Dr. Jo Buyske to serve as next
ABS executive director
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has announced that Jo Buyske,
MD, FACS, will be the next executive director of the ABS. Dr. Buyske
was elected at the ABS semiannual meeting after a national search
for a successor to longtime executive director Frank R. Lewis,
MD, FACS, who will retire later this year. Dr. Buyske assumed the
executive director position September 1 and will work with Dr.
Lewis up to his retirement to ensure a smooth transition of duties.
Dr. Buyske has served as associate executive director and director
of evaluation for the ABS since 2008, overseeing the development and
administration of all ABS examinations and ensuring their clinical relevance. She continues to be
clinically active and serves as an adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia. Previously, she was chief of surgery and director of minimally invasive surgery at
the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Her clinical experience centers on
applications of minimally invasive surgery to all areas of general and gastrointestinal surgery.
As executive director, Dr. Buyske will lead all organizational areas of the ABS and partner
closely with its board of directors. In addition, she will serve as the ABS’ primary liaison
to diplomates, surgical training programs, and the larger surgical community, including
the full range of organizations involved in surgical education and board certification.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named executive director,” Dr. Buyske said. “I look
forward to working with ABS directors, diplomates, and staff, as well as other surgical
organizations, to continue our work to protect the public and enhance the profession.”
With the ABS recently announcing revised requirements for continuous certification
(read about the new requirements at
she also spoke of the direction of the organization going forward. “The ABS is committed
to changing its policies regarding lifelong learning and certification in the interests of
better serving both our diplomates and the public. Our goal is to have the best combination
of practice-pertinent, timely, and valuable assessment tools to assure our patients that
board-certified surgeons are knowledgeable and up to date,” Dr. Buyske said.
Read more about Dr. Buyske in the ABS press release at
OGB convenes informational meetings
at Clinical Congress 2017
Operation Giving Back (OGB), the volunteerism initiative of the American College of Surgeons
(ACS), will host two informational meetings at Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. A Global
Surgery Program Leaders informational meeting will take place October 23, 3:00–5:00 pm, and will
focus on creating a platform for future collaboration between individual programs and OGB.
In addition, OGB will host a Resident Interest Group informational meeting, October 24, 11: 30 am–
1:00 pm. Residents interested in learning more about OGB and how to get involved are encouraged to
attend. For more information and to RSVP for both informational meetings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦