The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, is pleased to introduce Dr. Stephen R. T. Evans as chair for 2015-2016.
Dr. Evans is executive vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer for MedStar Health in Washington, D.C. In this position, he oversees the medical education, research, clinical quality, and risk management initiatives for the system, as well as the academic partnership with Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Evans is also a professor of surgery at Georgetown University. His practice focuses on gastrointestinal surgery, both open and minimally invasive. He joined Georgetown in 1990 as an assistant professor of surgery, eventually serving as chair of the department of surgery for more than seven years. He also has served as director of Georgetown's general surgery residency program and medical director of the operating room at Georgetown University Medical Center.
A native of Montreal, Dr. Evans received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and medical degree from University of South Florida. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women's Hospital followed by a residency in general surgery at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Evans is currently certified by the ABS in general surgery, and was previously certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He became an ABS director in 2009 representing the American Medical Association, and has served on the ABS Diplomates Committee, Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council and General Surgery Advisory Council.
"I plan to spend my year as chair focusing on two critical issues: advancing improvements in general surgery residency training and making the ABS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program more useful and valuable to our diplomates," said Dr. Evans. "Both of these issues are of great importance not only to the surgical community, but also to the public we serve."
About the ABS
The American Board of Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. Surgeons certified by the ABS have completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. They must then maintain their board certification through ongoing learning and practice improvement activities.
The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, complex general surgical oncology, surgery of the hand, and hospice and palliative medicine. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.