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Dr. Frank Lewis, ABS executive director, announces retirement


Frank R. Lewis, MD, FACS, executive director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), announced that he will retire from the organization at the end of 2017. The ABS will conduct a national recruitment process to identify his successor, with the goal of having that individual in place in late June.

Dr. Lewis, who joined the ABS as executive director in 2002, guided the society through many significant initiatives and changes, including the creation of the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE), development of a primary certificate in vascular surgery, establishment of flexible rotations in residency training, and the subsequent design and implementation of the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial, among others.

In addition, Dr. Lewis is past chair of the ABS and the Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Lewis also served as 1995-1996 First Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and as the 1991-1993 Chair of the ACS Board of Governors. Read more about Dr. Lewis’ retirement and accomplishments on the ABS website at

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