American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council


Timothy J. Eberlein, MD

L. D. Britt, MD, MPH

Vice President
Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD

E. Christopher Ellison, MD

Russell G. Postier, MD

Steven C. Stain, MD

Kirby I. Bland, MD

Anthony D. Whittemore, MD

Donald D. Trunkey, 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

ASA Committees
ASA Annual Meeting
ASA Foundation

American Surgical Association
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Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
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The 131st ASA Annual Meeting was held at The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida with 529 physicians and 106 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2011 Meeting.

During the Opening Session, four new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Dr. Dario Birolini of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Dr. Markus Buchler of Heidelberg, Germany; Professor Renzo Dionigi of Varese, Italy; and Dr. Xiao-Ping Chen of Wuhan, China.

A highlight of Thursday's program was Dr. Kirby Bland's Presidential Address, "Preserving Surgical Academia in the Centenary of the Flexnerian Academic Health Center". Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum Discussion, "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Relative and Efficient Outcomes in Surgical Patients", moderated by Dr. Bland, which included presentations from Dr. David B. Hoyt of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Hiram Polk, Jr. of the University of Louisville, and Dr. John Niederhuber of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

At the Executive Session on Friday, the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. Michael T. Longaker of Stanford, California. 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. Caprice Greenberg of Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Dr. James Park of the University of Washington in Seattle, and Dr. Jen Jen Yeh of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2011: Dr. Vishal Bansal of the University of California San Diego for his work titled, "Unlocking the Healing Potential of the Central Nervous System: The Role of the Vagus Nerve Following Injury"; Dr. David G. Rabkin of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington for his work, "Cytokine Removal by Hemoadsorption After Brain Death: Effect on Ventricular Function Before and After Orthotopic Transplantation in a Porcine Model", and Dr. Bryan Tillman of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for his work entitled, "Evaluating a Cell Specific Depletion Approach for Circulating Progenitor Cells in the Prevention of Late Vascular Graft Failure".

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ASA Council
2010-2011 ASA Council (seated, l to r):
E. Christopher Ellison, MD; Kirby I. Bland, MD; Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD; Russell G. Postier, MD; Keith D. Lillemoe, MD. (standing, l to r.): Courtney M. Townsend, Jr, MD; Donald D. Trunkey, MD; Anthony D. Whittemore, MD.
The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Birmingham, Alabama, and again on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Boca Raton, and via conference call on June 15, 2011. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Voted to approve funding of the Women in Surgery Breakfast and recognize it as an official part of the ASA Program, annually.

  • Implemented a new membership policy whereby all three sponsors of any new member who has not paid his/her dues and/or initiation fee by the January Council meeting will be notified that their candidate is in arrears.

  • Following Article 5, Section 5 of the ASA By-Laws, voted to terminate the membership of two (2) Fellows for having two years of dues in arrears.

  • Adopted a new policy to conduct a formal audit of the ASA's financials in those fiscal years in which a new Treasurer is elected. A formal audit was conducted for fiscal year 2010.

  • Renewed the Association's contract with PRRI for executive, administrative, financial, membership, communication, and meeting management for three (3) years, renewed contract to begin January 1, 2012.

  • Voted to elect six (6) new Honorary Fellows, three (3) of which were inducted and addressed the Association membership during the Opening Session of the 131st Annual Meeting. Dr. Biroloini, who was elected by Council in 2010 for Honorary Fellowship, was also inducted during the 2011 Opening Session.

  • Voted to hold the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Confirmed an ASA staff member, during the summer of 2011, will cull non-historic materials from the ASA archives held at the National Library of Medicine, in order to improve the organization and accessibility of the archives.

  • Voted to release the Association's third (3rd) pledged contribution of $50,000 to the American Board of Surgery SCORE project and agreed to pledge an additional three (3) years of support at $50,000, which will be voted on annually.

  • Voted to establish the Medallion for Advancement of Surgical Care, an award comparable to the Medallion for Scientific Achievement, but reflective of seminal contributions in clinical surgery and surgical education.

  • Voted to endorse the American Board of Surgery statement on GI Endoscopy.

  • Agreed to include the names and brief statements of new Honorary Fellows attending Association Annual Meetings for induction within that year’s Annual Meeting program book.

  • Agreed to send notice to ASA membership applicants' primary sponsors after the January Council meeting to indicate if applicants' names will be printed on the ballot for vote at the spring Annual Meeting.

  • Voted to transition the Association newsletter to an all-electronic format and sent notice to membership via email and printed postcard along with 2011 Call for Abstracts notification.


Martin Adson, MD, Rochester, Minnesota
Walter F. Ballinger, II, MD, St. Louis, Missouri
Harold G. Barker, MD, Rye, New York
M. Michael Eisenberg, MD, New York, New York
James F. Glenn, MD, Boca Grande, Florida
C. Rollins Hanlon, MD, Chicago, Illinois
John A. Hawkins, MD, Salt Lake City, Utah
John M. Howard, MD, Toledo, Ohio
Maurine J. Jurkiewicz, MD, Atlanta, Georgia
John M. Kinney, MD, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Stephen F. Lowry, MD, New Brunswick, New Jersey
D. Ralph Millard, Jr, MD, North Miami, Florida
Mark D. Pescovitz, MD, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gerald W. Peskin, MD, Oakland, California
Vincenzo Speranza, MD, Rome, Italy
Felicien M. Steichen, MD, Mamaroneck, New York
W. Douglas Wong, MD, New York, New York


The 2013 ASA Proposal for Membership is now open and must be initiated online by an ASA member, via the Members Only Area. A candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2012, and all support letters uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2012, in order for that candidate's name to be read the following month at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. After the initial reading of all candidate names in April, 2012:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2012 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 2012 at the ACS Clinical Congress;
  • At the January 2013 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2013 ballot, with the Council voting on 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 2014 membership cycle; and
  • The final 2013 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in April 2013.
Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.

It was not that long ago when American medicine was dominated by white male physicians. Now women represent approximately 51% of all medical students and 40-45% of residents in many surgical training programs. There is also increasing diversity of resident trainees in race and ethnicity. This in turn will have a positive impact on academic faculties of medicine, and in particular, surgery. The Council of the American Surgical Association feels strongly that our membership should reflect and support these changes.

This is an opportune time to do so since the ByLaws have recently been changed to increase the number of Active Members in the Association. We strongly encourage you to seek out members in your department who either are women or belong to other underrepresented groups and propose them for Membership. We particularly would like to admit to Membership those who will be our future leaders in American surgery.

ASA NEW MEMBERS, elected 2011

Peter J. Allen, MD
Christopher L. Amling, MD
Michael L. Bentz, MD
David H. Berger, MD
Karen J. Brasel, MD
David A. Bull, MD
Kelli Bullard Dunn
Grant W. Carlson, MD
Sally E. Carty, MD
Michael G. Caty, MD
Kenneth D. Chavin, MD
Kevin C. Chung, MD
Michael I. D'Angelica, MD
Conor P. Delaney, MD
Lawrence N. Diebel, MD
James A. Eastham, MD
Thomas J. Esposito, MD
Peter L. Faries, MD
Douglas G. Farmer, MD
Carlos Fernandez del Castillo, MD
Michael G. Franz, MD
Vivian Gahtan, MD
Atul A. Gawande, MD
William E. Gillanders, MD
David J. Hackam, MD
Robert J. Havlik, MD
John S. Ikonomidis, MD, PhD
Karl A. Illig, MD
William D. Jordan, Jr., MD
Seema A. Khan, MD
Orlando C. Kirton, MD
William M. Kuzon, Jr., MD
Steven K. Libutti, MD
Michel S. Makaroun, MD
Robert C. G. Martin, II, MD
Brent D. Matthews, MD
George V. Mazariegos, MD
Daniel R. Meldrum, MD
Ninh T. Nguyen, MD
Mark Puder, MD
Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD
Patricia L. Roberts, MD
Hilary Sanfey, MD
Richard D. Schulick, MD
Mark D. Stegall, MD
Geoffrey B. Thompson, MD
Stefan G. Tullius, MD
Sharon M. Weber, MD
Mark C. Weissler, MD
Mark A. Wilson, MD
Timothy J. Yeatman, MD
Dario Birolini, MD
Markus W. Buchler, MD
Xiao-Ping Chen, MD
Renzo Dionigi, MD
Arthur Cooper, MD
Michael J. Mack, MD
James B. Peake, MD
Edward H. Phillips, MD
Ronnie A. Rosenthal, MD
John L. Tarpley, MD

ASA Foundation Needs Your Support

The American Surgical Association has fostered advancement in surgical procedures for over 125 years. Research and education programs are paramount to maintaining and even accelerating these advances in the years ahead.

Nearly thirty years ago the ASA established the American Surgical Association Foundation to serve as the ASA's fund raising arm and, more importantly, insure 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 40 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 of 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

2012-2014 Award Recipients to be announced soon!


Vishal Bansal, MD, University of California San Diego
David G. Rabkin, MD, University of Washington Medical Center
Bryan W. Tillman, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Eric C. Liao, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Tippi C. MacKenzie, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, University of Minnesota

Other Past Recipients


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, members of the ASA are entitled to a 20% member discount on the annual subscription to the Annals.

ASA Domestic Members: $279*
ASA International Members: $434*

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