The International Relations Committee of the ACS sponsors three academic surgeon exchange programs through which talented, young North American surgeons are sent to the annual surgical meeting of the participating country. Afterward, they tour several sites tailored to their specific research interests. In exchange, the College accepts one of the participating country’s young academic surgeon-scholars to attend the College’s annual Clinical Congress. Arrangements are in place with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with the ACS Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter, the Japan Surgical Society with the ACS Japan Chapter, and the German Surgical Society with the ACS Germany Chapter.
The exchange traveler for 2012 from Australia is John R. Beers, MBBS, FRACS. A consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Alfred Hospital in Kew, Victoria, he has written extensively on reconstructive surgery, including hand surgery, burn repair, and limb salvage. He is also one of the authors of The Intern Manual. His U.S. counterpart, Vikram S. Kashyap, MD, FACS, co-director of Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, attended the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May 2012.
In October 2012, the College will welcome the Japan Exchange Fellow Shuhei Komatsu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of digestive surgery at Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan. Dr. Komatsu’s research focuses on surgical oncology, laparoscopic surgery, and study of the biomarkers that affect inheritance of cancer. Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD, FACS, director of surgical oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, attended the Japan Surgical Society meeting in Chiba in April 2012.
ACS Traveling Fellow Emad Kandil, MD, FACS, Edward G.T. Schlieder Chair of Surgical Oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, attended the German Surgical Society’s annual meeting in Berlin in April.
Dr. Kandil’s German counterpart, Marco Niedergethmann, MD, PhD, of Mannheim, Germany, will attend the ACS Clinical Congress this year. Dr. Niedergethmann will also visit several surgical sites with the guidance of his mentors at home and in the United States. Dr. Niedergethmann is a surgical oncologist interested in liver, bile duct, and pancreatic surgery.
Reports by Dr. Grobmyer and Dr. Kandil will be published in the October Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.