ABS Welcomes Drs. Goldberg and Minter as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

The American Board of Surgery is pleased to welcome Dr. Amy J. Goldberg as chair and Dr. Rebecca M. Minter as vice chair for 2024-2025.


Amy J. Goldberg, M.D., FACS

The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, is pleased to welcome Dr. Amy J. Goldberg as chair for 2024-2025.

Nominated to the ABS by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2018, Dr. Goldberg served on the previous ABS Board of Directors (now the ABS Council) until 2019 when she was elected to serve as a director on the new governing board of the ABS.

The Marjorie Joy Katz Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Katz), Dr. Goldberg is a nationally celebrated trauma surgeon, educator, and violence-prevention innovator, devoting more than 30 years to medical education, clinical practice, and community service. She has held leadership positions at Temple, including Chief of the Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Division; Director of the General Surgery Residency Program; the George S. Peters MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery; and Interim Dean of Katz.

Her research has focused on penetrating trauma injuries and the impact of gun violence prevention and intervention programs. Dr. Goldberg also serves as co-lead in the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Health Systems Implementation Initiative (HSII) to accelerate the uptake of practice-changing research results in clinical care to improve quality and patient outcomes.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She then completed general surgery residency training at Temple University Hospital followed by a fellowship in traumatology and critical care at the University of Maryland, Shock Trauma Center.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Goldberg was designated a Master Surgeon Educator in 2021. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Annals of Surgery, and The American Journal of Surgery, and she is an editorial board member of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Vice Chair

Rebecca M. Minter, M.D.
Dr. Rebecca M. Minter has been elected to serve as vice chair of the ABS for the 2024-2025 term, succeeding Dr. Amy J. Goldberg. Dr. Minter was first nominated to the ABS Board of Directors (now the ABS Council) by the American Surgical Association in 2018. The following year she was elected to the new governing board of the ABS, which is now known as the ABS Board of Directors.

Dr. Minter is the A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery as well as Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis. She specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant conditions of the pancreas.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to continue to serve the ABS Board of Directors, the House of Surgery and the public in this new role, alongside my esteemed colleagues,” said Dr. Minter. “It is a true privilege to serve an organization guided by a clear north star focused on improving surgical care through rigorous, innovative and progressive assessment practices. I am excited to see what is ahead!”

Dr. Minter spent her formative years in San Antonio, Texas, and went on to the University of Denver followed by medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed her general surgery residency and a T32 fellowship in molecular biology at the University of Florida. Her research and clinical interests revolve around surgical education, in particular, focusing on the development of training frameworks which explicitly define and support progressive entrustment.

Dr. Minter has previously served as president of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Fellowship Council, and the Society of University Surgeons. She currently serves on the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Executive Council and has been heavily involved in the ABS Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Project, having served as a member of both the General Surgery EPA Advisory Council and Writing Group.

In her free time, Dr. Minter enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with family.

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, and surgery of the hand. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

JUL. 9, 2024 | Media Contact: Alyson Maloney

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