Convocation: Maya A. Babu, MD,
MBA, Chair of the ACS Resident
and Associate Society, speaks on
behalf of incoming Initiates
Dr. Cosgrove delivers the Martin
The Commission on Cancer was honored to have
Greg Simon, Executive Director of the White House
Cancer Moonshot initiative, serve as the keynote
speaker at its annual meeting. The Moonshot project, introduced by President Barack Obama during
his 2016 State of the Union Address and led by Vice-President Joe Biden, focuses on cancer prevention,
early detection, and accessible therapies.
The revitalized Excelsior Surgical Society, which
is composed of military surgeons and dedicated to
their unique needs and issues, held its second annual
meeting October 16. A highlight of the meeting was
the presentation of the Second Annual U.S. Army
Major John P. Pryor Lecture by retired U.S. Army
Colonel Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS, professor of
military medicine, Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, and
director, Vietnam Vascular Registry. Dr. Rich’s comments focused on the history of the Excelsior Surgical
Society and the Vietnam Vascular Registry, which
he and his colleagues started in 1966 to register the
injuries of American casualties and to provide long-term follow-up care for the injured troops.
The ACS COT piloted the Bleeding Control Basic
course at Clinical Congress. The new version of the
Bleeding Control course, endorsed by the Hartford
Consensus™, enables surgeons to teach these lifesaving techniques to nonclinical members of their
communities. The course, which was offered to ACS
leaders and members of several committees, was
developed in conjunction with the President’s “Stop
the Bleed” national campaign to bring awareness to
bleeding control and techniques for saving lives after
hemorrhagic injury. The course ultimately will be
Dr. Briggs delivers the Scudder
Oration on Trauma
Dr. Canady delivers the Olga
M. Jonasson Lecture
offered throughout the U.S. to the general public.
More information on this program can be found at
Member engagement activities initiated at Clinical Congress 2015 continued at this year’s meeting.
The ACS Taste of the City offered Fellows, families,
staff, and guests the opportunity to experience the
diverse dining and cultural scene of Washington, DC,
and to network with other ACS members and leaders.
Clinical Congress attendees were again challenged
to snap photos of themselves with ACS leaders and
members at various conference events and to post
the selfies on Twitter. The second annual Chapter
Speed Networking event was presented to facilitate
interaction by chapter leaders and ACS Governors.
A Speed Mentoring event also took place this year,
allowing residents to seek guidance from young Fellows of the ACS.
New this year for the youngest Clinical Congress guest attendees was a Little Medical School
day offered as part of the Clinical Congress Child
Care Program. Children of Clinical Congress participants were able to explore the world of medicine,
science, and health in an engaging and fun environment. Each child who participated in this optional
program received a disposable white physician’s coat,
organ sticker set, surgical kit, and a diploma.
Awards and honors
Several surgeons were honored for their contributions to the ACS and to surgery. Frank G. Opelka,
MD, FACS, a colon and rectal surgeon and Medical
Director, Quality and Health Policy, ACS Division of