Dr. Tam was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Surgeons. As such, she can now add to her title, the letters, “FACS” which stand for “Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.” Those letters after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. ACS is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.
The American College of Surgeons admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College. These standards are outlined in their Statements on Principles.
The College currently has more than 80,000 members, including more than 6,600 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world. There are presently more than 3,200 Associate Fellows.
Her membership in the ACS, along with her COEMIG designation, is further assurance to all her patients that she brings to them the highest level of knowledge and expertise in healthcare, while maintaining a professional standard of ethical excellence in her practice.
Ever wonder what makes a person pursue the career they chose? Whether it be a policeman, fireman, engineer, teacher, accountant, doctor… somewhere along the line, a personal choice was made to enter a career. Perhaps in your own case, your career chose you?
With Dr. Tam, it was a little of both. In a recent article by Scott Warner, published on the website of the renown Chicago Medical Society, he interviews Dr. Tam about her journey into medicine and how she redefined her well-established medical career at a time when most physicians have settled on theirs.
Besides being a compassionate physician and highly skilled surgeon, Dr. Tam is also a professor of medicine at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. She was recently featured in an article published in the “Evanston Roundtable“, an online news source for the town of Evanston. The article focused on Dr. Tam and her involvement in teaching residents minimally invasive surgery using the daVinci Robotic Surgery system.
Teresa Tam, M.D. instructs residents at Presence St. Francis Hospital in minimally invasive robotic surgery. (Photo by Mary Mumbrue. Courtesy of Evanston Roundtable.)
The article also reported on Dr. Tam and Saint Francis being among the first hospitals to use “Firefly Imaging” technology in gynecologic robotic surgery. The FireFly system employs a special non-toxic dye which fluoresces bright green under infrared light, and an infrared robotic camera capable of seeing this fluorescence during surgery. This dye targets abnormal cells and greatly aids in the visualization of abnormal tissues (such as endometriosis) during their removal in surgery. This allows for more complete removal of the tissue and better prognosis for the patient.
Dr. Tam was also interviewed by Karie Angell Luc from the Chicago SunTimes on the same day. Her interview was presented on their website. Watch it here (note: it may take a minute to start and to get past the ad) :