SCUDDER ORATION ON TRAUMA Trauma: Still the Cornerstone of Acute Care Surgery Specialty LD Britt, MD, MPH, FACS The American College of Surgeons has had a long and who expertly shepherded the advancement of the fruitful journey. Strong and visionary leadership has American College of Surgeons. been responsible for establishing the great legacy of the On day 1 (even before the ofﬁcial inception of the College. One such leader was Dr Charles Locke Scudder. American College of Surgeons [ACS]), there was an un- You can imagine that hearing that I had been selected to wavering emphasis on quality and a resistance against any- be the 2017 Scudder Orator was surprising, humbling, thing that would detract or adversely alter optimal patient and of course, a tremendous honor. care. In addition to initiating a process for the standardi- A deﬁned specialty, acute care surgery is the embodi- zation of hospitals (which led to the birth of what is now ment of 3 components: trauma, critical care, and The Joint Commission), the College, in 1922, established emergency general surgery. The title of this Scudder the Committee on Treatment of Fractures, in order to Oration, “Trauma: Still the Cornerstone of Acute Care emphasize
Journal of the American College of Surgeons – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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