Central Surgical Association (CSA)
Fall 2020 Twitter
L. Michael Brunt, MD
L. Michael Brunt, MD
Thank you for the incredible honor and privilege for me to serve as your Central Surgical Association President. The Central Surgical has been my regional surgical society home for the last 20+ years. For me, the essence of the Central Surgical has been several things: the opportunity to present papers at a scientific meeting, originally as an unknown junior faculty member and later as a more senior mentor for surgical trainees; the ability to interact with leaders across the spectrum of general surgery and outside of one’s own sub-specialty area of interest; and a warm, welcoming and collegial environment for all. Through the Central Surgical, I have made long lasting friendships with surgical colleagues and leaders throughout the Midwestern U.S. and Canada that would not otherwise have occurred. More
R. Matthew Walsh, MD
R. Matthew Walsh, MD
As Bob Dylan observed long ago, “the times they are a changin.” The ongoing uncertainly surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global community in ways that as yet may not be fully realized. The burden on our medical system has taken a tremendous emotional and physical toll on many caregivers. Surgeons continue to play a vital role in caring for cancer patients and providing emergency and urgent care for those in need regardless of the pandemic. We salute the women and men in our surgical community that remain on the frontline of care for our patients. More

Brian G. Harbrecht, MD
Brian G. Harbrecht, MD
The CSA Program Committee is working to create a program with high quality scientific presentations, rapid learning quick shot abstracts, and other educational offerings at the 2021 Annual Meeting. More

Officer Biographies

L. Michael Brunt, MD

Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD

Matthew Walsh, MD

C. Max Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA

Recorder & CSA Representative
to the ACS Board of Governors

Jon C. Gould, M.D., MBA

Immediate Past President
Tina W.F. Yen, MD, MS

John D. Mellinger, MD

Jason W. Smith, MD, PhD

Michael B. Ujiki, MD


View 2020-2021 Committees and Representatives

CSA Necrology

The Central Surgical Association is saddened to inform you that Past Presidents, Seymour I. Schwartz, MD and Ward O. Griffen, MD have recently passed away.

In Memoriam: Dr. Seymour Schwartz

Dr. Seymour (Sy) Schwartz, renowned surgical icon and Past-President of the Central Surgical Association (1981-1982), who authored the “Surgeon’s Bible,” Schwartz’s Principles and Practice of Surgery, has died at the age of 92. Dr. Schwartz completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in two years and received his MD degree from New York University. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and finished his residency at the University of Rochester in 1957 where he subsequently join the faculty. He served as chair of the Department of Surgery there from 1987-1998 and was director of surgical research at the University of Rochester for 20 years. He was an expert in complex hepatobiliary operations and a master surgical educator. Though he retired from surgical practice in 1972, he continued to teach, publish, and serve in leadership roles in the surgical community. His textbook which has been the most widely read surgical text read by surgical residents and medical students which was first published in 1967, has spanned six decades and is now in its 11th addition. During his career he served as president of several surgical societies, editor of a number of surgical journals, and in 2017 was named a surgical icon by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Schwartz was also a cartographic historian, collector of rare maps and an accordion player. He has authored books on “The Mapping of America “and “This Land Is Your Land: The Geographic Evolution of the United States.” A true Renaissance man, he served on the Advisory Board of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Board of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Dr. Schwartz’s wife Ruth, an accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist, pre-deceased him in 1999. He is survived by his sister Lynn Rosen, three sons (Richard, Kenneth and David) and several grandchildren to which the Central Surgical extends its deepest sympathies.

In Memoriam: Dr. Ward O. Griffen

Dr. Ward O. Griffen, CSA President 1983-1984, passed away in July at the age of 92. Dr. Griffin was Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Kentucky from 1968-1984. He received his undergraduate degree from have Princeton University and MD degree from Cornell. He did his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Dr. Owen Wangensteen. He was recruited to the University of Kentucky 1965 and remained there until 1984 when he began a 10 year tenure as executive director of the American Board of Surgery. He believed that advanced medical technology was no substitute for the doctor-patient relationship. He said “medicine is being able to take a good history from a patient and then do a thorough physical examination; 90% of the time, you can make a diagnosis if you do those two things well.” Dr. Griffen is survived by his wife and seven children, 19 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren to which the Central extends its sincere sympathies.

CSA Council & Past Presidents Virtual Happy Hour

The Central Surgical Association’s Past Presidents & current Council were invited to attend a virtual happy hour following the Central’s fall Council meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. This virtual meet up was in place of the traditional dinner that is held annually during the ACS Clinical Congress.

Photographed via screen capture: (First row, left to right) Past President, Layton F. Rikkers, MD, current President, L. Michael Brunt, MD, Past President, Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, CSA Executive Director, Jon Blackstone, Past President, Henry Buchwald, MD.
(Second row, left to right) Past President, Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, Past President, Gerald M. Larson, MD, Past President, Richard H. Bell, MD, Past President, David L. Nahrwold, MD, Past President, Mark A. Malangoni, MD.
(Third row, left to right) Past President, E. Christopher Ellison, MD, Immediate Past President, Tina W.F. Yen, MD, President-Elect, Timothy A. Pritts, MD, Councilor, Michael B. Ujiki, MD, CSA Director of Administration, LK Coughlin.
(Fourth row, left to right) Treasurer, C. Max Schmidt, MD, Past President, Christopher R. McHenry, MD, Past President, Fred A. Luchette, MD.

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors Update

Jon C. Gould
Jon C. Gould
The American College of Surgeons, like all professional medical societies in these unique times, has had a busy and unprecedented year. The global pandemic has forced the ACS to move meetings such at the Clinical Congress and the annual Quality and Safety conference to a virtual format. The ACS has been hard at work developing guidelines, resources, recommendations and more for surgeons, patients, and hospitals as they focus on safe and timely care in the midst of the pandemic. So much has changed so quickly, but some things remain the same. The ACS has a long-standing history of advocacy for surgeons and surgical patients. For 2020, the ACS originally identified 56 health policy and advocacy issues that are important to surgeons to address. One such issue was related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Planned Changes in E&M Payment Policies. Unfortunately, in August 2020, CMS released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2021 (CY2021). In the proposed fee schedule, general surgeons will see their Medicare payments cut by 7% for CY2021. The proposed rule will reduce payments to nearly all surgical specialties, including up to 9% for cardiac surgery, 8% for thoracic surgery, 7% for vascular surgery, 7% for neurosurgery and 6% for ophthalmology. The cuts were a detrimental policy for patients even before the pandemic started but could be even more harmful as our health care system continues to weaken under COVID-19.

The ACS has been hard at work fighting this proposed rule on your behalf. All surgeons are encouraged to become more involved in advocacy. The ACS maintains a set of advocacy web pages that you can use to become educated about health policy priorities, obtain helpful tools and resources, and take action on legislative issues of importance to surgeons and surgical patients. I encourage you to visit https://www.facs.org/advocacy and to become involved.

Jon C. Gould, M.D
CSA Representative, ACS Board of Governors

We wanted to take the opportunity in this newsletter to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our members. Read on to see of some of the notable achievements of our membership. It is not exhaustive, and all members are encouraged to inform the CSA of achievements over the year so they can be shared with our surgical community. More

Save the Date for the Central Surgical Association & Midwest Surgical Association Combined 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, at the Westin Chicago River North from July 25-27, 2021 More
The Foundation supports the research awards and other activities related to the Central Surgical Association. More
The list of Foundation Contributors is updated annually. View the list of donors to the CSA Foundation by gift level More
The Central Surgical Association Foundation, with support provided by Elsevier, Inc., offers two annual awards, each in the amount of $20,000, to support surgical scholarship, research and advance the science of surgery. Continue reading to see the 2020 recipients. The application deadline is January 20, 2021. More
If you have not already paid your 2020 dues, please pay your dues online via the Members Only Area of the CSA website. More
Linwah Yip, MD
Linwah Yip, MD
Once again the CSA will be hosting a membership recruitment challenge. The 2021 membership application cycle is currently open. The Central is accepting applications for Active and Associate membership. More

Congratulations to our newly elected members at the 2020 Virtual Business Meeting. These members will receive their membership certificates at the 2021 Annual Meeting. More
The CSA is now accepting applications for membership online for Active and Associate membership. Visit the Join CSA page to read the complete membership eligibility requirements. Current CSA members may initiate a new application by logging into the Members Only Area and entering the candidate’s name, phone, and e-mail address, or candidates may themselves initiate their own applications. More

The purpose of the Central Surgical Association shall be to further the practice of Surgery in its various departments, and the study and investigation of surgical problems.

CSA Headquarters:
Central Surgical Association
500 Cummings Center, Suite 4400, Beverly, MA 01915
Phone (978) 927-8330 | Fax (978) 524-0461