The Future. Through the Eyes of a Surgeon

The College has created a new video that was recently shown at Clinical Congress. The video focuses on the critical need for surgeons to have a strong voice and seat at the table in all patient care decisions, especially as the health care environment continues to change. The video successfully highlights why surgeons have a unique and important perspective and focuses on the need to strengthen the collective voice of all surgeons, especially in our efforts to reach health care leaders, policymakers, and the public. The video can be downloaded at:

ACS celebrates 100 years

100 Years of Setting the Quality Standard:

President's Message January 2021

Dear Wisconsin Surgical Members:

Happy New Year and Happy Packers Play-Off!

We did our best to survive COVID in 2020. Congratulations and thanks to you and your teams as we faced a most difficult year for our patients and our profession. We certainly learned to handle and solve problems in different ways!

As an example, The Wisconsin Surgical Society hosted another great conference last November with a record number of attendees. It was our first ever virtual conference and it went well. The strength of the educational program was one of the highlights of the meeting and we should all thank and recognize Drs. Lawson, Wernberg and Grover for their efforts in putting together such an outstanding program. A thank you to all members able to participate in the 2020 virtual meeting. We look forward to hosting an in-person meeting at The American Club in Kohler for 2021. The meeting is scheduled for November 5 – 6, 2021, and I think we all look forward to seeing each other and fostering our collegiality.

The Wisconsin Surgical Society remains active in the area of advocacy and we continue to need the support of the membership. We once again will sponsor Dr. Day on May 5, 2021, hopefully at the State Capitol. Plans are also being made for virtual participation. Please join us as we share our legislative concerns on a local level. As a member of WSS, we will pay for your attendance. Dr. Joseph Hart is the new chair of the Policy, Planning and Government Relations Committee and the main contact for this event. Registration material will be sent out soon.

The number of dues paying members in our Society has been declining. In order to maintain a strong and vibrant society we have to maintain a strong membership. If you have not done so already, please visit the Wisconsin Surgical Society website at where the easy online payment option is available. We will also be conducting a membership campaign to attract new members to the Society. If you have practice partners, or local colleagues that are not yet members, please extend an invitation to them to join. Please encourage your colleagues and friends in other areas of the state to join as well. This will not only increase the membership but add more diversity to the society. You can find the application for membership on the website.

Current Active, Associate, Retired, Senior, Resident and Medical Students can renew using this link. Remember to click on your appropriate membership level. 

If you are a new Associate or have recently become a Fellow with The American College of Surgeons, please fill out the application for membership form.

Invite nurse practitioners, PA’s and PhD’s involved with surgical care to join as an affiliate member. The form can be found here.

Thank you for your continued support of the Wisconsin Surgical Society. Please feel to email me at with any suggestion, concerns or new ideas for the Society.


Brian D. Lewis, MD FACS

President, The Wisconsin Surgical Society