The Board of Governors (B/G) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has elected two new members of the Board of Regents (B/R): Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, and Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS. In addition, 10 Regents have been reelected and several B/G Executive Committee seats have been filled.
Newly elected Regents
Dr. Napolitano is the Massey Foundation Professor of Surgery; founding division chief, acute care surgery; and director, surgical critical care, department of surgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor. A Fellow of the ACS since 1995, Dr. Napolitano has been a tireless volunteer for the College and has served in several important leadership roles within the organization.
An ACS Governor from 2008 to 2014, she has been Chair, B/G (2011–2013); Chair, Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Restructure B/G Committees (2012–2013); Chair, B/G Fiscal Affairs Committee (2010–2013); Secretary, B/G (2010–2011); and Member, Executive Committee of the B/G (2009–2013). She was instrumental in the development of the pillar structure of the B/G, under which workgroups were established to address issues relevant to Fellows of the College. This comprehensive change and reorganization aligned and integrated the B/G with the Fellows of the ACS. Dr. Napolitano also greatly expanded and codified the responsibilities of the Governors to ensure their active involvement in College activities.
In addition, Dr. Napolitano has served as Chair and Vice-Chair, Committee on Perioperative Care (CPC) (2002−2005 and 2000−2002, respectively); Chair, CPC Subcommittee on Infection Control (2003−2004); and Vice-Chair and Executive Committee Member, Pre- and Postoperative Care Committee (1998−2000 and 1998−2002, respectively). She has been a member of the Member Services Liaison Committee (2011–2013), B/G Committee on Surgical Practice (2003–2010), and ACS Bylaws Committee (2011–2013).
Dr. Napolitano has been a member of the ACS Program Committee (2003–2005, 2011–2013), Comprehensive Communications Committee (2011–2012), ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC (American College of Surgeons political action committee) Board (2011–2014), and ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Resident Curriculum Steering Committee (2004–2010). From 2005 to 2014, she was Editor of what is now known as the ACS Surgical Critical Care Community. She served as President of the Surgical Infection Society and has held leadership roles in many other national societies. She served as director, American Board of Surgery (ABS) (2011−2017).
She has been involved at the chapter level as well, currently serving as President of the Michigan Chapter of the ACS, and previously as Councilor (2013–2015), Secretary (2015–2017), and President-Elect and Program Committee Chair (2017–2018).
At present, Dr. Napolitano is a member of the ACS Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®)Advisory Committee, the Michigan Chapter Credentials Committee, the ACS Committee on Surgical Skills Training for Practicing Surgeons, and the ACS Patient Education Committee, as well as the Michigan State Committee on Trauma (COT). She was Vice-Chair of the Michigan State COT from 2006 to 2008.
An esteemed trauma and critical care surgeon, Dr. Napolitano received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Presidential Citation and Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, Dr. Napolitano was inducted into the League of Educational Excellence, received the Evan Newport Individual HOPE Award, and was awarded Master of Critical Care Medicine by the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Sharp is professor of surgery and vice-chair, department of surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and is a highly regarded surgical educator and mentor. He became an ACS Fellow in 1987 and has subsequently served in many roles for the ACS, starting as the Young Surgeon Representative for the Tennessee Chapter in 1989 and rising to serve as the Tennessee Chapter President (2000–2001). He has served on the Middle Tennessee Committee on Applicants for many years and has chaired that committee since 2010.
Dr. Sharp served on the ACS B/G (2000−2006), and in those six years he chaired the Physician Competency and Health Committee Workgroup (2004−2006) and the Nominating Committee of the B/G (2004−2005).
He has served on the Advisory Council for General Surgery as a Specialty Society Representative (2007−2013) and as the council’s Vice-Chair (2011−2013). In addition, Dr. Sharp is an Advisory Council Representative to the Program Committee (2013−present) and was Vice-Chair of the Program Committee (2015−2017). He has been a Liaison for the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (2012−2013) and a member of the Advisory Council Chairs (2011−2013). Most recently, Dr. Sharp has served on the ACS Foundation Board of Directors (2013−present), including four years as Secretary (2013–2017). In addition, Dr. Sharp has been a member of the ACS Comprehensive Communications Committee (2006−2014) and the Committee on Continuous Professional Development (2003−2009).
Dr. Sharp has served as an officer of the Southern Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Halsted Society. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southeastern Surgical Congress in 2017, served as a director of the ABS (2006–2012), and chaired the ABS Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council (2008–2012).
A total of 10 Regents have been reelected to three-year terms on the B/R. They are as follows:
- John L.D. Atkinson, MD, FACS, professor of neurosurgery, department of neurological surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS, executive vice-president and chief executive officer, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Alexandria, VA; adjunct professor of clinical otolaryngology, department of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia; and adjunct professor, department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, Bixby Professor of Surgery and chair of surgery; Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and Director, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center; and surgeon-in-chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
- Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FRCS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), dean, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, FL
- Enrique Hernandez, MD, FACS, The Abraham Roth Professor and Chair, department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science; and professor of pathology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Paul B. Magnuson Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, chair, department of orthopaedics, and professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
- Linda G. Phillips, MD, FACS, Truman G. Blocker, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor and chief, department of surgery, division of plastic surgery; and professor, School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
- Anton N. Sidawy, MD, FACS, Professor & Lewis B. Saltz Chair, department of surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC
- Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, private practice general surgeon, Wichita Falls, TX
- Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), director, digestive disease center; chair, department of colorectal surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida; affiliate professor, Florida Atlantic University; and clinical professor, Florida International University, Weston
B/G Executive Committee
The B/G has elected Steven C. Stain, MD, FACS, to serve as its Chair. Dr. Stain is the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair, department of surgery, Albany Medical Center, NY. As a Governor, he has served as Vice-Chair of the B/G (2016−2018); Chair, Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2015−2016); Secretary, Executive Committee (2015−2016); member, Executive Committee (2014−2015); and member, Surgical Training Workgroup (2013−2015).
The B/G also has elected a new Vice-Chair—Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, Distinguished Teaching Professor, general surgery residency program director, and professor of surgery, University of Texas Health School of Medicine, San Antonio. As a Governor, Dr. Dent has served as Secretary, B/G Executive Committee (2017−2018); Chair, Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2017−2018); member, Executive Committee (2015−2017); Lead, Education Pillar (2015–2017); member (2013–2015) and Vice-Chair (2014–2015), Continuing Education Workgroup; and member, Program Committee (2015–2018).
Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, FACS, has been elected Secretary of the B/G. Dr. Weigel is professor and chair of surgery, associate vice-president for UI Health Alliance, professor of surgery-surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, professor of biochemistry, professor of anatomy and cell biology, and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, University of Iowa, Iowa City. He has been an ACS Governor since 2017, serving as Vice-Chair of the B/G Best Practices Workgroup.
Other newly elected B/G Executive Committee Members are as follows:
- Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS, FACP, FCCM, is professor of surgery, division of general surgery, director, surgery clerkship, and director, surgical critical care fellowship, University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Campbell will be the Education Pillar Lead. He has been a Governor since 2015.
- Taylor Sohn Riall, MD, PhD, FACS, is professor and chief, division of general surgery and surgical oncology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Dr. Riall will be the Quality Pillar Lead. She was the 2017–2018 Vice-Chair, B/G Physician Competency and Health Workgroup.
- Mika N. Sinanan, MD, PhD, FACS, is a general surgeon, UW Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance SCCA, and professor of general surgery and an adjunct professor of electrical engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Sinanan will be the Advocacy Pillar Lead. He was Chair, B/G Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup (2015–2018).
GOVERNORS AT-LARGE – DOMESTIC
The members elected the following Governors representing the U.S. and Canada and domestic chapters of the ACS to fill pending vacancies for an initial three-year term.
Donna Lynn Dyess, MD, FACS, Alabama; David Charles Williams, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC, Alberta, Canada; Ross Goldberg, MD, FACS, Arizona; Susan H. Lee, MD, FACS, and John McNelis, MD, FACS, FCCM, Brooklyn-Long Island; Philip Corvo, MD, FACS, Connecticut; Emily Jane Penman, MD, FACS, Delaware; Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS, Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS, Jay Redan, MD, FACS, and Vic Velanovich, MD, FACS, Florida; Gavish N. Patel, MD, FACS, Illinois; Don J. Selzer, MD, FACS, Indiana; Hisakazu Hoshi, MD, FACS, Iowa; Scott D. Coates, MD, FACS, Kansas; Sandra Beck, MD, FACS, Kentucky; Paul Sherman Brown Jr., MD, FACS, Keystone; Gazi Baderkhan Zibari, MD, FACS, Louisiana; Gregory Thomas Marshall, MD, FACS, Maine; David Efron, MD, FACS, and Francis Steven Rotolo, MD, FACS, Maryland; Peter T. Masiakos, MD, FACS, and Ali Tavakkoli, MBBS, FACS, Massachusetts; Amy Lynne Halverson, MD, FACS, Marek Rudnicki, MD, PhD, FACS, and Michael J. Zdon, MD, FACS, Metropolitan Chicago; James Gerard Tyburski, MD, FACS, and Wayne Vanderkolk, MD, FACS, Michigan; Marc Earl Mitchell, MD, FACS, Mississippi; Vernon Walter Miller, MD, FACS, and Garth Alan Olds, MD, FACS, Montana and Wyoming; Annabel E. Barber, MD, FACS, Nevada; Hari Ondiveeran, MBBS, FACS, New Brunswick, Canada; Adam M. Kopelan, MD, FACS, New Jersey; David Erwin Pitcher, MD, FACS, New Mexico; William Doscher, MD, FACS, and Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, New York; Darrell Boone, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP, North Carolina; Mary Oline Aaland, MD, FACS, North Dakota; Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS, and Ari Omar Halldorsson, MD, FACS, North Texas; Jefferson Augusto Bastidas, MD, FACS, Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS, FACP, FCCM, Christine Susan Cocanour, MD, FACS, David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS, and Danagra Ikossi, MD, FACS, Northern California; Bruce Averbook, MD, FACS, Nancy Lynn Gantt, MD, FACS, and Munier Nazzal, MBChB, FACS, Ohio; Carol Swallow, MD, FACS, Ontario, Canada; Adam Augustus Klipfel, MD, FACS, Rhode Island; Ivar M. Mendez, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, Saskatchewan, Canada; Raul Jacobo Rosenthal, MD, FACS, South Florida; Lillian Kao, MD, FACS, Ricardo David Martinez, MD, FACS, and John Patrick Walker, MD, FACS, South Texas; Farin Amersi, MD, FACS, Ravin Ratnagopal Kumar, MBBS, FACS, and Sharon Lum, MD, FACS, Southern California; Giselle Hamad, MD, FACS, and James Thomas McCormick, DO, FACS, Southwestern Pennsylvania; William Edwards, MD, FACS, and Tony O’Neal Haley, MD, FACS, Tennessee; Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS, Virginia; Bryan Kelly Richmond, MD, FACS, West Virginia; Amy Liepert, MD, FACS, Wisconsin Surgical Society.
2018 GOVERNORS AT-LARGE – INTERNATIONAL
The members elected the following Governors representing international chapters of the College to fill pending vacancies for an initial three-year term.
Richard Kwongyin Lo, MD, FACS, China-Hong Kong; Eric Voiglio, MD, FACS, FRCS, France; Ernst Klar, MD, FACS, Germany; Karim Al-Araji, MD, FACS, Iraq; Prof. Mordechai Gutman, MD, FACS, Israel; Pradeep Navsaria, MBChB, FACS, FCS(SA), South Africa; Antonio J. Torres, MD, FACS, Spain; Lukas G. Eisner, MD, FACS, Switzerland; Vijay Naraynsingh, MBBS, FACS, Trinidad and Tobago; Roberto Taruselli Morencio, MD, FACS, Uruguay; Andres Hanssen, MD, FACS, Venezuela.
2018 SPECIALITY SOCIETY GOVERNORS
The following individuals were elected to represent their specialty societies.
Theda Christine Kontis, MD, FACS, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc.; Nashaat H. Naam, MD, FACS, American Association for Hand Surgery; Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Joseph S. Coselli, MD, FACS, American Association for Thoracic Surgery; Carmen Cecilia Solorzano, MD, FACS, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons; Frederick A. Boop, MD, FACS, FAANS, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Ghali Elias Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Joel I. Sorosky, MD, FACS, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Maie St. John, MD, FACS, American Head and Neck Society; William Christopher Pederson, MD, FACS, American Society for Surgery of the Hand; Guy R. Nicastri, MD, FACS, American Society of General Surgeons; Amit Joshi, MD, FACS, Association of Program Directors in Surgery; Seth A. Spector, MD, FACS, Association of VA Surgeons; Susan Pories, MD, FACS, Association of Women Surgeons; Jason Michael Hiles, MD, FACS, Department of the Army; William Cirocco, MD, FACS, Midwest Surgical Association; Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS, National Medical Association; Joann M. Lohr, MD, FACS, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery; Raj Som Pruthi, MD, FACS, Society of Academic Urologists; Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Society of University Otolaryngologists; Charles R. Scoggins, MD, MBA, FACS, Western Surgical Association; Sean C. Grondin, MD, FACS, Western Thoracic Surgical Association.