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Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons

Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons To improve the quality of surgical care by connecting surgeons together. The College exerts its influence at the community level through its local chapters.

The Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons is one of 100 chapters of the American College of Surgeons. Chapter membership is open to all Fellows and Associate Fellows of the College, as well as to Resident and Medical Student Members. Chapters provide for a close association of their common effort to improve the quality of surgical care. They also offer a medium through which surgical expe

The Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons is one of 100 chapters of the American College of Surgeons. Chapter membership is open to all Fellows and Associate Fellows of the College, as well as to Resident and Medical Student Members. Chapters provide for a close association of their common effort to improve the quality of surgical care. They also offer a medium through which surgical expe

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2022 Physician-in-Training Cancer and Trauma Paper competition is underway!
10/27/2022

2022 Physician-in-Training Cancer and Trauma Paper competition is underway!

10/05/2022

Congratulations to VCU Department of Surgery housestaff alumnus Michel Aboutanos, M.D., who has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to emergency medical services in Virginia by the Old Dominion Emergency Medical Service Alliance. Aboutanos is the director of VCU’s Trauma Center as well as its Injury and Violence Prevention Program.

“I am proud to work with our EMS colleagues and share this award with all of them.” Read more: https://www.vcuhealth.org/news/vcus-trauma-center-director-wins-regional-ems-award

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06/10/2022

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Last week, ACS leaders came together in DC and called for bipartisan solutions for reducing the rising numbers of deaths and serious injuries that are arriving in trauma centers daily due to firearm violence.

We recap the news conference and recommendations in this week’s ACS Brief: http://ow.ly/Y4AI50Js12Y

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06/07/2022

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: Mark Fleming II, MD, is a general surgery resident physician. To become an MD, medical school graduates spend anywhere from three to seven years in a residency program. He cares for patients with a wide range of conditions, such as hernias, gallbladder infections, soft tissue masses or abscesses, and breast and gastrointestinal cancers. He loves his patients and prides himself on being a huge advocate for them.

“Hearing patients tell me ‘I feel so much better’ after surgery is one of the best rewarding moments this career can offer,” Mark says. His goal is to be a gifted surgeon and a great physician so he can contribute to the growth and innovations within the surgical field to help more people.

Mark is finishing his 5th year at UVA as a surgery resident and will be starting his 4th clinical year (7 years total) this summer. He’s looking forward to moving into more of a senior resident role.

Growing up, Mark knew he wanted to be a doctor. Surgery swept him off his feet during his 3rd year of medical school, and he joined our surgery team in the summer of 2017.

Mark is from St. Kitts, West Indies, in the Caribbean. He moved to Georgia in 2008 to complete his senior year of high school and then went to college. Later, he went to UConn's School of Medicine to start his medical career.

Mark loves the beach and all things outdoors that involve warmth and sunshine. Family is important to him, and he puts their needs before his. He and his partner both love to travel and explore different cultures and cuisines.

In his spare time, Mark plays basketball and cooks foods that remind him of home. His goal in life is to open a pediatric surgical center in St. Kitts to address the surgical needs of kids on the island.

Trauma patient, crushed by car, makes stunning recovery | VCU Health
05/27/2022
Trauma patient, crushed by car, makes stunning recovery | VCU Health

Trauma patient, crushed by car, makes stunning recovery | VCU Health

On July 12, 2011, everything changed for David Girard. A successful electrician with a wife and two young children, David had just driven his daughter to summer school when he swerved off the road and into a telephone pole. Ejected from his car, the massive vehicle resting on top of him, David was c...

05/20/2022

Meet Dr. Clifford Deal, a breast and general surgeon with Henrico Doctor's Hospital. Dr. Deal has been in the same surgical practice in which he started his career in 2005. He has also had a long tenure at Henrico Doctors' Hospital where he previously served his community as the Chief of Surgery at this facility. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Deal served the US Army for 28 years, retiring in 2017 with accolades such as the Combat Medical Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge having been awarded during his time in service.

Dr. Deal's military career began with the 82d Airborne Division where he served in the airborne infantry battalion as a medical platoon leader. He went on to serve in the Virginia Army National Guard and then the US Army Reserve though medical school and general surgery training. In reflecting on how his military career impacted his work, Dr. Deal shared, "My military experience in both leadership positions and clinical experience have greatly impacted my ability to improve my personal skill set in both areas. For example, it was on a deployment to an Army tertiary care location in Washington State, that I learned how to perform an especially complex reconstructive operation, bringing this to central Virginia for the first time in 2009."

Dr. Deal, like many of our military colleagues, has experienced multiple deployments during his career. "I give a lot of credit to HCA Healthcare and it’s support during these deployments. With HCA Healthcare's support, I have been able to take these military leaves, do different, but meaningful work in a different physical environment (admittedly, sometimes hostile…) and return home and continue a successful surgical practice."

As one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare, HCA Healthcare understands the positive difference hiring a veteran can make and so provides a variety of career possibilities for veterans and military spouses. You can learn more about how we support veterans here: https://bit.ly/3NsEyQv


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This month we are excited to be introducing you to colleagues from across the state in honor of , , and . If you would like to learn more about how we are sharing, we encourage you to visit our profile page to read our May 2 post on the subject.

And that’s a wrap!
04/30/2022

And that’s a wrap!

 underway! We are enjoying our first in-person meeting since 2019.  Great meeting so far. Kingsmill Resort
04/30/2022

underway! We are enjoying our first in-person meeting since 2019. Great meeting so far. Kingsmill Resort

Photos from Eastern Virginia Medical School's post
04/20/2022

Photos from Eastern Virginia Medical School's post

Massey physicians named Richmond’s “Top Docs” | VCU Massey Cancer Center
04/12/2022
Massey physicians named Richmond’s “Top Docs” | VCU Massey Cancer Center

Massey physicians named Richmond’s “Top Docs” | VCU Massey Cancer Center

Richmond Magazine’s annual list of “Top Docs” once again recognizes a number of VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians. Featured in the magazine’s April 2022 issue, the list includes 34 doctors from varied specialties who provide oncology-related care to Massey’s patients, including 14 who ca...

Black patients more likely to be excluded from pancreatic cancer clinical trials
04/01/2022
Black patients more likely to be excluded from pancreatic cancer clinical trials

Black patients more likely to be excluded from pancreatic cancer clinical trials

Clinical trials are responsible for determining the safety and efficacy of drugs, and lead to virtually all standards of cancer care in the U.S. However, a recent study conducted by researchers from VCU Massey Cancer Center, the University of Florida College of Medicine and UF Health Cancer Center f...

Northwestern Surgeons Perform Double Lung Transplant on Patient Diagnosed With Terminal Lung Cancer
03/28/2022
Northwestern Surgeons Perform Double Lung Transplant on Patient Diagnosed With Terminal Lung Cancer

Northwestern Surgeons Perform Double Lung Transplant on Patient Diagnosed With Terminal Lung Cancer

Six months ago, Chicagoan Albert Khoury underwent a double lung transplant to treat stage 4 lung cancer. Today, he has no signs of cancer. The success of the surgery, a first for Northwestern Medicine, “provides new hope for lung cancer patients at Northwestern Medicine,” said surgeon Dr. Ankit ...

Past President of the Virginia Chapter, Dr. Jorge Posadas!
03/16/2022

Past President of the Virginia Chapter, Dr. Jorge Posadas!

Jorge Posadas, MD, general surgeon at Valley Health Surgical Partners, performs a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures, including robot-assisted hernia repairs of several types, as well as gallbladder and colon surgery. He recently reached a notable milestone - the completion of his 500th robotic surgery at Wi******er Medical Center. Congratulations to Dr. Posadas and the robotic surgery team!

VCU Health receives Level I trauma reverification by the American College of Surgeons | VCU Health
02/26/2022
VCU Health receives Level I trauma reverification by the American College of Surgeons | VCU Health

VCU Health receives Level I trauma reverification by the American College of Surgeons | VCU Health

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and increased call volume, you may experience extended wait times when contacting our call center, billing center, and while using provider messaging through our patient portal. We appreciate your patience during this time and will respond to all calls and messages as....

Hume-Lee breaks its own organ transplant record – again! | VCU Health
01/27/2022
Hume-Lee breaks its own organ transplant record – again! | VCU Health

Hume-Lee breaks its own organ transplant record – again! | VCU Health

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and increased call volume, you may experience extended wait times when contacting our call center, billing center, and while using provider messaging through our patient portal. We appreciate your patience during this time and will respond to all calls and messages as....

In 1st, US surgeons transplant pig heart into human patient
01/14/2022
In 1st, US surgeons transplant pig heart into human patient

In 1st, US surgeons transplant pig heart into human patient

In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday that he's doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery. While it's too soon to know if the operation really will work, it marks a step in the...

Save the Date!
12/20/2021

Save the Date!

11/18/2021
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11/18/2021

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Applications for ACS Fellowship are due in 2 weeks! Applicants must have been in practice for a minimum of one-year and be board certified.

Find more information on membership requirements and application materials here: https://www.facs.org/member-services/join

Very sad news to pass along.
11/11/2021

Very sad news to pass along.

The VCU Massey Cancer Center family was saddened today to learn of the passing of its first cancer center director, Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D. Current director, Robert A. Winn, M.D., released the following statement:

"It’s not often we get the chance to stand on the shoulders of giants. It’s safe to say this has been one of those opportunities. I am heartbroken at the passing of Dr. Walter Lawrence. The first director of this cancer center, the reason we are able to proudly call ourselves a National Cancer Institute-designated center, a beloved and extraordinary figure on the campus of VCU and a strong supporter, mentor and man I was proud to call my friend. I could go on for a while about his accomplishments and service to our field: president of the American Cancer Society, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, chief of surgery for the 46th Army Surgical Hospital in Korea."

"But the real mark Dr. Lawrence leaves behind is the mission to help those less fortunate than ourselves. To ensure that health and cancer burdens are not carried more heavily by some. And he never rested in this mission. As late as last year, he was back on his pedestal, using his platform to speak for those voices who were heard the least, ensuring that everyone has access for affordable, world-class health care. Make no mistake, this mission that drives us here at Massey, is one we will fight for every day in the name of Walter Lawrence. My heart goes out to Walter’s family and I thank them for their support of such a great man and the sacrifices they made to share him with the rest of the world."

EVMS Pulse Newsroom | Eastern Virginia Medical School | Media | Press
10/29/2021
EVMS Pulse Newsroom | Eastern Virginia Medical School | Media | Press

EVMS Pulse Newsroom | Eastern Virginia Medical School | Media | Press

Dr. Britt honored with the ACS Lifetime Achievement Award Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:53:00 EDT By Jennifer McCarrel Consider him more than the man of the hour. As of Sunday, L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, is the man of a lifetime — just ask the esteemed American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Britt was presented w...

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Chapters are the channels of representation and communication for individual members and provide the opportunity for members to get involved in committees, programs, and College initiatives. We are a busy, energetic Chapter! Here are just some of our activities and member services: • Annual weekend CME Conference • Weekly electronic newsletter, “News You Can Use” • Quarterly newsletter “The Surgical Scene” • Legislative Advocacy o Issues Committee o Surgeons’ Day at the Capitol • Rural Surgery Committee • Two Young Surgeons scholarships for the Leadership & Advocacy Summit • Annual Humanitarian Surgical Resident Travel Grants • Participation in the College’s Committee on Trauma and Commission on Cancer • page • And more! The Virginia Chapter is member supported. Whether you are a medical student planning a career in Surgery, a surgical resident in training, a fellow in a surgical subspecialty, an academic surgeon or a community-based surgeon; or whether you are a young physician or a seasoned practitioner we need YOU! The Chapter offers a medium through which surgical experiences may be presented and discussed and constitutes a common ground for specialties in various branches of surgery to communicate with each other. Chapters provide a forum through which young surgeons, who have not yet gained membership in more limited surgical societies, can share their thoughts and experiences with more established surgeons. Finally, it is through the College’s chapters that Fellows in the community are able to cooperate with other professionals and with civic groups, third-party carriers, and state government agencies that are concerned with community health care and the socioeconomic and legislative aspects of health care. In addition, Fellows support College activities through local College chapters such as the field force in trauma and the Cancer Liaison Program of the Commission on Cancer. The annual meetings of the Virginia Chapter are held in conjunction with the Virginia Surgical Society. The meeting program will offer exciting speakers and informative presentations. But, equal in importance, it will be at our annual gathering that we exchange information, form friendships, and solidify our presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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