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As the Secretary of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, I hope that you will find the information contained on this site useful. Our Chapter invites you to attend our Annual Meetings and get involved with our Leadership.

Richard B. Wait, MD, PhD, FACS, Secretary


62nd Annual Meeting December 5, 2015 Westin Copley Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the fourth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The Leadership Summit, Sunday, April 19, offered volunteer leaders a full day of comprehensive and specialized education sessions focused on the tools needed for effective leadership and provided ample opportunities for networking with College leaders and other members. The Leadership Summit began with a well-attended Welcome Reception on Saturday evening. On Sunday, 417 attendees gathered to hear presentations on leading with influence. Specific topics included overcoming resistance to change, avoiding physician burnout, and negotiating employment contracts. The ACS Louisiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania Chapters offered their Chapter success stories from the last year. Leadership Summit attendees also convened over lunch by state/region, allowing group participants to identify new areas for unified efforts. Participants discussed the possibility of joint annual meetings on the state and/or regional level, as well as other shared chapter initiatives.

SAVE THE DATE: The fifth annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit will take place April 9–12, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

4TH Annual Resident Competition

Prathima Nandivada
Prathima Nandivada, MD
Boston Children's Hospital

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Prathima Nandivada of Boston Children’s Hospital is the winner of the 2015 MCACS Resident Essay Competition. Dr. Nandivada, sponsored by the MCACS, will attend the ACS Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit that will be held April 18 - 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Dr. Nandivada!

View Dr. Nandivada’s essay


Success in the Senate -- End of the SGR

The Senate mirrored the House’s previous action on HR 2 by passing the bill by a vote of 92-8. The President had previously indicated he would sign the legislation.

All Fellows can be justifiably proud of both their individual grassroots efforts and those of leadership and staff in seeing the achievement of this long sought after goal.

In addition to the permanent repeal and replacement of the SGR, HR 2 also contains a provision that precludes CMS from moving forward with its flawed plan to deconstruct global payment codes and provides for 2 additional years of CHIP funding.

While there is indeed much to celebrate, there is still much to be done. ACS will continue to lead in all aspects in the pursuit of quality surgical care.

Congratulations to all!


Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS
President, ACS

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Board of Regents

Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Health Policy & Advocacy Group

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director, ACS

MCACS is partnering with the ACS Italy Chapter

The MCACS is pleased to partner with the ACS Italy Chapter, www.facsitaly.org, which is planning two events in 2015. The ACS Italy Chapter will have a joint meeting with the Greek and Lebanon Chapters in Greece from May 15-17, 2015 and from 21-24 October, it will have a Congress in conjunction with the Italian Society of Surgery (SIC) in Milan. Details will be posted here as they become available. We look forward to a successful relationship with the Italy Chapter.


2014-2015 CoC Update for Massachusetts Cancer Liaison Physicians
CoC Annual Report December 2013

Youtube presentation by Dr. Peter Hopewood, CoC, delivered to the
51 cancer liaison physicians in Massachusetts.

  Peter Hopewood, MD
  Commission on Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013
May is Melanoma Month May 2013

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