CHICAGO: Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, Sioux Falls, SD, recently was elected to a two-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has served as a Governor-At-Large representing the state of South Dakota since 2007, and was elected to the Executive Committee during the College’s annual Clinical Congress, which was held in Washington, DC, in October. Dr. Timmerman is a general surgeon at Sanford Surgical Associates and a clinical associate professor of surgery at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls.
Dr. Timmerman received an MD degree from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1984. He completed his residency in surgery at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, IL, in 1989. He attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 1990, and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1992.
As a member of the Board of Governors, Dr. Timmerman has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Fellows; a member of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors and the Committee on Chapter Activities; and as a liaison to both the Committee on Surgical Practice in Hospitals and Ambulatory Settings and the Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College. He has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Young Surgeons and as a member of the General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee.
Dr. Timmerman has also been a member of the Member Services Liaison Committee of the College’s Board of Regents. On the local level, Dr. Timmerman served as President of the College’s South Dakota Chapter from 1997 to 1998 and as the chapter’s State Advocacy Representative from 2003 to 2006.
With his election to the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee, Dr. Timmerman was appointed to the Governors’ Committee on Surgical Practices to serve as an Executive Committee Liaison. As a liaison, he will be the link between that committee and the Governors’ Executive Committee.
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 significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.
The Board of Governors is an important organizational element of the College. Governors act as a liaison between the College’s Board of Regents and Fellows of the College. Although the Board of Regents has the ultimate responsibility for managing the affairs of the College, it relies heavily upon its 270-member Board of Governors to keep it informed of the concerns of the College’s more than 77,000 members.
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