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New officers installed, leaders elected at Clinical Congress


Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), The Henry N. Hawkins Professor and Chair, department of surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, was installed as the 94th President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during Convocation ceremonies on October 6 at the 2013 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

Dr. Carlos A. Pellegrini

Dr. Pellegrini is a leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery and a pioneer in the development of video endoscopy for the surgical treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux diseases and esophageal motility disorders.

Also installed during the Convocation was Layton "Bing" Rikkers, MD, FACS, as First Vice-President. Dr. Rikkers is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Editor-in-Chief of Surgery News.

John T. Preskitt, MD, FACS, was installed as Second Vice-President. Dr. Preskitt is clinical professor of surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor campus, and director of surgical oncology at the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. Dr. Preskitt chaired the Board of Governors' Committee on Chapter Relations (1997-2000), the Committee on Ethics (2006-2009), and the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee (2006-2011). He is a Past-President of the North Texas Chapter of the College (1997-1998).

Dr. John T. Preskitt

During the Annual Business Meeting, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, was elected President-Elect. Dr. Warshaw, who also is senior consultant for international and regional clinical relations at MGH and Partners Healthcare, became an ACS Fellow in 1974. Since then, he has served the College in various leadership capacities, including his current role as Chair of Health Policy and Advocacy. An eminent surgical researcher, educator, and clinician, Dr. Warshaw has contributed significantly to the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory and malignant lesions of the pancreas. He is the director of the Andrew L. Warshaw Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research at MGH.

Dr. Layton Rikkers

The Vice-Presidents-Elect also were elected during the Annual Business Meeting. The First Vice-President-Elect is Jay L. Grosfeld, MD, FACS, Lafayette F. Page Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. The Second Vice-President-Elect is Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; and chief of staff and chief of surgery, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX.

Reelected to additional three-year terms on the Board of Regents were: Margaret M. Dunn, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Dayton, OH; Howard M. Snyder III, MD, FACS, a urological surgeon, Philadelphia, PA, and Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Boston, MA.

Dr. James Gigantelli

The ACS Board of Governors elected James Gigantelli, MD, FACS, professor of ophthalmology and assistant dean of government relations at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, to the Board of Regents. The Board of Governors elected Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Sioux Falls, SD, to serve as Chair of its Executive Committee; Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, New York, NY, as Vice-Chair; and Lorrie Langdale, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Seattle, WA, as Secretary. Newly elected to serve on the Board of Governors' Executive Committee are Karen Brasel, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Milwaukee, WI, and Joseph H. Tepas III, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, Jacksonville, FL. In addition, Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, Palo Alto, CA, has been reappointed to the Executive Committee.

Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III

Edward E. Cornwell III, MD, FACS, FCCM, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, Professor and Chairman of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, and surgeon-in-chief, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, replaces Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, as ACS Secretary. An ACS Fellow since 1992, Dr. Cornwell serves on the ACS Legislative Committee and is Past-Chair and member of the Nominating Committee of the Fellows (2003-2004 and 2001-2003, respectively). Dr. Cornwell has served on several other ACS committees, including the COT (2004-2010 as a member and 2010-2012 as a special member), the COT's Committee on Trauma Systems (2004-2010), the Pre-and Postoperative Care Committee (2000-2002), and the Committee on Diversity Issues (2002-2005).

Dr. William G. Cioffi, Jr.

Replacing Dr. Warshaw as ACS Treasurer is William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, J. Murray Beardsley Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and surgeon-in-chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, Providence. A Fellow of the College since 1990, Dr. Cioffi completed his service as Secretary of the Board of Governors at this year's Clinical Congress. He began serving on the Board of Governors in 1999. After serving as member of the Governors Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2001-2002, 2004-2005), he was elected Vice-Chair and Chair of that committee (2002-2004 and 2011-2013, respectively). Dr. Cioffi also served as Vice-Chair of the Governors Committee on Chapter Relations (2009-2011) and the Ad Hoc Committee to Restructure the Board of Governors Committees. He has been an active member of the Pre-Operative and Postoperative Care Committee (1995-2002), the COT (2004-2010), and the Program Committee (2007-2010). Additionally, he has served on the Regents' Finance Committee (2011-2013) and the Executive Compensation Committee (2011-2013).

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