Dr. McGinnis served as President of the American College of Surgeons in 2010. This ultimate accomplishment represents the pinnacle of a distinguished surgical career, punctuated with numerous highlights experienced by only an elite few.
Dr. McGinnis is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, and completed surgical residencies at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston, Texas, and Bellevue Hospital in New York, New York. Dr. McGinnis is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a past national president of the American Cancer Society and has held numerous other leadership positions at the national and state levels. He is also a member of the DeKalb Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Surgical Society, among others. He was in the private practice of general and oncologic surgery from 1963 until 2002. Dr. McGinnis and Dr. Kennedy combined their individual practices together in 1997 to form DeKalb Surgical Associates. When he retired from active clinical practice in 2002, he became more fully devoted to his interests in improving the quality of surgical care across the nation. He has continued to work tirelessly, through various appointments at the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons, to assure that patients throughout the US will be assured of receiving the highest quality of surgeon care available.
In 1998, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. McGinnis by the American College of Surgeons, the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed on a Fellow in the College. In 2001, he served as their Second Vice President. His service as President of the American College of Surgeons is a fitting crowning achievement for someone who has dedicated his career and life to the development and improvement of the care of the surgical patient.