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Surgical Chair to Lead National Accreditation Group

Steven Stain, MD, Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of the Department of Surgery, was recently elected to chair the governing committee that accredits surgical residency programs in the United States. 

Nationally recognized as a surgeon, researcher and educator, Dr. Stain was elected to serve as chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Resident Review Committee for Surgery. In recent months, he also was elected to serve as president of the Western Surgical Association, president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and governor of the American College of Surgeons. 

In these positions, he works with top surgeons and medical educators throughout the country to set national standards regarding patient care and medical education for practicing surgeons and surgical residents.

“I’m honored to be in a position to help our profession attain the highest surgical standards and achieve the best results for patients,” Dr. Stain said. “Serving these organizations also allows me to share the great work we do at Albany Med at the national level in ways that help us attract some of the best residents, students and faculty in the country.”

“With Dr. Steven Stain, Albany Med has a tremendous ambassador to the larger surgical community,” said Vincent Verdile, MD, ’84, dean of Albany Medical College. “Dr. Stain’s leadership will continue to positively impact the profession as well as Albany Med and the public it serves.”

A member of the Albany Med faculty since 2005, Dr. Stain is also a member of numerous local, state and national professional organizations, including serving on the executive council of the American Surgical Association — the oldest surgical association in the country.