Welcome to SAAS

Message from the Executive Council

May 4, 2020

Dear fellow SAAS members,

We hope that this greeting finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

As the current global pandemic continues, many of our members and colleagues are finding themselves at the center of this fight against COVID-19. We continue to stand in solidarity and profound gratitude for everyone on the frontlines of this extraordinary battle.

We have been watching the pandemic’s evolution very closely and have had extensive discussions about the 2020 meeting. Given the uncertainty about ongoing stay-at-home orders in conjunction with different parts of the country/world at different stages of the pandemic, and the financial impact of the pandemic on our institutions, we have decided to cancel the in-person meeting, originally scheduled to be held September 18-21, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. We will be updating everyone soon on the plans regarding the dates and location of the 2021 meeting.

We hope to have some component of our meeting, focused on professional development, as a virtual session. Your input on what should be included would be most welcome and we will be providing additional information as those plans develop.

With sincere wishes for continued good health and safety,

SAAS Executive Council

“Just like the lotus we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.” – Unknown





Please join us for our Virtual Meeting on September 24-25, 2020.  Registration and program information here.


Congratulations to Dr. Eugene Kim, who is the new President of the Association for Academic Surgery, and to Dr. Kasper Wang, who was elected as the new President-elect of the Society of University Surgeons!  Both assumed their new roles at the recent Academic Surgical Congress in Orlando, Florida.



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.