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ACS Committee Openings

The College's top priority is providing value for its members. This priority includes identifying opportunities for members to become actively involved in College programs and initiatives of interest and importance to you. Whether you chose to join an ACS committee, contribute to an article, lend your experience as a mentor, or use your voice as an advocate, the College is your opportunity to network with colleagues, build your career, and contribute to the ACS and the surgical community.

2022 Committee Opportunities

The ACS depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization in support of the surgical profession.  Serving on an ACS Committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere, and contribute to patient care.

Most ACS Committee membership terms begin in October following the annual Clinical Congress and extend for three years. Committee openings are announced in late spring, and applications are accepted through early summer.

The following ACS Committees are currently accepting applications. Follow application instructions or contact the Committee Staff Liaison listed by May 31, 2022 (unless otherwise noted) for application information.

Committee Openings

  • Commission on Cancer
  • American Joint Committee on Cancer 
  • Committee on Diversity Issues
  • International Relations Committee
  • Committee for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum
  • Committee on Video-based Education
  • Committee on Perioperative Care
  • History and Archives Committee
  • Surgical Research Committee
  • Scholarships Committee
  • Women in Surgery Committee
  • Operation Giving Back

Commission on Cancer (CoC)

The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer (CoC) is seeking applications for early career Fellows of the American College of Surgeons interested in advancing the priorities of the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care delivery across the country. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and those of diverse backgrounds to contribute to our work. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Membership on the CoC requires a commitment to serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of five working committees that meet quarterly and attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and the fall (travel is supported by the CoC).

Committee vacancies: 6
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 4
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS
Additional Requirements: Interested applicants should be affiliated with a CoC accredited cancer program and are encouraged to review the Fact Sheet to become familiar with CoC activities.
Committee Staff Liaison: Julia Francescatti, jfrancescatti@facs.org
Submit Application by May 15: Once you have reviewed the fact sheet, follow this link to apply for membership via Survey Monkey, and send your current curriculum vitae in PDF format to Julia Francescatti at jfrancescatti@facs.org by May 15, 2022.

We will confirm receipt of your application and CV. The CoC’s Nominating Committee reviews all applications and contacts those selected in the fall. Initial terms are for three years beginning in October.

American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) provides worldwide leadership in the development, promotion, and maintenance of evidence-based systems for the classification and management of cancer in collaboration with multidisciplinary organizations dedicated to cancer surveillance and to improving care. Membership on the AJCC requires a commitment to serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of four working committees that meet quarterly and attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and fall (travel is supported by the AJCC).

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 4
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS
Additional Requirements: Membership on the AJCC requires a commitment to serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of four working committees that meet quarterly and attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and fall (travel is supported by the AJCC).
Committee Staff Liaison: Julia Francescatti, jfrancescatti@facs.org

Areas of Expertise: The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) is seeking early career Fellow applicants interested in advancing the priorities of the AJCC to provide the most comprehensive anatomic staging data available. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and those of diverse backgrounds to contribute to our work.

Submit Application by May 15: Interested applicants are encouraged to review the Fact Sheet to become familiar with AJCC activities and then follow this link to apply for membership via Survey Monkey and send your current curriculum vitae in PDF format to cpmembership@facs.org by May 15, 2022.

We will confirm receipt of your application and CV. The AJCC’s Membership & Bylaws Committee reviews all applications and contacts those selected in the fall. Initial terms are for three years beginning in October.

Committee on Diversity Issues

Division of Member Services

The mission of the Committee on Diversity Issues is to study the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on the elimination of health disparities among diverse population groups.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 5-10
Requirements: Fellows and Associate Fellows of the ACS
Committee Staff Liaison: Jenny Mohan, jmohan@facs.org
Submit application by June 15: Complete the Committee on Diversity Issues online application.

International Relations Committee

Division of Member Services

The International Relations Committee's vision is to be the gateway to international activity and outreach for the College. This is accomplished by developing relationships and partnerships between the ACS, international surgeons, and international surgical and other healthcare organizations to address issues of surgical practice, education, research, advocacy, and leadership with the aim of achieving and safeguarding appropriately high standards of clinical care, access, safety, professionalism and quality improvement for surgery worldwide.

Committee vacancies: 5
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 8
Requirements: Fellows and International Fellows of the ACS and requires regular engagement with the ACS.  
Committee Staff Liaison: Tony Ortiz, tortiz@facs.org

Committee for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum

Division of Education

The Committee for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum provides a platform for scientific and surgical researchers across all levels of training and experience to present their original research work during the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum at Clinical Congress.

Committee vacancies: 8
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 0
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS.
Areas of Expertise: Bariatric/Foregut, Breast, Cardiac Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreas, Neurosurgery, Surgical Education, Trauma/Burn/Critical Care, Vascular Surgery  
Committee Staff Liaison: Britnee Sanders, britnee.sanders@facs.org

Committee on Video-based Education

Division of Education

The Committee on Video-based Education develops video-based education (VBE) across the surgical specialties multimedia in order to educate surgeons and members of surgical teams to improve the care of the surgical patient, safeguard the standards of care in an optimal practice environment, as well as educate the public regarding past, present, and future surgical topics.

Committee vacancies: 9
Annual in-person meetings: 0
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS
Areas of Expertise: Colon and Rectal Surgery, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Committee Staff Liaison: Christopher Ratliff, cratliff@facs.org

Committee on Perioperative Care

Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care

The Committee on Perioperative Care assumes a leading role in the development of programs related to perioperative care and the operating room environment, encourages and provides expertise for the development of measurement tools to define and disseminate the best practices of perioperative care, and monitors state and federal activities as well as industry developments affecting the care of the surgical patient.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 0
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS.
Areas of Expertise: Any
Committee Staff Liaison: Jorge Hernandez, jhernandez@facs.org  

History and Archives Committee

Division of Member Services

The mission of the History and Archives Committee is to advance, promote, sustain and expand the recognition, appreciation, presentation, preservation and study of American surgical history; to stimulate and to facilitate research and other scholarly activities on this subject; to enhance our resources for this endeavor; and to incorporate the study and appreciation of surgical history into the surgical curriculum and its application to future goals.

Committee vacancies: 6
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 2
Requirements: Fellows and International Fellows, Associate Fellows and Resident members of the ACS
Areas of Expertise: Surgeons interested in advancing and promoting the study of surgical history should apply. Those who have demonstrated experience in the writing of surgical history, or of participating in ACS history-related events, are particularly encouraged to apply.
Committee Staff Liaison: Meghan Kennedy, mkennedy@facs.org

Surgical Research Committee

Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care

The Surgical Research Committee (SRC) is a standing committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). It is concerned with and represents the organization in matters addressing the progress of academic surgery and the funding, content, and direction of surgical research, as it pertains to improving the care of patients. The committee also serves as the liaison to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with regards to issues of importance to surgical research and peer review.

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 0
Requirements: Fellows of the ACS
Areas of Expertise: Any
Committee Staff Liaison: Jorge Hernandez, jhernandez@facs.org  

Scholarships Committee

Division of Member Services

The Scholarships Committee promotes and administers the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) research scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
Committee vacancies: 5
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 4
Requirements: research expertise
Committee Staff Liaison: Tony Ortiz, tortiz@facs.org

Women in Surgery Committee

Division of Member Services

The mission of the Women in Surgery Committee is to create opportunities for women for leadership, sponsorship, and advocacy within ACS.

Committee vacancies: 1
Annual in-person meetings: 2
Annual phone/web meetings: 3-4
Requirements: Fellows and Associate Fellows of the ACS
Additional Requirements: The Women in Surgery Committee is committed to ensuring committee members fully benefit from their involvement during their committee tenure and successfully contribute to advancing the committee and its mission. Before proceeding with your application, you are encouraged to review the expectations and membership requirements for participation on the Women in Surgery Committee. Click here for more information and to submit an application. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Committee Staff Liaison: Jenny Mohan, jmohan@facs.org
Submit application by June 15: Women in Surgery Committee Application

Operation Giving Back

Division of Member Services

The primary function of the Committee on ACS Global Engagement through Operation Giving Back is to provide support to the Medical Director of Operation Giving Back (OGB) for development and implementation of strategic initiatives in the following areas: International volunteerism and global engagement; Domestic volunteerism programs; Disaster management programs; Educational program development for ACS members to prepare them for global or domestic volunteer activity and for international partners; Development of partnerships with governmental, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and surgical associations engaged in global and local surgical care for the underserved; and Advocacy for the medically underserved patient.

Committee vacancies: 2
Annual in-person meetings: 1
Annual phone/web meetings: 3
Requirements: Fellows and International Fellows of the ACS
Areas of Expertise: Global Engagement
Committee Staff Liaison: Natalie Philobos, nphilobos@facs.org