Convocation: Distinguished Service Award
recipient Dr. Opelka (right) with Dr. Richardson
Convocation: Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring
Women in Surgery Award recipient Dr. Maniscalco-
Theberge (right) with Dr. Richardson
Convocation: Incoming President
Dr. Townsend delivers his
Center, Dallas, delivered the Charles G. Drake History
of Surgery Lecture: Athletic Head Trauma: The Interface between Sport, Science, Pseudoscience, Politics,
•Robert D. Fry, MD, FACS, the Emilie and Roland
DeHellebranth emeritus professor of surgery and former
chairman, department of surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, presented the Herand Abcarian
Lecture: Surgical Mentorship, More Than Just Teaching.
•Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, director, Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital, CT, and a
member of the ACS Board of Regents, presented the
Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture: Strategies to Increase Survival in Active Shooter
and Intentional Mass Casualty Events.
•Susan M. Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS, associate professor
of surgery, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, presented the Scudder Oration
on Trauma Lecture: Responding to Crisis: Surgeons As
Leaders in Disaster Response.
•Alexa I. Canady, MD, FACS, former chief of neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Michigan, Ann Arbor,
presented the Olga M. Jonasson Lecture: The Journey:
Becoming a Neurosurgeon and Back Again.
•Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, MD, professor of surgery,
and consultant and head, cardiovascular and thoracic
surgery department, Bouake University Teaching Hospital, and professor and chairman, cardiovascular and
thoracic diseases department, Bouake University, Côte
d’Ivoire, presented the Distinguished Lecture of the
International Society of Surgery: Challenges in Open
Heart Surgery in Africa: Côte d’Ivoire Experience.
•Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon),
FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), ACS Past-President and
professor of surgery and chair, department of surgery,
University of Washington, Seattle, delivered the John
J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy Lecture: TRUST: The
Keystone of the Patient-Physician Relationship.
•Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, senior vice-president and chief medical officer, American Society
of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, VA, presented the
Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture: Finding the
Evidence in Real-World Evidence: Moving from Data to
Information to Knowledge.
This year’s Clinical Congress featured three Special
Sessions on hot topics in surgery, including Firearm
Injury Prevention, ACS Strong for Surgery, and Global
Engagement. The session on Firearm Injury Prevention was presented by the ACS Committee on Trauma
(COT) and focused, in part, on results from a survey
of COT members to determine their views on a range
of related topics. The ACS Strong for Surgery Session
introduced this new College initiative, which is aimed
at optimizing patients for surgery through smoking
cessation, nutrition, medication management, and
glucose homeostasis. The Global Engagement session
introduced the College’s new strategic direction in
international and domestic volunteerism.