Dr. Turner (left) and her daughers make
meal bags for the Martha’s Table charity.
The event was organized by Jack and Jill
of America, which focuses on leadership
development, volunteer service, and
civic responsibility for children.
surgical disparities research. The output of this event will enable
scientists and funding agencies to prioritize research projects
and interventions aimed at mitigating health care inequities and
improving access to surgical services. This effort is being led by
Dr. Britt and Irene Dankwa-Mullen MD, MPH, director of extramural scientific programs at the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Care Disparities. Several ACS Past-Presidents, including Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon);
Regents; Fellows; Dr. Tefera; and senior surgical scientists have
been invited to participate in this program. This event will serve
as an excellent opportunity to “provide leadership to surgeons
across the country to study and address disparities in care,” said
COA Vice-Chair Adil H. Haider, MB, BS, FACS, Kessler Director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA,
and past-recipient of the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award.
We will keep you informed about the upcoming conference and
its outcome through reports in the Bulletin.
The ACS, with your help, is well-positioned to help resolve one
of the most pressing problems facing our patients throughout the
world—inequities in access to surgical care. I encourage you to
find out more about how you can get involved in the OGB program by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteerism, even at a local
level, can be a simple and inspiring experience as demonstrated
by Dr. Turner and her children during the most recent Martin
Luther King, Jr., holiday in January (see photos, this page). ♦
If you have comments or suggestions about this or other issues, please send them to Dr.
Hoyt at email@example.com.