Local Westlake Village Neurosurgeon Among 1,591 Surgeons Initiated into American College of Surgeons

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Dr. Anthony Virella, local Westlake Village neurosugeon, awarded prestigious F.A.C.S designation.

Dr. Anthony A. Virella, MD (http://www.dr-virella.com) was among 1,591 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the College's recent 97th annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco.

Dr. Virella received a medical doctorate in 1996 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons,and is currently practicing Complex Spine Surgery in Westlake Village, California. Dr. Virella attained board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in May 2010. Dr. Virella has a strong professional interest in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery and holds membership in other professional societies, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

By meeting the College's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of "F.A.C.S" (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant for Fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the College: must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: and must have been in practice in the same geographic location for at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into Fellowship, the surgeon must futher demonstate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The convocation ceremony was the highlight of the five-day Congress at which initiation into ACS Fellowship took place. The Congress also featured reports on research-in-progess, postgraduate courses, panel discussions, symposia, and scientific and industrial exhibits. Total estimated attendance at the Congress was 13,982, including approximately 8,900 physicians. Allied health professionals and members of the scientific and consumer media also attended the meeting.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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