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Four MU Surgeons Named to American College of Surgeons

Four University of Missouri School of Medicine physicians recently were initiated as fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Zihao Wu, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery; Fassil Brian Mesfin, MD, PhD, an assistant professor and director of complex spine oncology in the Division of Neurological Surgery; Jeffrey Litt, DO, assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the burn and wound program at University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center; and Jacob Quick, MD, assistant professor of surgery and director of surgical research for the Division of Acute Care Surgery, have all been designated as fellows.

The FACS designation signifies these physicians have passed a rigorous evaluation and met the ACS membership requirements for education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct.

FACS applicants must graduate from an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by ACS; must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board or appropriate certification by the royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and must have been in practice in the same geographic region for at least one year at the time of his or her application.

ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve patient care. ACS has more than 80,000 members including more than 6,000 international fellows, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world.