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The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS) is a non-profit organization formed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The purposes of the Chapter are educational and professional, which includes elevating the standards of surgery and educating the public and the profession with respect to surgical care. The Chapter is comprised of about 1300 surgeons and is governed by a Council. The President of the organization is Dr. Michael T. Jaklitsch of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The Chapter sponsors a meeting annually as part of its continuing medical education program. The 62nd Annual Meeting will be held on December 5, 2015 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chapter advocates on your behalf at the state and national levels and holds an annual advocacy day at the Massachusetts State House. 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. I invite you to attend our Annual Meetings and get involved with our Leadership and participate in the activities of the Chapter.

Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, Secretary


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

Registration is now open for the 62nd Annual Meeting!
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Abstract submission is now open for the 2015 MCACS Annual Meeting.

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Congratulations to the Organizers of the RTTDC!

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is pleased to recognize the first Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) in Massachusetts that was held on May 19th at the Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. The RTTDC which was sponsored by the American College of Surgeons was a great success. This is only the second course that has taken place in New England and another one is planned to be held in western MA.

Congratulations to the Organizers of the RTTDC!
Pictured from left to right: Tracy Disilva, Berkshire Medical Center trauma program manager; Lisa Patterson, MD, Baystate Medical Center; Mike Clapp, Baystate EMS Liaison; Sarah Cairo, MD; Ron Gross MD, Baystate Medical Center; and Kristen Sihler MD, RTTDC proctor from Maine

2016 ACS Leadership Summit

Save the Date
5th Annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit

JW Marriott in Washington, DC.
April 9–12, 2016

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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Join your colleagues and become a member of the Chapter that serves as a critical grassroots organization of the national College. It is also the backbone of the College’s “farm system” for recruiting talented young surgeons to engage in local and national activities. The Chapter provides an important link to our rich local surgical heritage and a mechanism by which young surgeons can maintain close contacts with colleagues throughout the State.

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MCACS Announcement

The MCACS is pleased to announce that it is now a 501(c)3 entity and is classified as a public charity. Contributions to the Chapter are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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