• Congratulations to the 2022-2023 SAAS Visiting Professors!
  • Lily Cheng, MD is the recipient of the 2022 SAAS Junior Faculty Award!
  • Vivek Pamulapati, MD is the recipient of the 2022 Esther Tsai Sugg Award for the highest scoring SAAS abstract to the Academic Surgical Congress!
  • Romeo Ignacio MD, Chee-Chee Stucky MD, and Hop Tran Cao MD are the recipients of the 2022 SAAS – SUS Mid Career Award!
  • Calvin Chao, MD, is the recipient of the 2022 SAAS Resident/Fellow Development Scholarship!
  • Jaewon Lee is the winner of the 2022 SAAS Annual Meeting Travel Award!
  • Romeo Ignacio, MD is the recipient of the SAAS – SUS Leadership Agility Program Scholarship!

Welcome to SAAS

Gallery: Annual Meeting

Check out photos from the 2022 SAAS Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii!

Gallery: Annual Meeting

Check out photos from the 2022 SAAS Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii!

Gallery: Annual Meeting

Check out photos from the 2022 SAAS Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii!

In Memory of Dr. George Yang (1963-2022)

Friend, surgeon, mentor, scientist, and family to so many.
In 2010, George was a founding member of our very own Society of Asian Academic Surgeons and was named our first executive director in 2016. George will always be known for championing social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He believed in building groups of individuals with shared experiences and fostering a deep sense of community. He believed in creating spaces where everyone felt safe. In 2021, SAAS honored George by creating and bestowing him the George Yang SAAS Trailblazer Award.

LATEST NEWS

SAVE THE DATE for the 8th ANNUAL SAAS MEETING! September 14-15, 2023 Baltimore, Maryland

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Dr. Allan Tsung, who assumed the role of Chair of Surgery at the University of Virginia

The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS) was founded to focus on the personal and professional development of Asian academic surgeons with the belief that the best way to increase Asian representation in the leadership of academic surgery is to prepare future generations to succeed.

Towards this end, we raise money to provide scholarships for both trainees and junior faculty to help them with their career development. We also give out awards for the best research submitted by members to the Academic Surgical Congress and to the SAAS Annual Meeting to showcase the advances being made by Asians in the field.

From the beginning, our society has been fully inclusive. We defined “Asian” in the broadest sense to include not only those from East, Southeast, and South Asia, but also Persians, Arabs, Turks and any other nationality from the Asian continent. Furthermore, membership in SAAS is open to anyone of any ethnicity who has an interest in promoting underrepresented populations in any arena of academic surgery.

Membership in SAAS is open to any individual with an interest in academic surgery and is not limited to those of Asian descent.


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