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Have you ever wondered why some surgeons have the letters “FACS” after their names? These initials denote that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Surgeons earn this distinguished right to use the FACS designation only after meeting the ACS’s stringent membership requirements.
Haane Massarotti, MD, FACS, colon and rectal surgeon at the Digestive Health Institute (DHI) at AdventHealth Tampa, officially became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons during the convocation ceremony at the ACS Clinical Congress held in October 2019 in San Francisco. This past year’s Congress was attended by more than 12,000 professionals, about 70 percent of whom were physicians. As a fellow, Dr. Massarotti joins a group of surgeons who are esteemed for the high quality of the care they provide. This group also includes DHI’s other surgeons: colon and rectal surgeon Allen Chudzinzki, MD, FACS, FASCRS; advanced foregut and HPB surgeons Sharona Ross, MD, FACS, and Alexander Rosemurgy, MD, FACS; and advanced HPB surgeon Iswanto Sucandy, FACS.
The distinction of being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons can signal to patients that they can have confidence in a surgeon’s technical abilities and trust him or her to make ethical decisions in their care.
Dr. Massarotti became a Fellow of the ACS after demonstrating outstanding professional proficiency and ethical fitness and receiving the approval of three-fourths of the ACS Board of Regents. To apply for fellowship consideration, a surgeon needs to have graduated from an approved medical school, possess advanced training in one of 14 surgical specialties recognized by the ACS, be board-certified and have been in practice for at least one year before applying.
After graduating with a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Massarotti earned her medical doctorate from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in 2009. The American Board of Surgery granted Dr. Massarotti board certification in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery in 2016.
Dr. Massarotti is a dual fellowship-trained surgeon, having completed fellowships in colon and rectal surgery as well as colon and rectal minimally invasive surgery, both at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. Because of her fellowship background and subsequent surgical practice, she is able to offer minimally invasive solutions for colon and rectal conditions. Dr. Massarotti is proficient in providing advanced care such as J-pouch surgery and sphincter-preserving procedures, giving patients the highest level of care and improving quality of life after surgery.
As a Fellow of the ACS, Dr. Massarotti is expected to participate in membership activities related to the College, such as giving presentations at the College’s annual Clinical Congresses. She is already quite experienced in sharing her expertise with other surgeons, having done so recently at the 2019 Orlando Colorectal Congress. In addition to the ACS, Dr. Massarotti is also a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
If you need surgery for a condition of the digestive system, make an appointment with one of DHI’s experienced surgeons, all of whom are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). For more information, please contact us.