By: Howard University News Services
WASHINGTON –Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS is among a group of 64 esteemed surgeon educators inducted into membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators® on September 30, 2022, during a program event in Chicago. This is the fifth cohort of members inducted into this distinguished academy.
Dr. Frederick was inducted as a member of this highly coveted Academy. In addition to serving as the 17th President of Howard University, Dr. Frederick serves as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery.
Dr. Frederick is a dedicated surgeon educator. A practicing cancer surgeon at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Frederick served in numerous capacities within the University prior to becoming president in 2014. His former roles include provost and chief academic officer, director of the Cancer Center, associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery, and deputy provost for health sciences. Today, he continues to operate and gives lectures to second-year medical students and surgical residents of Howard’s medical school.
“I am incredibly honored to become a member of the prestigious Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.” said Dr. Frederick. “It brings me great joy to be included in this distinguished group representing the country’s most prestigious surgeons who not only have committed to excellence in their own practice but have also dedicated themselves to mentorship and training the next generation of change makers. I am proud to call myself a member of the Academy.”
As president of Howard University, Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service and fiscal stability. Under the Howard Forward strategic plan, Dr. Frederick has successfully pursued initiatives to streamline and strengthen University operations and has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success and the modernization of University facilities. He also devotes his time to writing and speaking on salient topics in higher education including the impact of historically Black colleges and universities, campus intellectual diversity, the underrepresentation of African American men in medical school, and gender equity on college campuses.
He has received numerous other awards honoring his scholarship, service and community impact as a surgeon educator. He was chosen as the first-ever recipient of the Educator Award by the Lowell F. Hawthorne Foundation, Inc. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for his contributions to the medical field. He was presented with the Diaspora Public Diplomacy Leadership Award by the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his contributions to strengthening Trinidad and Tobago-United States bilateral relations through excellence in global educational leadership. In 2015, Dr. Frederick was also recognized by the then president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his appointment as president of Howard University. In March 2022, Dr. Frederick received Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honor, The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT). He was recently selected to be inducted to the National Academy of Public Administration as a 2022 fellow.
The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators works to advance the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties. Individuals are selected as members, associate members, or affiliate members following a stringent peer review process. This year’s class includes members (27 inductees), associate members (36 Inductees), and affiliate members (2 Inductees). The first inaugural class was inducted in 2018 and the Academy has since grown to include 301 members, associate members, and affiliate members who represent six surgical specialties other than general surgery. Inductees are from 22 states and the District of Columbia. They come from seven countries in addition to those from the United States.
Once inducted, academy members actively engage in advancing the academy’s programs and goals, which are to advance the science and practice of innovative lifelong surgical education, training, and scholarship in the changing milieu of health care; foster the exchange of creative ideas and collaboration; support the development and recognition of faculty; underscore the importance of lifelong surgical education and training; positively impact quality and patient safety through lifelong surgical education and training; disseminate advances in education and training to all surgeons; and offer mentorship to surgeon educators throughout their professional careers.
“This academy of preeminent surgeon educators has been making landmark contributions to surgical education and is introducing many transformational changes in surgical education that will endure into the future,” said Ajit K. Sachdeva, M.D., FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, director of the ACS division of education and co-chair of the steering committee of the Academy. “We look forward to leveraging the expertise of the members as we explore innovations that will continue to advance the field of surgical education and positively impact the careers of surgical educators.”
Academy members collaborate on and publish significant works of scholarship and participate in fireside chats, Grand Rounds Series, and the academy symposium, an annual conference that brings together academy members to exchange best practices and discuss critical topics in surgical education. Through dynamic programming, members have addressed the impact of the COVID pandemic on surgical training, physician wellness, and disparities in surgical education, among several other initiatives. The academy continues to focus on outreach to surgeon educators from across the globe, with a special emphasis on engaging surgeon educators from low-middle income countries. With this year’s induction ceremony, the academy will include more than 50 international members, representing 24 countries outside of the U.S.
“In addition to the recognition bestowed on highly deserving individuals, the academy is a vital, living body. It is a think tank, an impactful organization that explores and cultivates new innovations and interventions in an effort to establish best practices in surgical education,” said L.D. Britt, M.D., MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), MAMSE, past president of the ACS, and co-chair of the steering committee of the academy.
To learn more about the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, please visit the Academy’s homepage.