The Mission of the Southern California Chapter is to support the practice, teaching and science of Surgery in Southern California through scholarship, mentorship, Fellowship and advocacy, by means of scientific meetings and continuing education, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons.

Purpose of the Chapter:

To promote the aims, interests, ideals and programs of the American College of Surgeons and to serve as a means of communication between the members of the Chapter and the College. To elevate the standards of practice, training and education in surgery and provide a means through which the Fellows may communicate with other professional and civic groups concerned with the improved delivery of health care.


For current Chapter members, the Membership year is January to December each year. Renewal invoices have been mailed, but you have the option of renewing your membership online! You will need your membership login information - your username is your Chapter ID number on your renewal invoice. Contact the Chapter office if you need assistance.

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The Southern California Chapter, the largest and most active in the American College of Surgeons, has become a strong, relevant force representing both surgeons and surgical patients. Be part of the movement and JOIN the Chapter today! Dues are $150/year.

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setting the quality standard

For more than 100 years, the American College of Surgeons has set the Quality Standard.

Learn more about our progress in raising the quality bar.

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MEETING UPDATE - January 2021 Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara Cancellation

It is with great regret, that the SCCACS Board has decided to CANCEL the in-person January 2021 Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara and not to hold a virtual meeting, as we continue to work through the COVID situation.  It was determined that this format would not be able to deliver either the educational, or fellowship value that the Chapter’s meeting has come to be known for. 

SCCACS remains fully committed to providing our students and residents the opportunity to showcase their research. Working with the program committee, as well as the editor of the American Surgeon, Dr. Don Nakayama, we will continue to accept abstracts for review, and consideration for publication in the journal.

Let's Get Social

The SCCACS recently launched Facebook and Twitter accounts to enhance communications with our members, supporters and other interested parties. We invite you to follow Chapter goings-on and join the conversation with your peers. Share articles, ideas, event news and opinions. And don’t forget to tag #socalsurgeons to loop in the rest of our followers when you post something relevant.


COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

As part of the COVID-19: Surgeons Toolkit for Discussions with Patients, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed additional resources to help surgeons communicate with their patients about the steps hospitals are taking to ensure a safe surgical experience.

Review the COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

ACS CME Information

The Southern California Chapter and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are committed to providing members with the highest quality educational resources to support you in meeting your Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements. Please visit the American College of Surgeons State CME Requirements page to review the California CME Requirements and to find relevant CME opportunities.

Submit Articles to The American Surgeon

As the various levels of COVID-19 lockdowns have brought many of us into clinical inactivity, it may be a good time to finish some of the clinical and research publications that have been set aside over the years. The American Surgeon can always use good content from the members of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. They are looking for high-quality clinical studies of interest to surgeons in active practice. Click here to access the Editorial Manager website for author instructions. 

If you are interested in reviewing articles for the journal, please contact Don Nakayama, MD, MBA at nakayama.don@gmail.com.  You’ll need to provide your email, academic appointment or the name of your practice and city of location, and the content areas in which you would like to review.