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LA-ACS Annual Meeting

January 17-19, 2020



The Louisiana Chapter has two strong committees dedicated to enhancing the care of cancer and trauma patients in Louisiana. The Cancer Committee has made significant strides in establishing ACS certified cancer programs throughout the state. Currently, thirty-four programs exist and more are pursuing certification. Trauma care is being addressed by our Trauma Committee. In addition to education programs, the Committee is working toward establishing coordinated approaches to trauma care in the state.

Louisiana Committee on Cancer
Quyen Chu, MD, FACS– Chair

Louisiana Committee on Trauma
Juan Duchesne, MD, FACS


For more information or to join a committee, email Janna.

Commission on Cancer (CoC)
The Young Fellows Association
Committee on Trauma
  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)

    CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings

    Established by the ACS in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings. CoC membership is comprised of 102 individuals who either are surgeons representing the College or member organization representatives from the 51 national professional organizations affiliated with the CoC. The activities of the CoC are coordinated through the Accreditation, Advocacy, Cancer Liaison, Education, Executive, Member Organization Steering, Nominating, and Quality Integration committees.

    LA-ACS CoC State Chair
    Quyen Chu, MD, FACS

    Louisiana CoC Programs

    Abstract Paper Competition

    The Louisiana Chapter- ACS awards $500 for the CoC Abstract Paper winner each year at their Annual Meeting. The recipient is presented with a check and certificate at the end of their presentation.

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  • The Young Fellows Association

    The YFA serves to make College activities meaningful to young surgeons in all specialties by promoting their participation in ACS affairs.


    The Louisiana YFA is hosting Mock Orals at the LA-ACS/SAL Annual Meeting. Mock Orals will take place on Friday. For additional information email janna@laacs.org.


    Each year the chapter will provide a stipend to interested 2-3 LA-YFA members to attend the American College of Surgeons Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. The Summit is a dual meeting that offers volunteer leaders and advocates comprehensive and specialized sessions focused on the tools needed to be an effective leader, followed by interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to DC congressional leaders. To be considered for a stipend, you must fill out a short application, click here.


    The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS), an organization within the American College of Surgeons, was formed to benefit the surgeons of the future through involvement in activities of the College.

    The mission of this organization is to:

    • Familiarize residents and young surgeons in all surgical specialties with the College and its programs and leadership
    • Provide an avenue for participation in College affairs
    • Enable members to develop and use leadership skills in organized surgery
    • Provide opportunities for the opinions and concerns of residents and young surgeons to be heard by the College leadership

    While other medical societies have developed similar resident organizations, the RAS-ACS is the only surgical organization devoted to the concerns and needs of all surgical residents and young surgeons.

    Read more about RAS-ACS.

  • Committee on Trauma

    The mission of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

    These programs must include education, professional development, standards of care, and assessment of outcomes.

    Juan Duchesne, MD, FACS
    Committee on Trauma State Chair

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