American Surgical Association (ASA)
ASA Council

Ronald V. Maier, MD

E. Christopher Ellison, MD

Vice President
Edward M. Copeland, III, MD

Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD

B. Mark Evers, MD

Jeffrey A. Drebin, MD, PhD

James S. Economou, MD, PhD
Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD
Keith D. Lillemoe, 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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Fall 2017

ASA 137th Annual Meeting Highlights

The 137th ASA Annual Meeting was held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel with 675 physicians and 94 spouses and guests in attendance. Thirty-two (32) outstanding papers were presented during the Scientific Sessions of the 2017 meeting.

During the Opening Ceremony three new Honorary Fellows were introduced: Dr. Masaru Miyazaki of Chiba, Japan; Dr. Graeme Poston of Liverpool, England; and Dr. Cheng-Har Yip of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. All three were greeted with a warm welcome by the ASA meeting audience.

The Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care was awarded to Dr. Juan C. Parodi of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care recognizes seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education that truly established new benchmarks or paradigms. This medallion represents one of the highest awards bestowed by the Association.

A highlight of Thursday's program was Dr. Keith Lillemoe’s Presidential Address, "Surgical Mentorship: A Great Tradition, but Can We Do Better for the Next Generation?" Programming on Friday featured the enlightening Forum discussion, "A Lifetime of Surgical Education: Can We Do Better?", moderated by Dr. Lillemoe with presentations from Drs. Mary Klingensmith, Ara Darzi, and Spence Taylor.

At the Executive Session on Friday the Flance-Karl Award was presented to Dr. Lee M. Ellis of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. 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. Todd Costantini of the University of California San Diego, Dr. Paige Porrett of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Brian Untch of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Foundation also named three new Fellowship recipients in 2017: Dr. Matthew Delano of the University of Michigan, for his project entitled, “Immune Impact of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus on Severe Sepsis Outcomes”; Dr. Joseph Scalea of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, for his project entitled, “Transplantation Tolerance without the Risks of Bone Marrow Transplantation: Eliminating the Need for Hematopoietic Stem Cells by Using Regulatory Myeloid Cells and Novel Biomarkers”; and Dr. Mohamed Zayed of Washington University School of Medicine, for his project entitled, “Targeting Diabetic Peripheral Arterial Disease Phospholipogenesis”.

A proposed By-Laws amendment striking the "active" and "inactive" Honorary Fellows designations and the limit on the number of Honorary Fellows was presented and will be presented for a second time at next year's Executive Session for vote; the Honorary Fellowships Committee will instead limit itself to recommending up to a set number of new Honorary Fellows each year, recognizing the need for diversity (including regional, specialty, and gender) and the time constraints for new Honorary Fellow introductions in the Opening Session.

137th Annual Meeting Photo Highlights

View photos from the 137th Annual Meeting.

Save the Date for the 138th ASA Annual Meeting

American Surgical Association 138th Annual Meeting, April 19-21, 2018, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Arizona

American Surgical Association 138th Annual Meeting
April 19-21, 2018
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
Phoenix, Arizona

Recent ASA Council Actions

The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts and again on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Philadelphia, and via conference call on August 17, 2016. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Voted to offer CME with self-assessment, beginning with the 2017 Annual Meeting.

  • Permitted the Annals of Surgery and its Creative Director to tweet details of presentations from the Annual Meeting, with the authors' permission.

  • Starting with the 2019 membership cycle, voted to add the requirement that PMID numbers be provided for the three most important contributions that each applicant uploads, as well as for all papers published by an applicant in the last five years.

  • Agreed to relax the ASA's Media Policy regarding the use of non-flash photography, audio recording, and data verification, as long as the Embargo Policy is respected.

  • Negotiated with the publisher of the Annals and the Transactions, resulting in free electronic subscriptions for all ASA members, a significantly reduced print subscription rate of 95 USD for ASA members, and monetary support for the transition of the Transactions to an online-only format that will include an archive of past volumes. The online edition of the 2016 Transactions will be the first to launch, with past volumes being added incrementally.

  • Supported the ACGME's recommended changes to resident duty hours, which will promote improved continuity of care for patients, and greater professionalism and autonomy for residents.

  • Voted to hold the 2021 Annual Meeting in April in Seattle, Washington.

Necrology Read at 137th Annual Meeting

Charles B. Anderson, St. Louis, MO
Melvin A. Block, San Diego, CA
Denton A. Cooley, Houston, TX
Nathan P Couch, Dover, MA
Jean G. Couture, Quebec City, QC
Richard H. Egdahl, Naples, FL
Eric W. Fonkalsrud, Santa Monica, CA
Jay L. Grosfeld, Indianapolis, IN
Christian Herfarth, Heidelberg, Germany
Richard Kempczinski, Cincinnati, OH
Harold King, Indianapolis, IN
Frank G. Moody, Houston, TX
Norman C. Nelson, Brandon, MS
John C. Norman, New Canaan, CT
F. Griffith Pearson, Waterloo, ON
Robert L. Replogle, Chicago, IL
John L. Sawyers, Nashville, TN
Theodore R. Schrock, Scottsdale, AZ
Robert J. Schweitzer, Stinson Beach, CA
Thomas E. Starzl, Pittsburgh, PA
Daniel H. Teitelbaum, Ann Arbor, MI
E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., New York, NY
H. Brownell Wheeler, South Portland, ME
Leslie Wise, Brooklyn, NY

ASA Foundation Needs Your Support

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

2018-2020 Recipients to be announced this fall!

Dr. Matthew Delano, University of Michigan
Dr. Joseph Scalea, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Mohamed Zayed, Washington University School of Medicine

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

Other Past Recipients

ASA New Members, elected April 2017

Fizan Abdullah
Marwan S. Abouljoud
Syed A. Ahmad
Marjorie Arca
Horacio J. Asbun
David L. Berger
Martin L. Blakely
Mark W. Bowyer
Stacy A. Brethauer
Steven R. Buchman
Ruth L. Bush
Christine S. Cocanour*
Amalia L. Cochran
Mark S. Cohen
Michael J. Demeure
Nancy DeMore
Joseph J. Disa
Gershon Efron*
Jonathan E. Efron
Pirooz Eghtesady
Jonathan L. Eliason
Luis A. Fernandez
Robert L. Ferris
Robert A. Fisher*
Jonathan P. Fryer
Leonard N. Girardi
Thomas G. Gleason
Amy J. Goldberg
Adil H. Haider
Nora M. Hansen
Thomas S. Helling*
Tyler G. Hughes, Sr*
Mark D. Iafrati
Thomas H. Inge
Emad Kandil
Sandip Kapur
Seth J. Karp
Michael L. Kendrick
Gregory D. Kennedy
Tari A. King
Dennis H. Kraus
Christopher J. Kwolek
Raphael C. Lee*
Daniel R. Margulies
Babak J. Mehrara
George Miller
John D. Mitchell
Charles Mock*
Steven L. Moran
Katherine A. Morgan
Kenric M. Murayama
Marc A. Passman
Susan E. Pories*
Aurora D. Pryor
Reuven Rabinovici*
Alan Reed
Michael Rosen
Matthew Randall Rosengart
Vincent L. Rowe
Anthony D. Sandler
Carl I Schulman
Charles L. Snyder
John F. Sweeney
Giuliano Testa
Vinod H. Thourani
Allan Tsung
Kasper S. Wang
David J. Winchester
Jen Jen Yeh
Jonathan S. Zager
Gazi B. Zibari*

* - Senior

2019 ASA Proposal for Membership

The 2019 membership application cycle is now open and new applications may be initiated by current ASA Fellows in the Members Only Area. Please note that per the application instructions, PMID numbers must now be provided for the three most important contributions that each applicant uploads, as well as for all papers published by an applicant in the last five years. A candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2018, and all sponsors' recommendation letters uploaded by March 31, 2018, in order for that membership candidate's name to be read at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

After the initial reading of all candidate names with completed applications in April, 2018:

  • Each candidate's name will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2018 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 2018 at the ACS Clinical Congress;

  • At the January 2019 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2019 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 2020 membership cycle; and

  • The final 2019 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Dallas, Texas, in April 2019.

Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2019 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.

The Annals of 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, ASA Members receive a complimentary online subscription to the Annals of Surgery, and may purchase a print subscription for the special ASA member rate of 98 USD. ASA member subscriptions run from January to December.

For additional information, please log into the Member's Only Area.