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The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

100 Words

This Memorial Day, I watched President Biden, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley, and Defense Secretary Austin address the nation from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Their comments were directed at the families and friends that mourn the loss of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. Having had the privilege and experiences of caring for our wounded warriors in Landstuhl, Fort Bragg, Duke and Penn, I reflected on the courage of our corpsmen, nurses, physicians and surgeons who have been deployed to save lives and limbs. They are my heroes.  

L. Scott Levin MD, FACS, Capt. MC USAR (retired), Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

Surgeon Voices

Presidential Perspectives: Insights into the Impact of COVID-19 on Surgery from England and Ireland 

In this issue, Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews:

Neil Mortensen, MBChB, MD, MA, FRCSEng, FRCPSGlasg(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FACS(Hon), President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, on how COVID-19 affected patients and surgeons in the U.K., as well as the impact it had on surgical training offered by the RCS.

Ronan O’Connell, MD, MBBCh, FRCSI, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on COVID-19 in Ireland, including the current state of the pandemic, how hospitals responded in the last year, the increase in surgical training offered by the RCSI, and more. 


Coming Together to Celebrate Our Differences

by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director

As we pass Memorial Day having honored those who have lost their lives while defending our freedom, let us not forget to honor and embrace not only each other’s similarities, but also our differences. We can choose what brings us together and choose to stop animosity for that which makes us different.

We have opened many discussions recently about race relations, religious freedoms, and gender-defined differences. The ACS community embraces differences in race, religion, gender and all aspects of life.

We have seen aggression and violence based on race (most recently towards persons of Asian descent), aggression toward women, and this last week another spike in anti-Semitism. Hatred is destructive and against all principles of the ACS. The College stands for equality and inclusiveness and recognizes that tolerance needs to extend to all groups regardless of race, color, religion, gender or orientation.

The pandemic is slowly receding. Let’s begin the summer and celebrate our ability to begin socializing again. Let’s try to put behind us our differences and show respect for one another. Let’s recommit to the things that bring us together. Let’s all try to be the person our patients would like to have caring for them—the kind of person in whom they put their trust when in their time of greatest need.