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The following individuals serve in leadership roles with the Young Fellows Association (YFA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the YFA Governing Council, to a committee, or to serve as a liaison representative to a College Chapter, Advisory Council, Board of Governors Workgroup, or ACS Committee should send their interest to

Governing Council

Chair: Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS

Chair-Elect: Cynthia Talley, MD, FACS

YFA Governing Council

Organizational Structure

Bylaws of the Young Fellows Association


Get InvolvedFive YFA workgroups are open to member participation. For additional information on a specific committee, or to join a committee, contact

Advocacy & Issues Workgroup
Chair: Jason Wilson, MD, FACS

Communications Workgroup
Chair: Christopher DuCoin, MD, FACS

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup
Chair: William Ward, MD, MS, FACS

Education Workgroup
Chair: Nicholas Mouawad, MD, FACS

Member Services Workgroup
Chair: Claudia Emami, MD, FACS

Quality Workgroup
Chair: Joseph Sakran, MD, FACS

Want to Stay Up to Date? Subscribe to the ACS Communities!

The online ACS Communities helps ACS members collaborate, share advice, exchange information, network, and interact with colleagues. Here's how to get started:

  1. Log in at using your ACS username and password. If you have not specified otherwise in the College's records, the default username is your eight-digit member ID and the password is your last name.
  2. Complete your profile. Your current information in the member database is used to create your profile, but please fill in any gaps to take full advantage of ACS Communities. Don't forget to upload a picture of yourself if you don't have one currently in our system so that others can see who you are. If necessary, click "Refresh My Profile" to see your changes.
  3. Select the communities you wish to join:
    • Click on Communities>Browse All Communities.
    • If you are looking to join the YFA community, in the Search box, type in YFA.
    • Click the name of the community you want to participate in.
    • Click “Join community” and click OK in the pop-up window.
    • Select the frequency you want to receive notifications and click “Save.”
  4. Post and share your thoughts with fellow surgeons.

Make sure to download the app for your mobile device. Go to the Apple Store or Google Play and search for Membercentric. Download and install the app. Enter ACS as the organization to participate in. Then, login with your ACS member ID and password.


YFA 2020

What is the Young Fellows Association, and How Do I Get Involved?

While Clinical Congress might have been virtual in 2020, young fellows under 45 years of age still connected during a 90-minute virtual meeting. Listen to YFA Chair Joshua Mammen, MD, PhD, FACS, as he shares what YFA is doing for young surgeons, and how young surgeons can contribute.

Get Involved

YFA Get Involved

Get involved in our group of future ACS leaders