Newswise — CHICAGO: Earlier this evening, Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was awarded to 10 prominent surgeons from around the world during the virtual Convocation ceremony, which preceded the opening of the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2021, one of the largest educational meetings of surgeons in the world. This year's international honorees are:

Prof. Christiane Josephine Bruns, MD, director, department of general, visceral, tumor, and transplantation surgery, University of Cologne, Germany, and vice-director, Comprehensive Cancer Center CIO Koln-Bonn, Cologne. Germany 

Prof. Luis M. Chivas, MD, PhD, professor of gynecology and medical ethics and director, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Navarra, Spain. Pamplona, Spain

Prof. Dan M. Fliss, MD, Otolaryngology-head-and-neck surgeon and professor, department of otolaryngology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Tel Aviv, Israel  

Prof. Chuan-Gang Fu, MD, PhD, chairman and professor, department of surgery, department of colorectal surgery and department of gastroendoscopy, Shanghai East Hospital, People’s Republic of China, and chair, Chinese Society of Anorectal Surgeons. Shanghai, The Peoples Republic of China 

Prof. Selwyn Michael Griffin, MB BS, FRCSENG, MD, FCSHK, FRCSED OBE, FRCSGLASG(HON), FRCSI(HON), FCSSRILANKA(HON), FASI(HON), FRACS(HON),  president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 

Prof. Mousa A. R. Khoursheed, MD, FACS, FRCSGLASG, professor of surgery, department of surgery, and faculty of medicine, Kuwait University, Safat. Kuwait 

Prof. Luke P.H. Leenen, PhD, MD, PhD, FACS, FEBS(EMSURG)(HON), president of the MedicALS, founder of the Dutch Trauma Registry and chair of its scientific board, developer of a research institue at Utrecht. the Netherlands 

Prof. Michael Ka Wah Li, BBS, MB BS, MRCS, LRCP, FRCSED, FRCSENG, FCSHK, FHKAM, director, minimally invasive and robotic surgery development, and honorary consultant in general surgery, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong, The Peoples Republic of China 

Prof. Guy John Maddern, MB BS, PhD, MS, MD, FACS, FRACS, FAAHMS, head of discipline, Adelaide Medial School. Adelaide, Australia 

Prof. Oscar Traynor, MB BCH, BAO(HONORS), MCH, FRSCI, FRCGLASG(HON), professor, postgraduate surgical education, and dean, postgraduate surgical education and training, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Dublin. Ireland 

Another highlight during the virtual Convocation was the awarding of Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons to surgeons from around the world. Fellowship is awarded to surgeons whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. During this year's virtual ceremony, 2,350 surgeons from around the world were installed as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS): 1,274 are from the U.S. and Canada; 1,076 are from 84 countries from around the world; and 623 are female surgeons.

Sir Rickman Godlee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, was awarded the first Honorary Fellowship in the ACS during the College's first Convocation in 1913. Since then, 503 internationally prominent surgeons, including the 10 chosen this year, have been named Honorary Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

Editors note: A photo and more detailed information on each Honorary Fellow is available from the ACS Office of Public Information, email: [email protected].

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