Pursuant to STS Bylaws, a member is obligated to “conduct his or her relationships with patients, fellow physicians, and the public at-large in a manner consistent with his or her legal obligations and the Bylaws and policies of the Society.”
The Ethics Grievance Process was developed by the Society as the means by which a complaint can be lodged against an STS member who may have violated one or more of the Society’s policies . Past allegations of unethical conduct considered by the Standards and Ethics Committee have involved alleged violations of the Advertising and Publicity Policy , the Guidelines for Ethical Relations with Communications Media , the Guidelines on Use of STS National Database and Database-Derived Information , the Policy Statement on Public Dissemination of Quality Ratings , and the Code of Ethics .
The Society's Procedural Guidelines for Handling Ethics Complaints Against STS Members  sets forth the process by which disciplinary action may be taken against a member who is alleged to have acted unethically.
For more information regarding the STS Ethics Grievance Process, please contact us .