Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons May 2023
The May issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on adolescent obesity and bariatric surgery, as well as features on robotics in surgery, research to reverse hearing loss, building surgical capacity in Africa, and lessons learned from California advocacy.
In this issue:
Executive Director’s Update
The Power of Unity: Collaborating across Specialties within the House of Surgery
Dr. Patricia Turner details how surgeons can have greater influence by working together to advocate for surgical advancements, leadership, and quality improvements. “Regardless of specialty or subspecialty, we all can maximize our impact on our profession by collaborating to advance initiatives that enhance the practices of all surgeons and every patient," she shared.
Surgeons Meet Adolescent Obesity Epidemic Head-On with Bariatric Surgery
A new debate on the use of bariatric surgery is emerging in severely obese adolescents. Research shows positive outcomes for this younger age group have been growing, and leading health authorities have created guidelines that suggest bariatric surgery is a viable, effective treatment option for select patients.
Robotic Surgery Is Here to Stay—and So Are Surgeons
The overall use of robotic surgery has grown significantly over the past 25 years, which may be due largely to its apparent benefits to patients, surgeons, and hospital systems. “Robotics are here to stay,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. T. Sloane Guy.
ACS Award Helps Surgeon-Scientist Reverse Hearing Loss
Dr. Rick Nelson—a neurotologist and founder of the Nelson Lab at Indiana University School of Medicine—is performing innovative research in the field of inner ear disorders, while developing new treatments for congenital and adult-onset hearing loss.
Three ACS Training Hubs Help Build Surgical Capacity in Africa
In sub-Saharan Africa, ACS Operation Giving Back (OGB) is transforming how ACS members and their colleagues help populations with limited access to surgical care. The work of OGB volunteers contributes to a larger-scale, sustainable shift in the way African surgeons gain skills and improve patient care.
California Advocacy Produces Six Lessons for Surgeons across America
Surgeon-led healthcare advocacy in California, with its long and accomplished history, has paved the way for new trends across the nation. This article offers important lessons learned through the years that can be applied to any state-led advocacy work.
Skeletonize or Modernize: Which Approach Will Define the Future of Rural Surgery?
Overhauling rural surgery is a challenging task. Multiple solutions have been entertained, and according to Dr. Medhat Fanous, they boil down to two strategies that hinge on whether to transfer the patient to surgical care at larger hospitals or make the care available locally.
SSA Program Supports Next Generation of Inclusive Leadership
ACS Launches “The Power of Quality” Campaign
Leadership & Advocacy Summit Proves to Be Powerful Catalyst for Change
Register for the 2023 ACS Quality and Safety Conference
New Educational Resource on Cancer Surgery Protocols Is Available
Thank You National Doctors’ Day Contributors
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