Dr. Linda Harris, a UBMD Vascular surgeon from Buffalo, NY, is among a group of 63 esteemed surgical educators inducted into membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators® on October 6, 2023, during a program event in Chicago. This is the sixth cohort of members inducted into this distinguished Academy.
Dr. Harris was inducted as a Member of this highly coveted Academy. She is a Professor of Surgery with tenure in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Harries is a dedicated surgeon educator whose experience in the field includes 21 awards and honors throughout her career and has worked with 53 various grants relating to her vascular expertise.
Dr. Harris is the Program Director for the Vascular Fellowship and Vascular Residency Programs. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgeons and a member of the Society of University Surgeons.
The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators works to advance the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties. Individuals are selected as Members, Associate Members, or Affiliate Members following a stringent peer review process. This year’s cohort includes Members (27 Inductees), Associate Members (35 Inductees), and Affiliate Members (1 Inductee). The first inaugural cohort was inducted in 2018 and the Academy has grown to include 358 Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members who represent ten surgical specialties other than general surgery. Inductees are from 18 states and the District of Columbia. They come from nine countries in addition to those from the United States.
Once inducted, Academy members actively engage in advancing the Academy’s programs and goals, which are to advance the science and practice of innovative lifelong surgical education, training, and scholarship in the changing milieu of health care; foster the exchange of creative ideas and collaboration; support the development and recognition of faculty; underscore the importance of lifelong surgical education and training; positively impact quality and patient safety through lifelong surgical education and training; disseminate advances in education and training to all surgeons; and offer mentorship to surgeon educators throughout their professional careers.
“This Academy of preeminent surgical educators has been making landmark contributions to surgical education and is introducing many transformational changes in surgical education that will endure into the future,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, Director of the ACS Division of Education and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy. “We look forward to leveraging the expertise of the members as we explore innovations that will continue to advance the field of surgical education and positively impact the careers of surgical educators.”
“The Academy of Master Surgeons Educators, a vital and ‘living body’ of the American College of Surgeons, continues its legacy of advancing the science and practice of surgical education.
The Academy is pleased to induct the 2023 cohort of distinguished and highly accomplished educators. This recognition is a true testament to the unwavering commitment of the College to develop and promote ‘best practices’ in surgical education, with the overarching goal to always improve patient care.” said L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), MAMSE, past president of the ACS, and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy.
To learn more about the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, please visit the Academy’s homepage.
“MAMSE” designates that a surgeon is a Member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an influential advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.