Lurie Children’s Surgeon Admitted into American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

October 09, 2020

photo of Arun Gosain, MDArun Gosain, MD, Head of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is among a group of 50 esteemed surgical educators inducted into membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators on September 25 at a Virtual Induction Ceremony. This is the third cohort of members inducted into this prestigious Academy. 

Dr. Gosain was inducted as a full member of this highly coveted Academy. Dr. Gosain is a distinguished surgical educator whose experience in the field of education includes serving as a member then as Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) in plastic surgery, as the Board Vice President of Education in the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and as President of the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation.

Dr. Gosain’s other honors received as a surgical educator and mentor include being a recipient of the Clinician of the Year by the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, the Mentor of the Year by the Plastic Surgery Research Council based on mentorship of surgeons initiating careers in research, the Young at Heart Award of the Young Plastic Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Robert Goldwyn Mentor of the Year Award by the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and the Distinguished Service Award of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.

“This recognition further underscores Dr. Gosain’s excellence in his field, which is apparent in his patients’ outstanding outcomes and his leadership at Lurie Children’s,” said Thomas Shanley, MD, President & CEO of Lurie Children’s. “A scientist and educator who has traveled internationally to share his expertise and techniques, Dr. Gosain exemplifies Lurie Children’s commitment to education and mentorship.”

“Dr. Gosain’s admission into the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is a result of his superiority in providing the highest quality of surgical care to Lurie Children’s patients, and in helping train other providers to offer that same level of exceptional care,” said Marleta Reynolds, MD, Lurie Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief; Chair, Department of Pediatric Surgery; Lydia J. Fredrickson Professor of Pediatric Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Developed by the ACS Division of Education, the Academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education. Individuals are selected as Members, Associate Members or Affiliate Members following stringent peer review. The Academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons. Academy membership carries an obligation for commitment to the Academy’s goals, which are to identify, recognize and recruit innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education; translate innovation into actions; offer mentorship to surgeon educators; foster exchange of creative ideas; disseminate advances in surgical education; and positively impact the quality of surgical care and patient safety. 

In addition to supporting the mission and goals of the Academy, members must actively participate in Academy programs and activities. “This Academy of preeminent surgeon educators has been making landmark contributions to surgical education and is introducing many transformational changes in surgical education and training that will endure into the future,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, Director of the ACS Division of Education and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy.  “Over the past six months, from the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy has been addressing challenges and opportunities in surgery residency training resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and has launched several new programs,” said Dr. Sachdeva.

“With highest quality patient care through education being the paramount theme of the American College of Surgeons, the growth of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators continues to be an important emerging chapter for the ACS, the world’s largest organization for surgeons,” explained L.D.Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), past president of the ACS, and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Academy.

“One of the Academy’s founding principles is to advance the science and practice of surgical education and training.  In the past few months, its members have also shown stellar leadership in another key area. Responding during a crisis. The work the Academy has put forth in identifying educational resources during the COVID-19 pandemic to teach and assess surgical trainees during this crucial time is very important and highly commendable,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS.  “We welcome the class of 2020 to this unique group of surgeon educators.” 

For a listing of the full membership of the Academy, as well as those honored with selection in 2020, visit the American College of Surgeons' membership site.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 220,000 children from 48 states and 49 countries.