MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE ACS
Left to right, top row: Walter W. Chipman, John M. T. Finney, Rudolph Matas, William D. Haggard, Edward Martin, and Franklin H. Martin.
Middle row: George E. Armstrong, George E. Brewer, Charles H. Mayo, Robert E. McKechnie, and John B. Murphy.
Bottom row: Frederic J. Cotton, Herbert A. Bruce, George W. Crile, Albert J. Ochsner, Harry M. Sherman, and Charles F. Stokes.
on in the home. Surgeon training was standardized. If
the College had ceased to exist at this point, it would
have more than fulfilled the expectations of Drs. Martin
and Finney and of the other founders—but that did
The College has continued to be dedicated to inspir-
Commission on Cancer
ing quality, to maintaining the highest standards, and
to ensuring better outcomes. Medical knowledge and
technology are continuously and rapidly expanding.
The College has kept pace by developing educational
and training resources to prepare surgeons to enter
practice and for practicing surgeons to adapt. There
have been many quality and educational programs
(they are inextricably linked) carried out by the Col-
lege since its founding. I would like to focus on three
programs—the Commission on Cancer (CoC), the
Committee on Trauma (COT), and the Committee
on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education
(CESTE)—as examples of how the Fellows continue to
recognize opportunities for improvement, seize them,
and establish standards to ensure quality.
The ACS Committee on Treatment of Malignant
Diseases with Radium and X Ray was established in
1922. In keeping with the quality efforts of the hospital approvals program, the “Minimum Standard
for Cancer Clinics in General Hospitals” was issued
in 1930. The primary purpose of this body was to
ensure that patients would receive quality cancer care
in their community hospitals. In 1953, the committee
issued a manual titled A Standardized Method for Reporting Cancer End Results. The influence of Dr. Codman