Surgical residents from throughout the U.S. have participated in
the ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence program. These individuals
report excellent, productive experiences that have been useful in
launching their careers in the field of academic surgery.
ACS honors Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS,
with Appreciation Award for service
Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Sioux Falls, SD, was
honored at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2014 Clinical Congress
with an Appreciation Award for his years of service to the ACS Board of
Governors. Dr. Timmerman concluded his tenure as Chair of the Board of
Governors at the annual meeting.
During the Board of Governors Dinner October 29, Dr. Timmerman received a
plaque commemorating the many roles he has filled at the College. Since 1997, he has
served in more than 20 volunteer positions with the ACS, seven of which were on the Board of Governors.
“Dr. Timmerman played an instrumental role during his tenure as Chair of the Board of Governors
during this past year. His sensitivity to individuals and issues, wonderful sense of humor, and tireless
devotion to the American College of Surgeons will be remembered for many years to come,” said Patricia
L. Turner, Director, ACS Division of Member Services.
Dr. Timmerman became a Member of the Board of Governors in 2007. In 2009, he became a
Member of the Board’s Nominating Committee (2009–2010). He has subsequently served as a Member
of the Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2013–2014), Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc
Committee to Restructure Board of Governors Committees (2012–2013), Member of the Executive
Committee (2011–2012), Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors (2011–2013), and, lastly, Chair of the
Board of Governors (2013–2014).
In addition, he is a Past-President of the ACS South Dakota Chapter (1997–1998) and has been a
member and chair of numerous other College committees, including the Committee on Young Surgeons
and the Nominating Committee of the Fellows.
Dr. Timmerman is an attending surgeon at Sanford Surgical Associates, Sioux Falls, and associate
professor and chair, department of surgery, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota. ♦
Residence have demonstrated
great dedication to outcomes
research and the improvement
of the quality of surgical care.
The ACS Clinical Scholars
in Residence have presented
their findings at numerous
major national meetings and
published in high-impact, peer-
reviewed publications, including
several recent publications,
in the Journal of the American
Medical Association and other top
surgical journals. In addition, the
scholars contribute a great deal
to the ACS quality improvement
programs. Scholars have gone on
to attain prestigious fellowships
in several fields and faculty
positions in academic surgery.
The 2016–2018 scholars will
begin their work on July 1,
2016. Applications for these
positions are due April 3,
2015. Currently, applicants
are required to have funding
from their institution or
another grant mechanism.
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about the program and the
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