A Message from President Joseph Sakran

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to you not only as the President of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MD-ACS), but as a survivor of gun violence, and as a fellow surgeon.

The events of the past few weeks are tragic and heartbreaking, they are also a reminder that we, as surgeons and members of the community have a responsibility to work towards solutions that cut across the deep-seated problems resulting in firearm-related injury and death both in our communities and across the nation. The mass shootings are of course one facet of this complex public health problem, and yet we must not forget that we see young brown and black men being killed on our streets across the state. We have also seen how this can impact healthcare professionals in our own hospitals, as demonstrated by the devastating events in Tulsa.

There has never been a more meaningful and critical time to belong to the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons – the Maryland House of Surgery. Together, we can and must work as one cohesive body to bring awareness, education, and action-oriented solutions to the public and policy-makers. Tomorrow is Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 3rd), we are asking everyone to wear orange, and capture a selfie or a picture of their team. Please post on your social media platforms and tag @ThisIsOurLane and the hashtag “#WearOrange”. We are central to raising awareness and driving solutions.

During the last five years, the Executive Council has been focused on improving member value, expanding opportunities for member engagement, and securing the financial health of the Chapter. I am excited to report that these efforts have not gone unnoticed. The MD-ACS was recently recognized as a Chapter Success Story at the 2022 American College of Surgeon Leadership and Advocacy Summit.

My goal as your MD-ACS President is to continue to grow those efforts in order to position the Chapter to become the most robust, vibrant, and member-driven organization dedicated to the surgical care and safety of our patients. In order to better understand the value our members would like to see, I’m asking you please help by completing this short survey.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in Chapter activities by hosting a Fireside Chat, serving on a committee, or participating in advocacy activities, please send us an email.

I look forward to seeing you at a Chapter event in the near future, and hopefully in person.

Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS
President, Maryland Chapter
American College of Surgeons