American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

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Amelia Grover, MD, FACS

Amelia Grover, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Chair
Medical Director, Endocrine Tumor Multidisciplinary Program and Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Grover is a surgical oncologist who specializes in breast and endocrine surgery. She is passionate about the career and talent development of surgeons. The focus of her work is to ensure that surgical faculty career development is inclusive, transparent and equitable. Her ideal is a healthier, engaged and welcoming work environment.

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She believes that a diverse workforce will be better suited for solving issues of health care disparity and creating innovative answers to the challenges we face. She is well suited to lead this challenge given her role as medical director for the Endocrine Tumor Multidisciplinary Program, as the associate program director in the general surgery residency and as a member for the surgical performance improvement team at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as her work in this committee.

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Kathleen A. LaVorgna, MD, FACS

Kathleen LaVorgna, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Vice-Chair
Chair of Surgery, Norwalk Hospital, Western Connecticut Health Network

After graduation from Boston University, Dr. LaVorgna worked for 6 years in biochemical research before deciding to pursue a medical career. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

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A native of Connecticut, she returned after training to practice general surgery, trauma, and acute care surgery at Norwalk Hospital, CT. She served as the Level 2 Trauma Director for 22 years, and remains the Medical Director of the Norwalk Hospital/ Yale University Surgical Physician Assistant Residency Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind in the country.

A member of the ACS since her second year of residency, Dr. LaVorgna currently is Vice-Chair of the ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, and sits on the Board of Governors, representing Connecticut as a governor-at-large. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Women Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and New England Surgical Society.

She has remained active in organized medicine in her state, becoming the first woman president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, during which time she spearheaded their Cultural Competency Program in 2008. She was the second woman president of the Connecticut Chapter of the ACS in 2010, and remains on their board as the Chair of the Legislation Committee.

In addition to the subject of cultural competency and health care disparities, Dr. LaVorgna is passionate about mentoring young women for careers in science and medicine and the elimination of gender bias in STEM professions.

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Alonso Andrade, MD, FACS

Alonso Andrade, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Alonso Andrade, MD, FACS, is an Assistant Professor for the department of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree in 2010 from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Subsequently he completed his general surgery residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Department of Surgery in 2015.

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Following residency Dr. Andrade has been involved with Medical Student education at TTUHSC El Paso’s Foster School of Medicine as the Associate Clerkship Director for General Surgery Clerkship and also as the Clerkship Director for Surgery Sub-Internship. Dr. Andrade is also an Associate Residency Program Director for the General Surgery Residency at TTUHSC El Paso.

Dr. Andrade’s research interests include Simulation and Surgical Quality Improvement. Dr. Andrade is the Surgery Medical Director and Director of the National Surgery Quality Improvement Program at University Medical Center of El Paso.

Dr. Andrade is board certified in general surgery and provides comprehensive general surgical care including minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

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Fernando D. Arias, MD

Fernando D. Arias, MD
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
PGY-2, General Surgery Residency, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Arias is a second year General Surgery resident at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and has lived in New Jersey since the age of 6. He has overcome many hurdles on his way to becoming the first physician in his family. He is passionate about reducing health care disparities, particularly in the surgical fields, and believes that the best way to do this is to increase the number of underrepresented in medicine surgeons in not just our workforce, but in leadership positions across the country. He is a strong advocate for mentorship and hopes to serve as a role model and mentor for anyone interested in the innovative field of surgery.

 


Tania K. Arora, MD, FACS

Tania K. Arora, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Associate Professor of Surgery, Augusta University

Dr. Arora is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Augusta University at the Medical College of Georgia and the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. Her clinical interests include breast and complex GI oncology.  In surgical education, she is interested in curriculum development, evaluation and methods of coaching. She is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at local and national levels. She is the GME subcommittee Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Health Disparities for Augusta University, Vice Chair of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the Diversity Taskforce for the Academic Association of Surgeons.  She is the Vice Chair for the Association of Surgical Education Committee on Citizenship and Global Responsibility.

 


Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (ENGLAND), KM
Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (ENGLAND), KM ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Professor and Vice-Chairman of Surgery; Chief, Division of Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care; Director of Trauma Center & Trauma Program, Department of Surgery, Creighton University School of Medicine and Creighton University Medical Center
Professor of Clinical & Translational Science, Department of Translational Science Creighton University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—Bethesda, MD

Dr. Asensio’s specialty is surgery and his subspecialties are trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

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He served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Trauma of the Southern California Chapter of the ACS and he has participated in the national ACS Committee on Trauma. Dr. Asensio is both a national and an internationally recognized expert in the field of trauma surgery. His area of focused study and expertise is surgical techniques and outcomes for difficult injuries and difficult problems in trauma surgery. His main interests are cardiovascular, thoracic, and complex abdominal and peripheral vascular injuries. He has published extensively in these areas. He has a total of 527 publications and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. His expertise and operative skills have been the subject of documentaries and programs including a 60 Minutes program with Dan Rather, a two-hour documentary on the Discovery Health Channel titled “Medical Maverick” as well as another Discovery Special titled “Surgery Saved My Life—Battlefield Miami”.

Dr. Asensio’s social conscience led him to be involved and concerned with the impact of violence in youth, particularly the Hispanic youth and frequently addresses audiences nationally and internationally regarding urban violence and education. He has received multiple humanitarian of the year awards and commendations including commendations from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, the District Attorney of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council. Dr. Asensio was awarded the Gold Medal of the Mutual Scientific and Philanthropic foundation of The Kings of Spain for his scientific work in difficult injuries and difficult problems in trauma surgery, shock, and exsanguination, for his defense of human rights and Trauma Prevention efforts. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Colombia for Meritorious Services Rendered to The Colombian Military and The Country of Colombia. As well as, in 2015, The Military Order of Merit of Colombia for Bravery and Services rendered to the Colombian Military, The Colombian Military Hospital and the Country of Colombia.

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Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS

Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Assistant Professor of Surgery; Associate Director of Diversity in Cancer Research; Co-Director of the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities, New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Dhage is an assistant professor of surgery, the associate director of diversity in cancer research, and co-director of the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities at New York University School of Medicine. Her research is in cancer disparities and cancer genomics.

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She is passionate about patient advocacy and serves on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Young Survival Coalition. She has served the College as a member of the Committee of Diversity Issues and the Board of Governors Surgical Training workgroup.

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Mio Kitano, MD, MS, FACS

Mio Kitano, MD, MS, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Assistant Professor of Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Mio Kitano is a Surgical Oncologist at University of Texas Health San Antonio.  Her clinical practice is general surgical oncology. She has clinical interests in cancer predisposition syndromes, and she treats a wide range of malignancies, including gastrointestinal, pancreas, and endocrine tumors as well as sarcoma and melanoma. Her research interest is in understanding racial disparities in gastric cancer in Hispanics by studying molecular and epidemiological risk factors.

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Dr. Kitano has served on the Diversity Council for 2 years at UTHSA and currently serves as the representative for the Department of Surgery for an ongoing institution-wide training to recognize and de-escalate micro-aggression and discrimination.  She is passionate about eliminating systemic racism in medicine and in society as a whole and in promoting a diverse and inclusive training environment for the future generation of surgeons. Additionally, she is an avid expedition caver outside of work and she serves as the Diversity ambassador for the San Antonio Chapter (Bexar Grotto) of the National Speleological Society to promote a diverse and an inclusive environment in the sport of speleology.

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Robert S. Kurtz, MD, FACS

Robert S. Kurtz, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Director of Service for trauma and surgical critical care at Kings County Hospital and Visiting Associate Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical, Center, Bronx, NY

Dr. Kurtz is an accomplished surgeon and author and a vocal advocate for human rights. Dr. Kurtz’s specialty is surgery with subspecialties in trauma surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Kurtz authored the book chapter "Fortitude", from a peer reviewed publication, "Critical Research on Sexism and Racism in STEM Fields". His devotion to the cause of racial justice and equity has a personal dimension as well as moral and intellectual bases. "Serving as Co-chair of the MIT Industrial Advisory Committee on Minority Education and my work on the CoDI committee, I would like to make the cause of racial justice and equity the keynote of my life."

 


SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Associate Chief of Staff for Quality, Safety and Value, Michael E. DeBakey, Houston VA, TX

Dr. Kuy is a practicing general surgeon and grateful for the opportunity to serve our nation’s heroes. She currently serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Quality, Safety and Value at the Michael E DeBakey Houston VA, home to 5,000 staff at one of the most complex VA facilities.

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Dr. Kuy previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid for the state of Louisiana, working to improve healthcare for 1.6 million children, pregnant women, disabled and indigent patients in a $10.7 billion system. Dr. Kuy is the recipient of the ACS Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, Oregon Health & Sciences University Early Career Achievement Alumni Award for her work to improve healthcare for low income Medicaid women, Ford Family Foundation’s Gerald E. Bruce Award for her work to improve healthcare quality and access for veterans, L’Oréal Paris and Points of Light Foundation’s “Women of Worth” award for her community service supporting wounded veterans, RandomActs.org’s “Caught in the Act” national public service award, and Business Report’s 40 Under 40 Award for her efforts to increase healthcare access for Medicaid patients. Dr. Kuy was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar and completed a healthcare executive training program at the Heller School of Management at Brandeis University. She is thankful for the privilege of serving our veterans.

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Heena Santry, MD, MS, FACS

Heena Santry, MD, MS, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Associate Professor of Surgery—Trauma, Critical Care & Burn; Vice-Chair for Health Services Research, Columbus, OH

Dr. Santry is an Associate Professor, Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University. Dr. Santry’s specialty is Trauma and Acute Care surgery. Dr. Santry first began exploring socio-demographic disparities in health outcomes as a medical student working at the Institute for Health and Social Justice at Partners in Health. Regardless of how skilled a surgeon is or how high the quality of care delivered by the entire care team and hospital, socio-demographic and unconscious bias play a role in adverse surgical outcomes. Therefore, Dr. Santry performs epidemiologic studies and reviews that will ultimately help reduce barriers in access to high quality care for patients in need of surgical care.

 


Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS

Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Board of Governors Representative
Physician Surveyor, Division of Accreditation and Operations, The Joint Commission

Dr. Simon currently serves as a physician surveyor, division of accreditation and operations for The Joint Commission. Prior to this appointment he was the Chief of Staff for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System. He is a vascular surgeon, a member on the General Surgeon Coding and Reimbursement Committee, and a Governor in the American College of Surgeons.

 


Brian Williams, MD, FACS

Brian Williams, MD, FACS
ACS Committee on Diversity Issues, Member
Medical Director, Parkland Community Health Institute, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dr. Williams is medical director of the Parkland Community Health Institute. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Williams was an aeronautical engineer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his MD from the University of South Florida. Since then, he has trained and worked at Harvard, Emory, and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is an accomplished surgeon and public speaker, sharing his insight on racial trauma, resilience, and social justice.