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Zuckerman Appointed as Chair of American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Randall Zuckerman, MD, FACS, of Kalispell Regional Healthcare has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (ACRS) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACRS is a part of an organization dedicated to influencing profound advances in the standards of practice in surgical medicine. Dr. Zuckerman’s appointment as chair is not only a reflection of the quality of highly skilled and dedicated specialists found at KRH, but his work also directly benefits surgical patients throughout Montana and across the United States when it comes to scientific advances and quality of care for rural communities.

The American College of Surgeons was founded in 1913. Its purpose is to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. It is a scientific and educational organization of more than 82,000 surgeons who are dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. The achievements of the organization have significantly influenced the course of surgical practice in America. The Advisory Council for Rural Surgery (ACRS) was developed in 2012 as a part of the ACS in order to address and resolve challenges facing surgeons who practice in a rural setting.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 2005, Dr. Zuckerman is Physician Executive, Surgical Service Line and Chairman of Surgery at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. He is also an associate professor of surgery at University of Washington Medical School, where he serves on the admissions committee.

Among his many advisory positions, Dr. Zuckerman has served as co-editor to the Rural Surgeons Web Portal, American College of Surgeons, Board Member, International Federation of Rural Surgery, Publications Committee, the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Public Policy Committee.

He previously held the positions of medical director, at the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreas Disease, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT and assistant professor of surgery at Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Universityin Hamden, CT. Early in his surgical career, he also served as an attending surgeon and co-director of the Mithoefer Center for Rural Surgery at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY.

Dr. Zuckerman’s extensive experience has been the catalyst for several academic articles on rural surgery. Most recently he has been the author/coauthor of articles published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of Surgical Education. His writing and research have also appeared in Surgical Clinics of North America and Advanced Surgical Techniques for Rural Surgeons.

The tireless dedication to ever improving patient care found at Kalispell Regional Healthcare is exemplified through Dr. Zuckerman and the leadership, expertise and passion he displays for the field of surgical medicine. KRH is proud to recognize the exceptional healthcare specialists providing outstanding care to patients in Northwest Montana and surrounding communities.