Invited Speakers


This annual program is designed for practicing surgeons involved in the care of patients. It is meant to provide Continuing Medical Education regarding treatment in general and sub-specialty surgical practice and to enhance the knowledge of participants in these areas.

Learn more about the invited speakers.

Ali Salim, MD, FACS
Division Chief, Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Beyond Hospital Survival: Improving Outcomes After Surgery
Patricia Turner, MD, FACS
Executive Director-Elect, American College of Surgeons

ACS Executive Director’s Update
Jo Buyske, MD, DABS
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery Updates
&
Women in Surgery: Tools for Promoting and Amplifying Your Colleagues

Ali Salim, MD, FACS

Ali Salim, MD, FACS, is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He leads a team of trauma specialists in providing expert, multidisciplinary care for thousands of trauma and burn patients each year. Additionally, he is the Associate Chair of Surgical Critical Care in the Department of Surgery and the Co-Medical Director of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Salim is both a Traumatologist and a Surgical Intensivist.  He is a clinically active trauma, general, and critical care surgeon and devotes his time with equal intensity to research, surgical education and clinical service. His clinical interests focus on the care of the acutely ill trauma, emergency surgery and intensive care unit patient. Dr. Salim’s clinical research is focused on the care and outcomes of trauma patients, traumatic brain injury, improving the physiology of organ donors and improving the rate of organ donation. He has authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed publications. Most recently his research has focused on racial disparities in organ donation, and on identifying and quantifying the long-term physical, emotional, and psychosocial effects following moderate to severe traumatic injury.


Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS

Dr. Turner is the director of the Division of Member Services at the American College of Surgeons and a clinical associate professor of surgery at The University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Turner spent eight years in full-time academic practice on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she was the surgery residency program director. She previously served as a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs and is currently a delegate to the AMA from the American College of Surgeons and a past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and a past president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.


Jo Buyske, MD

Dr. Jo Buyske has been on staff at the ABS since 2008, initially as an associate executive director and director of evaluation. She was named executive director in 2017, and president and chief executive officer in 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Buyske was chief of surgery and director of minimally invasive surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Still clinically active, she remains on staff at the university as an adjunct professor of surgery. Her clinical experience focuses on applications of minimally invasive surgery to all areas of general and gastrointestinal surgery.

Originally from New Jersey, she attended medical school at Columbia University and completed her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She began her career at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, before coming to Philadelphia.

Dr. Buyske is a past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a former ABS director. She was elected to the ABS in 2006, serving on the board of directors for two years before being hired as associate executive director. Dr. Buyske is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ensuring that the voice of the surgical community is heard in ABMS deliberations. She is certified by the ABS in general surgery.