American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council

E. Christopher Ellison, MD

Robin S. McLeod, MD

Vice President
Ernest E. Moore, Jr., MD

Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD

B. Mark Evers, MD

Jeffrey A. Drebin, MD, PhD

James S. Economou, MD, PhD
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Ronald V. Maier, MD

The object of this Association shall be the cultivation and improvement of the science and art of surgery, the elevation of the standards of the medical profession and such other matters as may come legitimately within its sphere.
- ASA Bylaws

American Surgical Association
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Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
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Fall 2018

ASA 138th Annual Meeting Highlights

The 138th ASA Annual Meeting was held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge with 585 physicians and 104 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two (32) outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2018 meeting.

During the Opening Ceremony four new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Drs. Stephen W.K. Cheng of Hong Kong, China; Mario Morino of Turin, Italy; Juan A. Pekolj of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cornelis van de Velde of Leiden, Netherlands. All four were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

Dr. Charles Mock presented a report on the activities of the newly formed Task Force on Global Surgery.

The Medallion for Scientific Achievement was awarded to Dr. Richard L. Simmons of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Medallion for Scientific Achievement is given periodically to a surgeon who has served his field with unusual distinction. The Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care was awarded to Dr. Steven M. Strasberg of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. The Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care recognizes seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education that truly established new benchmarks or paradigms. These medallions represent the highest awards bestowed by the Association.

A highlight of Thursday’s program was Dr. Ronald V. Maier’s Presidential Address, "Our Calling." Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum discussion, "Is There Life After Surgery?", moderated by Dr. Maier and with presentations from Drs. Julie Ann Freischlag, David B. Hoyt, Carlos A. Pellegrini, David F. Torchiana, and Michael J. Zinner.

At the Executive Session on Friday the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. John C. Alverdy of the University of Chicago, Illinois. The Flance-Karl Award is given to recognize outstanding basic science contributions by surgeons who have reached maturity to the degree that they have had an important impact on clinical practice.

In addition update reports were given by ASAF Fellowship recipients, Dr. Vatche G. Agopian of the University of California Los Angeles, and Dr. Genevieve M. Boland of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2018: Drs. William H. Kitchens, Jr., PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, for his project entitled, "Rap1-Interacting Adaptor Molecule (RIAM) as a New Target for Transplant Immunosuppression"; Colin A. Martin of the University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama for his project entitled, "Early Microbial Influence of IgA Secretion and Immune Development"; and George Plitas of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, for his project entitled, "CD177 Identifies a Novel Subset of Regulatory T Cells (Treg) Infiltrating Human Breast Cancer".

A bylaw amendment was passed striking the "active" and "inactive" Honorary Fellows designations and the limit on the number of Honorary Fellows; the Honorary Fellowships Committee will instead limit itself to recommending up to a set number of new Honorary Fellows each year, recognizing the need for diversity (including regional, specialty, and gender) and the time constraints for new Honorary Fellow introductions in the Opening Session.

138th Annual Meeting Photo Highlights

View photos from the 138th Annual Meeting.

Save the Date for the 139th ASA Annual Meeting

American Surgical Association 139th Annual Meeting

American Surgical Association 139th Annual Meeting
April 11-13, 2019
Fairmont Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Recent ASA Council Actions

The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Seattle, Washington, and again on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Phoenix, and via conference call on August 7, 2017. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Voted to professionally video-record the annual Presidential Address.

  • Supported an initiative to recognize those who have felt disrespected, harassed, excluded, or discriminated against in the surgical community—as well as to demonstrate the Association’s present and future commitment to inclusivity and respect for all—through the wearing of black ribbons at the 2018 Annual Banquet.

  • Established a Social Media Task Force, which will recommend whether and how the ASA should establish a social media presence.

  • Permitted the Annals of Surgery and its Creative Director, in addition to the more standard tweeting of presentation details, to tweet live visual abstracts of Annual Meeting presentations, with the authors' permission.

  • Voted to provide an educational grant in support of the Association of Women Surgeons’ Negotiation Course on the Sunday morning of the 2018 ACS Congress.

  • Voted to hold the 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Agreed that the Annual Meeting abstract review process should be revamped, potentially to include the addition of specialty subcommittees.

Necrology Read at 138th Annual Meeting

Ronald J. Baird, Toronto, ON
Harvey R. Bernard, Albany, NY
Thomas V. Berne, Bradbury, CA
John W. Braasch, Lincoln, MA
Gilbert S. Campbell, Little Rock, AR
Gordon K. Danielson, Rochester, MN
Allan E. Dumont, Orono, ME
Grady L. Hallman, Houston, TX
David M. Heimbach, Seattle, WA
Thomas P.J. Hennessy, Dublin, Ireland
Serafin C. Hilvano, Manila, Philippines
Prof. Michael Hobsley, London, England
Anthony M. Imparato, St. Petersburg, FL
Peter J. Jannetta, Pittsburgh, PA
Keith A. Kelly, Scottsdale, AZ
Alfred S. Ketcham, Coral Gables, FL
James W. Kilman, Grove City, OH
James W. Mackenzie, New Brunswick, NJ
Jeffrey F. Moley, St. Louis, MO
Donald G. Mulder, Pacific Palisades, CA
Hassan Najafi, Northfield, IL
Edward Passaro, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
W. Gerald Rainer, Denver, CO
Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., Gainesville, FL
Jack Rudick, Cresskill, NJ
Robert F. Ryan, Gulf Breeze, FL
Edward C. Saltzstein, El Paso, TX
W. Eugene Stern, Santa Monica, CA

ASA Foundation Needs Your Support

The American Surgical Association has fostered advancement in surgical procedures for over 135 years. Research and education programs are paramount to maintaining and even accelerating these advances in the years ahead.

Over 40 ago the ASA established the American Surgical Association Foundation to serve as the ASA’s fund raising arm and, more importantly, ensure that our research award programs would have the financial wherewithal to support new and exciting initiatives that would lead to further advancements. Thanks to the generous support of the ASA members, the Foundation has built an impressive record of accomplishment and has accelerated its levels of research since its founding.

Since 1982, the Foundation has awarded 57 Research Fellowships to truly gifted surgeon-scientists. Many of these recipients have been elected to ASA membership. All have received peer-reviewed funding. Their academic and professional accomplishments have been impressive. Our return on investment in these surgeon-scientists has been significant.

The Foundation Board of Trustees asks you to consider two ways in which you can play an important role in the future of surgery. First, support the Foundation through a donation now. Second, consider a planned gift to the ASA Foundation, if not now then in the future. A wide variety of planned giving opportunities exist that will allow you to make a very substantial donation to the ASA Foundation with little or no impact on your disposable income.

The Foundation is now accepting credit card contributions through a secure system via the Members Only Area. Donations may also be made by downloading the ASA Foundation Donor Form.

Contact the ASA Administrative office at 978-927-8330 or visit the ASA website today for additional information.

ASA Foundation Award Recipients

2019 – 2021
Dr. Rohit Chandwani, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
Dr. Jonathan D. Spicer, Research Institute of McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec
Dr. David H. Stitelman, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

2018 – 2020
Dr. William H. Kitchens, Jr., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Colin A. Martin, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. George Plitas, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

2017 - 2019
Dr. Matthew Delano, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Joseph Scalea, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Mohamed Zayed, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Other Past Recipients

ASA New Members, elected April 2018

Gorav Ailawadi, MD
Daniel Albo, MD, PhD
Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD
William G. Austen, Jr, MD
Emile Bacha, MD
Marc D. Basson, MD
Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS
Bernard H. Bochner, MD
Judy C. Boughey, MD
Carlos V. Brown, MD
Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD
Andrew M. Cameron, MD, PhD
Marie Crandall, MD
David L. Cull, MD
Joseph Cuschieri, MD
Lisa R. David, MD
Jose J. Diaz, Jr, MD
J. Michael DiMaio, MD
harmila D. Dissanaike, MD
David T. Efron, MD
Peter F. Ehrlich, MD
Timothy M. Farrell, MD
William E. Fisher, MD
Melinda Gibbons, MD
Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD
Johnny C. Hong, MD
Gretchen P. Jackson, MD, PhD
James R. Korndorffer, MD
Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH
Gregory J. Landry, MD
David W. Larson, MD
Joseph R. Leventhal, MD
Najjia N. Mahmoud, MD
Thomas S. Maldonado, MD
M. Ashraf Mansour, MD
Genevieve B. Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD
Rebecka L. Meyers, MD
Erica L. Mitchell, MD, MEd
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD
Arden M. Morris, MD
Anne C. Mosenthal, MD
Grant O'Keefe, MD Elizabeth A. Pomfret, MD, PhD
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD
Paul Russo, MD
George A. Sarosi, Jr, MD
Paul J. Schenarts,
Sunil Singhal, MD
Rebecca S. Sippel, MD
Jason A. Spector, MD
Charles A. Staley, MD
Vivian E. M. Strong, MD
Ranjan Sudan, MD
Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD
Larissa Temple, MD
Patricia L. Turner, MD
Janet E. Tuttle-Newhall, MD
William K. Washburn, MD
Lee G. Wilke, MD
Edwin G. Wilkins, MD
Jonathan Woodson, MD
Frances C. Wright, MD

2020 ASA Proposal for Membership

The 2020 membership cycle is open, and new candidate applications may be initiated by current ASA Fellows from within the Members Only Area. The Association strongly sponsorship of membership applications for women leaders and underrepresented minorities, as well as from a range of surgical specialties. Please note that per the application instructions, PMID numbers must now be provided for the three most important contributions that each applicant uploads, as well as for all papers published by an applicant in the last five years. Each candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2019. All support letters must be uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2019, in order for the applicant's name to be read at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Dallas Texas.

After the initial reading of all candidate names with completed applications in April, 2019:

  • The names of candidates will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2019 so that ASA Fellows from a candidate's region and specialty may comment on him/her;

  • The Advisory Membership Committee will review and discuss every candidate in October 2019 at the ACS Clinical Congress;

  • At the January 2020 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2020 ballot, with the Council setting the final ballot;

  • All Primary Sponsors are then notified whether their candidates made the final ballot, so that those who were not selected may reapply anew for the 2021 membership cycle; and

  • The final 2020 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Washington, DC, in April 2020.

Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2019 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.

The Annals of Surgery

Annals of Surgery The Annals of Surgery is the official publication of the papers presented at the Scientific Sessions of the Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association. Through a cooperative arrangement with the publisher of the Annals, ASA Members receive a complimentary online subscription to the Annals of Surgery, and may purchase a print subscription for the special ASA member rate of 98 USD. ASA member subscriptions run from January to December.

For additional information, please log into the Member's Only Area.