ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators hosts Special Session and announces 2021 members

L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, MAMSE, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon)
L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), MAMSE

The 2021 Symposium of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ will take place Monday, October 25, 12:00 noon–12:55 pm Central Time. The special session, Surgery Residency Training Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, and will be co-moderated by L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), MAMSE, and Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE. The presenters will include Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEPH, FACS; Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, FACS, MAMSE; Mohsen Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS, MAMSE; and Kathryn Spanknebel, MD, FACS.

This symposium will focus on future transformational changes in surgery resident training based on surgeon-educators’ experiences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Presentations during the Special Session will describe the impact of the pandemic on surgery residency training, especially with respect to residents, medical students, and faculty. Speakers will highlight the novel education and training methods that surgery residency programs have adopted during the pandemic, describe the organizational adaptations to address challenges associated with the pandemic, and define strategies to ensure optimal surgery residency training during future crises. They will discuss the peer-reviewed online educational resources that the Academy developed during the pandemic, and outline strategies to maintain and advance these resources in the future. E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE, and Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE, will join the presenters during the discussion period.


The symposium is open to all Clinical Congress registrants, and all are encouraged to attend, participate in the discussion, and share new ideas.

Congratulations to new members

The Academy leadership is delighted to announce that the following surgeons have been selected by the Steering Committee in the 2021 cycle. The Induction Ceremony of the Academy was held Friday, October 15.


  • A/Prof. Anthony Buzzard, FACS, FRACS
  • Herbert Chen, MD, FACS
  • Stephen C. Clark, BMedSci, BM, BS, DM, FFST, RCPathME, FACS, FRCP, FRCS
  • Newton D. Duncan, DM, FACS
  • Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS
  • Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, FCCM
  • Debra Holly Ford, MD, FACS, FASCRS
  • Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS
  • Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS
  • Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS
  • Ronald B. Hirschl, MS, MD, FACS
  • Lillian S. Kao, MD, MS, FACS
  • K. Craig Kent, MD, FACS
  • V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD, MSHCT, FACS
  • Konstantinos M. Konstantinidis, MD, PhD, FACS
  • James R. Korndorffer Jr., MD, MHPE, FACS
  • J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, MCCM
  • Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce, MD, FACS, FRCSC
  • Anne Charlotte Mosenthal, MD, FACS
  • Nancy Dugal Perrier, MD, FACS
  • David Powell, MD, FACS
  • Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS
  • Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon)
  • Bruce Schirmer, MD, FACS
  • Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS
  • Merry E. Sebelik, MD, FACS
  • Prof. Jonathan Serpell, AM MB, BS, MD, MEd, FACS, FRACS, FRCSEd(ad hom), GAICD, CCPU
  • Mohsen Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS
  • Ashok R. Shaha, MD, FACS
  • Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS
  • Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD, FACS, FACC
  • Gary Timmerman, MD, FACS
  • Francisca A. Tolete-Velcek, MD, FACS
  • Ara Vaporciyan, MD, MHPE, FACS

Associate Members

  • Hiba Abdel Aziz, MD, FACS
  • Wesam Talal Abuznadah, MD, MEd, FACS, FRCSC
  • Michael Amendola, MD, MEHP, FACS, FSVS
  • Farin Amersi, MD, FACS
  • Tania K. Arora, MD, FACS, FSSO
  • Glenn Thomas Ault, MD, MSEd, FACS, FASCRS
  • Christa R. Balanoff, MD, MHPE, FACS
  • Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS
  • David A. Edelman, MD, MSHPEd, FACS
  • Eric Alan Gantwerker, MD, MMSc, FACS
  • Denise W. Gee, MD, FACS
  • Mary L. Gemignani, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Daniel John Grabo, MD, FACS
  • Osama H. Hamed, MD, FACS, DABS
  • William Hope, MD, FACS
  • Ajay Jain, MD, FACS
  • Shaneeta M. Johnson, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS
  • Stephen M. Kavic, MD, FACS
  • Oyintonbra F. Koroye, FACS, FWACS, FICS
  • Anjali S. Kumar, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS
  • Jennifer LaFemina, MD, FACS
  • Carter Lebares, MD, FACS
  • Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS
  • Michael J. Malinowski, MD, MEHP, FACS
  • Luca Morelli, MD, FACS, FASCRS
  • Raghu Lakshmana Motaganahalli, MD, FACS, DFSVS
  • Benedict C. Nwomeh, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Daniel Kinyuru Ojuka, MBBS, FACS
  • Andrea S. Parker, MD, FACS, FCS(ECSA)
  • Nell Maloney Patel, MD, FACS, FASCRS
  • Timothy M. Pawlik, MD, MPH, MTS, PhD, FACS, FRACS(Hon)
  • Patrizio Petrone, MD, PhD, MPH, MHSA, MAAC, FACS
  • Marcelo A. F. Ribeiro, Jr., MD, MSc, PhD, FACS
  • Anne G. Rizzo, MD, FACS, DABS
  • Edgardo S. Salcedo, MD, FACS
  • Susan Steinemann, MD, FACS
  • James Suliburk, MD, FACS
  • Cynthia L. Talley, MD, FACS
  • Anthony Y. B. Teoh, FACS, FASGE, FRCSEd, FJGES
  • Gabriela Velazquez, MD, FACS
  • Andrew Wexler, MD, MA, FACS
  • Gordon G. Wisbach, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS

Affiliate Members

  • Xiaodong (Phoenix) Chen, PhD
  • Catherine Mohr, MD, MSME
  • Sharon L. Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA
  • Emil R. Petrusa, PhD
  • Deborah M. Rooney, PhD
  • Ara Tekian, PhD, MHPE

A listing of the entire membership can be found on the Academy’s webpage.

Mission statement

Developed by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, the Mission of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.

Steering Committee of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators


  • L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), MAMSE
  • Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE


  • Sir Murray F. Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS, MAMSE
  • Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS, FRCSC, MAMSE
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE
  • L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, MAMSE
  • Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, MAMSE
  • Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWAC(Hon), MAMSE
  • Anton Nicholas Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE


  • Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH


  • Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD
  • Susan Newman, MPH
  • Linda K. Lupi, MBA
  • Stephen F. Simalchik

For additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at [email protected]; Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD, at [email protected]; or Susan Newman, MPH, at [email protected].