L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, an internationally renowned hand surgeon and microsurgeon, was elected Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents during the College’s Clinical Congress 2020, October 3–7. Dr. Levin is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery, chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery, and professor of surgery (plastic surgery) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He also is director of the Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line and a leading clinical and basic science researcher in the fields of hand and microsurgery.
In his role as Chair, which he has already assumed, Dr. Levin will work closely with the ACS Executive Director, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 24-member Board of Regents formulates policy and ultimately is responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board’s diversity and variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
A Fellow of the College since 1996, Dr. Levin has previously held other leadership roles with ACS. He served as Vice-Chair, Board of Regents (2019–2020), Chair, Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery (2008–2012), and as Specialty Governor for the American Society of Surgery for the Hand (2006–2009). In 2018, he was an admitted as a member of the inaugural class to the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
Additionally, Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD(Hon), FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), chair of the department of colorectal surgery and director of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACS.
In this role, Dr. Wexner will become Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, and Regental Liaison to the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee. Further, in the absence or inability to act of the Board of Regents Chair, the Vice-Chair will perform the duties of the Chair.
Dr. Wexner has been a Fellow of College since 1991 and has served as an ACS Regent since 2012. He is the founding Chair of the ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC) National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer, a member of the Executive Committee of the CoC, and served as President of the College’s South Florida Chapter (2000–2004). He also served as an ACS Governor (2000–2006), as Chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery, and on both the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC Board (2005–2011 and 2017–2020) and ACS Foundation Board (2020), among numerous other involvements with the College. Dr. Wexner became a member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in 2019.