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October 28, 2011

CONTACT: Rebecca Harmon rebecca.harmon@tuhs.temple.edu




John M. Daly, MD, FACSOne of the largest organizations of surgeons in the world is tapping the leadership acumen of one of Temple’s most celebrated surgeons.  John M. Daly, MD, FACS, who is Interim Chair of Temple School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, has been selected as Second Vice President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  Daly will officially take office next October during the College’s annual meeting in Chicago.


In his new role, Daly will work with other newly-elected American College of Surgeons representatives and the ACS’s Board of Regents to develop a portfolio of priorities that will continue to elevate the quality of surgical care, education and research in the United States and Canada.


“Dr. Daly’s selection to this prestigious leadership position within the American College of Surgeons is a testament to his continued leadership and contributions to the field of surgery,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences of Temple University, Dean of Temple University School of Medicine, and Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Health System. This is a tremendous honor for someone whose reputation as a leader, a clinician and an educator is well-recognized,” added Kaiser.  


“I look forward to working with the other elected leaders of the American College of Surgeons to maintain and enhance its effectiveness and to help ensure that quality surgical care is provided to all patients through the continued education and research efforts of the College,” said Daly. “The ACS has a tremendous responsibility to ensure the highest quality of surgical care and education, while also fostering a robust research initiative. It is an honor to be a leader in this endeavor, and to represent my peers across all the specialty fields of surgery, as we go forward,” Daly added.


Daly has been an ASC Fellow since 1983, and has served as Chairman of the College’s Commission on Cancer, Chair of its Governors' Committee on Physician Competency and Health, and Chair of its Nominating Committee of the Fellows.

As a nationally renowned surgeon, former Dean of the Medical School and currently Interim Chair of Temple’s Department of Surgery, Daly will integrate his various, vital leadership roles to help ensure a focus on quality outcomes and continuity of growth in all aspects of Temple’s surgical enterprise – including the addition of a program in robotic surgery, the development of a hybrid OR in its primary teaching hospital, and the recruitment of additional surgeons in key specialty areas.


Founded in 1913, the American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association whose 77,000 members represent the whole gamut of surgical specialties, including neurosurgeons, ob/gyns, ENTs, urologists, plastic surgeons, and others. Besides monitoring legislative and regulatory issues that affect the field of surgery, the College sponsors CME programs and residency review committees for various surgical subspecialties, and supports scholarship programs for postdoctoral surgical education.


The College’s Commission on Cancer helps to set standards for hospitals to develop optimal cancer-care programs – such as Temple University Hospital’s ACS-accredited cancer program. The College also accredits a variety of surgical programs, including:

  • Surgical simulation centers – such as Temple University School of Medicine’s William Maul Measey Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety, which has Level I accreditation by the ACS.
  • Bariatric surgery centers – such as the accredited programs at both Temple University Hospital and Jeanes Hospital.
  • Trauma Programs – such as Temple University Hospital’s accredited Level I Trauma Center.