SVMC Surgeon Earns Fellowship from American College of Surgeons

Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller (802) 447-5558

BENNINGTON — Elizabeth Warner, MD, a general surgeon and cancer liaison physician with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), has earned a fellowship from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

The ACoS is an organization of more than 77,000 surgeons worldwide founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve surgical care. A fellow of the ACoS (FACS) must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of 14 specialties; must be certified by an American specialty board; must have practiced in the same geographical location for at least one year; and must exhibit a high level of professional skill and ethical practice.

“I am very happy to earn this designation,” said Dr. Warner. “It is important to me to constantly challenge myself professionally. Learning new skills and reaching for new levels of surgical expertise means I can be of better service to the patients who trust me with their care.”

Dr. Warner is a native of Albany, N.Y., and received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She was the chief general surgery resident at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and has been with SVMC since 2007. Dr. Warner is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has a special interest in breast surgery. In 2009, Dr. Warner was named to a three-year appointment as a cancer liaison physician for SVMC's cancer program.

Cancer liaison physicians serve an important role for cancer programs accredited by the ACoS’s Commission on Cancer. As a group of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians, they provide direction to their centers regarding patient care. And SVMC’s breast care program is the only program in Vermont, the Berkshires, or the Albany area accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a specialized program administered by the ACoS. The NAPBC recognizes centers which offer the highest quality treatment for a full spectrum of breast disease.

“I knew as a child that I wanted to be a doctor,” stated Warner. “Being a surgeon and working with patients in our breast care program means I can be a part of their care alongside my colleagues at the cancer center, such as Dr. Charlene Ives, for the long-term. “It is satisfying for me to know I can use my skills to help someone regain his or her health, so that person can have peace of mind again.”

Dr. Warner is married to Surgeon Graham Moore and lives in Bennington with her two children, Jackson and Chloe. To make an appointment with Dr. Warner, call (802) 447-5060.

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