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- 2014 ACS/Pfizer Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Announced
The Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) Kevin E Behrns, MD, FACS, and Vice-Chair Francis D Ferdinand, MD, FACS, announced the 2014 awardees.
The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Awards recognize Fellows in active surgical practice whose volunteer activities far exceed expectations. The Resident Award went to Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, Mount Pleasant, SC, for his work aimed at reducing the global burden of surgical disease for communities of low- and middle-income countries and for co-founding Surgeons for Global Health.
Scott A. Leckman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Salt Lake City, UT, received the Surgical Volunteerism Domestic Award for his work with the Health Access Project, which provides free health care to low-income, uninsured Salt Lake County residents.
Robert D. Bach, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from North Haven, ME, received the Surgical Volunteerism International Award for his decades of medical service to the impoverished and isolated populations of northeastern Nicaragua. Dr. Bach established Partners in Health of Maine, which provides Nicaraguans with free medical care, equipment, and education.
The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award recognizes Fellows who have provided surgical care to underserved populations. This year’s recipient, Harry S. Brown, MD, FACS, an ophthalmologist from Santa Barbara, CA, founded Surgical Eye Expeditions International in 1974, which connects volunteer surgeons to short-term, sight-restoring operations in low-income countries.
Hear the awardees’ reports at a Panel Session, Humanitarian Surgical Outreach at Home and Abroad: Reports of the 2014 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award Winners, during the ACS Clinical Congress, Monday, October 27, 9:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.