Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Surgery

The NC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (NC-ACS) invites you to a Zoom gathering on June 3 at 6:30 PM EST focused on Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Join our stellar panel of guests as they share their experiences.  


David Jacobs, MD, FACS is a trauma and acute-care surgeon, and the Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Surgery at Atrium Health-Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He completed his medical education in New York City, and his surgical training in Philadelphia, and in Cleveland.  He also completed a research fellowship in Pediatric Surgery Toronto, and a Trauma Surgery in Baltimore.  Dr. Jacobs’ current responsibilities include teaching, research, patient care, and way too many administrative tasks. Closely related to his career as a trauma surgeon is his interest in violence prevention, reflecting his belief that today’s surgeons must begin to address the ethical, social and political issues that so greatly affect the overall health and well-being of the patients for whom they provide care.

Holly Pilson, MD is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in Orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health, and a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma surgery at Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons in Scottsdale, AZ.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, where she also serves as Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and as clerkship director for the Orthopaedic Surgery clerkship rotations.

Dr. Pilson is a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, and is the first and only Lumbee Orthopaedic Surgeon, from her tribe of over 55,000 members.  Native Americans and Alaskan Natives make up the most underrepresented minority group in medicine in the United States, with Orthopaedic Surgery being no exception.  Dr. Pilson has a passion for health equity and workforce diversity in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery and values the importance of lasting change in these areas.  She also serves as an active mentor through various mentorship programs at Wake Forest Baptist Health, as well as through Nth Dimensions and the J. Robert Gladden and Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Societies.

Don Nakayama, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a pediatric surgeon in active clinical practice with a special interest in surgical history. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and his surgical training at the University of California Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has performed NIH-supported research on cellular responses to inflammatory mediators in the pulmonary vasculature. He is the author of three books and 260 peer reviewed articles, reviews, and invited papers. He has given 27 invited lectures in the U.S. and Japan, including 7 named lectures. He is assistant editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and editor-in-chief of The American Surgeon. He has held leadership positions at the West Virginia University, Mercer University (Macon, Georgia), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including residency program director in general surgery for 31 chief residents in surgery. He has received a number of teaching awards at a number of institutions. He today serves as treasurer of the American College of Surgeons.

Courtney Sommer, MD, FACS is a member of Mission Surgery and specializes in trauma, critical care, and emergency general surgery. Prior to joining Mission Hospital, she was an assistant professor of surgery at Duke University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She completed medical school and general surgery residency at UNC Chapel Hill before completing a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Harborview Medical Center (University of Washington). During her general surgery training she also earned a master’s degree in public health from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC. Dr. Sommer has an interest in graduate medical education and is the Associate Program Director for the MAHEC general surgery residency program. Outside of the hospital she enjoys spending time with her three children, playing competitive tennis, and home improvement projects. She is married to Dr. Lindsee McPhail who is also a surgeon with Mission Surgery.

Lindsee McPhail, MD, FACS grew up in eastern North Carolina, the daughter of a rural general surgeon who continues to practice. It is an honor and a privilege to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I spent 16 years completing my training in Chapel Hill, first as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and then as a medical student, followed by a general surgery residency, Masters of Public Health and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery.

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