Oregon ACS Council
Our council is made up of dedicated surgeons from around the state of Oregon. We have a unique Council that has representation geographically, across surgical disciplines, and with representation of seasoned veterans and the younger generation of surgeons. Oregon ACS is one of many Chapters of the Chicago-based American College of Surgeons. Councilors attend a few meetings a year. The regular meetings are at our Winter Council Meeting, usually held in February or early March, and at the summer conference. We occasionally will have a teleconference or an online meeting. Meetings typically last about three hours, although the Winter Council meeting is generally longer and in conjunction with our Day at the Capitol advocacy day.
Officers and Directors
ACS Chapter officers include the positions of President, Past President, President Elect, Secretary Treasurer, and ACS Governors (curently we have 2). Regional Council positions represent the Metro area, Willamette Valley, Central/Eastern Oregon, Columbia Gorge, North Coast, McKenzie (Eugene), and Southern Oregon. If you are interested in serving on the Council, contact our office at 503-371-7457. Surgeons who are Fellows of the ACS are eligible.
Council Committees and Focus Areas
The Oregon chapter has several standing committees
Programs committee: This group coordinates the Oregon- Washington summer conference. The committee consists of the program chair and several ACS members as well as representatives from the Washington ACS Chapter.
Trauma committee: This group led by the council Committee on Trauma Chair cooperates with local trauma groups to help maintain standards of care and promote appropriate civic initiatives to reduce traumatic injury.
Cancer committee: This group is led by the Committee on Cancer Chair. It supports the mission of the American College of Surgeons Cancer Program liaisons, helps sponsor a speaker for the annual meeting’s cancer program, submits a paper to the annual CoC national competition, and cooperates with diverse civic groups to foster educational initiatives.
Portland Surgical Society: This group meets in Portland on a quarterly basis and holds an annual banquet and one day scientific meeting. The group is led by the Portland Surgical Society President. Since 1948, the Portland Surgical Society is the only professional organization of its type in the Portland area. Starting in 2012, Oregon ACS has taken over an administrative role with Portland Surgical Society. The society is an important educational forum for surgeons as well as a showcase for the achievements of many of our trainees. Perhaps most importantly, it provides a wonderful opportunity to renew the camaraderie and unique sense of fellowship that unites us within our community of surgeons.