The chief of General Surgery, Patrick C. McGrath, MD, FACS , has been invited to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for Surgery News, the official publication of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This newspaper provides the practicing surgeon with timely and relevant news and commentary about clinical developments and the impact of health care policy on the profession and on current surgical practice.
The Surgery News editorial advisors offer insights and perspectives on the content. Advisors are asked to review stories pertaining to their specialties prior to publication. They are sometimes asked to provide commentary or write an opinion piece on a particular topic, and they regularly critique the newspaper, helping the editors and staff direct future coverage toward areas of greatest interest to surgeons.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Its mission is to improve the care of surgical patients and to safeguard standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.
Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.
The College currently has over 74,000 members, including more than 4,000 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world.