in surgical procedures and technologies. This event
took place at the Methodist Institute for Technology,
Innovation & Education in Houston, TX.
•Produced the daily Clinical Congress Highlights.
The College developed 561 marketing and design
projects. In addition, Integrated Communications
collaborated with Education on a targeted e-mail campaign to surgeons in 14 states recommending courses
that might help them fulfill their respective states’
maintenance of licensure requirements.
The ACS Foundation saw an increase in contributions
this year of more than 11 percent from last year. There
was a positive return from the ACS Foundation annual
appeals in support of the Greatest Needs Fund, which
supports areas not sustained with ACS revenue streams.
The ACS Foundation supports the following activities:
•More than 50 international guest scholarships, research
fellowships, and traveling scholarships
•ATLS training in Mongolia and Kenya
•OGB’s strategic plan for greater outreach
•Home Skills Kits
•Surgical skills courses at Clinical Congress
Broader engagement of the ACS Fellowship in
philanthropy was another strategic goal for the ACS
Foundation. Through its launch of the National Doc-
tors’ Day fundraising initiative, more than $10,000 was
raised in honoraria for Fellows’ mentors. The Chapter
Philanthropic Champion program has also continued
its outreach, with 47 Fellows representing the Foun-
dation in their respective ACS chapters.
ress of its past scholarship recipients to show the
long-term impact that awarding funding that can have
on surgical careers and patient care. Many recipients
have credited the ACS with the start in their surgical research careers, which are having a lifesaving,
transformative impact on surgical patients.
The ACS remains financially sound thanks to the
hard work and strategic planning of our Finance and
Accounting teams. Our Convention and Meetings
team continues to do a phenomenal job of coordinating the logistics not only of the Clinical Congress but
of all ACS educational conferences and thousands of
internal and external meetings. This area also worked
on the pilot Chapter Management Program described
Our Human Resources and Performance Improvement teams continue to recruit top talent, and provide
a range of opportunities for the staff to grow professionally and personally. Our Information Technology
staff support many of the electronic programs and
services described throughout this report.
Through the commitment of the staff and volunteers of the ACS, this organization continues to lead
the way in ensuring all Americans have access to high-quality surgical care. It is an honor and privilege to
continue to serve as your ACS Executive Director. ♦