Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
515 N. State Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60654
John R. Potts III, MD, graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BA degree with honors in history. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine from which he graduated in 1977. He did his residency in surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. During that residency, he did a one-year laboratory fellowship in surgical gastroenterology at the University of Utah under the direction of Dr. Frank Moody. Following residency, Dr. Potts did a two-year fellowship in surgery for portal hypertension under the direction of Dr. W. Dean Warren at Emory University. His first faculty appointment was at Vanderbilt University during the chairmanship of Dr. John Sawyers. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical School – Houston in 1991. There, he served as program director in surgery for 21 years, as chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for 16 years, as assistant dean for GME for 10 years, and as designated institutional official for two years. He is a past president of the Houston Surgical Society, a past president of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, a past chair of the Organization of Program Director Organizations, and he served as a director of the American Board of Surgery from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Potts is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and is the current vice president of the Southwestern Surgical Congress. In 2012, he became the senior vice president for Surgical Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.