Advanced Centers for Surgical Education (ACSE), a premier organization that provides venue space for medical and surgical education, recently announced plans to open a state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot facility across from the vibrant Texas Medical Center. The education, training and research development center will have 17 customizable training stations as well as classrooms and conference spaces available for use by medical professionals. According to the organization, through an “exclusive relationship with BioEthical Anatomics, a privately held tissue bank, ACSE provides full access to high-quality cadaveric tissue that meets rigorous ethical and quality standards.”

Michelle Heinrich, CEO of ACSE, provides her insight on how her background in the biological sciences, her years as an emergency room nurse and her continuing education in business and leadership has helped her to open this amazing facility near the Texas Medical Center.

Michelle Heinrich, CEO, ACSE (photo courtesy of Michelle Heinrich)

Michelle Heinrich, CEO, ACSE (photo courtesy of Michelle Heinrich)

What does your current position entail?

“I am the CEO for Advanced Centers for Surgical Education and BioEthical Anatomics. I have the responsibility of being the organizational leader and ensuring that we are fulfilling our moral purpose by supporting innovation and technological advancement in the medical and surgical communities. We foster the next generation of world-class healthcare providers in order to help all future generations. It is our goal to assist in finding cures for the diseases that plague humanity and it is my role to facilitate that process.”

Do you feel your education has prepared you for your current role?

“I feel that my education prepared me for my current role in many ways. The degrees that I have taught me not only the technical side of my industry but they also taught me perseverance and determination, which are necessities for maneuvering my way through a fairly new niche in the medical and surgical communities.”

Do you have any advice for people who are interested in pursuing a similar career?

“My advice for anyone who is interested in pursuing a similar career is to first look at your moral compass and know who you are as a person. This will help you maintain trust in yourself when you are faced with difficult decisions, and you will be if you choose to become a CEO. Many people will, for their own reasons, try to sway your decision making as the leader of your organization, but remaining true to your instincts and knowledge of your own abilities and limitations will guide you to the right decisions. The second bit of advice that I would offer is to be prepared for anything. Being a CEO carries a lot of responsibility for effectively and efficiently navigating through the current markets and any laws or regulations of the industry you choose.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at


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