The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) sponsors three academic surgeon exchange programs to send a talented young U.S. or Canadian Fellow to the annual surgical meeting of each participating country – Australia-New Zealand (ANZ), Japan, and Germany. Afterward, the Fellows tour several sites tailored to their specific research interests. In exchange, the College accepts young academic surgeon-scholars from the participating societies to attend the annual Clinical Congress. This exchange is with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons through the ACS Australia-New Zealand Chapter, the Japan Surgical Society through the ACS Japan Chapter, and the German Surgical Society through the ACS Germany Chapter.
The 2016 ANZ Exchange Fellow is Yi Chen, MB, BS, PhD, FRACS, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Chen is researching the role of Activin A, a novel cytokine in mouse models of atherosclerosis.
His U.S. counterpart, Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, is an associate professor of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, specializing in endocrine surgery. She attended the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons held in Brisbane, Australia, in May 2016. Dr. Parangi’s report will be published in an upcoming issue of the Bulletin.
This October, the College will welcome Japan Exchange Fellow Takeo Toshima, MD, PhD, vice manager, hepatopancreatobiliary surgery, Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Toshima performs research on hepatocellular carcinoma and living donor liver transplants.
Daniel A. Anaya, MD, FACS, head, section of hepatobiliary tumors at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, attended the Japan Surgical Society meeting in Osaka in April 2016. Dr. Anaya’s report also will be published in the Bulletin.
The ACS Traveling Fellow to Germany, Perry Shen, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., attended the German Surgical Society’s annual meeting in Berlin in April 2016.
His German counterpart, Thilo Welsch, MD, PhD, head of surgical oncology at the University Cancer Center, Dresden, will attend Clinical Congress 2016 and visit several surgical sites under the guidance of his U.S. and German mentors. Dr. Welsch’s work centers on tumor metastasis and pancreatic surgery.