American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council


Anna M. Ledgerwood, M.D.

James S. Economou, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice President
John M. Daly, M.D.

Ronald J. Weigel, M.D., Ph.D.

Russell G. Postier, M.D.

Steven C. Stain, M.D.

L. D. Britt, M.D., M.P.H.
Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D.
Layton F. Rikkers, M.D.

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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Summer 2014


The 134th ASA Annual Meeting was held at The Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, with 637 physicians and 125 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two (32) outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2014 Meeting.

During the Opening Ceremony, seven new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Professor Claudio Bassi of Verona, Italy; Dr. Hoon Sang Chi of Seoul, Korea; Lord Ara Darzi of London, England; Professor Alberto Ferreres of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Professor Richard John (Bill) Heald of Hampshire, United Kingdom; Dr. Ari Leppäneimi of Helsinki, Finland; and Professor Pascual Parrilla of Murcia, Spain. These seven new members were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

The Medallion for Scientific Achievement was awarded to Dr. David N. Herndon of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. 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 posthumously to Dr. Donald L. Morton of the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California. Ms. Christin Kazmierczak accepted the Medallion on behalf of her late father. 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. Layton Rikkers’ Presidential Address, "The History of Communication". Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum Discussion, "Quality: The Key to Surgery's Future", moderated by Dr. Rikkers, which included presentations from Dr. David Hoyt, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. David R. Flum, University of Washington, and Dr. Mark Malangoni, Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery.

At the Executive Session on Friday, the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. Christian P. Larsen of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Ryan C. Fields of Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. James Mezhir from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Sunil Singhal from the University of Pennsylvania. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2014: Dr. Daniel S. Eiferman from Ohio State University for his project entitled, "Attenuation of Neuroinflammation by Methylene Blue Intervention in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury"; Dr. Karin M. Hardiman from the University of Michigan for her project entitled, "Molecular Approaches to Improving Rectal Cancer Care"; and Dr. Shirling Tsai from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for her project entitled, "Control of TGF-Beta Signaling by LRP1 in the Pathogenesis of Aortic Aneurysms".

A bylaw amendment was passed establishing the Professional & Ethics Committee as a standing committee rather than an ad hoc committee. The 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.

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Save the Date for the 135th ASA Annual Meeting

135th Annual Meeting April 23-25, 2015, Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California

American Surgical Association 135th Annual Meeting
April 23-25, 2015
Marriott Marquis
San Diego, California


2012-2014 ASA Council
(2012-2014 ASA Council ( l to r): Kirby I. Bland, MD, Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD, L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, Steven C. Stain, MD, Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Russell G. Postier, MD, Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, E. Christopher Ellison, MD
The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts, and via conference call on July 22, 2013. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Voted to adopt the following as the Mission Statement of the American Surgical Association:

    As a premier academic society for surgeons, the American Surgical Association will always strive to benefit the patient and the profession of surgery by advocating and promoting excellence, innovation, and integrity in science, education, and patient care.

  • Reaffirmed adherence to the Association's 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." Furthermore, Council recommended that Fellows should not wait until the third year to fulfill the attendance requirement should an unexpected issue arise in that third year, and that members requesting an excused absence in year three should provide the reasons for missing the prior two meetings as well.

  • Regarding the ACS/ASA Health Policy and Management Scholarship for the Executive Leadership Program at Brandeis University: reaffirmed the value of the program; recommended that minority status and gender be considered in the future selection of sponsored scholars; and agreed to maintain an ad hoc group of previous ASA scholars to make recommendations to Council, as required.

  • Approved the production of new gold-toned lapel pins for Samuel D. Gross-level Foundation donors to distinguish them from those who receive/purchase the silver-toned lapel pin.

  • Adopted an Embargo Policy, whereby any news media activities on Annual Meeting studies and their associated abstracts are restricted until the date and time of each individual scientific presentation.

  • Agreed to implement an ad hoc committee to assist Chairs in developing and maintaining young surgeon-scientists.

  • Agreed to continue the exchange program with the French Academy of Surgery, with the ASA hosting in odd-numbered years at U.S. institutions near the city of the ACS Clinical Congress, and to make the selection of ASA Fellows to participate abroad a competitive process, with members nominating themselves for consideration.

  • Concurred that, since only Invited Discussants are required in advance of the Annual Meeting to disclose financial relationships with any commercial interest that are relevant to the paper on which they are commenting, all non-invited discussants who ask questions at the meeting be advised to disclose verbally financial relationships relevant to the paper they are about to discuss.

  • Voted to induct six new Honorary Fellows into the Association, who were introduced at the 2014 opening session along with 1 Honorary Fellow approved in 2012.

  • Adopted a policy whereby, if a memorial statement is unable to be secured within six months of the Association’s receiving word of a member's passing, then the Recorder may proceed with writing the memoir, based on information that is readily available.

  • Clarified that ASA Fellows within the United States and Canada of any surgical specialty are eligible to be considered for the Flance-Karl Award.

  • Adopted a policy of sending a short notice to the membership of a Fellow's passing, but only when the ASA learns of a Fellow's death within two months of the actual occurrence.

  • Discussed the ramifications of the unification of the Allopathic and Osteopathic Accreditation Processes.


Norman B. Ackerman, New York, NY
James T. Adams, Rochester, NY
R. Peter Altman, New York, NY
Murray N. Andersen, Williamsville, NY
Wiley F. Barker, Westlake Village, CA
John M. Beal, Valdosta, GA
John C. Bowen, New Orleans, LA
William H. Boyce, Patrick Springs, VA
Jack A. Cannon, Dana Point, CA
Chu-Jeng (Ray) Chiu, Montreal, QC
Achilles A. Demetriou, Cleveland, OH
James A. DeWeese, Rochester, NY
Thomas B. Ferguson, St. Louis, MO
Robert W. Gillespie, Longmont, CO
Roy K. Greenberg, Cleveland, OH
Carl G. Groth, Stockholm, Sweden
Raymond Heimbecker, Collingwood, ON
Frank Hinman, Jr., San Francisco, CA
Paul E. Hodgson, Omaha, NE
Carl W. Hughes, Bethesda, MD
Morris D. Kerstein, Philadelphia, PA
Robert S. Litwak, Concord, MA
George J. Magovern, Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas C. Moore, Torrance, CA
A. Rahim Moossa, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Leon Morgenstern, Los Angeles, CA
Donald L. Morton, Santa Monica, CA
Joseph A. Moylan, Durham, NC
C. Barber Mueller, Hamilton, ON
Hector Orozco, Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico
Frank T. Padberg, Little Rock, AR
Robert W. Rand, Santa Monica, CA
S. Frank Redo, New York, NY
Ernest F. Rosato, Philadelphia, PA
Robert B. Rutherford, Boerne, TX
Benjamin F. Rush, Jr., Newark, NJ
George F. Sheldon, Chapel Hill, NC
John H. Siegel, Englewood, NJ
Herbert E. Sloan, Ann Arbor, MI
Robert T. Soper, Iowa City, IA
Mitchell W. Spellman, Los Angeles, CA
William M. Stahl, Larchmont, NY
Kenneth G. Swan, South Orange, NJ
Alan P. Thal, Buena Vista, NM
Alan G. Thompson, Montreal, QC
Malcolm C. Veidenheimer, Bedford, NH
David I. Williams, London, England


Support the future of surgery

The American Surgical Association has fostered advancement in surgical procedures for over 130 years. Research and education programs are paramount to maintaining and even accelerating these advances in the years ahead.

Over 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 49 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

2015-2017 Recipients to be announced this fall!

Dr. Daniel S. Eiferman, Ohio State University
Dr. Karin M. Hardiman, University of Michigan
Dr. Shirling Tsai, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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

Other Past Recipients

ASA NEW MEMBERS, elected April 2014

Mark A. Adelman
Rebecca Aft
Nita Ahuja
Thomas C. Bower
Carol R. Bradford
L. Michael Brunt
Robert R. Cima
Anita P. Courcoulas
James C. Cusack, Jr.
Andrew M. Davidoff
Kimberly A. Davis
Brian J. Dunkin
Eric Elster
Charles J. Filipi
Eugene Foley
George Fuhrman
Barbara A. Gaines
Allan Goldstein
Sayeed Ikramuddin
Donald H. Jenkins
Jeffrey D. Kerby
Christine Laronga
Marlon F. Levy
Demetrius Litwin
Jeffrey A. Lowell
Joren C. Madsen
Jeffrey Marks
Funda Meric-Bernstam
David W. Ollila
Oluyinka O. Olutoye
Carla M. Pugh
Todd E. Rasmussen
Thomas Rice
Selwyn Rogers
Todd Rosengart
Robert Sawin
Marc Schermerhorn
C. Max Schmidt
Charles R. Scoggins
Andrew Mark James Shapiro
Andrew Smith
Julie Ann Sosa
A. Joseph Tector, III
David F. Torchiana
Jennifer F. Tseng
Gary C. Vitale
Christopher L. Wolfgang
Linda Wong
Gayle E. Woodson
Herbert J. Zeh, III

2016 ASA Proposal for Membership

The 2016 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, 2015. All support letters must be uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2015, in order for the applicant's name to be read at the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

After the initial reading of all candidate names in April, 2015:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2015 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 2015 at the ACS Clinical Congress;
  • At the January 2016 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2016 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 2017 membership cycle; and
  • The final 2016 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in April 2016.

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.

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