Pauline W. Chen, MD, FACS,
delivering the 2013
Olga M. Jonasson Lecture
Dr. To, 2015 Russell
MAR 2017 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
The tradition continues
More recent fundraising
initiatives in gratitude to mentors
also were completed through
the ACS Foundation. As a result,
the College offers fellowships
and scholarships honoring ACS
Distinguished Service Award
recipient Murray F. Brennan, MD,
FACS; the late Jameson L. Chassin,
MD, FACS; and Dr. Pellegrini.
In 2015, David J. Brown, MD,
associate vice-president and
associate dean for health equity
and inclusion, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Rahul
K. Shah, MD, FACS, vice-president
and chief quality and safety
officer, Children’s National Health
System, Washington, DC, led
the effort to establish a traveling
mentorship award named for ACS
Past-President and Past-Chair,
ACS Board of Regents, Gerald B.
Healy, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon),
FRCSI(Hon). 5 The intent of
the Gerald B. Healy Traveling
Mentorship Award is to provide a
young surgeon with the resources
needed to travel and meet with
one or more mentors. Recipients
are expected to then report on
lessons learned. Drs. Brown and
Shah created this fellowship
to honor Dr. Healy’s highly
respected mentorship of many
residents and medical students.
“Dr. Healy always looked
out for our best interests, was
selfless with his mentorship, and
never pushed us to be a clone of
him,” said Dr. Brown. Dr. Shah
also expressed his admiration of
Dr. Healy, stating, “Not a week
goes by where I do not reflect
on a point that was conveyed
to me by Dr. Healy. One of my
favorites is his imploring us to
just walk down the hall or pick up
the phone and speak to someone
rather than sending an e-mail.
The value Dr. Healy placed on
ensuring we realized the value of
the personal touch has been an
invaluable part of my career.”
In 2016, the ACS Foundation
began a new tradition on
National Doctors’ Day with
a fundraising campaign that
provides the opportunity for
all Fellows and ACS members
to honor their mentors with a
tribute gift. On March 30, the ACS
Foundation is again participating
in the 2017 National Doctors’
Day. Any donor who makes a
contribution in honor of a mentor
will be recognized in the ACS
Bulletin, ACS NewsScope, on the
ACS website, and at Clinical
Congress. As a courtesy, an
acknowledgement letter will
be sent to the donor’s honoree
or family, if in memoriam.
For more information,
or call 312-202-5338. ♦
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Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, ACS
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January 30, 2017.
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