From the Washington Office

From the Washington Office: Advocacy in Action


Fellows frequently ask how they can get more involved in the advocacy efforts of the ACS. Whether you are new to the arena of policy and advocacy or an experienced veteran of innumerable efforts directed at ensuring access to quality surgical care, I can think of no better way to learn new skills and exercise old ones than by attending the ACS’ annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit.

The 2017 Leadership and Advocacy Summit will take place May 6–9 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. More than 300 individuals have already registered and you can join them by registering via the link found here:

Dr. Patrick V. Bailey

Dr. Patrick V. Bailey

The Leadership Summit will commence the evening of Saturday, May 6, with a welcome reception where you can interact and network with ACS leaders. The Leadership portion of the program will then continue throughout the day on Sunday, May 7. A complete agenda can be found here: where you can review the list of speakers and topics scheduled for the program. In addition, staff will be available at various exhibit tables with information about ACS products, programs and services offered to you as a member.

The Advocacy Summit portion of the meeting will kick-off on the evening of May 7 with a reception and dinner featuring bestselling author, MSNBC political analyst, and former Communications Chief for President George W. Bush, Nicolle Wallace as the Keynote Speaker.

A robust agenda is planned for Monday, May 8. The morning will lead off with a panel entitled, Perspectives on 2017 Health Care Reform, featuring health policy experts from the Georgetown University Law Center, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. The Monday agenda will also feature a panel of senior staffers from Capitol Hill discussing issues of particular interest to Fellows, a Medicare physician payment panel, and an address from a leading authority on effective communications strategies designed to make your interaction with legislators and their staff more effective.

The luncheon speaker for Monday will be Fox News contributor and Washington Examiner columnist, Lisa Boothe. The afternoon agenda will conclude with a series of issue briefings from ACS staff (in preparation for the Hill visits to legislator’s offices scheduled for Tuesday, May 9) and remarks from several United States Senators. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will host a reception on Monday evening, May 8 for all 2017 PAC contributors and a guest.

On Tuesday morning, May 9, attendees will be transported to Capitol Hill to visit the offices of their individual Member of Congress, Senators and staff with visits concluding in time to make flights out of Washington that afternoon.

I encourage all Fellows who are able to set aside time for the event to do so as I believe all will find the program educational and the experience rewarding.

For information about the Leadership Summit, contact Connie Bura at, or 312-919-5290. For information about the Advocacy Summit, contact Michael Carmody at, or 202-672-1511.

Until next month ….

Dr. Bailey is a pediatric surgeon, and Medical Director, Advocacy, for the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy in the ACS offices in Washington, DC.

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