Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair and chair, department of surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital, TX, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the October 19 Annual Business Meeting of the Members. Dr. Bass is executive director, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), a state-of-the-art education and research facility developed to safely train practicing health care professionals in new technologies and procedures. She is professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, and senior member of the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute. A Fellow of the College since 1988, former ACS Regent, and former ACS Governor, Dr. Bass is the recipient of the 2013 ACS Distinguished Service Award—the College’s highest honor.
The First Vice-President-Elect is Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Pine Bluff, AR, and associate professor of surgery and practice management advisor to the chair, department of surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. He is medical director of quality, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, and serves on the Arkansas Governor’s Trauma Advisory Committee, chairing the Committee’s Quality Improvement Subcommittee. He is Chairman of the Board for the Arkansas Preferred Provider Organization. Dr. Mabry has served on the ACS Young Surgeons Committee, as an ACS representative on the American Medical Association Relative Value Update Committee, as a member of the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee, and as an ACS Regent.
The Second Vice-President-Elect is Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD, FACS, FCCM, MCCM, the Dr. Ferdinand P. Herff Chair in Surgery, clinical professor of surgery, department of surgery, trauma division, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and professor of surgery at USUHS. Dr. Pruitt is an esteemed leader in four broad areas: burn, trauma, injury, and critical care surgery; biomedical research and scholarship; organizational leadership and development; and mentorship. He is a former ACS Governor, Scudder Orator, and Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecturer.