Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS)

Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Ali Tavakkoli, MD, FACS

I would like to thank the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS) again for the privilege of its Presidency.

With 2022 fully underway, and with the success of having returned to a fully in-person MCACS Annual Meeting in 2021, I am pleased and excited for what we are planning for both 2022 and 2023.

I have been involved with the Chapter for the past 13 years and a question that I frequently hear is whether ACS membership automatically qualifies you for Chapter Membership. Unfortunately, and due to longstanding logistical issues, becoming a Member of the ACS does not automatically make one a Member of the Chapter. We need everyone to submit a separate but short membership application through our website to become a member.



Faina Nakhlis, MD, FACS
Faina Nakhlis, MD, FACS

I wish to thank all members of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS) for my new position as Secretary of the Chapter. The MCACS has always been a source of great purpose and fulfillment for me and I look forward to continuing my service toward our organization as one of its officers.

As mentioned by Dr. Tavakkoli in his article for this issue of the MCACS Newsletter, we would very much like to expand the participation on our various MCACS Committees which are listed at Those with availability are the Ad-Hoc Physician Wellness Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the Membership Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Ad-Hoc Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Anyone who is interested should submit their name and which Committee you would like to be a part of via the Chapter’s “Contact Us” page at


Become More Active with the MCACS by Joining One of its Committees!

We encourage all Chapter Members to become more involved with the MCACS by serving on our various Committees!

Those with availability are as follows

Ad-Hoc Physician Wellness Committee
Ad-Hoc Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Advocacy Committee
Communications Committee
Membership Committee

Please submit your name and which Committee you would like to be a part of via the Chapter's "Contact Us" page.

Your Vote Requested - MCACS Bylaws Changes

As announced at the 2021 MCACS Annual Member Business Meeting that was held in Boston on December 4, 2021, it was proposed by the Council that the terms for the MCACS President and President-Elect be returned to a two (2) - year period. The Council has since voted on this and, in addition, has agreed that the Councilor term be reduced to a two (2) - year period (up to two consecutive terms).

Please cast your vote (by May 15, 2022) via the email that was sent to you on Tuesday May 3rd.


Review the Minutes of the 2021 MCACS Annual Member Business Meeting.


69th Annual Meeting

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The Massachusetts Chapter is proud to be one of the most active within the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and participates regularly in support of its efforts; particularly those with respect to Advocacy & Health Policy, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the Commission on Trauma (CoT). Representatives of all of these initiatives also serve on the MCACS leadership Council. Please visit the ACS section of the MCACS website for regular updates from the College on these and other initiatives being made on behalf of the Membership.