Director, Dr. Turner will build a culture that fosters creativity and innovation as we strive to deliver optimal support to our members.” 

As the Director of Member Services, Dr. Turner successfully grew the College’s membership every year by appealing to the diverse and evolving needs of surgeons across the country and around the world. She is also responsible for implementing or enhancing several programs to increase impact and streamline operations to better support surgeons in all practice settings, specialties, and stages of their careers. These programs include the annual ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit, the Intimate Partner Violence Task Force, and Operation Giving Back, the College’s signature volunteer initiative. 

Dr. Turner succeeds David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE, who led the ACS for the last 12 years. 
“Dr. Hoyt leaves the ACS well-positioned for continued success and primed to continue our critical work on behalf of our more than 84,000 members around the world,” Dr. Turner said. “Our quality and education programs set the standard in so many ways. We’ll build on our many successes in the coming months and years.”

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. In this role, she served as 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 University of Chicago Medicine.

Dr. Turner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Wake Forest University. She trained as a surgical intern and resident at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. At Howard, she also conducted two years of bench research for the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She completed her fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill-Cornell University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Medicine. Recently, she earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. 

In addition to her work as a surgeon and with the College, 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.
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Call for Nominations: ACS Officers-Elect & Board of Regents

Call for Nominations: ACS Officers-Elect & Board of Regents

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Nominating Committee of the Fellows (NCF) and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (NCBG) are currently accepting nominees for Officers-Elect and Board of Regents positions. These leadership positions include:
 
Officers-Elect
The 2022 NCF will select nominees for the three Officer-Elect positions of the ACS:
  • President-Elect
  • First Vice-President-Elect
  • Second Vice-President-Elect
 
Entities such as ACS Chapters, surgical specialty societies, ACS Advisory Councils, and ACS Committees who wish to provide a letter of nomination must provide a description of their selection process and the total list of applicants reviewed.
 
Please review the Criteria for Consideration and Further Details sections on the ACS website [facs.org] for complete details.  
 
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 18, 2022
 
Nominations must be submitted to officerandbrnominations@facs.org. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Kalata, staff liaison for the NCF, at 312-202-5360 or ekalata@facs.org.
 
Board of Regents
The 2022 NCBG will select a nominee for one pending vacancy on the Board of Regents to be filled at Clinical Congress 2022.
 
Entities such as ACS Chapters, surgical specialty societies, ACS Advisory Councils, and ACS Committees, who wish to provide a letter of nomination must provide at least two nominees, and a description of their selection process, along with the total list of applicants reviewed. 
 
Please review the Criteria for Consideration and Further Details sections on the ACS website [facs.org] before submitting nominations.
 
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 18, 2022.
 
Nominations must be submitted to officerandbrnominations@facs.org. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Kalata, staff liaison for the NCBG, at 312-202-5360 or ekalata@facs.org.
 
American College of Surgeons Announces Recipients of Matching Grants for Innovative DEI and Anti-Racism Initiatives

American College of Surgeons Announces Recipients of Matching Grants for Innovative DEI and Anti-Racism Initiatives

New grant program will catalyze research and projects in the field of surgery; enrich the pipeline of surgeons underrepresented in medicine, and address the equitable management of surgically related diseases
 
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents Committee on Anti-Racism has announced the recipients of its first-ever matching grant program to fund innovative and impactful research projects and programs addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism issues.

The grant program was initiated to catalyze efforts of professional societies, academic departments of surgery, and surgeons in all surgical specialties toward the goal of advancing anti-racism, DEI, and gender equity in the field of surgery.

In July, the Committee called for innovative proposals and programs to improve the diversity and gender balance of the surgical workforce and its cultural competency, enrich the pipeline of surgeons underrepresented in medicine, and reduce disparities in the delivery of health care, particularly in the equitable management of surgically related diseases.

The application process was open to all surgical professional societies, departments of surgery, or group practices, who were willing to match the College's grant for their proposed projects and programs.
The total award amount of $325,000 will be dispersed across 10 primary investigators.  Each grant is for one year beginning December 1, with an identical amount matched by the society, department, practice (entity).

The 2021 recipients listed by primary investigator, award amount, surgical association or university affiliation are:
  • Kareem R. Abdelfattah, MD, FACS ($25,000)
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Karen J. Brasel, MD, FACS ($25,000) 
    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma/ACS Committee on Trauma/Pediatric Trauma Society
  • Paris D. Butler, MD, FACS ($25,000)
    Society of Black Academic Surgeons
  • Michelle Joseph, MBBS BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, FRCS ($25,000)
    Harvard University (Boston Children's, Brigham and Women's, Mass General)
  • Mary Klingensmith. MD, FACS ($25,000)
    Southern Surgical Association
  • Jenny Shao, MD ($25,000)
    Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Tanya Zakrison, MD, MPH, FACS ($25,000)
    University of Chicago
  • Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS ($50,000)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS ($50,000)
    Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Thomas K. Varghese, Jr., MBBS, MS, FACS ($50,000)
    Society of University Surgeons and Association of Academic Surgeons
The ACS looks forward to the introduction of new innovative anti-racism DEI programs that can be used as templates for wide dissemination throughout its reach and beyond. 
ACS 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

ACS 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The ACS 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit will take place April 2–5. The Summit offers comprehensive and specialized sessions to provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to Congressional offices.

Please stay tuned for further details. 
 

Contact

For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at bfrankel@facs.org or 312-202-5361.

For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Maggie Draughn at mdraughn@facs.org or 202-534-0192.

Southeastern Surgical Congress 2022 Annual Meeting

Southeastern Surgical Congress 2022 Annual Meeting

HOTEL INFORMATION

Renaissance Nashville
SESC Room Rate: $249/night
 
Click Here to Register
Presidential Address: #SurgeonsSowingHope: Enhanced Postoperative Recovery and Elevated Healing

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.

Call for Abstracts, Videos, and Posters

Call for Abstracts, Videos, and Posters

The call for abstracts and videos for Clinical Congress 2022, October 16–20, in San Diego, is now open. Start submitting abstracts and videos today.

Abstracts or videos may be submitted for the following Clinical Congress programs:

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum

The Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences, and translational research. 

 Learn more

 

Video-Based Education Sessions

The Video-Based Education Sessions aims to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams in order to improve the care of the surgical patient, as well as safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment.

 Learn more

 

History of Surgery Poster Session

The History of Surgery Poster Session offers surgical history enthusiasts the opportunity to present on subjects of interest related to the history of the field of surgery and its subspecialties.

 Learn more

 

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 11:59 pm (CST)

Please note: The committees do not accommodate or consider late abstract submissions.

Black Surgeons and Surgery in America

Black Surgeons and Surgery in America

Editor: Don K. Nakayama, MD, MBA, FACS

Meet James McCune Smith, the first Black to graduate from medical school (University of Glasgow, 1837), successful New York physician, and abolitionist. Frederick Douglass considered Smith the most important Black influence on his life.

Meet Martin Robison Delany, a physician trained by abolitionists in Pittsburgh whose chance for a formal medical education was derailed when he was summarily expelled from Harvard Medical School (1850) by its dean, Oliver Wendell Holmes. He became the first proponent of Black nationalist, the intellectual forerunner to Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammed, Malcolm X, and the Black Power movement.

Meet Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard. The flamboyant surgeon to the locally-supported all-Black Taborian Hospital in the all-Black town of Mound Bayou, MS, he founded the first civil rights organization in the Mississippi Delta in 1951 and helped the prosecution in the Emmitt Till murder. He gave Medgar Evers his first job out of college and mentored Fanny Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, and Jesse Jackson.

Meet Matilda Arabella Evans, the first Black woman licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina. Barred from admitting patients to hospitals in Columbia, SC, because of her race, she opened her own inpatient facility in her home (1901). To keep the doors open to Blacks she maintained a practice of wealthy white women who depended on her to provide medical services that required discretion.

Black Surgeons and Surgery in America has these stories and more; surgeons practicing their craft and advancing the cause of racial equity, living within the broad themes of American history, from slavery and Jim Crow to affirmative action and contemporary racial inequities in health care.
 

Get Your Copy

You can download a PDF copy of Black Surgeons and Surgery in America at no cost.
 

Click Here to Download

Purchase a printed copy of Black Surgeons and Surgery in America in the ACS e-store.

Click Here to Order Your Copy
ACS Board of Regents Meeting Summary from October 2021

ACS Board of Regents Meeting Summary from October 2021

Click here for a summary of the Top 10 items discussed at the Board of Regents October 2021 meeting.
Did You Forget? 2022 GSACS Dues

Did You Forget? 2022 GSACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2022 Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons 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!
 
Pay Your Dues & Renew Your Membership Here
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