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Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Following unanimous approval by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents of the proposal of the ACS Division of Education to establish an ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™, a Steering Committee was appointed to create the model for this unique Academy and developed the standards and criteria for admission to the Academy.

The Mission of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.

The Goals of the Academy include defining megatrends in surgical education and training; steering advances in the field; fostering innovation and collaboration; supporting faculty development and recognition; and underscoring the critical importance of surgical education and training in the changing milieu of health care.

Academy members are selected through a rigorous peer-review process and induction into the Academy will be a very high honor. Members of the Academy will be expected to engage actively in activities to address the aforementioned goals. Academy membership will be open to Master Surgeon Educators from across the surgical specialties.

The Founding Members of the Academy were inducted in 2018 along with Associate Members of this inaugural cohort. In 2019, the new category of Affiliate Members was introduced and the second cohort of Members and Associate Members, was inducted. In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic the induction ceremony was conducted virtually. Currently, membership of the Academy includes 223 Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members. Each year the membership of the Academy is recognized during the Annual Convocation of the American College of Surgeons and the list of Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members is included in the program books of the Convocation Ceremony and the program of the Annual Clinical Congress.

The Academy is more than an honorific group. The preeminent members of the Academy have been engaged in a variety of different activities and have made enormous contributions. In 2019, the Academy hosted a special Symposium on Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Surgical Care and Education. In 2020, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Special Committee to Address Challenges and Opportunities Relating to Surgery Residency Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic was appointed and this Committee has pursued very significant opportunities that are not only important during the pandemic but will result in transformation changes in surgical residency training even after the pandemic. Bi-weekly reports from the Special Committee are sent to the entire membership of the Academy. Also, a new educational resources webpage and a new listserv have been established to enhance communication among the Academy members.

In October 2020, the ACS Board of Regents unanimously approved the use of a Membership Mark of the Academy, Member, Academy of Master Surgeon Educators (MAMSE).

Members of the Steering Committee are listed below.


L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), MAMSE
Norfolk, VA

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, MAMSE
Chicago, IL


Sir Murray F. Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS, MAMSE
New York, NY

Haile T. Debas, MD, FACS, FRCSC, MAMSE
San Francisco, CA

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Chicago, IL

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Philadelphia, PA

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS, MAMSE
Jacksonville, FL

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWAC(Hon), MAMSE
Seattle, WA

Anton Nicholas Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE
Washington, DC


Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH
Chicago, IL


Alisa Nagler, JD, MA, EdD
Chicago, IL

Susan Newman, MPH
Chicago, IL

The next class of the Academy will be selected in summer 2021 and inducted at the Virtual Induction Ceremony on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm CT. (Please note: Selected Members must be present at the Induction Ceremony in order to be in the Academy. If there is a scheduling conflict, induction would be delayed until the following year. Selected Members, Associate Members and Affiliate members must be inducted within three years of their selection date or, if not, they will need to re-apply to the Academy during the annual application cycle.)


New Resources

The NEW Selected Educational Resources of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ aim to share forward-looking resources on novel methods of teaching and assessment of surgical trainees across the country. Become an active participant and submit information on leadership and faculty development or educational resources you believe would be helpful to the broad surgical education community.

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2020 Induction

Fifty esteemed surgeon educators were admitted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in 2020.

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