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Meet Charles E. Lucas, MD

Charles E. LucasProfessor of surgery at Wayne State University, Michigan, vice chair of the American College of Surgeons Foundation Board of Directors, and member of the ACS COT, Charles E. Lucas, MD FACS has dedicated his time, wealth of knowledge, and legacy gifts to the American College of Surgeons Foundation.

The youngest of four boys raised by immigrant Canadian farmers, and Detroit native—Dr. Lucas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit and his doctor of medicine degree from Wayne State University (WSU). After completing his residency at WSU, he accepted a position on the WSU surgical faculty, specializing in trauma and surgical critical care.

Dr. Lucas conducted his clinical and academic activities at Detroit General Hospital until its closure in 1980. He then moved to the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), practicing at the new Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH), the Harper University Hospital (HUH), the Hutzel Hospital, and the Karmanos Cancer Hospital. A renowned trauma surgeon, Dr. Lucas was instrumental in securing DRH as the first ACS-verified Level I trauma center in the U.S. He has trained hundreds of medical students and residents, and his research efforts have resulted in the publication of more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters.

An ACS Fellow since 1970, Dr. Lucas has served in several ACS volunteer roles for more than 35 years, including member, B/G (1984–1990, 1998–2004); President, ACS Michigan Chapter, (1981–1983); and member, Committee on Trauma (1993–2003). He has also been active in a number of surgical organizations, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Surgical Association, Central Surgical Association, Midwest Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, and Western Surgical Association.

For Dr. Lucas, philanthropy was taught and encouraged early on. "We are obligated to support the institutions which allowed us to be successful ...these institutions can provide the support and stimulation to future physicians who did not have the opportunity to always be gainfully employed at a young age and to receive their education at a time when tuition expenses were still reasonable" he states. Alexander J. Walt, MD, FACS surgical chairman at Wayne State University, encouraged Dr. Lucas and all of his residents to support the ACS. The American College of Surgeons helps surgeons, just like Drs. Lucas and Walt, along their surgical journey, provides value, educational benefits, and a host of activities for members still in training or at the peak of their career.

Remember to include the American College of Surgeons in your estate plans. For more information, contact Shane Hollett at 312-202-5506 or shollett@facs.org.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the American College of Surgeons Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

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tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

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The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the ACS Foundation or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the ACS Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the ACS Foundation as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the ACS Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the ACS Foundation and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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