Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, Division of Member Services, American College of Surgeons (ACS), recently was elected the first female president-elect of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). The election took place at the SBAS Annual Scientific Assembly, in Chapel Hill, NC, cohosted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill department of surgery, and chaired by Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, Governor of the ACS North Carolina Chapter.
Dr. Turner’s one-year term as president will begin at next year’s annual meeting, which will be cohosted with The Ohio State University and chaired by Robert S. D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, FACS, Columbus.
Dr. Turner will preside at the 2017 SBAS annual meeting in Chicago, IL, cohosted by the University of Chicago and chaired by Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, FACS. Dr. Turner is an adjunct associate professor in surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago. SBAS nurtures the involvement and development of academic surgeons, providing a robust and research-oriented annual scientific forum for academic surgeons. View the SBAS website at http://www.sbas.net/.