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Two Important Messages

Interview with ACS Regent Ken Sharp

Tennessee surgeons are so fortunate to have our own Ken Sharp serving as a Regent in the American College of Surgeons. Here is a recent interview with him that you don’t want to miss.



Surgeon Voices


In this issue, ACS Regent Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Director, Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and vice-chair, department of surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and ACS Regent, who discusses health care communication in the context of COVID-19, including the efforts of the ACS Communications Committee. Dr. Sharp has become a key contributor the College’s recent COVID communications, including on the former Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates newsletter, as well as the current ACS Bulletin Brief, and he discusses some of the best and worst evidence of effective treatment against COVID-19 in the recent plethora of studies that have been conducted, his view on the risks of surgery on COVID patients, and outlook for a vaccine.

Virtual Clinical Congress Program Expanded to Five Days:
October 3 – 7, 2020

The Virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress Program has been expanded to five days, starting on SaturdayOctober 3, and concluding on WednesdayOctober 7. With the addition of Saturday and Sunday and the addition of an extra channel and extra slots each day, it has been possible to include all the previously approved Panel Sessions and Scientific Forum Sessions.

The Program Committee, under the leadership of Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), has created a blueprint of this five-day program, which will be available soon after all the moderators have confirmed their participation. New registration information also will be disseminated soon. Recordings of the five-day program will be available after the Virtual Clinical Congress.

The ACS is pleased to offer this expanded Clinical Congress Program at no cost to all interested registrants in light of the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on health care professionals. We look forward to an exciting event and to your participation.

For additional information about the program, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, at or Richard V. King, PhD, at

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