North Carolina Chapter of the
American College of Surgeons

NC-ACS eNews April 2018

Dr. Danielle Walsh Appointed GS Residency Director

NC-ACS Past President, Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP, was appointed the General Surgery Residency Director at Vidant Medical Center February 9, 2018. Dr. Walsh is currently, an Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine/Vidant Medical Center, where she has practiced since 2011. She also serves as the first President of the newly formed NC-ACS Political Action Committee. Dr. Walsh is a nationally known leader in Surgery, having served as President of the Association of Women Surgeons in 2015. She is currently the Chair of the ACS Health Information Technology Committee and on the SAGES Board.  She has an extensive history in medical and surgical education, developing a Teachers of Quality Academy to teach health systems science. The 39 resident strong program was led by Claudia Goettler, MD, FACS for the prior 6 years. She is assisted by trauma surgeon, Nicole Garcia, MD.

Dr. Kao Awarded AHSQC Research Grant

KaoAngie Kao, MD, presented "Comparison of Outcomes Following Partial versus Complete Excision of Infected Mesh" at the International Hernia Congress on March 14, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida and was selected as one of two recipients of the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) Resident/Fellow Research grant.
The $2,500 grant is awarded to research related to ventral hernias utilizing the AHSQC database and is based on the scientific merit of the project and selected by the AHSQC grant review committee to be presented at the joint Americas Hernia Society/European Hernia Society meeting and published in a peer-reviewed journal, Hernia. Dr. Kao’s research project specifically evaluates the treatment impact attributed to the extent of mesh excised on postoperative outcomes in patients with mesh infections and/or fistulas. 
Dr. Kao, is a PGY-3 general surgery resident at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC currently completing a 1-year research fellowship in the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery with Dr. Todd Heniford and Dr. Vedra Augenstein.

Register for Advocacy Day May 23, 2018

Join us on May 23, 2018 for Advocacy Day in Raleigh, hosted by the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (NC-ACS) and the North Carolina Committee of Trauma (NC-COT). We will offer Stop The Bleed training from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on the Halifax Mall, 300 N Salisbury St (btwn Lane St and Peace St) Raleigh, NC 27603.

Click here to register.

2018 NC/SC Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting 

The 2018 NC/SC Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting is set for July 13-15, 2018 at Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. The event will be packed full of opportunities for Continuing Medical Education, networking, and advancing the future of medicine in a relaxing, enjoyable setting. Here are a few important dates to remember:
Meeting Registration Opens
Monday, April 2, 2018
Click here to register.
Call for Abstracts

Deadline is Wednesday, May 16, 2018
To submit an abstract, click here

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room no later than Saturday, June 16, 2018
To reserve your hotel room, click here

 2018 NC/SC Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting
July 13-15, 2018
Marriott Grand Dunes (about the hotel)
Myrtle Beach, SC

Advanced Endocrine Surgery Course

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Washington Duke Inn, Durham, North Carolina

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) will host a one-day Advanced Endocrine Surgery Course preceding the AAES Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 5, as an opportunity to review current standards in management of complex endocrine diseases, while engaging on a personal level with nationally recognized authorities in the field.
The Course format will be presentations of particularly challenging endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal) cases for discussion to a multidisciplinary panel of experts. The panelists will include endocrinologists, endocrine as well as head and neck surgeons and surgical oncologists, who will highlight the nuances of complex clinical decision making. The day will also include a small group lunch with nationally recognized experts as well as an interactive endocrine Jeopardy session. This is a great opportunity to learn, connect in person with colleagues, and earn CME!
Register today! Space is limited.
For more information and to register, click here.

Questions? Contact AAES at

 Register Today for ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22 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.

Registration is now open! Register by Monday, April 23 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Take Survey on Value and Future of Continuing Certification

Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future, a commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is seeking feedback regarding the current and future state of continuing board certification. The “Vision Initiative Survey” is available on the commission website and open to comment from physicians and other health care professionals.
The commission brings together multiple stakeholders to envision a system that is responsive to the needs of those who rely on it and that is relevant, meaningful, and of value to physicians. The survey will be open until May 11. The ABMS encourages sharing this link with your colleagues and organizations.


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It’s Time To Pay Your Dues!

If you have already paid your NC-ACS Chapter dues for 2018, THANK YOU! If you haven’t, why not click here and do it now.  And ask your colleagues to join and support NC-ACS. We are stronger together.

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