Each year, the Southern California Chapter sends two members to the ACS Leadership Conference as Young Surgeons Representatives. This meeting offers a way for Young Surgeons to become involved with both the ACS and the Southern California Chapter. Topics include legal updates, mentoring workshops, updates on ACS activities and programs, risk management communications strategies, professional liability and practice management.

Representatives from the Council also participate in the Leadership Conference in the Capitol Hill visits, where they speak with legislators in Congress and learn about the top legislative issues for the year. The ACS staff teaches the attendees how to lobby the representatives on topics such as professional liability, physician payment, trauma care system planning and development and physician on-call issues under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

Young surgeons members of the ACS Southern California Chapter have the opportunity to meet during the Annual Scientific Meeting in Santa Barbara, CA.

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2020 Travel Stipend winners

The leadership of the ACS encourages participation in the Southern California Chapter meeting particularly of young surgeons. A stipend to help defray travel and registration costs to a future ACS meeting, either local or national, is offered to Young Surgeons every year. The successful applicants meeting all requirements receive a $1,200 stipend. The winners were announced at the Saturday morning Young Surgeons' Breakfast.

The 2020 Young Surgeons Travel Stipend Winners:

  • Claudia Emami, Huntington Memorial Hospital
  • Gregory Magee, University of Southern California
  • Jeffry Nahmias, University of California, Irvine   

One of the main goals of the Southern California Chapter is to ensure young surgeons representation in chapter activities and committees. It is also our goal to encourage new membership within the chapter and to retain existing members, to encourage the exchange of information among the younger membership, to encourage an esprit de corps among the younger members, and to serve as a resource for residents and students who seek a career in surgery.


The most recent competition took place on Saturday afternoon, January 11th at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. Residents from Southern California residency programs competed for the coveted Dowden Trophy, as well as bragging rights in what was an educational and highly entertaining event.

The preliminary rounds pit three residency programs against one another, with the winner of each round advancing to final jeopardy for the tournament of champions.

Participating programs for the 2020 Surgical Jeopardy competition were:

  • Cedars Sinai
  • Community Memorial Health, Ventura County
  • Kaiser, Arrowhead
  • Kaiser, LA
  • Kaweah Dealta
  • Loma Linda
  • Santa Barbara Cottage
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Riverside
  • USC



Agustin Sibona, MD and David Nelson, MD
Loma Linda University