About Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter, ACS
DC Chapter Leadership
View the current Council and Committees on the Leadership page. You can also express your volunteer interest on this page.
All Chapter activities and affairs are managed by its Council, which consists of the officers of the Chapter, councilors elected by members of the Chapter, and governors and regents of the College residing in the area. Chairs of the Chapter's special interest committees (such as the Young Surgeons Committee, the Program Committee, and the Award Committee), as well as the College's Cancer Liaison and the local Trauma Committee Chair serve as ex-officio members of the Council and are asked to attend its meetings.
Officers of the Chapter include a president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, immediate past president, and six councilors. Officers serve one-year terms and are elected by the Chapter membership during the annual meeting-All Surgeons Day. Councilors also are elected during the annual meeting, and they serve three-year terms.
Deadline for nominations is February 15 of each year.
The Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons established the Harry B. Zehner, Jr., Memorial Traveling Fellowship Award to honor the late Dr. Harry B. Zehner, Jr., a founder and prime advocate of the Chapter. The award is given annually to an outstanding Metropolitan Washington surgical or surgical specialty resident that has been nominated by his or her program training director.
The award of $1,500 is to be used by the award recipient to visit another residency training program or laboratory in order to exchange ideas and/or observe surgical techniques. This visit should advance the resident's future endeavors.
The Chapter's Award Selection Committee will review nominations submitted by local program training directors on the merit of scholarship, surgical acumen, judgment, and plans for the use of the award.
Award Eligibility/Submission Information
Eligible entrants must:
- Be at least a third-year general surgery or surgical specialty resident in an approved program in the Metropolitan Washington area
- Be a resident member of the American College of Surgeons
- Be nominated by their program director
- Provide a letter of support from the visiting institution
- Complete a brief application
- Provide a curriculum vitae
Instructions to the Program Training Director
The program training director is responsible for nominationg eligible residents from their program and must discuss with the resident his or plans for use of the award. A letter of support from the proposed visit site is required.
The Zehner Memorial Traveling Fellowship Award Committee will review all applications. The finalists will be invited to meet with the members of the Committee as part of the selection process. Announcement of winners will be made at All Surgeons Day.
Each eligible resident is invited to apply. Each application should be submitted to the committee with a letter of recommendation.
Plans for use of the award to attend seminars or national meetings will not be considered. The recipient of the award will be required to report back to the Chapter after the visit has been completed.
Born in Washington, Dr. Zehner graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1952 and from Harvard University Medical School in 1956. Both his internship and surgical residency were completed at the University of California Medical Center.
Dr. Zehner served on the staffs of Sibley, Doctors, Columbia, Providence, and Georgetown University hospitals, and he was a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Georgetown University Medical School.
He served as a consultant in surgery to the State Department. He was Chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services and played a role in bringing about the first laws to regulate ambulances and ambulance attendants in Washington.
For several years, Dr. Zehner served on a voluntary basis with the Washington, DC, Fire Department, teaching emergency medical technicians how to treat shock and cardiac arrest.
Dr. Zehner was instrumental in founding the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He served on the boards of Group Hospitalization, Inc., Doctors Hospital, and the Washington Hospital Center.
He also served as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve Medical Corps with the 6th Fleet during 1957-59.
Washington Academy of Surgery Past Presidents
The following surgeons helped shape the Washington Academy of Surgery and, in turn, the Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
|1933 - H. H. Kerr||1935 - Charles S. White||1937 - James Cahill|
|1938 - Daniel L. Borden||1939 - F. R. Hagner||1940 - William B. Marbury|
|1941 - Edmund Horgan||1942 - Fred Fishback||1943 - Paul Putzki|
|1944 - J. A. Gannon||1945 - Fred R. Sanderson||1946 - B. F. Dean|
|1947 - Crenshaw Briggs||1948 - John Lyons||1949 - Alec Horwitz|
|1950 - Arch Riddick||1951 - William Herbst||1952 - J. Olge Warfield|
|1953 - George Nutting||1954 - W. Ross Morris||1955 - Harry L. Claud|
|1956 - Robert M. Moran||1957 - Herbert Schoenfeld||1958 - Edward Cafritz|
|1959 - Leo Gaffney||1960 - Luther W. Gray, Sr.||1961 - Garnet W. Ault|
|1962 - Saul Schwartzbach||1963 - Philip Caulfield||1964 - Duane C. Richtmeyer|
|1965 - Joseph R. Young||1966 - Louis J. Goffredi||1967 - J. Blaine Harrell|
|1968 - Roy G. Klepser||1969 - John Bayly||1970 - Ernest Gould|
|1971 - Milton L. Goodman||1972 - William S. McCune||1973 - Brooks G. Brown, Sr.|
|1974 - George A. Higgins, Jr.||1975 - Edward C. Wilson||1976 - Paul C. Kiernan|
|1977 - Herbert M. Giffin||1978 - Frederick B. Brandt||1979 - Paul E. Shorb, Jr.|
|1980 - Jerome L. Sandler||1981 - LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.||1982 - William F. Feller|
|1983 - Norman H. Isaacson||1984 - Glenn W. Geelhoed||1985 - William J. Fouty|
|1986 - Robert B. Wallace||1987 - William E. Matory||1988 - Judson G. Randolph|
|1989 - Stanley M. Knoll||1990 - Linwood L. Rayford, Jr.||1991 - Luther W. Gray, Jr.|
|1992 - Peter E. Petrucci||1993 - Ralph G. DePalma||1994 - Thomas J. Calhoun|
|1995 - Hugh H. Trout, III||1996 - Katherine L. Alley||1997 - Edward A. Ranklin|
|1998 - Anton N. Sidawy||
2010 – Linda Cardinal
Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter Past Presidents
The DC Chapter honors all of the leaders who have guided the organization from its founding.
|1973 - Harry Zehner, Jr., MD, FACS||1974 - Joseph Rodgers Young, MD, FACS||1975 - Louis J. Goffredi, MD, FACS|
|1976 - Phillip H. Philbin, MD, FACS||1977 - John F. Potter, MD, FACS||1978 - LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS|
|1979 - William H. Cooper, MD, FACS||1980 - George A. Higgins, Jr., MD, FACS||1981 - David C. Wherry, MD, FACS|
|1982 - Judson G. Randolph, MD, FACS||1983 - William E. Matory, MD, FACS||1984 - Jerome W. Carter, MD, FACS|
|1985 - Paul E. Shorb, Jr., MD, FACS||1986 - Frederick J. Frensilli, MD, FACS||1987 - William J. Fouty, MD, FACS|
|1988 - Hugh H. Trout, II, MD, FACS||1989 - James C. Cobey, MD, FACS||1990 - Norman A. Odyniec, MD, FACS|
|1991 - Edward A. Rankin, Jr., MD, FACS||1992 - John W. Little, MD, FACS||1993 - Lee. E. Smith, MD, FACS|
|1994 - Mary H. McGrath, MD, FACS||1995 - John R. Kirkpatrick, MD, FACS||1996 - Russell J. Nauta, MD, FACS|
|1997 - COL David P. Jaques, MD, FACS||1998 - Kurt D. Newman, MD, FACS||1999 - Peter Petrucci, MD, FACS|
|2000 - Anton N. Sidawy, MD, FACS||2001 - Robert H. Dennis, II, MD, FACS||2002 - Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, FACS|
|2003 - COL Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS||2004 - Debra Holly Ford, MD, FACS||2005 - Jon C. White, MD, FACS|
|2006 - Don Colvin, MD, FACS||2007 - Richard Neville, MD, FACS||2008 - COL Craig Shriver, MD, FACS|
|2009 - Jeffrey Lukish, MD, FACS|
The District of Columbia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons was founded in 1972. Its goals since then have been:
- To promote the aims, interests, ideals, and programs of the College in the metropolitan area of Washington, which includes DC as well as suburban Maryland and Virginia.
- To hold itself responsible for and use its best efforts to attain the objectives of the College, which are to "elevate the standards of surgery, establish a standard of competency and of character for practitioners of surgery, to provide a method of granting Fellowship, and to educate the public and the profession to understand that the practice of surgery calls for special training and that the surgeon elected to Fellowship in this College has had such training and is properly qualified to practice surgery."
- To welcome new Fellows of the College into the Chapter and develop better acquaintances among local Fellows.
- To stimulate interest in the Resident-Associate Society (RAS) among surgical residents and young surgeons.
The Chapter is comprised of more than 400 members. These individuals are drawn from all the surgical specialties — from general surgery to plastic surgery, from urology to vascular. The membership is very diverse with significant representation from all local training centers, including the military.
The DC Chapter, ACS Bylaws outline the governance and leadership methods employed by the organization. The current bylaws can be found here.
Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter, ACS
P.O. Box 1925
Columbus, OH 43216-1925
Fax: (877) 835-5798