About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

The letters FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

ACS Updates

Timothy C. Flynn, MD, FACS, currently serves as the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. Dr. Flynn presented a wonderful report in October on the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and activities of the American College of Surgeons. The Executive Office encourages all surgeons to read his report as it contains a wealth of information on topics and interests of member surgeons.

Click here to download Dr. Flynn's report.

ACS Web Portal

The ACS Web Portal at efacs.org is your link to specialty communities, academic surgery articles, CME certificates, and more. Need some help getting familiar with the ACS Web Portal? Click here to download the ACS Web Portal Informational Slideshow (Microsoft PowerPoint, 7.3 Mb)

American College of Surgeons National Advocacy Initiatives

See what advocacy efforts are being followed at the federal level by visiting the American College of Surgeons Advocacy and Health Policy Portal.