ACS' Heartburn Over Editorial Lingers

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , April 21, 2011

In light of all this, the ACS board's reaction seemed pretty timid. A comment posted on the New York Times site, attributed to the executive office of the ACS, reads: "The American College of Surgeons deeply regrets the offense taken to Dr. Greenfield’s editorial about Valentine’s Day. The Board of Regents has taken the matter under advisement and is working collaboratively to determine the best course of action."

A separate statement issued by Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, chair of the board of regents, L.D. Britt, MD, FACS, president and David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, executive director of the ACS, reads, "The contributions Dr. Greenfield has made to the field of surgery, including the invention of the Greenfield Filter, cannot be overstated," said the statement.

"We wish to honor Dr. Greenfield and celebrate his inestimable contributions to the College and the surgical community," they added. "We also know that at this critical juncture for surgery and health care in America, it is important that the American College of Surgeons not be distracted by any issues that would diminish its focus on improving care of the surgical patient."

Beyond that statement, the Board has not responded to my request for further comment.

Are you kidding? The distraction is front and center. That’s my gut feeling.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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