Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS, a general surgeon and program director, department of surgery, and professor of surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Tennessee Chapter, and current chair of the American Board of Surgery, was named a 2014 recipient of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award.
The award honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and remain committed to providing quality patient care.
Stephen R. T. Evans, MD, FACS, has been elected 2014-2015 vice-chair of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and will serve as chair in 2015-2016. Dr. Evans is executive vice-president for medical affairs and chief medical officer at MedStar Health in Washington, DC. He also is a professor of surgery at Georgetown University. He is a former President of the American College of Surgeons Metropolitan Washington, DC, Chapter and, in 2009, was elected as an ABS director representing the American Medical Association.
David Rothenberger, MD, FACS, on October 1, 2013, became head of the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota (UMN), Minneapolis. He previously held the John P. Delaney Chair of Clinical Surgical Oncology and was deputy chairman of the department of surgery (2006-2013) at UM
Dr. Rothenberger, an internationally known surgical leader, is past-president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Rothenberger is founder and co-director of the UMN Medical School Emerging Physician Leaders Program, which fosters collaboration and develops skills among faculty from all departments.
Arthur J. Vayer, Jr., MD, FACS, recently was installed as vice-speaker of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) during the organization’s annual meeting at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. Dr. Vayer, a MSV member since 2006 and a general surgeon at Stafford Surgical, Sentara Medical Group, also worked at Robert Cohen, MD, PC, Riverside Gloucester Surgery Associates and in private practice. Dr. Vayer serves as an MSV delegate and associate director, an officer with the Prince William County Medical Society, a committee member at Potomac Hospital, Woodridge, and chairs the performance evaluation committee of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.