American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The Communication Pulse: Leadership and Member Perspectives

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We rely on nursing support for many things that we do as surgeons. I remember learning a lot about patient management from experienced cardiac ICU nurses during my internship. These nurses knew what to do and why to do it based on their care of countless patients who had open heart surgery. In the operating room, the nurses who anticipate our needs, and their familiarity with many complex procedures, contribute to patient safety and our success as a surgical team. In the recovery room, often they are the first provider to engage our patients. We salute their dedication and professionalism.

—L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents

Surgeon Voices

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

Kelly Hunt, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Cancer Research Program, on the Clinical Congress 2021 course, Technical Standards for Cancer Surgery: Bringing Evidence into Practice.

Hannah Woriax, MD, general surgery resident, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Lori Alvord, MD, clinical faculty, Washington State University, Pulliam, on surgical challenges to Native Americans (part one of two).