American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council

Keith D. Lillemoe, M.D.

Ronald V. Maier, M.D.

Vice President
Theodore N. Pappas, M.D.

Ronald J. Weigel, MD, Ph.D.

B. Mark Evers, M.D.

Jeffrey A. Drebin, M.D., Ph.D.

James S. Economou, M.D., Ph.D.
Anna M. Ledgerwood, 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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Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
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Fall 2016


The 136th ASA Annual Meeting was held at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois, with 546 physicians and 87 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two (32) outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2016 meeting.

During the Opening Ceremony seven new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Dr. Juan Hepp of Santiago, Chile; Dr. Pierre-Alain Clavien of Zurich, Switzerland; Dr. Bruce Edward Keogh of Leeds, England; Dr. Simon Y. K. Law of Hong Kong, China; Dr. Jacques Marescaux of Strasbourg, France; Dr. Napadol Wora-Urai of Bangkok, Thailand; and Dr. Han-Kwang Yang of Seoul, Korea. All seven were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

The Medallion for Scientific Achievement was awarded to Dr. David E. R. Sutherland of the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. Frank G. Moody of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. 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. James Economou's Presidential Address, "Engines of Discovery and Innovation". Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum discussion, "Cancer Research in the 21st Century", moderated by Dr. Economou and including presentations from Drs. Dennis J. Slamon, Antoni Ribas, and Michael E. Phelps.

At the Executive Session on Friday the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. Ronald G. Tompkins of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Daniel S. Eiferman of Ohio State University, Dr. Karin M. Hardiman of the University of Michigan and Dr. Shirling Tsai of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Foundation also named two new Fellowship recipients in 2016: Dr. Vatche G. Agopian of the University of California for his project entitled, "Molecular Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells as a Prognostic Biomarker in Hepatocellular Carcinoma" and Dr. Genevieve M. Boland of Massachusetts General Hospital for her project entitled, "Analysis of Circulating Exosomes in Melanoma Responders/Non-responders to Immunotherapy".

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American Surgical Association 137th Annual Meeting, April 20-22, 2017, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

American Surgical Association 137th Annual Meeting
April 20-22, 2017
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, and via conference call on July 21, 2015. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • 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.

  • Allowed the Publisher of the Annals of Surgery to enhance its website by adding an icon to delineate manuscripts as ASA Annual Meeting papers, and including the ASA logo and a statement to indicate that the Annals is the official journal of the ASA; thus the ASA and the Annals would look more united than they have in the past.

  • Agreed to send out electronic Tables of Contents for each new issue of the Annals to ASA members.

  • Decided to conduct a survey regarding the Transactions, to determine what information should continue to be included in that publication, as well as in what media format. In addition, the survey included questions about the Annals of Surgery, to understand Fellows' subscription and readership habits.

  • Selected three mid-career ASA Fellows to take part in the 2016 French Academy of Surgery Exchange, in which they participate in a weeklong series of lectures and scientific sessions in France; three mid-career French Academy members participate in a reciprocal arrangement in odd-numbered years here in the United States.

  • Agreed to identify members to serve as ad hoc reviewers to assist the Program Committee in evaluating abstracts in specialties not well represented by the committee's members; these ad hoc reviewers would only be invited to participate once an abstract submission period closed and the need for such ad hoc reviewers in certain specialty areas was determined.

  • Supported the proposal of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for New Department Chairs to coordinate its efforts with the Society for Surgical Chairs. Such action would help market this Association resource, which provides mentorship to new chairs regarding the development of their academic and clinical programs utilizing the knowledge and expertise of the membership of the ASA.

  • Endorsed the Physician-Led Team-Based Surgical Care joint statement by the ACS and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

  • Voiced its opposition to the ABMS' draft criteria for a proposed Certificate of Focused Expertise.

  • Voted to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting from April 11th – 13th in Dallas Texas, and to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting from April 16th – 18th in Washington, DC.

  • Voted to transition the Transactions to an online-only format, and investigate how to parlay the savings into additional member benefits, possibly including increased access to the Annals of Surgery.


William G. Anlyan, Durham, NC
John C. Baldwin, Lubbock, TX
John J. Bergan, La Jolla, CA
Louis G. Britt, Memphis, TN
Allan D. Callow, San Francisco, CA
Joseph M. Civetta, Farmington, CT
Alexander W. Clowes, Seattle, WA
Nicholas P. Coe, Springfield, MA
Isidore Cohn, Jr., Metairie, LA
Lawrence H. Cohn, Boston, MA
John E. Connolly, Orange, CA
William E. DeMuth, Jr., Carlisle, PA
Anthony R.C. Dobell, Montreal, QC, Canada
Calvin B. Ernst, Wayne, PA
Victor W. Fazio, Shaker Heights, OH
Mitchell P. Fink, Los Angeles, CA
James A. Helmsworth, Cincinnati, OH
Christian Herfarth, Heidelberg, Germany
Frederic P. Herter, New York, NY
Robert W. Hopkins, Milton, MA
James R. Jude, Miami, FL
C. Frederick Kittle, Chicago, IL
Thomas J. Krizek, Whittier, NC
Floyd D. Loop, Beachwood, OH
James E. Lowe, Durham, NC
Arthur S. McFee, San Antonio, TX
J. Judson McNamara, Honolulu, HI
Norman E. McSwain, New Orleans, LA
Fletcher A. Miller, San Diego, CA
Sidney F. Miller, Columbus, OH
Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr., Stanford, CA
Judson G. Randolph, Nashville, TN
Lester R. Sauvage, Seattle, WA
John L. Sawyers, Nashville, TN
Sir Geoffrey Slaney, Worcester, England
Thomas A. Stamey, Stanford, CA
David State, Torrance, CA
David S. Sumner, Springfield, IL
Norman W. Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI
Roger D. Williams, Newberry, FL


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 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 54 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

2017-2019 Recipients to be announced this fall!

2016 – 2018
Dr. Vatche G. Agopian, University of California
Dr. Genevieve M. Boland, Massachusetts General Hospital

2015 – 2017
Todd W. Costantini, University of California San Diego
Paige Porrett, University of Pennsylvania
Brian R. Untch, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Other Past Recipients

ASA NEW MEMBERS, elected April 2016

Saman Arbabi
Elizabeth Beierle
Harold M. Burkhart
Jo Buyske
Robert Cerfolio
Clifford S. Cho
Francisco G. Cigarroa
Justin B. Dimick
Paul J. DiMuzio
Hiran Fernando
Alessandro Fichera
Alan W. Flake
Thomas L. Forbes
Wayne Frederick
Paul G. Gauger
Philip P. Goodney
Caprice C. Greenberg
Raul Guzman
Michael A. Helmrath
Mark R. Hemmila
Larry H. Hollier, Jr.
Tracy L. Hull
Matthew M. Hutter
Shelley Hwang
Matthew F. Kalady
Allan D. Kirk
David A. Kooby
Rifat Latifi
Jason T. Lee
Scott A. LeMaire
Matthew J. Martin
John D. Mellinger
Michael E. Mitchell
Samuel Money
Arthur James Moser
Nicholas Namias
Gustavo S. Oderich
Brant Oelschlager
Dmitry Oleynikov
Frank G. Opelka
Mark S. Orloff
Sareh Parangi
Sanziana Roman
Peter Rubin
Michael S. Sabel
Ali Salim
Timur P. Sarac
Robert L. Sheridan
David Shibata
Carmen C. Solorzano
Benjamin W. Starnes
Girma Tefera
David R. Urbach
Sandra L. Wong
Joseph Woo
Brian Zuckerbraun

2018 ASA Proposal for Membership

The 2018 membership application cycle is now open and new applications may be initiated by current ASA Fellows in the Members Only Area. A candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2017, and all sponsors' recommendation letters uploaded by March 31, 2017, in order for that membership candidate's name to be read at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After the initial reading of all candidate names with completed applications in April, 2017:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2017 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 2017 at the ACS Clinical Congress;

  • At the January 2018 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2018 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 2019 membership cycle; and

  • The final 2018 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, in April 2018.

Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2018 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.


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.

For additional information on the ASA member 20% discount, please log into the Member's Only Area.