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Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

November, 2010
Desmond H Birkett, M.D., FACS
President's Message
Desmond H Birkett, M.D.
Desmond H Birkett, M.D., FACS

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons over the past two years. In 2010, the Council has continued reinvigorating its committees, particularly the Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Dr. Peter Masiakos, the Young Surgeons Committee, chaired by Dr. Anne Larkin, and the Website Committee, chaired by Dr. Terry Buchmiller. I encourage you to contact the chairs if you are interested in participating in these activities or let us know if you have any suggestions for additional committees.

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Peter Masiakos is the recipient of this year's American College of Surgeons Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy for his efforts in getting ATV legislation passed in Massachusetts. Dr. Masiakos made a multi-year commitment and has worked tirelessly to get this legislation passed and we applaud his successful efforts.

Dr. Ali Tavakkolizadeh, Chair of the Program Committee for the 2010 Annual Meeting, has provided us with a preliminary outline that can be viewed here. The meeting takes place on December 4th at the Westin Copley Place in Boston and you can get updates on our website, www.mcacs.org. Bring your colleagues, residents and students to this year's meeting for a day of excellent programming. You can also sponsor a resident to attend the meeting and be recognized by your peers for your generosity.

The Chapter participated in the 2010 ACS Leadership Conference & Joint Surgical Advocacy by supporting Drs. Dmitry Nepomnayshy and Ali Tavakkolizadeh to attend the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to join with Young Surgeons and Chapter Leaders in a collaborative advocacy effort. Please let us know if you are interested in taking part in the 2011 program by emailing us.

I also encourage you to invite your associates to join the Chapter which offers an excellent opportunity to connect with your professional peers. Membership applications can be obtained from the administrative office by calling 978-927-8330 or download an application.

I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks at the 2010 Annual Meeting!

Terry L. Buchmiller, M.D., FACS
Secretary's Message
I am delighted to provide a report on the activities of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. The 2009 Annual Meeting had a final attendance of 111 which included 47 residents. I would particularly like to thank the Chapter members who sponsored a resident, a feature that will also be available for this year's Annual Meeting. We would also like to share our appreciation to the 12 industry partners who contributed to the 2009 meeting with exhibit tables and sponsorships.

Highlights of the 2009 program included:

  • Guest Speaker, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD of Mass General Hospital who led a "Town Meeting on Health Care Advocacy Effort of the PAC"
  • A Scientific talk on "Stem Cells in Surgery" by M. William Lensch, MD of Children's Hospital
  • Guest Speaker, Assistant Surgeon General Jonathan Woodson, MD of Boston University Medical Center on "Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan"
  • A Scientific talk on "Face Transplantation" by Bohdan Pomahac, MD of Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • A Panel on "Health Care Reform" moderated by Michael Zinner, MD of Brigham & Women's Hospital and included Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham & Women's Hospital, MD and Katherine Baicker, PhD of the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Luncheon Speaker, Fred Millham, MD of Newton-Wellesley Hospital who spoke about the "History of Shock Talk"

Five podium presentations and 32 posters completed the remainder of the scientific program and additional details on all of the presentations can be viewed here.

Dr. Ali Tavakkolizadeh, the Program Chair for the 2010 Annual Meeting, has organized an exciting, comprehensive program that will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. The popular Resident Paper Competition will start the morning after the Residents and Fellows Breakfast. Additional guest speakers will include:

  • Monica Bertagnolli, MD who will give a talk on "Oncology Trials: Recruiting Surgeons Not Just Patients";
  • A Panel on Medicare Reform moderated by Dr. Desmond H. Birkett and will include Nancy Kane, DBA who will talk about "Understanding Medicare Payment Reforms in 2010", A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS who will discuss the "American College of Surgeons Perspective on Medicare Reform" and Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS who will talk about the "Latest American College of Surgeons Initiatives for Health Policy";
  • Hugh Herr, PhD, who will discuss "What Biology Teaches Us about Prosthetic and Orthotic Design";
  • A Panel on "Present and Future of General Surgery" which will be moderated by Kamal Itani, MD, FACS and will include Richard B. Wait, MD, FACS who will talk about "What Does It Mean to Be a General Surgeon", Karen S. Nelson, MPA, RN who will discuss the "Shortage of General Surgeons: The State's Hospitals View" and Stanley W. Ashley, MD, FACS who will talk about "The American Board of Surgery Perspective";
  • Francis Moore, Jr., MD who will talk on "1942: A Historic Year for Boston Surgery".

In addition, Dr. Peter Hopewood, who is the Chapter's representative as the Commission on Cancer Co-State Chair, is hosting a Commission on Cancer session that will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Masiakos FACS who is this year's recipient of the American College of Surgeons Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy and Chair of the Mass Chapter, ACS Legislative Advocacy Committee. Dr. Masiakos and the Committee are planning a "Capitol Day on the Hill" in 2011 and details will be announced once they are confirmed.

Please visit our recently renovated website at www.mcacs.org for updated information. We welcome your input on any enhancements you would find useful. Finally, if there are issues you would like the Council to address this year, please don't hesitate to let us know. You can call the Chapter's administrative offices at 978-927-8330, send an email, or contact any of the Chapter officers. We look forward to hearing from you!

57th Annual Meeting Preliminary Program Highlights

57th Annual Meeting
December 4, 2010
Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts

Preliminary Program Highlights

  • Young Surgeons/Residents Breakfast
  • Resident Research Paper Competition
  • Scientific Session - Oncology Trials: Recruiting Surgeons Not Just Patients
  • What Biology Teaches Us about Prosthetic and Orthotic Design
  • Panel Discussion - Medicare Reform
  • Panel Discussion - Present and Future of General Surgery
  • Annual Poster Session
  • Commission on Cancer Session

See complete program and abstracts.

2009 Annual Business Meeting Minutes


Saturday, December 5, 2009
12:55 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Westin Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts


1. Call to Order

Dr. Desmond Birkett, President, called the Annual Business Meeting for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons to order at 12:55PM. He welcomed all Massachusetts Fellows of the College, residents, guests, and the newly initiated Fellows in attendance. Dr. Birkett also expressed sincere thanks to the 2009 Sponsors and Exhibitors and invited them to join the Membership for the lunch that would follow the conclusion of this Business Meeting.

2. Report of the President

Dr. Birkett congratulated Dr. Miguel Burch, Scientific Program Committee Chair, for coordinating another successful educational program which incorporated a number of distinguished guest speakers and included the following: Dr. Andrew Warshaw of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. William Lensch of Children's Hospital, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac of Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dr. and General Jonathan Woodson of the Boston University Medical Center, who is also an Assistant Surgeon General, and Dr. Fred Millham of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. In addition Dr. Birkett acknowledged the members of the Health Care Reform Panel Discussion; Drs. Atul Gawande, Katherine Baicker, and Michael Zinner.

Dr. Birkett then gave a special thanks to the members of the Chapter who had contributed to the Resident Research Award and announced that over $1,400 had been raised in support of this program. In addition he thanked certain members who had participated in the Chapter's new "Sponsor A Resident" to the Annual Meeting program.

In conclusion Dr. Birkett reminded the Membership that Council officers regularly participate at the College's Leadership Conference in Washington and noted that the next program was scheduled for July 24-27, 2010. He asked that interested parties notify either him or another Council Member if they would like to be a candidate for the 2010 Leadership Conference, especially if they are a younger surgeon.

3. Report of the Secretary

Dr. Birkett called upon Dr. Terry Buchmiller, Secretary, to present her report. Dr. Buchmiller, first, requested a motion to approve the Minutes of the Annual Member Business Meeting of Saturday, December 6, 2008 that had been circulated in the Newsletter.

IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED AND VOTED to approve the minutes of December 6, 2008.

Dr. Buchmiller then presented the membership statistics for the Chapter as of November 2009 which were as follows:

TOTAL 1409

Dr. Buchmiller further noted that there are 639 Fellows of the ACS who are currently not members of the Massachusetts Chapter but that efforts on recruitment had been stepped up. Dr. Buchmiller then reported that the following Fellows had passed away over the course of this past year:

Main M. Ashraf, MD, Weston, MA
Paul F. Condon, MD, Westfield
David W. Fagell, MD, Lynnfield
Henry F. Kramer, MD, Holden, MA
David E. Marcello, Jr., MD, Marion, MA
Vernon M. Pais, M.D., Mattapoisett, MA
Philip I. Salib, M.D., Chestnut Hill, MA

The Membership then rose in a moment of silence.

IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED AND VOTED to accept the report of the Secretary.

4. Report of the Treasurer

Dr. Birkett called upon Dr. Michael Jaklitsch, Treasurer, to present his report. Dr. Jaklitsch presented the summary report for the first ten months of fiscal year 2009 which were as follows: the Chapter's Total Assets for the year as of October 31, 2009 were $138,745, comprised of funds in the checking account and an investment account with Morgan Stanley. As the financial report only reflected figures back to January of 2009, Dr. Jaklitsch also noted that the present deficit was due to much of the 2009 dues revenue having been received prior to the end of 2008. Total receipts as of the end of October were $35,842, and total disbursements were $63,234.

Dr. Jaklitsch added a special thanks to the supporters from industry whose contributions helped in meeting Annual Meeting overhead costs. He reminded the Members present take a moment to stop by and personally thank the company representatives who were in attendance.

IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED AND VOTED to accept the report of the Treasurer.

5. Report of the ACS Board of Governors

Dr. Birkett called upon Dr. Michael Zinner to present a report from the ACS Board of Governors. The present Governors included himself, Dr. Maureen Kavanah, Dr. Richard Swanson, and Dr. Jonathan Woodson. Dr. Zinner reported on recent College actions undertaken, and statements made, with respect to Healthcare Reform and other critical initiatives being undertaken by the national organization.

6. Nominating Committee Report

Dr. Birkett called upon Dr. David McAneny to come forward to present the report of the Nominating Committee. Dr. McAneny presented the report of the Nominating Committee with the following slate:

Treasurer (3-year term) Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD, FACS
Councillors (3-year term) David A Drinkwater, MD, FACS
Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS
Anne C. Larkin, MD, FACS
Richard B. Wait, MD, FACS

There were no nominations from the floor.

IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED AND VOTED to close the nominations and instruct the Secretary to cast one ballot for the slate as presented by the Nominating Committee.

Dr. Birkett then thanked Drs. Kenneth Heisler and Julie White, who were rotating off of the Council this year, for their hard work on behalf of the Chapter.

7. Old Business

There was no old business.

8. New Business

There was no new business.

10. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Membership, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry L. Buchmiller, MD, FACS

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