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Media Alert from the American College of Surgeons

For Immediate Release


Sally Garneski
Dan Hamilton

Apply today for Press Credentials to cover the virtual American College of Surgeons 2020 Clinical Congress

Five-day surgical conference features hundreds of new research findings, contemporary topics in surgery, and embraces a digital approach with live and on-demand sessions

CHICAGO (September 11, 2020):  The first-ever virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020 will convene October 3-7, offering surgeons and guest clinicians both live and on-demand sessions. The conference will offer the finest in continuing education for surgeons across all specialties and throughout all stages of their careers.

This year’s conference embraces a digital approach that will unlock new reporting opportunities for journalists everywhere who report on surgical issues.

Research in progress reports from surgical care teams around the globe will be presented during the Scientific Forum abstract sessions and e-Poster sessions, and distinguished guest lecturers will deliver orations in the disciplines of cancer care, trauma, basic science, surgical history, and more. Other program highlights include panel sessions moderated by experts in the field on present-day surgical issues, and general sessions covering a wide range of current topics focused on helping surgeons provide the best possible care for their patients. View the conference agenda here.

Some contemporary topics scheduled for presentation include:

  • When and how to quit cigarettes, vaping, and marijuana use prior to surgery
  • Well-being challenges during COVID-19 pandemic: preparing for the next crisis
  • Bringing cancer genetic testing into the mainstream
  • Putting data into action: updates on firearm injury prevention strategies and initiatives
  • Finding balance between reducing opioid prescribing and patient reported pain management

Members of the media, who meet the criteria set forth by the College, are encouraged to complete the ACS application to secure press credentials in advance to cover this virtual surgical conference from the convenience of their own remote locations. There is no registration fee for journalists or conference attendees. 

Read the ACS criteria for press credentials

Apply for press credentials

If you have any questions, please contact Sally Garneski or Dan Hamilton from the ACS Office of Public Information, email:

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients.  The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.  Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.  For more information, visit

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