American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons
Formation1913; 111 years ago (1913)
TypeProfessional association
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Membership (2023)
Official language
E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS
Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS
Patricia L. Turner

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a professional medical association for surgeons and surgical team members, founded in 1913. It claims more than 88,000 members in 144 countries.


The ACS was founded in 1913 as an outgrowth of the Clinical Congress of Surgeons of North America that had existed since 1910 as an outgrowth of the journal Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, an initiative of ACS Founder Dr. Franklin H. Martin.


The College is governed by a Board of Regents, a Board of Governors, and a variety of local ACS Chapters. The Board of Regents formulates policy and directs the affairs of the College. The Board of Governors acts as the liaison between the Board of Regents and the Fellows. The local ACS Chapters exert the College‚Äôs influence at the community level.  

Patricia L. Turner began serving as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the College in January 2022. She is currently on the faculty in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine.

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