A Message from the US Section President

Ari O. Halldorsson, MD
General & Thoracic Surgery
Lubbock, TX

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the United States Section of the International College of Surgeons – FICS Online. As you peruse this site, you will be introduced to an organization that has a vast global reach and a most noble mission.
 
From its beginning in 1935, the International College of Surgeons has focused its mission on education and humanitarian activities. Through our network of members in over 100 countries we are able to provide access to an array of opportunities that no other organization in the world can offer.
 
Because of our worldwide scope we are able to offer educational programming in exotic locations such as Vienna, Austria; Manila, Philippines; Cairo, Egypt and Nanjing, China; and as close to home as Nashville, Reno, Denver, Portland and Memphis, Tennessee the site of our 2014 Annual Surgical Update. But our educational programming is just one aspect of what we do at ICS through our growing network of members. Most recently our members have increased their participation in missions and surgical teams in many of these same countries and provided desperately needed services and assistance to the needy.
 
Your opportunities within the ICS are not limited to only humanitarian and educational offerings, but also to leadership positions at the national and international level immediately upon acceptance into the society. This facet of the College is quite unique and is why no matter where you come from, you have the opportunity to become the ICS World President.
 
If you are a surgeon practicing in the United States, please consider this my personal invitation to you to join one of the most diverse surgical institutions in the world. As you continue your visit to our website, don’t forget to check the links to some of our other affiliated websites like www.icsglobal.org (main site for ICS) and www.imss.org (our surgical museum). ICS members of the US Section are encouraged to login to the members' only part of the site for exclusive benefits such as our Career Center.
 
I hope you enjoy your visit.