Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Nominating Committee Recommendations to the Membership for Election

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Our bylaws state that Officers and the Council are elected by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting which will be held on May 7th during the Annual Meeting held at the CAMLS Center in Tampa. The bylaws call for the officers (5) plus Councilors (9 allowed only 7 appointed) elected by the membership. Also included are the ACS Governors (of which we have 5), The FMA Specialty Society Representative (1), and the Committee Chairs. Each Medical School has an ex-officio (non-voting) seat for the Chair of Surgery.

In January we sent out a call for nominations to the membership for both Officer and Councilors. We also sent a request to the state surgical specialty societies. The following is the slate for election. Once elected, the new Officers and Councilors elected begin their terms at the end of the business meeting.

In this regard, the following members are nominated for Officer Positions in 2016-2017.

For President Joseph T. Gallagher, MD, FACS
For President-Elect   Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS
For Secretary Christine Laronga, MD, FACS
For Treasurer John Armstrong, MD, FACS


Immediate Past-President                 Jaime Membreno, MD, FACS (no nomination required)

The following Councilor Positions are recommended for a three year term.  

  1. Ziad T. Awad, MD, FACS
  2. Deepak G. Nair, MD, FACS, MS, MHA
  3. Charles Lewis Neustein, MD, FACS
  4. Sharona B. Ross, MD, FACS
  5. Eli N. Lerner, MD, FACS
  6. Vic Velanovich, MD, FACS
  7. Andrew J. Shapiro, MD, FACS
  8. Ali Kasraeian MD, FACS
  9. Alan Pillersdorf, MD, FACS


The following are ACS Governors or Committee Chairs that are not elected.

Committee Chair Assignments

Advocacy Committee, Chair Deepak G. Nair, MD, FACS, MS, MHA
Eli N. Lerner, MD, FACS (Vice)
Development Committee  Andrew James Kerwin, MD, FACS
Communications Committee  John E. Mullinax, MD
Nominating Committee Jaime Membreno, MD, FACS
Florida Committee on Trauma Nicholas Namias, MD, MBA, FACS, FCC
Commission on Cancer Committee  Christine Laronga, MD, FACS
Women in Surgery Committee Sharona B. Ross, MD, FACS
Membership Committee Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS
Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS(Vice)
Carrier Advisory Committee John Paul Rioux, MD, FACS
Resident & Associate Society Kandace Marisa Kichler, MD
Resident Abstract Competition   Carl I. Schulman, MD, FACS
Young Fellow Association Committee, Chair  Elias Chousleb, MD, FACS
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair Joseph T. Gallagher, MD, FACS
Quality Committee Joseph J. Tepas, MD, FACS
Vic Velanovich, MD, FACS (Vice)

ACS Governors are:

John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS
Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS
Mark Alan Dobbertien, DO, FACS
Joseph T. Gallagher, MD, FACS
Christine Laronga, MD, FACS
Jaime Humberto Membreno, MD, FACS

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 2:45pm