Welcome to SAAS
Message from the Executive Council
March 24, 2020
First, as the current pandemic continues to affect our communities and families, we want to express our profound gratitude to our surgical colleagues and to all healthcare professionals who are the frontlines of caring for patients with the SARS-CoV2 virus/COVID-19.
We have also been acutely aware of the societal ramifications of the SARS-CoV2 virus being labeled with a distinct geographic distinction (which will not be repeated here) in recent press conferences and comments on social media. As a result of the highly visible use of this terminology, there has been an increase in verbal and physical assaults against Asian-Americans, both in the community and in the workplace.
The SARS-CoV2 virus does not discriminate. It affects all, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Bigotry of any kind is unacceptable. We support all Asian-Americans who are providing essential services in our communities at this time and hope that they – and we – can continue to do so without the spectre of hatred and violence due to xenophobia, racism, and bigotry.
We hope that you will join us in protesting use of this term to describe SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 and increasing awareness of the dangers of using this term.
Thank you again for all you are doing during this time. Please stay safe.
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.