American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council


Layton F. Rikkers, MD

Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD

Vice President
Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD

E. Christopher Ellison, MD

Russell G. Postier, MD

Steven C. Stain, MD

L. D. Britt, MD, MPH
Kirby I. Bland, MD
Timothy J. Eberlein, 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
500 Cummings Center, Suite 4400
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
(978) 927-8330
(978) 524-0498 FAX

Summer 2013


The 133rd ASA Annual Meeting was held at The JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, with 503 physicians and 67 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two (32) outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2013 Meeting.

During the Opening Session, three new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Professor Ian Civil of Auckland, New Zealand; Lord Bernard Francisco Ribeiro of Hampshire, United Kingdom; and Dr. Paul Tam of Hong Kong, China. These three new members were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

A highlight of Thursday's program was Dr. L. D. Britt's Presidential Address, "The Death of an American President & the Birth of an Organization: The Legacy of the American Surgical Association". Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum Discussion, "Healthcare Reform: The Impact on American Surgery", moderated by Dr. Britt, which included presentations from Dr. David Hoyt, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. R. Scott Jones, Past President of the American College of Surgeons, and Mr. Jacob Drapkin, Vice President of Healthcare Economics at Ethicon, Inc.

At the Executive Session on Friday, the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. James S. Economou of the University of California, Los Angeles. 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. Vishal Bansal of the University of California San Diego and Dr. Bryan W. Tillman from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2013: Dr. Bao-Ngoc H. Nguyen of the George Washington University for his project entitled, "The Role of Poly (Adp) Ribose Polymerase During Ischemic and Diabetic Wound Healing Process"; Dr. Kimberly J. Riehle of the University of Washington for her project entitled, "Improving Regeneration in the Fibrotic Liver"; and Dr. Joseph J. Skitzki of Roswell Park Cancer Institute for his project entitled, "Quinacrine for the Regional Therapy of Melanoma". A bylaw amendment was passed defining the members of the selection committee for the Associationís Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care which was inaugurated last year to recognize seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education that truly established new benchmarks or paradigms. A proposed bylaw amendment to establish the Professional & Ethics Committee as a standing committee rather than an ad hoc committee was presented and will be presented for a second time at next yearís Executive Session for vote; this Committee shall convene as requested by the Council to research allegations of unethical or unprofessional behavior by Fellows and recommend to Council appropriate disciplinary action, which may include termination of Fellowship.

133rd Annual Meeting Photo Highlights

Click here to view photos from the 133rd Annual Meeting

Save the Date for the 134th ASA Annual Meeting

American Surgical Association 134th Annual Meeting
April 10-12, 2013
Marriott Copley Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts


2012-2013 ASA Council
(2012-2013 ASA Council (left to right): E. Christopher Ellison, MD; Kirby I. Bland, MD; Steven C. Stain, MD; Timothy J. Eberlein, MD; Donald D. Turkey, MD; L.D. Britt, MD, MPH; Russell G. Postier, MD; Layton F. Rikkers, MD; Kenneth L. Mattox, MD

The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and via conference call on July 20, 2012. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Agreed to adopt an Operating Reserve Policy and to establish an investment policy and guidelines for the ASA's assets.

  • Voted to induct 2 new Honorary Fellows into the Association, who were introduced yesterday morning along with 1 Honorary Fellow approved in 2012.

  • Sent a letter to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Governance and Financing of GME, in which the ASA presented its vision for the governance and financing of GME.

  • Voiced, in a letter to the ACGME, the Association's opposition to the unification of allopathic and osteopathic accreditation processes.

  • Engaged all past ACS/ASA Health Policy Scholars to explore projects that might serve the mission of the Association and be of value to community and academic surgeons.

  • Oversaw the cataloging of the ASA's unprocessed archive materials at the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division and the updating of the Finding Aid catalog.

  • Signed on with the National Association for Biomedical Research in its support of the transportation of research animals on commercial flights.

  • Agreed to work towards the crafting and adopting of a Mission Statement for the ASA, as one does not currently exist.

  • Approved the production of lapel pins for Past Presidents of the ASA.

  • Affirmed adherence to the Associationís attendance requirement, as stated in the ASA's By-Laws: "Fellowship shall be terminated in the event that an Active Fellow is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings without submitting adequate excuse to the Secretary, in writing."

  • Approved a document outlining criteria used by the Membership Committee to recommend candidates for Fellowship in the ASA, which will be made available to the current membership.

  • Voted to hold the 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, and to enter into negotiations for a possible 2017 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.


Hiroshi Akiyama, MD
George E. Cruft, MD
Louis R.M. DelGuercio, MD
Ben Eiseman, MD
Eric R. Frykberg, MD
Max R. Gaspar, MD
John T. Grayhack, MD
C. Everett Koop, MD
Stanley M. Levenson, MD
James F. Lind, MD
Joseph E. Murray, MD
Johannes A. Myburgh, MD
Donald C. Nabseth, MD
Erle E. Peacock Jr., MD
Carolyn E. Reed, MD
Benson B. Roe, MD
Harry S. Soroff, MD
Nicholas L. Tilney, MD
Harold C. Urschel Jr., MD
John A. Waldhausen, MD
Myron W. Wheat Jr, MD
Asa G. Yancey Sr., MD


Support the future of surgery

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 46 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

2014-2016 Recipients to be announced this fall!

Bao-Ngoc H. Nguyen, MD, George Washington University
Kimberly J. Riehle, MD, University of Washington
Joseph J. Skitzki, MD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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

Other Past Recipients

ASA NEW MEMBERS, elected April 2013

Roxie Albrecht, MD
Kenneth S. Azarow, MD
Nancy N. Baxter, MD
Roberto Bergamaschi, MD
Stephen W. Bickler, MD
Grant V. Bochicchio, MD
Richard J. Bold, MD
Scott M. Bradley, MD
Malcolm V. Brock, MD
Mark P. Callery, MD
Jeffrey Carpenter, MD
Walter J. Chwals, MD
Yolonda L. Colson, MD
John V. Conte, MD
Gail E. Darling, MD
Christian M. de Virgilio, MD
Celia M. Divino, MD
James C.Y. Dunn, MD
Devin E. Eckhoff, MD
Liane S. Feldman, MD
Carl J. Hauser, MD
William G. Hawkins, MD
Peter K. Henke, MD
Ai-Xuan L. Holterman, MD
Emina H. Huang, MD
C. Scott Hultman, MD
Kamal M.F. Itani, MD
Marc G. Jeschke, MD
Vikram S. Kashyap, MD
Melina R. Kibbe, MD
James M. Markert Jr., MD
Addison K. May, MD
Vivian C. McAlister, MD
Mary C. McCarthy, MD
LaMar S. McGinnis Jr., MD
Nipun B. Merchant, MD
Marc E. Mitchell, MD
Robert A. Montgomery, MD
Lisa A. Newman, MD
Tina L. Palmieri, MD
Nancy D. Perrier, MD
Patrick M. Reilly, MD
Marleta Reynolds, MD
James Rutka, MD
Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD
Gary R. Seabrook, MD
David M. Shahian, MD
Paula K. Shireman, MD
Howard M. Snyder III, MD
Alexander Stojadinovic, MD
Todd Tuttle, MD
James S. Tweddell, MD
Edith Tzeng, MD
Thomas K. Waddell, MD
Cameron D. Wright, MD
George Yang, MD
Tonia M. Young-Fadok, MD
Wei Zhou, MD

2015 ASA Proposal for Membership

The 2015 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, 2014. All support letters must be uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2014, in order for the applicantís name to be read at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

After the initial reading of all candidate names in April, 2014:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2014 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 2014 at the ACS Clinical Congress;
  • At the January 2015 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2015 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 2016 membership cycle; and
  • The final 2015 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in San Diego, California, in April 2015.
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.


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: $308*
ASA International Members: $478*

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