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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Membership Application Cycle

The 2021 membership cycle is open, and new candidate applications may be initiated by current ASA Fellows from within the Members Only Area. The Association strongly encourages sponsorship of membership applications for women leaders and underrepresented minorities, as well as from a range of surgical specialties. 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. Each candidate's electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2020. All support letters must be uploaded by a candidate's sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2020, in order for the applicant's name to be read at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

After the initial reading of all candidate names with completed applications in April, 2020:

  • The names of candidates will be circulated to the entire membership in mid- to late-Spring 2020 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 2020 at the ACS Clinical Congress;

  • At the January 2021 Council Meeting, the Advisory Membership Committee will make its recommendations regarding who should be included on the 2021 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 2022 membership cycle; and

  • The final 2021 ballot will be presented for vote at the Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA, in April 2021.

Please note that the timeline from completion of application to election at the 2021 Annual Meeting is at minimum 13 months long.

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