Dr. Poole (left) accepts the 2015 Nizar N.
Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship certificate
from Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS
Advisory Council for Rural Surgery.
and Nakul P. Raykar, MD, MPH, a senior general
surgery resident, department of general surgery, Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, were the
first-place winners on the “essential” side. Lisa M.
Kodadek, MD, a senior general surgery resident,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, was the first-place winner on the “threat”
Annual Business Meeting
The ACS Annual Business Meeting of Members
convened October 7 with Dr. Maier presiding in
Dr. Richardson’s stead and the following officials
presenting reports: Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS,
Chair of the Board of Regents; Michael J. Sutherland,
MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC)
Board of Directors; Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS,
Chair of the Board of Governors (B/G); and Dr. Hoyt.
The election of the ACS President-Elect,
Vice-Presidents-Elect, Regents, and Governors also
took place at the Annual Business Meeting.
Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, the
Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in General
Surgery, department of surgery, University of Texas
Medical Branch, Galveston, was elected President-Elect.
Hilary Sanfey, MB, BCh, BAO, MCh, MA, MHPE,
FACS, FRCSI, FRCS, professor of surgery and vice-
chair for educational affairs, department of surgery;
and associate director, Academy for Scholarship and
Education, Southern Illinois School of Medicine,
Springfield, was elected First Vice-President. Mary
C. Mc Carthy, MD, FACS, Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair
and Professor, department of surgery, Boonshoft
School of Medicine, and adjunct graduate faculty,
School of Engineering, Wright State University;
and an acute care surgeon at Miami Valley Hospi-
tal, Dayton, OH, was elected Second Vice-President.
The B/G elected Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, a
cardiothoracic surgeon, New York, N Y, Chair of the
Board of Regents. Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, a
general surgeon, Boston, was elected Vice-Chair of
the Board of Regents.
The B/G also elected four new Regents: James
C. Denneny III, MD, FACS, FAAOA, an otolaryngologist, Alexandria, VA; Timothy J. Eberlein, MD,
FACS, a general surgeon, St. Louis, MO; Linda G.
Phillips, MD, FACS, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Galveston; and Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH,
FACS, a vascular surgeon, Washington, DC.
The following Regents were reelected to serve
a second term: John L. D. Atkinson, MD, FACS,
a neurologic surgeon, Rochester, MN; Henri R.
Ford, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, Los Angeles,
CA; Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS, a gynecologic oncologic surgeon, Philadelphia, PA; L. Scott
Levin, MD, FACS, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Philadelphia; Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS,
a general surgeon, Wichita Falls, TX; and Steven
D. Wexner, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon,
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