Members Of The American College Of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification Team To Deliver The Henderson State-Of-The-Art Lecture At #AGS24, Focusing On Enhancing Surgical Care For Older Adults

  • Members of the @AmCollSurgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification program team to present Henderson State-of-the-Art lecture during @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS24 virtual annual meeting with a focus on how this program improves outcomes for older adults undergoing surgery.

New York, NY (April 12, 2024) — The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2024 Edward Henderson Award, which will be presented during the AGS Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting, slated for May 9 – 11 (pre-conference days: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 7-8). This prestigious award, named in honor of the esteemed geriatrician Dr. Edward Henderson, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of geriatric medicine.

In a departure from the traditional single-recipient format, the AGS proudly honors the entire American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification team with the 2024 Edward Henderson Award. Led by Drs. Clifford Ko and Ronnie Rosenthal, this collective of exceptional individuals representing multiple specialties has been instrumental in enhancing surgical care for older adults.  

The Henderson Award is bestowed upon those who embody the legacy of Dr. Edward Henderson, a former AGS Vice President, President, and Executive Director, renowned for his influential work in human aging and geriatric medicine. This year's recipients from the ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification team epitomize Dr. Henderson’s visionary leadership, dedication, and commitment to advancing care for all of us as we age. 

"We are delighted to recognize the outstanding achievements of the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) team with the 2024 Edward Henderson Award," said Donna Fick, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, President of the AGS. "The ACS was one of our early partners in our Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative (GSI) and Dr. Rosenthal has long served as one of the leaders in this multi-specialty collaboration and Dr. Robinson is the current co-chair of the GSI Council. With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the GSV team has collaborated across specialties to create a verification program that is changing the care of older adults undergoing surgery. The entire ACS GSV team is comprised of visionary leaders who reflect the spirit and legacy of Dr. Henderson himself."

The Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture, an integral part every AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, will feature four distinguished members of the ACS GSV team - Ronnie A. Rosenthal, MS, MD; Marcia M. Russell, MD; Thomas N. Robinson, MD; and Zara Cooper, MD, MSc. Together, they will describe how the GSV is enhancing care for older adults undergoing surgery by developing structured programs and measures that reflect what matters to each individual undergoing surgery.

"On behalf of the ACS, we are profoundly thankful and honored to receive the 2024 Edward Henderson Award from the American Geriatrics Society. This recognition is especially meaningful as it celebrates what we can accomplish via teamwork and collaboration. It shows that there is real power in what collective dedication can do in advancing care for older adults and we are so grateful to contribute to the legacy of Dr. Edward Henderson and his pioneering work in geriatric medicine," said Dr. Rosenthal. “Tom, Marcia, Zara, and I are proud to present our ACS work to the members of the AGS. Our early collaboration through the GSI is the foundation for the work that we are doing today and we could not be more grateful for the Society’s partnership and that of The John A. Hartford Foundation. 

For further details on Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture and the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, please visit the AGS official website at

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About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our 6,000+ members include geriatricians, geriatrics nurse practitioners, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists who are pioneers in advanced illness care for older individuals, with a focus on championing interprofessional teams, eliciting personal care goals, and treating older people as whole persons. AGS believes in a just society, one where we all are supported by and able to contribute to communities where ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of bias and discrimination no longer impact healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for older adults and their caregivers.  AGS advocates for policies and programs that support the health, independence, and quality of life of all of us as we age. AGS works across patient careresearchprofessional and public education, and public policy to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. For more information, visit

About the Edward Henderson Award and the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture
The late Edward Henderson, MD, was a renowned geriatrics researcher and physician and an instrumental leader for the AGS. The Edward Henderson Award is conferred upon a distinguished clinician, educator, or researcher who also delivers the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic related to the body of his or her work at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

About the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting
The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. More than 2,600 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene virtually, May 9 – 11 (pre-conference days: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 7-8) to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit

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