The 2014 Clinical Congress of the American Col- lege of Surgeons (ACS) in San Francisco, CA, provided surgeons, medical students, surgical
residents, and other members of the operating room
team with the opportunity to immerse themselves
in a variety of educational experiences and to interact with their peers. Total registration for this year’s
meeting was 13,960, including 9,354 physicians; the
remaining attendees were exhibitors, guests, spouses, and convention personnel.
Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon),
surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Massachusetts General
Hospital, and the W. Gerald Austen Distinguished
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, was installed as the 95th President of the
ACS at the 2014 Convocation ceremonies October
26. Dr. Warshaw presented his Presidential Address,
Achieving Our Personal Best—Back to the Future of
the American College of Surgeons, to the College’s
1,640 Initiates and other attendees.
Two Vice-Presidents assumed office at the Convocation, as well: Jay L. Grosfeld, MD, FACS,
FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon),
as First Vice-President; and Kenneth L. Mattox,
MD, FACS, as Second Vice-President. Dr. Grosfeld
is Lafayette F. Page professor emeritus of pediatric
surgery, and past-chairman, department of surgery,
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
Dr. Mattox is distinguished service professor, Michael
E. DeBakey department of surgery, Baylor College of
Medicine, and chief of staff and chief of surgery, Ben
Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX.
In addition, Honorary Fellowship was conferred
on six international surgeons: Pierre-Alain Clavien,
MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, Zurich, Switzerland; Alberto Raul Ferreres, MD, PhD, MPH,
FACS, Buenos Aires, Argentina; O. James Garden, BSc, MB, BCh, CBE, MD, FRCSEd, FRCPEd,
FRSE, Edinburgh, Scotland; Antoon (Toni) Lerut,
MD, FACS, FACCP, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon),
AFC(Hon), ASA(Hon), Leuven, Belgium;
Chung-Mau Lo, MB, BS, FACS, Hong Kong SAR, China;
and Edgar Rodas, MD, FACS, Cuenca, Ecuador.
Clinical Congress featured several Named Lectures,
starting with the Martin Memorial Lecture, presented
immediately after the Opening Ceremony on October 27. W. Marston Linehan, MD, chief, urologic surgery and urologic oncology branch, Center for Cancer
Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD,
delivered the well-received lecture, Targeting the
Genetic and Metabolic Basis of Cancer.
Other Named Lectures presented at the 2014 Clinical Congress were as follows:
•Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, vice-chair for clinical
research, department of surgery, and Miner Family
Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and professor of surgery, Weill
Robert D. Winfield, MD, FACS, Chair of the
RAS-ACS, speaks on behalf of Resident
Members and Associate Fellows.
Dr. Pellegrini (right) presents the
Presidential Medallion to Dr. Warshaw.
Dr. Warshaw presents his
The photos accompanying this article were taken by Charles Giorno
Photography, Stewart Bloom Photography, and Oscar and Associates.