American Surgical Association
ASA Council
Robin S. McLeod, MD
Selwyn M. Vickers, MD
Vice President
Karen E. Deveney, MD
Mary T. Hawn, MD
B. Mark Evers, MD
Jeffrey A. Drebin, M.D., Ph.D.
E. Christopher Ellison, MD
Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Ronald V. Maier, 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
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Recent ASA Council Actions

The Council of the Association met on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio, and again on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Dallas, Texas and via conference call on August 24, 2018. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Voted to induct four new Honorary Fellows into the Association.

  • Implemented a new Annual Meeting abstract review process, whereby Specialty Subcommittees were charged with an initial blind review of the abstracts; the top-ranked abstracts from these nine subcommittees were then blind-evaluated by the full Program Committee.

  • Engaged a publishing consultant to assist in the ongoing negotiations regarding a renewal of the agreement between the ASA and the Publisher of the Annals of Surgery.

  • Agreed to provide internet access at the Annual Meeting in the scientific session meeting room.

  • Voted to revise the Mission Statement of the American Surgical Association.

  • Agreed to finalize details of a new Exchange Program with the European Surgical Association, whereby two Fellows from the ASA shall attend the ESA Annual Meeting, and vice versa, with complimentary registration and housing.

  • Established a Surgical Leadership Fellowship Grant in partnership with the Association of Women Surgeons, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Society of University Surgeons, which will provide fellows with a shadowing experience of being a surgical leader and will expose them to the competencies and responsibilities unique to these positions.

  • Authorized the creation of a collection of Perspectives on Ethical Leadership in Academic Surgery, which will capture surgical leaders' viewpoints that are considered most critical in this area.

  • Endorsed the nine consensus statement that were developed at the "Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention: A Public Health Approach to Reduce Death and Disability in the United States," a meeting of over 40 major medical and injury prevention organizations and the American Bar Association, hosted by the American College of Surgeons.

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