The Memorial Hospital surgeon earns national honor
December 8, 2009
Craig — Dr. Jeff Womble, The Memorial Hospital's general surgeon, became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the college's 95th annual Clinical Congress in Chicago last month.
For admission into the fellowship, a surgeon must demonstrate 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, according to a news release from TMH.
The American College of Surgeons, which is the largest organization of surgeons in the world, 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 patients. Its mission is to promote ethical and competent practice in surgery, TMH reported in the release.
Fellowship applicants must have graduated from an approved medical school and must have completed advanced training in a specialty area recognized by the college.
"We are extremely proud of the quality of the surgeons and physicians we have recruited to The Memorial Hospital," TMH chief executive officer George Rohrich said in the release. "It says a lot about Dr. Womble that he obtained the FACS credential, which is one of the highest and most distinguished certifications in North America."
Womble earned his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In 2007, Womble attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery.
He has a "strong professional interest" in laparascopic surgery and trauma and holds membership in other professional societies including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, TMH reported.