The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Con- gress 2015 in Chicago, IL, provided surgeons, medical students, surgical residents, and other members of
the operating room team with the opportunity to participate in myriad educational experiences and to interact with
their peers. Total registration for the meeting was 13,481,
including 8,801 physicians; the remaining attendees were
exhibitors, guests, spouses, and convention personnel.
J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and
vice-chairman, department of surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY, was installed as 96th President
of the ACS at the 2015 Convocation October 4. Dr. Richardson was unable to attend the Clinical Congress; in his stead,
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the ACS,
delivered Dr. Richardson’s Presidential Address, Challenges
for the Second Century, to those of the College’s 1,679 Initiates in attendance and other audience members.
Two Vice-Presidents also assumed office at the Convocation: Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, as First Vice-President;
and Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS, as Second Vice-President.
Dr. Maier is the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor of
Trauma Surgery and vice-chair, department of surgery,
University of Washington Medicine, Seattle, and is director and surgeon-in-chief, Harborview Medical Center, the
regional Level I trauma center based in Seattle. Dr. Pories is
founding chair, department of surgery; professor of surgery,
biochemistry, and kinesiology; and director, bariatric surgery
research group, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
In addition, Honorary Fellowship was conferred on six
international surgeons: Emmanuel Quaye Archampong,
Convocation: Dr. Weigelt (left) accepting his
Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Warshaw.
Convocation: Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS,
Chair of the ACS Resident and Associate Society.
Martin Memorial Lecture:
Dr. Farmer delivering the lecture.