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NC-ACS January 2019 eNews

NC/SC – ACS Joint Annual Meeting 2019

Southeastern Surgical Congress to be Held in Charlotte

Registration Now Open
2019 Hotel Information
The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
t: 704-375-2600

Reservations: 1-866-837-4148
Group Code: Southeastern Surgical Congress
Online reservation
Room Rate:$179 Single/Double (an additional 15.25% tax per night)
Housing Cut-Off: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kathryn Schlosser, MD Wins British Hernia Society Award 

Kathryn Schlosser, MD was selected for the Brendan Devlin Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the British Hernia Society meeting on November 6, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Schlosser presented “Lateral Abdominal Wall Hernias: A Single Institution Review of 116 Consecutive Flank and Lumbar Hernia Repairs.”
This study investigates the etiology, challenges, and outcomes of patients with lateral abdominal wall hernias (flank and lumbar hernias). Her study, which is the largest in the world for these unusual hernias, focused on peri-operative care and the technical aspects of repair and its demonstration a low recurrence rate. In addition, Dr. Schlosser described that these patients present with a high incidence of pre-operative pain, which may continue post-operatively and necessitate a pain specialist consult.
Dr. Schlosser has taken two years out of her General Surgery Residency to research complex hernia repair. She is working under the mentorship of Dr. Todd Heniford, Dr. Paul Colavita, and Dr. Vedra Augenstein in the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ACS 2019  Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the eighth annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 30–April 2, 2019 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provides ACS members, leaders and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.
Reasons to Attend in 2019
The Leadership Summit will offer compelling speakers addressing key topics in surgical leadership. A portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS Chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. Your leadership makes a difference.
The Advocacy Summit will highlight several legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and will bring together ACS members to develop their advocacy skills, learn about health policy priorities, and participate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.
When attending the Summit, plan to be in Washington, DC, to
  • Advocate to improve surgical patient care
  • Engage influential decision makers
  • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to become more involved
  • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
  • Enhance your leadership and mentoring skills by attending professional development sessions

Participate in ACS Survey on
Intimate Partner Violence

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force recently invited U.S. members of the College to participate in a brief, anonymous survey. The feedback received through the survey will help the ACS IPV Task Force to gauge members’ understanding of the issue and to identify resources needed to address IPV in the surgical health care community. Participation in this brief, 11-question survey should take only a few minutes of your time and will help advance many of the ACS IPV Task Force’s initiatives. The deadline to participate is January 18.
The ACS Intimate Partner Violence Task Force was formed in 2018 and is co-chaired by Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, Immediate Past-President of the ACS, and Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the ACS Division of Member Services. The mission of the ACS IPV Task Force is to raise awareness of the incidence of IPV in the surgical community; educate surgeons to recognize the signs and consequences of IPV in themselves and their colleagues; provide resources for survivors, including prevention and escape strategies; and create resources and curricula in partnership with other national professional and educational organizations to instruct surgeons to recognize IPV in colleagues and trainees.

Take the survey now. This survey is anonymous, and you are not required to answer every question. The ACS Intimate IPV Task Force only will be use the data in the aggregate to determine the types of resources needed for the surgical community to address IPV.

New ACS Community to replace ACS Surgery News

A new community, ACS Emerging News, will launch in January 2019 in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Communities to replace ACS Surgery News, which ceased publication with the December 2018 issue. Karen E. Deveney, MD, FACS, and Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, co-editors of ACS Surgery News, will lead the new community. Dr. Hughes also is editor-in-chief of ACS Communities.

The co-editors, along with members of the former ACS Surgery News editorial board, will provide useful summaries of recent meetings and presentations they have attended, as well as keep members posted on the latest in the major surgery journals. Readers are invited to comment on or ask questions about the articles.

Whereas ACS Surgery News' primary readership consists of general surgeons, ACS members who currently subscribe to the General Surgery community e-mails—more than 16,000 members—have been auto-subscribed to ACS Emerging News. All members of the College are welcome to join, however, and may opt out at any time.
Visit the ACS Communities to view this and all communities.

Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian
Award Nominations Open

The American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication have made a lasting difference in the health of people around the world.

An individual may be nominated for any of five award categories: humanitarianism or domestic, international, military, and resident volunteerism. Nominations will be evaluated by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism Workgroup and decisions will be finalized in June.

The awards nomination page can be accessed through the Operation Giving Back (OGB) web page. The deadline to submit nominations is February 15, 2019. Contact OGB with any questions at

North Carolina Committee on Trauma Hosts Region IV Resident Paper Competition

North Carolina Resident, Angie Kao, MD Takes First Prize
The North Carolina Committee on Trauma (NC-COT) hosted the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) Region IV Resident Trauma Paper Competition, November 3, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.
Fourteen papers from eight states (SC, TN, NC, AL, GA, FL, MS, KY) were presented.
North Carolina Resident, Angela Kao, MD (pictured above) from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, took home first place in the research category for her abstract, Trauma Recidivism and Mortality Following Violent Injuries in Young Adults.

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It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

If you have already paid your North Carolina ACS dues for 2019, THANK YOU!  If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now. And ask your colleagues to join and support North Carolina ACS. We are stronger together.

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