Dr. Carl E. Haisch, a transplant surgeon and professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, recently became one of 91 esteemed international surgeons to be admitted into the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) newly created Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
The academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education, as the academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.
Following a stringent peer review, individuals are selected as either “members” or “associate members” and commit to furthering the academy’s goals, which include: recruiting innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education, translating innovation into actions, fostering exchange of creative ideas, disseminating advances in surgical education and positively impacting the quality of surgical care and patient safety.
“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon educators to come together. Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health care environment will be one major focus for the work of the Academy,” said Dr. David B. Hoyt, executive director of the ACS. “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”
Haisch, who was inducted as an associate member of the academy, is currently Brody’s vice-chair of education and faculty development and the director of surgical education for third- and fourth-year medical students.He alsoserved as Brody’s associate dean for faculty development.
Nationally, he has held a host of leadership positions for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and the PanAfrican Academy of Christian Surgeons.
Haisch was a recipient of the Bernard Vick Teaching Award for Excellence and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award. Last year, surgical residents in Brody’s Department of Surgery created the Carl E. Haisch Humanism Award to honor individuals who demonstrate medical humanism in the care of patients and interactions with others in the medical field. Haisch was named the award’s first recipient.
“Dr. Haisch has long been recognized as a favorite and highly effective teacher for Brody School of Medicine students, residents and fellows. We take great pride in his being named an inaugural member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators” said Dr. Mark Stacy, Brody’s dean and the vice chancellor for ECU’s health sciences division.
-by Rob Spahr, University Communications