The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clini- cal Congress 2016 in Washington, DC, provided surgeons, medical students, surgical residents,
and other members of the surgical patient care team
with the opportunity to participate in myriad educational experiences and to interact with their peers.
Total registration for the meeting was 12,783, including 8,700 physicians and 4,083 exhibitors, guests,
spouses, and convention personnel.
Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, the
Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in General Surgery, department of surgery, University of Texas Medical
Branch (UTMB), Galveston; professor of surgery, department of surgery; professor of physician assistant studies,
School of Allied Health Sciences; and graduate faculty
in the cell biology program, UTMB, was installed as
97th President of the ACS at Convocation October 16.
Dr. Townsend delivered the Presidential Address, Do
What’s Right for the Patient: Franklin H. Martin and
the American College of Surgeons, to the College’s 1,823
Initiates, more than 800 of whom were in the audience.
Two Vice-Presidents also assumed office at the Convocation. The First Vice-President is Hilary Sanfey, MB,
BCh, MHPE, FACS, FRCSI, FRCS, professor of surgery
and vice-president for educational affairs, department of
surgery, and associate director, Academy for Scholarship
and Education, Southern Illinois School of Medicine,
Springfield. The Second Vice-President is Mary C.
McCarthy, MD, FACS, the Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair
and Professor, department of surgery, Boonshoft School
of Medicine, and adjunct graduate faculty, School of
Engineering, Wright State University; and acute care
surgeon at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH.
Also at the Convocation, Honorary Fellowship
was conferred on five international surgeons:
Hernando Abaúnza Orjuela, MD, FACS, MACC(Hon),
Bogota, Columbia; Jacques Belghiti, MD, PhD, Paris,
France; S. Adibul Hasan Rizvi, MB, BS, FRCSEng,
FRCSEd, Karachi, Pakistan; Sachiyo Suita, MD, Ph D,
Fukuoka, Japan; and John F. Thompson, AO, MD,
FACS, FRACS, FAHMS, Sydney, Australia.
Clinical Congress featured 11 Named Lectures, starting
with the Martin Memorial Lecture, presented immediately after the Opening Ceremony on October 17. Delos
M. Cosgrove III, MD, FACS, chief executive officer,
Cleveland Clinic, OH, presented the well-received lecture, Doctors in Distress: The Burnout Crisis.
Other Named Lectures presented at Clinical Congress 2016 were as follows:
• Edward D. Verrier, MD, FACS, the K. Alvin and Shirley
E. Merendino Endowed Professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, University of Washington Medical Center,
Seattle, presented the John H. Gibbon, Jr., Lecture: The
Elite Athlete...the Master Surgeon.
• Andres M. Lozano, MD, Ph D, FRCSC, FRSC, the Dan
Family Chair in Neurosurgery, the R. R. Tasker Chair
in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and the
Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto Health Network, ON, presented the I. S.
Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences: Surgery to Adjust the Activity of Misfiring Brain Circuits
to Improve Movement, Mood, and Memory.
•H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FACS, the Lois C. A. and Darwin
E. Smith Professor and chair, department of neurological surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical