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)—Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, and Steven C. Stain, MD,
FACS. In addition, new B/G Executive Committee members have been elected.
Dr. Farmer, a highly regarded pediatric and fetal surgeon, is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor and Chair, department of surgery, University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine. She is surgeon-in-chief, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and chief of surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento, CA.
A Fellow of the College since 1998, Dr. Farmer has served on many ACS committees and governing bodies. Most recently, she was Chair of the B/G (2016−2018). Previously, she was Vice-Chair of the B/G (2015−2016), and a member of the B/G Executive Committee (2015−2018). She chaired the B/G Quality Pillar (2014−2016) and served on the B/G Bylaws Committee (2016−2017). She served on the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery (Pediatric Surgery Liaison to the ACS Program Committee, 2006−2012; Ex Officio member, 2012−2018) and co-chaired the Council of Advisory Council Representatives (2006−2012). She has served on several ACS committees, including the following: Resident Education Committee (2003−2009); ACS/Association of Program Directors in Surgery/Association of Surgical Educators Entering Surgery Resident Prep Curriculum Committee (2009−2011); Program Committee (2013−2016); Research Committee (2013−2019); Continuing Education Workgroup (2013−2015); Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care Committee (2015−2016); Member Services Liaison Committee (2017−2018); and Surgical Research Committee (2016−2019).
At the local level, Dr. Farmer has been a member of the Northern California Chapter of the ACS since 1998, serving on the chapter’s Executive Council (2011−2013) and the Northern California Credentials committee (2012−2015).
Dr. Farmer is Past-President of the Society of Surgical Chairs (2016−2017), which the ACS manages, and has been a member since 2010. In 2015, she cohosted an ACS Surgical Quality Forum at the Sacramento Health Foundation and UC Davis Medical Center. A distinguished fetal stem cell scientist, she was the 2017 Owen Wangensteen Surgical Forum Dedicatee. She is a Life Member of the ACS Foundation Fellows Leadership Society and was the recipient of the 2017 ACS Professional Association Political Action Committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) Warshaw Award-PAC MVP.
Dr. Stain is professor of surgery and Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair, department of surgery, Albany Medical College, NY. An esteemed general surgeon, he has been a Fellow of the ACS since 1994.
Dr. Stain has served in a number of ACS leadership positions. He has served on the B/G since 2013 and the B/G Executive Committee since 2014, most recently as Chair (2018−2019), Vice-Chair (2016−2018), and Secretary (2015−2016). Actively involved in the ACS Foundation, Dr. Stain has been a member of the Fellows Leadership Society since 2002 and has served on the Foundation’s Committee on Major Gifts (2009–2015) and Board of Directors (2012–2015). He has been the ACS Representative to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Surgery (2011–2017). He served on the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2014−2016).
Dr. Stain has been heavily involved in the ACS chapters in the states where he has practiced, including the Southern California Chapter (Membership Committee, 1997−2000; Assistant Chairman, Program Committee, 1998–1999; Associate Chairman, Program Committee, 1999–2000; and Committee on Applicants, 1996–2000); the Tennessee Chapter (2001–2005; Committee on Applicants, 2003–2005); and New York Chapter (2005–present; Committee on Applicants, 2014–present; Chair, Committee on Applicants, 2019–present).
In addition, the following individuals have been reelected to serve three-year terms on the B/R:
Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W. Boyce Professor and Chair, department of urology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
James W. Gigantelli, MD, FACS, ophthalmology chair and professor of ophthalmology, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and chairman, department of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; and surgeon-in-chief, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
B/G Executive Committee
The B/G elected the following Officers of the B/G Executive Committee:
- Chair: Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, FACS, 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 served on the Executive Committee since 2018.
- Vice-Chair: Taylor Sohn Riall, MD, PhD, FACS, professor and Interim chair, department of surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Dr. Riall is the outgoing Quality, Research, and Optimal Patient Care Pillar Lead.
- Secretary: Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, FACS, a general surgeon, UW Medicine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and professor of general surgery and adjunct professor of electrical engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Sinanan is the outgoing Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar Lead.
- Andre Campbell, MD, FACS, FACP, FCCM, has been reelected to the B/G Executive Committee. Dr. Campbell is professor of surgery, division of general surgery; director, surgery 110 clerkship; and director, surgical critical care fellowship, University of California San Francisco. Dr. Campbell is the Education Pillar Lead.
New members of the B/G Executive Committee elected to serve one-year terms include the following:
- Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS, is a minimally invasive surgeon in Jacksonville, FL. He is affiliated with Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL. He is Vice-Chair, Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup, Member Services Pillar, and is a member of the Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup, Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar, and Co-Chair, Opioid Use/Abuse Subcommittee of the Workgroup. He will serve as the Member Services Pillar Lead.
- Nancy Lynn Gantt, MD, FACS, is professor of surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, and co-medical director, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital Center, OH. She is Vice-Chair of the Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup, Quality, Research, and Optimal Patient Care Pillar. She will now serve as the Quality Pillar Lead.
- Dhiresh Rohan Jeyarajah, MD, is head of surgery, Texas Christian University, and University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth. He is program director, hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) and advanced gastrointestinal fellowship, and associate program director, general surgery residency, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, TX. He is an HPB and forgut surgeon in Dallas, TX. He is outgoing Chair, Newsletter Workgroup, Communications Pillar, and will now serve as Communications Pillar Lead.
- Martin A. Schreiber, MD, FACS, is professor and chief, division of trauma and critical care, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. He is Chair, Grassroots Advocacy Engagement Workgroup, Health Policy and Advocacy Pillar.
Governors At-Large — Domestic
The members elected the following Governors representing domestic chapters of the College to serve an initial three-year term:
Carl James Brown, MD, FACS, British Columbia, Canada; James Edward Satterfield, MD, FACS, Brooklyn-Long Island; Eric Campion, MD, FACS, Colorado; Mark Talamini, MD, MBA, FACS, Eastern Long Island; Deepak Gopalan Nair, MD, FACS, Florida; James Dewayne Colquitt, MD, FACS, Heather Garnett MacNew, MD, FACS, and Howard L. Melton, MD, FACS, Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons; Julio Vasquez, MD, FACS, Idaho; Stephen Bodney, MD, FACS, Indiana; Andrew James Kerwin, MD, FACS, Jacksonville; John Hunt III, MD, FACS, Louisiana; Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, Massachusetts; Michael A. DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FACS, Metropolitan Philadelphia; Jonathan Dort, MD, FACS, Metropolitan Washington DC; Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, Nebraska; Kurt K. Rhynhart, MD, FACS, New Hampshire; Michael Louis Arvanitis, MD, FACS, Anne Charlotte Mosenthal, MD, FACS, and Jusin T. Sambol, MD, FACS, New Jersey; Danielle Katz, MD, FACS, and David Wilson Wormuth, MD, FACS, New York; Anthony Charles, MBBS, FACS, North Carolina; Michael Seth Truitt, MD, FACS, North Texas; Dennis Klassen, MD, FACS, Nova Scotia, Canada; Walter Sun Cha, MD, FACS, and Scott Wilhelm, MD, FACS, Ohio; Ronald A. Squires, MD, FACS, Oklahoma; Yvonne Baerga-Varela, MD, FACS, Puerto Rico; Alexander Sender Liberman, MD, FACS, Quebec, Canada; Gail Toshie Tominaga, MD, FACS, San Diego; James M. Nottingham, MD, FACS, South Carolina; William Charles Spanos, MD, FACS, South Dakota; Emanuele Lo Menzo, MD, FACS, South Florida; J. Scott Thomas, MD, FACS, and Kent Van Sickle, MD, FACS, South Texas; Melinda Maggard Gibbons, MD, FACS, Yosef Yonatan Nasseri, MD, FACS, Beverly Petrie, MD, FACS, and Brian Randall Smith, MD, FACS, Southern California; Alan Morrow Buchele, MD, FACS, Southwest Missouri; Brian Jay Kaplan, MD, FACS, Virginia.
Governors At-Large — International
The members elected the following Governors representing international chapters of the College to serve an initial three-year term:
Alberto Raul Ferreres, MD, FACS (Hon), Argentina; Murtuza K. I. Q. Choudhury, MB BS, MS(Ortho.), FACS, Bangladesh; Sergio Aparicio, MD, FACS, Bolivia; Octavio Pires Vaz, MD, FACS, Brazil; Mario Uribe, MD, FACS, Chile; Gilberto Ka Kit Leung, MBBS, FACS, China-Hong Kong; Luis Orlando Carrion, MD, FACS, Ecuador; Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD, FACS, Greece; Farhad Hafezi, MD, FACS, Iran; Thomas Francis Gorey, MB BCh, FACS, Ireland; Alessandro Paganini, MD, FACS, Italy; Norihiro Kokudo, MD, PhD, FACS, Japan; Salman Khalifah Al-Sabah, MBBS, FACS, Kuwait; Humberto Arenas Marquez, MD, FACS, Nor-Occidental; Carlos A. Gutierrez-Flores, MD, FACS, Northeast Mexico; Moises Cukier, MD, FACS, Panama; Gustavo Machain Vega, MD, FACS, Paraguay; Jaime Herrera-Matta, MD, FACS, Peru; Sopon Jirasiritham, MD, FACS, Thailand; Safwan Abdul-Rahman Taha, MBChB, FACS, United Arab Emirates.
Specialty Society Governors
The members elected the following Governors representing surgical specialty societies:
Jeffrey Michael Schwartz, MD, FACS, and Philip R. Wolinsky, MD, FACS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Eunice Y. Huang, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics (Surgical Section); Preston Miller III, MD, FACS, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Donald Roy Mackay, MB BCh, FACS, American Association of Plastic Surgeons; David Harrington, MD, FACS, American Burn Association; Gady Har-El, MD, FACS, American Laryngological Association; Marion Curtiss Wilson Henry, MD, FACS, American Pediatric Surgical Association; Hiram S. Cody III, MD, FACS, American Society of Breast Surgeons; Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD, FACS, FASCRS, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons; Arun K. Gosain, MD, FACS, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons; Jeffrey Janis, MD, FACS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons;
Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD, FACS, American Society of Transplant Surgeons; Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS, American Surgical Association; Manoj Monga, MD, FACS, American Urological Association; John Vincent Knaus, DO, FACS, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, MBA, Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Capt Eric Andrew Elster, MD, FACS, Department of the Navy; Oscar Dean Guillamondegui, MD, FACS, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Francis D. Ferdinand, MD, FACS, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery; David L. Berger, MD, FACS, New England Surgical Society; Gaetan Brochu, MD, FACS, and Sarkis Hratch Meterissian, MD, FACS, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Stanley W. Ashley, MD, FACS, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract; Jeffrey Marks, MD, FACS, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons; Kenric Murayama, MD, FACS, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons; Andrea Anita Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, Society of Black Academic Surgeons; Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, MD, FACS, Society of Gynecologic Oncology; Ronald John Weigel, MD, PhD, FACS, Society of Surgical Oncology; Benedict Nwomeh, MBBS, MPH, FACS, Society of University Surgeons; Jay Underwood Howington, MD, FACS, Southern Neurosurgical Society; Jorge D. Salazar, MD, FACS, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association; Reza Askari, MD, FACS, Surgical Infection Society; Patrick A. Stone, MD, FACS, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society.