American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council


L. D. Britt, MD, MPH

Layton F. Rikkers, MD

Vice President
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD

E. Christopher Ellison, MD

Russell G. Postier, MD

Steven C. Stain, MD

Kirby I. Bland, MD
Timothy J. Eberlein, 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

American Surgical Association
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Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
(978) 927-8330
(978) 524-0498 FAX

Autumn 2012


The 132nd ASA Annual Meeting was held at The Fairmont in San Francisco, California, with 541 physicians and 105 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2012 meeting.

During the Opening Session, Dr. Patricia K. Donahoe was awarded the Medallion for Scientific Achievement, which was met with rousing applause from meeting attendees. In addition, eight new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Professor Josefina Maria Alberú Gomez of Mexico City, Mexico; Dr. Jacques Belghiti of Paris, France; Dr. Kenneth Boffard of Johannesburg, South Africa; Professor Italo Francisco Braghetto Miranda of Santiago, Chile; Dr. Abe Fingerhut of Poissy, France; Dr. Henrik Kehlet of Copenhagan, Denmark; Dr. Chung-Mau Lo of Hong Kong, China; and Dr. John Windsor of Auckland, New Zealand. These eight new members were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

A highlight of Thursday's program was Dr. Timothy Eberlein’s Presidential Address, "Preserving a Modern Academic Department of Surgery: Honoring the Past; Focusing on the Future". Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum Discussion, "Surgical Education – A New Paradigm", moderated by Dr. Eberlein, which included presentations from Dr. Frank R. Lewis of the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Mary E. Klingensmith of the Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Richard K. Reznick of Queen's University in Ontario, and Dr. Timothy C. Flynn of the ACGME and American Board of Surgery.

At the Executive Session on Friday, the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. Jeffrey A. Norton 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 the 2010-2012 ASAF Fellowship recipients, Dr. Eric C. Liao of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Tippi MacKenzie of the University of California, San Francisco, and Genevieve Melton-Meaux of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2012: Dr. Ryan C. Fields at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for his work, "Advanced Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer", Dr. James Mezhir at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa for his work "Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase Alters the Tumor Microenvironment in Pancreatic Cancer", and Sunil Singhal, MD at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for his work titled "Intraoperative Imaging of Lung Cancer". At the Friday evening Banquet, Dr. Tom DeMeester was presented with the inaugural Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care, a new award for the ASA that recognizes individuals for their seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education that have truly established new benchmarks or paradigms.

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2011-2012 ASA Council
2011-2012 ASA Council (seated, l to r): Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD, E. Christopher Ellison, MD, Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, Russell G. Postier, MD. (standing, l to r): Kirby I. Bland, MD, Donald D. Trunkey, MD, Anthony D. Whittemore, MD, Steven C. Stain, MD.
The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 14, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in San Francisco, and via conference call on July 20, 2012. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Pledged $50,000 to ABS SCORE for 2012-2013

  • Voted to notify all primary sponsors after the January Council meeting whether their applicants were selected for inclusion on the final ballot at the ASA Annual Meeting or will need to re-apply for membership during the next cycle

  • Voted to induct 6 new Honorary Fellows into the Association, 4 of which were introduced to the membership in April 2012. The 2 other Honorary Fellows approved by Council in 2012 will be introduced to the membership in 2013 and 2014.

  • Agreed to include a listing of Honorary Fellow inductees in the Annual Meeting Program Book.

  • Adopted a Media/Press Policy to clearly identify press staff in attendance at ASA Annual Meetings, manage their actions while on-site, and ensure press persons verify all data with authors prior to publication of any article(s)

  • Voted to offer a reduced registration rate to Residents.

  • Voted to hold the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego, California.

  • Agreed to explore offering CME with a self-assessment component at future Annual Meetings.

  • Voted to explore an ongoing exchange program between the ASA and the French Academy of Surgery.

  • Voted to create an Ad Hoc Ethics and Professionalism Committee, charged with reviewing reports of ethical violations by members and making action recommendations to Council, as necessary

  • Agreed to publish an ad in the American College of Surgeons’ Centennial Publication to congratulate and honor the College for its accomplishments over the past 100 years.


Arthur E. Baue, MD
Philip E. Bernatz, MD
Alan G. Birtch, MD
John F. Burke, MD
William F. Collins, Jr, MD
Joseph N. Cunningham, MD
John H. Davis, MD
Hugh A. F. Dudley, CBE
F. Henry Ellis, Jr., MD
Andrew Watt Kay
Robert M. McCormack, MD
John C. McDonald, MD
K. Alvin Merendino, MD
William H. Muller, Jr MD
John J. Murphy, MD
Yosef H. Pilch, MD
Edwin W. Salzman, MD
Robert L. Schmitz, MD
Orvar Swenson, MD
Francis T. Thomas, MD
R. Robert Tyson, MD
John A. Waldhausen, MD
Alvin L. Watne, MD


The 2014 membership is open and new candidate applications may be initiated by current ASA Active and Senior Fellows. Each candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2013. All support letters must be uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2013, in order for the applicant’s name to be read at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After the initial reading of all candidate names in April, 2013:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2013 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 2013 at the ACS Clinical Congress;
  • At the January 2014 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2014 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 2015 membership cycle; and
  • The final 2014 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in April 2014.
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. ASA Members are strongly encouraged to seek out members in their 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 April 2012

Scott A. Berceli, MD
Raphael Bueno, MD
Eileen M. Bulger, MD
Bruce A. Cairns, MD
Daniel Cherqui, MD
Gordon A. Cohen, MD
Malcolm M. DeCamp, Jr., MD
N. Joseph Espat, MD
Norman C. Estes, MD
Gregory R.D. Evans, MDA
David R. Farley, MD
Sandy Feng, MD, PhD
Aaron S. Fink, MD
Richard B. Freeman, Jr., MD
Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, PhD
David A. Gerber, MD
Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, MD
Roy K. Greenberg, MD
Bruce L. Hall, MD, PhD
Mary T. Hawn, MD
William B. Inabnet, III, MD
Stuart W. Jamieson, MB, FRCS
Electron Kebebew, MD
Mary E Klingensmith, MD
Glenn M. LaMuraglia, MD
Jennifer S. Lawton, MD
Edward A Levine, MD
H. Peter Lorenz, MD
Ann C. Lowry, MD
Andrew M Lowy, MD
Helen M. MacRae, MD
Jon S. Matsumura, MD
Michael J. Miller, MD
Joseph P. Minei, MD
Jed Nuchtern, MD
John A. Olson, Jr., MD
Daniel J. Ostlie, MD
Timothy M. Pawlik, MD
Frank B. Pomposelli, Jr., MD
John R. Potts, III, MD
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD
Robert C. Robbins, MD
Barry B. Rubin, MD, PhD
Joseph M. Serletti, MD
C. Daniel Smith, M.D
Carol J. Swallow, MD, PhD
Scott J. Swanson, MD
Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD
Mark W. Turrentine, MD
Gilbert R. Upchurch, Jr., MD
Kimberly J. Van Zee, MD
Omaida C. Velazquez, MD
Mark L. Welton, MD
Steven D. Wexner, MD
Thomas Whalen, MD
Stephen C. Yang, 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, 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 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 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

2013-2015 Recipients to be announced soon!


Ryan C. Fields, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
James J. Mezhir, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Sunil Singhal, MD, University of Pennsylvania


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

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*

* Inclusive of shipping charges; for additional information on the ASA member 20% discount, please contact the ASA.