Projects That Impact You and Your Patients

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The Ohio Chapter is actively engaged in a wide variety of projects which impact the practice of surgery in Ohio. Its interest in the practice of quality surgery in hospitals, large and small, University and non-University affiliated alike, in surgical training programs, in surveys showing both patterns and trends of surgical management, has been persistent and realistic. Concerns in the rapid changes of socio-economic patterns has been key to keeping step with problems of daily surgical practice, including professional liability matters, and governmental and other third-party in-roads in surgical practice.

Legislative Representation

The leadership and staff work with Ohio Chapter Legislative Agents to empower the Chapter to speak with one voice. Our advocacy efforts work to get our members and their patients' message in front of the legislators. With Chapter presence at the Statehouse, much has been and will be accomplished.

How can you help? Visit the Advocacy page for more information.

Legislative Day

Legislative Day is a one-day session that encourages state representatives and senators to meet with surgeons in their district to examine medical and healthcare issues in Ohio. A reception is scheduled for that evening to allow legislators and Ohio Chapter members additional interaction.

Mark your calendar to attend this important session in Columbus.

ACS Chapters

The American College of Surgeons has chapters across the globe. Click here to experience the diversity of talent that comprises the ACS.

Related Links

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Pulse, the official printed newsletter of the Ohio Chapter, ACS, is a bi-annual publication for its members and others in the profession. Two hard copies of Pulse are mailed to members each year. Pulse is a valuable information forum covering all aspects of the surgical profession. Download a sample of Pulse here.

Want to contribute? Submit your Pulse article by web form – it's an easy, fast, and convenient way to get involved!


E-News is an email communication sent to members monthly regarding legislative actions, volunteer opportunities, continuing education, and much more.

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Annual Meeting

The Ohio Chapter, ACS Annual Meeting is held in the spring of each year in an Ohio city. Along with the Chapter's advocacy efforts, the Annual Meeting constitutes the principal focus of the Ohio Chapter and provides for an exchange of ideas and fellowship of our colleagues throughout the state.

The meeting provides talks and discussion panels on leading subjects of interest to general and specialty surgeons alike. A representative of the ACS provides updating of the work of the College during the event. The statewide Resident Essay Contest winners are announced and make presentations. Numerous exhibitors present their products and services to our members during this event.

Also presented is the "Ohio Oration," a presentation by a leading surgeon who has made a lasting contribution to the speciality of surgery. Among those who have given the oration are: W. Dean Warren, Ben Eiseman, Jonathan E. Rhoads, Alexander Walt, J. Engleburt Dunphy, and Ward O. Griffen, Jr.

The Annual Business Meeting is held during this event.

This is an event that you do not want to miss! Check the Events page on this website for more information.


We have recently formed a RAS section within the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  The goal of this section is to identify the specific and unique needs of residents and young attending surgeons, and enhance a collaborative relationship across the state.  Please look to this section in the near future for updates and events.  Alicia Riess, MD, a mid-level General Surgery resident from Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, and Christian Jones, an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Critical Care, Burn and Trauma at The Ohio State University have been tasked the Co-Chairs for this new section.

View a list of the Ohio Resident Programs throughout the state with available contact information.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Interested in Serving on a Committee or Council?

Ohio Chapter has opportunities available for members interested in serving on one of its committees or Council. The following committees are available:

  • Advocacy & Health Policy
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Awards & Bylaws
  • Audit
  • CAC
  • Ohio Commission on Cancer 
  • Communications
  • Community Hospital
  • Development Committee
  • Medical Education/Program
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Resident Essay
  • Resident/Young Surgeons Education
  • Ohio Committee on Trauma

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees or on Council, complete the Ohio Chapter Online Volunteer Form or contact the Ohio Chapter Executive Office at (877) 677-3227, or email us.


One of the incredible opportunities belonging to Ohio Chapter fellows is the ability to interact with colleagues from the same geographic area. Some of the Ohio Chapter and ACS opportunities to network include Council meetings, Clinical Congress, Legislative Day, Annual Meeting, online collaboration, and Committee meetings such as the Ohio Committee on Trauma and the Ohio Cancer Committee.


Membership in the Ohio Chapter enables members to receive discounts to Ohio Chapter activities, events, services...

And much, much more...