DEFINITION OF TERMS
Following are the disciplinary actions that may be
imposed for violations of the principles of the College:
•Admonition: A written notification, warning, or serious rebuke.
•Censure: A written judgment, condemning the Fellow or
Member’s actions as wrong. This is a firm reprimand.
•Probation: A punitive action for a stated period of time,
during which the Member: (a) loses the rights to hold office
and to participate as a leader in College programs; (b)
retains other privileges and obligations of membership; (c)
will be reconsidered by the Central Judiciary Committee
periodically and at the end of the stated term.
•Suspension: A severe punitive action for a period of
time, during which the Fellow or Member, according to the
membership status: (a) loses the rights to attend and vote
at College meetings, to hold office, and to participate as a
leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs; (b) is subject
to the removal of the Member’s name from the public listing
and mailing list of the College; (c) surrenders his or her
Fellowship certificate to the College, and no longer explicitly
or implicitly claims to be a Fellow of the American College of
Surgeons; (d) pays the visitor’s registration fee when attending
College programs; (e) is not subject to the payment of annual
dues. When the suspension is lifted, the Fellow or Member
is returned to full privileges and obligations of Fellowship.
•Expulsion: The certificate of Fellowship and all other indicia
of Fellowship or membership previously issued by the College
must be forthwith returned to the College. The surgeon
thereafter shall not explicitly or implicitly claim to be a Fellow
or Member of the American College of Surgeons and may not
participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs.
The Board of Regents of the American
College of Surgeons (ACS) took the
following disciplinary actions at its
October 3, 2015, meeting in Chicago, IL:
•Konstantino A. Avradopoulos, MD, a general
surgeon from Northborough, MA, had his
Fellowship placed on probation with conditions
for reinstatement. This action was taken
following an action by the Massachusetts Board
of Registration in Medicine, which placed his
license on probation for five years with terms
and conditions. The state took action based
on an investigation involving his treatment
of six patients, which determined that he had
not met the standard of care in those cases.
•John E. Fattore, MD, a plastic surgeon from
Norwood, MA, had his Fellowship placed on
probation with conditions for reinstatement.
This action was taken following an action
by the Massachusetts Board of Registration
in Medicine suspending his license based
on a finding that he had committed
misconduct in the practice of medicine,
practiced medicine deceitfully, engaged in
conduct that has the capacity to deceive
or defraud, and had engaged in conduct
that undermines the public confidence in
the integrity of the medical profession.
•A Fellow who is an otolaryngologist–head
and neck surgeon from Elkton, MD, was
admonished. This action was taken after
the Maryland Board of Physicians issued
a reprimand due to failure to supervise a
certified registered nurse anesthetist and
performance of a procedure at a facility
that was not properly accredited.
•Richard Ian Reid, MD, an obstetrics and
gynecological surgeon currently living and
Disciplinary actions taken