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Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon) installed as 2018–2019


Ronald. V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery; vice-chairman, department of surgery; and professor of surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, was installed as the 99th President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at Convocation, October 21, at Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA.

Dr. Ronald Maier

Dr. Maier is highly esteemed for his contributions to trauma surgery, surgical research, and surgical education. In addition to his positions at the University of Washington, he is director, Northwest Regional Trauma Center; and surgeon-in-chief and co-director, surgical intensive care unit (SICU), Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. He also is associate medical staff, University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. A Fellow of the College since 1984, Dr. Maier served as First Vice-President of the ACS (2015−2016) and has played an active role on several key committees, most notably the Committee on Trauma (COT).

Dr. Mark C. Weissler

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, Past-Chair of the ACS Board of Regents (2014−2015) was installed as the First Vice-President. An otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, Dr. Weissler is the Joseph P. Riddle Distinguished Professor, department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and chief, division of head and neck surgery, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. An ACS Fellow since 1989, Dr. Weissler is a former ACS Regent, serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents for two years (2012–2014) and Chair for one year (2014−2015). He has served on the ACS Board of Governors and in other leadership capacities for the College, including the Committee on Ethics, Central Judiciary Committee, Advisory Council for Otolaryngology−Head and Neck Surgery; and President, North Carolina Chapter of the ACS.

Dr. Philip Caropreso

The Second Vice-President is Phillip R. Caropreso, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Keokuk, IA. A committed rural surgeon, Dr. Caropreso has practiced in Mason City, IA; Keokuk, IA; and Carthage, IL. Academic positions have included serving on the teaching faculty, family practice residency, North Iowa Medical Center, Mason City; adjunct clinical professor of surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City; and director, general surgery rotation, North Iowa Medical Center. A Fellow of the ACS since 1979, Dr. Caropreso has been active at the local and national level. He was Chair, Iowa State COT; President of the Iowa Chapter; and ACS Governor, serving on the Board of Governors Committee on Surgical Practices.

Read more about Dr. Maier, Dr. Weissler, and Dr. Caropreso in the November Bulletin at

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