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100 Years of Inspiring Quality

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The Year-Long Celebration of Our Centennial

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Centennial celebration was launched during our 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL, September 30–October 4, 2012, and featured special program sessions, exhibits, and commemorative publications that paid tribute to the College’s 100-year unwavering commitment to improving the quality of care for surgical patients.

In recognition of how the College’s efforts and achievements have significantly influenced the course of surgery in America and around the world, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn designated September 30–October 4 as “American College of Surgeons Days” in the city and state.

Other Centennial Highlights

ACS Centennial interactive timeline

View the “100 Years of Inspiring Quality—An Interactive Timeline” that honors yesterday’s and today’s surgeon leaders, the distinguished organization that they built, and the continuing great contributions of surgeons to advancing surgical innovation, patient safety, and surgical quality. 

“The Next 100 Years”

ACS President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS

View the American College of Surgeons presidential theme video presented during our 2012 Clinical Congress. Learn about milestone surgical accomplishments from the past century, and how the surgical profession is poised to succeed in the next 100 years.


“My greatest wish for all of us is to celebrate the joy of a life in surgery.”
ACS President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS (2012-13)

Commemorative ACS Centennial Keepsakes

ACS Centennial keepsakes are available for purchase, with 10 percent of all sale proceeds going to the ACS Foundation.

New Book Chronicles 100 Years of ACS history

David L. Nahrwold, MD, FACS, and Peter J. Kernahan, MD, PhD, FACS, authored of A Century of Surgeons and Surgery: The American College of Surgeons 1913-2012. Drs. Nahrwold and Kernahan researched the College’s engaging history and amassed an account that highlights major milestones, surgical setbacks, and significant achievements of ACS Fellows. Purchase a copy by visiting the online ACS Publications and Services Catalog.

ACS Centennial Magazine Highlights a Century of Surgical Achievements

View the online version of the commemorative magazine published by the American College of Surgeons and Faircount Media Group illuminating the College’s 2013 centennial anniversary year. “Remembering Milestones and Achievements in Surgery: Inspiring Quality for a Hundred Years 1913-2012” presents compelling and informative articles about the College’s rich history, scientific and educational programs, and impact on surgical progress over the past century.