About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

The letters FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s 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.

About the NC Chapter of American College of Surgeons

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for our members, be an advocate for our members and the patients they serve, and support and uphold the standards of the American College of Surgeons. We are dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

The North Carolina Chapter functions through the coordinated activity of its individual members, for the support and improvement of the practice of surgery in the state. With the help of an executive director, the Chapter relies completely on the energy and initiative of interested North Carolina surgeons. We welcome the participation of any interested individuals.

NC Chapter of ACS Leadership

NCFACS Leadership 2022-2023

Executive Council

Keri Seymour, DO-FACS


Leah Sieren, MD, FACS


Raghid Bitar, MD, FACS

Immediate Past President

Ranjan Sudan, MBBS, FACS

2nd Year Past President

Perry Shen, MD, FACS

3rd year Past President

William Hope, MD, FACS


Jean Ashburn, MD, FACS


Board of Governors

Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP

Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, FRCSEd, FACS

Timothy Farrell, MD, FACS

Janet (Betsy) Tuttle, MD, FACS

Preston Miller, MD-FACS

Governor, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Michael Meyers, MD, FACS

Governor, Southeastern Surgical Congress

Past ACS Officers

J. Meredith Wayne, MD, FACS

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS

Board of Regents

Anthony Atala, MD, FACS

Mark Weissler, MD, FACS

Board of Regents Past Member

At Large Member

Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD, FACS

Andrew Nunn, MD, FACS

Arielle Perez, MD, MPH, MS, FACS

Committee on Trauma

Eric Toschlog, MD, FACS

Commission on Cancer

Richard L. White, MD, FACS

DEI Committee Chair

Courtney Sommer, MD, FACS

Legislative Committee

Matthew Martin, MD, FACS

Membership Committee

Melissa "Red" Hoffman, MD, FACS

Nominating Committee

Raghid Bitar, MD, FACS

Associate Member Representative

Kristina Shaffer, MD

AWS Representative

Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS

Military Representative

Lt. Col. Shaun Brown, DO, FACS

Resident Representative

Justin Faulkner, MD

Rural Surgery Representative

Lindsay Bridges, MD, FACS

Young Fellow Representative

Akiko Chiba, MD, FACS


Kunoor Jain-Spangler

Bariatric Liaison

Benjamin E. Haithcock., MD, FACS

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Pascal “Osi” Udekwu, MBBS, MBA/MHA, FACS

General Surgery Liaison

Lisa Jackson-Moore, MD, FACS

Gynecology Liaison

Anthony Asher, MD, FACS

Neurosurgery Society Liaison

Sharon Fekrat, MD, FACS

Ophthalmology Liaison


Orthopedic Liaison

Catherine H Frenkel, MD, FACS

Otolaryngology Liaison

J. Duncan Phillips, MD, FACS

Pediatric Surgery Liaison

Ivo Pestana, MD, FACS, FAAPS

Plastic Surgery Liaison

John Smith, III, MD, FACS

Urology Society Liaison

Management Staff

Kathy Browning

Executive Director

Kallie Medbery

Chapter Support

Leah Raiford

Chapter Support