nix; and professor, laboratory medicine and pathology,
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, MN, presented the Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture:
Challenge, Convergence, Complexity, and Change in
Cancer Care: Are We Ready?
The ACS and the Department of Defense, Military
Health System (MHS), signed an agreement at Clinical Congress. The partnership is meant to benefit both
parties in the areas of education, systems-based practices, and research. (See related article, page 6.)
In light of the events preceding the start of Clinical
Congress, a session on the Ebola virus was presented.
Ebola: Pragmatic Information for Surgeons covered
the pathogenesis, testing, treatment, transmission, and
protective measures for the virus. The session featured
Michele Barry, MD, FACP, professor of medicine at
Stanford School of Medicine, CA; David B. Hoyt, MD,
FACS, ACS Executive Director; Sherry M. Wren, MD,
FACS, professor of surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, CA; and Gillian Lee Seton, MD, a general surgeon who provides care to patients in Monrovia, Liberia, and assistant professor of surgery at Loma Linda
Holding its inaugural session at this year’s Clini-
Awards and honors
cal Congress was the ACS Surgical History Group
(ACSSHG). The Panel Session, moderated by LaMar
S. McGinnis, Jr., MD, FACS, Chair of the ACSSHG’s
Executive Committee, was titled Factors Shaping
Surgery during the 20th Century. The purpose of the
ACSSHG is chiefly to promote and enhance the appre-
ciation of American surgical history.
Several surgeons were honored for their contributions to the ACS. Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS,
former Executive Director of the ACS, was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award
at the Convocation. The award is presented periodically “to an extraordinary individual for a lifetime of
contributions to the art of medicine and surgery, and
service to the ACS,” said Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD,
FACS, FRCSI(Hon), Immediate Past-President of the
ACS. Dr. Russell’s wife, Nona, and his two daughters,
Katie and Jackie, accepted the award.
J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, the Richard T.
Myers Professor and Chair, department of surgery,
Wake Forest School of Medicine; surgeon-in-chief,
Wake Forest Baptist Health; and medical director,
Childress Institute of Pediatric Trauma, Wake Forest
University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem,
NC, received the ACS Distinguished Service Award,
the College’s highest honor, at the Convocation. The
Board of Regents presented the award to Dr. Meredith
in appreciation of “his continuous and devoted service”
to the organization, as well as “his distinctive scientific contributions in cardiovascular physiology during
resuscitation, trauma registries, and trauma systems.”
The Fellows Leadership Society (FLS) of the ACS
Foundation presented the 2014 Distinguished Philanthropist Award to Patricia R. and W. Gerald Austen,
Distinguished Philanthropist Awardees Dr. and Mrs. Austen (left
and center) with Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, ACS Foundation Chair.
National Safety Council (NSC) 2014 Surgeon’s Award for Service to
Safety recipient Dr. Tinkoff (center), with Ronald M. Stewart, MD,
FACS, COT Chair (left), and John Ulczycki, NSC vice-president.