|John Harrison Initiated Into American College of Surgeons|
John A. Harrison, DO, FACS, was among 1,591
Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of
Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the College's recent 97th annual
Clinical Congress in San Francisco.
Dr. Harrison received his doctor of
osteopathic medicine (DO) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in
2000. He is currently practicing at Prince William Surgical Associates, with
locations in Manassas and Woodbridge, which recently joined the Novant Medical
Group. Dr. Harrison attained board certification from the American Board of
Surgery in 2009. He holds membership in other professional societies, including
the American Osteopathic Association and the Medical Society of Virginia.
By meeting the College's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of
the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of
"F.A.C.S" (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant
for Fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have
completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by
the College; must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board
or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada; and must have been in practice in the same geographic location for at
least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into
Fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and
professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College
must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.
convocation ceremony was the highlight of the five-day Congress at which
initiation into ACS Fellowship took place. The Congress also featured reports on
research-in-progress, postgraduate courses, panel discussions, symposia, and
scientific and industrial exhibits. Total estimated attendance at the Congress
was 13,982, including approximately 8,900 physicians. Allied health
professionals and members of the scientific and consumer media also attended the
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and
educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the
standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.
The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its
achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical
patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and is the largest
organization of surgeons in the world.