The plan for the Surgical Palliative Care Society was conceived over a dinner in October 2019 during the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. While surgical palliative care interest groups and committees existed within other societies, there was no independent group focused solely on the promotion of Surgical Palliative Care. Given this, co-founders Drs. Red Hoffman, Buddy Marterre and Pringl Miller - all surgeons board-certified in both general surgery and hospice and palliative medicine - created a society modeled on the interdisciplinary palliative care team which aims to foster community and fellowship amongst its members by affirming that all healthcare professionals involved in the care of surgical patients, including students and trainees, are welcome to join and to participate.
The MISSION of the Society is to advance the field of Surgical Palliative Care by supporting the personal and professional development of all healthcare providers caring for surgical patients through mentorship, education and training, research and advocacy - all delivered in a collegial and inclusive environment.
The VISION of the Society is that all surgical patients, families and caregivers will have access to high-quality palliative medicine and that all healthcare professionals caring for surgical patients will be empowered to deliver such care.
The SPCS received its 501c3 status in March 2021and opened for membership in July 2021.
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