Three University of Missouri physicians have been designated new fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). To earn the right to use the FACS designation, surgeons must demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, complete advanced training in one of 14 specialties recognized by the American College of Surgeons, and possess a specialty board certification.
The following faculty members from the MU School of Medicine were among the 1,377 initiates from around the world who became fellows in October at the College’s 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago:
Raja Gopaldas, MD, is an assistant professor and director of research with MU’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in India and completed residency training in general surgery at Drexel University. Golpadas then completed additional residency and fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, where he was one of the youngest surgeons to graduate from the training program.
Arthur Rawlings, MD, is an assistant professor and residency program director with MU’s Division of General Surgery. Along with his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he has a master’s degree in divinity and completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for patients. It has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.