Dr. Banks attends annual surgeon conference

Perkins County Health Services surgeon, Dr. Shane B. Banks, attended the American College of Surgeons (ASC)meeting in San Diego, California Oct. 22-26. 

Over 14,000 surgeons, other physicians and allied health care professionals were in attendance. This annual meeting is called Clinical Congress and features surgical expert presentations from around the world. 

Exciting new innovations and inventions for the care of surgical patients are often presented. This year’s theme was “Do What’s Right for the Patient.” 

ACS is an educational association of surgeons founded in 1912. It provides membership for doctors worldwide who specialize in surgery and are able to pass a very rigorous set of qualifications. 

Banks became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2009 after becoming board certified in 2007. His education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a strict evaluation by the ACS. 

His conduct as a surgeon has been found to be consistent with the high ACS standards established and demanded by the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

The current ACS president, Dr. Barbara Lee Bass, addressed the surgeons at the meeting’s opening.
“What we get to do for the people who need us, our patients, is a joy and a privilege. What we have earned the privilege to do is an honor—a trust-filled act with another person.”

During the meeting, Banks learned about challenges the surgeons in Las Vegas faced during the recent mass casualty shooting. He also caught up with surgeons he had worked with in the Air Force overseas. 

He participated in technical surgical device presentations and reviewed the best way to use many of the new surgical devices purchased at PCHS. 

“This meeting is an exciting way to ensure currency in the best surgical practices and also see what the future of surgery holds,” said Banks.

Banks will be featured on Dr. Byrd’s Facebook live program, “The Byrd’s Eye View” in January 2018 to discuss the rapidly growing department of surgery at PCHS. 

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