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President's Message

It is a great honor to serve as the President of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

First and foremost, we are thinking about our colleagues  who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of our colleagues and their families who were affected by this disaster.

The opportunity to see so many of you during our recent Annual Meeting in Tampa was a reminder as to why our Chapter exists--to bring surgeons together and offer critical educational resources that improve patient care.

While the Chapter continues to build back our traditions prior to the pandemic, we want to hear from you. What benefits do you need? What do you value most during our meetings? What new ideas do you have for us to consider? My strategy over the coming year is to focus on the Chapter’s fiscal priorities and to rightsize our efforts ensuring we remain a valuable, thriving resource for Florida surgeons.

In our quest, I encourage everyone to register for the All-Florida Reception during the American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress. We’ll host the Reception in the Marriott Marquis Hotel’s Newport Beach Room on October 17, 5:30-7:30pm PT. The event will offer state-wide networking and is not to be missed! RSVP today!

All-Florida Reception

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Newport Beach Room
October 17, 5:30-7:30pm PT
Click here to RSVP

Susan Hoover, MD, FACS
President, Florida Chapter

Looking ahead to 2023, please also save the dates for our Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel June 2-4, 2023. Mark Dobbertien, DO, FACS, President-Elect and his Program Committee are currently developing the program.

Finally, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the following 2022-2023 Chapter Council Members for your dedicated service and commitment to the Florida Chapter.  It is an honor to serve alongside you, and your motivation to secure the future of our Chapter is much appreciated.

Sincerely, Susan Hoover, MD, FACS

Executive Committee
Susan Hoover, MD, FACS, President
Mark Dobbertien, DO, FACS, President-Elect
Rohan Joseph, MD, FACS, Secretary
Jason Wilson, MD, FACS, Treasurer
Deepak Nair, MD, FACS, Past-President

Tracy Bilski, MD, FACS
Susan Hoover, MD, FACS
Rohan Joseph, MD, FACS
John Mullinax, MD, FACS
Deepak Nair, MD, FACS
Jay Redan, MD, FACS

William Liston, MD, FACS, COA 1
Jose Pimiento MD, FACS, COA 2
Peter Pappas, MD, FACS, COA 3
John Mullinax, MD, FACS, COA 4
Shaikh Hai, MD, FACS, COA At-Large
Tracy Bilski, MD. FACS, COA At-Large

Voting Committee Chairs
John Mullinax, MD, FACS, Advocacy Committee Chair
Jason Wilson, MD, FACS, Commission on Cancer Chair
William Liston, MD, FACS, Membership Committee Chair
Deepak Nair, MD, FACS, Nominating Committee Chair
Mark Dobbertien, DO, FACS, Program Committee Chair

Non-Voting Chairs
OPEN, Communications Committee Chair
Peter Pappas, MD, FACS, Florida Committee on Trauma Chair
Nicholas Laconi, MD, Resident & Associate Society Chair
Jose Pimiento, MD, FACS, Surgical Education Committee Chair
Brian Yorkgitis, DO, FACS, Young Fellows Association Chair
Danielle Henry, MD, FACS, Women in Surgery Chair

Clinical Congress

Join the College October 16–20 for in-person education, networking, and the latest surgical innovation you won’t find anywhere else—with both in-person and virtual attendance options available! All attendees will have access to live-streamed and on-demand content, and both in-person and virtual attendees have the opportunity to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, earn self-assessment credits, and meet other regulatory requirements. Check out the Program Planner

2022 Annual Meeting Recap

The 2022 Annual Meeting was held on May 14, 2022 at the Tampa Club—105 attendees enjoyed educational sessions and networking with spectacular views from the 42nd floor of the Tampa Club. The program was led by Jose Pimiento, MD, FACS, the Chapter’s Surgical Education Chair, and included the following faculty and topics:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, DABS, MAMSE & Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Preoperative Communication
Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS

Enhanced Postoperative Recovery & the Value of Membership in the ACS
Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS