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Advisory Council Member

The American College of Surgeons has 14 Advisory Councils:

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery
General Surgery
Gynecology and Obstetrics
Neurological Surgery
Ophthalmic Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Surgery
Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
Rural Surgery
Vascular Surgery


  • Each Advisory Council has a specific number of members from the various specialty societies as well as participants from the College's Board of Governors (B/G).
  • There is a Program Representative and a Scientific Forum Representative who serve as liaison members to the College's Program Committee and Scientific Forum, respectively.
  • Each Advisory Council also has, as part of its membership composition, an ex officio Regental Representative who assists to facilitate the communication between the Board of Regents (B/R) and the Advisory Council.
  • The total number of participants for each Advisory Council varies depending on the number of Governors and specialty societies having representation.

How Do I Serve on an Advisory Council?

Specialty Societies

The Advisory Council members representing specialty societies are nominated by representative societies. Nominees must be Fellows of the College and, for the most part, are requested to be a part of the governing body of the society, with at least three years of projected tenure in that position.

Specialty Board

The Advisory Council member from the specialty board is nominated by the appropriate board. The nominee must be a Fellow of the College and should have at least three years of projected tenure on the board.


Specialty societies are represented on the Board of Governors and these Governor Representatives may participate on the Advisory Councils. In the event there are two or more Governors from the specialty society, the Governor Representative(s) participating on the Advisory Council is selected by the Executive Committee of the B/G.

Resident and Associate Society (RAS) and the Young Fellows Association (YFA)

The RAS and YFA representatives to the Advisory Councils are nominated by the RAS and YFA leadership.


  • The term of office for Advisory Council members is three years and runs in conjunction with the Clinical Congress held in October.
  • A second three-year term is possible if: (a) the member will continue to be active in the organization he or she represents during the course of the second term, or (b) after recommendation by the Advisory Council.
  • The term of office for Advisory Council Chair is two years, with eligibility for reappointment to a second term.
  • Vice-Chairs serve a one-year term, and are eligible for reappointment to a second term.


  • Serve as a liaison in the communication of information to and from surgical societies and the Regents.
  • Advise the Regents on policy matters relating to their specialties.
  • Discuss matters to be presented to the Regents or other College departments or committees.
  • Nominate ACS Fellows to serve on College committees, Residency Review Committees, specialty Boards, ACS committees, and specialty organizations.
  • Provide specialty input into the development of specialty sessions and courses for the Clinical Congress.
  • Assist in the recruitment of specialty surgeons for ACS membership.

Time Commitment

  • Two in-person meetings per year: October at the Clinical Congress, and in the spring at a specialty society meeting or ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit
  • Various conference calls throughout the year
  • Participation in pillar/workgroup(s) projects affect your time commitment