Two new Officers of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were elected at Wednesday’s Annual Meeting of the Members. Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Salina, KS, will replace Edward E. Cornwell, MD, FACS, FCCM, as Secretary, and Don K. Nakayama, MD, MBA, FACS, a pediatric surgeon from Chapel Hill, NC, will replace William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, as Treasurer.
Dr. Hughes is a general surgeon in McPherson, KS, and is clinical professor of surgery and director of medical education, Kansas University School of Medicine, Salina. A Fellow of the College since 1986, Dr. Hughes has served in several ACS leadership positions and is presently Editor of the ACS Communities. He was instrumental in establishing the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery and chaired the council (2012−2016). He also has served on the Board of Governors (B/G) (2009−2015) and was a member of the B/G Committee on Socioeconomic Issues (2010−2013), Communications Pillar (2013−2015), Continuing Education Workgroup (2013−2015), Newsletter Workgroup (2013−2015), and Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup (2013−2015).
At the local level, Dr. Hughes is Past-President of the Kansas Chapter of the ACS (2006−2007) and Past-Chair of the Kansas Credentials Committee (1999−2012).
Dr. Nakayama is clinical professor, division of pediatric surgery, department of surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. An ACS Fellow since 1990, he has also been active in the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (2013−2017) and the B/G (2011−2013), serving on the Governors Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2012−2013) and Committee to Restructure B/G Committees (2012−2013). Dr. Nakayama has been Chair of the History and Archives Committee since 2016.
Dr. Nakayama has been active at the state level as well, and is a Past-President of the Georgia Society of the ACS (2008−2010) and has served on the Georgia Credentials Committee (2011−2013).