ACS Delegation Leader

Delegation Leaders are selected by the professional association to represent the members and the goals of the association.  Delegation leaders provide the initial vision and guidance in the development of the professional program. Delegation Leaders assist in facilitating the professional dialog, greeting hosts and representing the delegation members while in the field.


Dr. Carlos Pellegrini

Carlos A. Pellegrini, M.D, FACS, is the former Chief Medical Officer for UW Medicine and a Professor and Chair Emeritus in the department of Surgery.

Upon his retirement from UW Medicine, Dr. Pellegrini started a new career as an executive leadership coach.  In that capacity, he provides personalized coaching to leaders of healthcare institutions continuing his lifelong passion to improve interpersonal relationships among all human beings.  He is also a consultant on matters of professionalism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and patient safety for academic medical centers.

Dr. Pellegrini was born in Argentina and received his M.D. from the University of Rosario Medical School, where he trained in general surgery. He completed his training in surgery at the University of Chicago. He practiced at UCSF initially and then at the University of Washington. 

Dr. Pellegrini is the current vice-chair of the Board of The Joint Commission and sits on the Board of Directors of the Joint Commission International.