The 105th American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress marked an exciting landmark for the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons with the approval of a seat for SAAS on the Board of Governors of the ACS. This recognition of SAAS by the ACS propels our society to the ranks of other more well-established specialty societies, such as the American Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.

Congratulations to Dr. Kenric Murayama, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Hawaii, for serving as the inaugural SAAS representative to the ACS Board of Governors.

Other ACS-related, noteworthy accomplishments by SAAS members include:

Dr. Don Nakayama, professor of surgery and pediatric surgeon at the University of North Carolina, was elected treasurer of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Steven Stain, professor of surgery and Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of the Department of Surgery at Albany Medical College in New York, was elected to the ACS Board of Regents.

Read more about the new members of the ACS Board of Governors and Board of Regents.

And save the date for for the fifth annual SAAS meeting:

Sept. 18-21, 2020
John Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Story Author: Haejin In, MD


The Sequelae of Hate

Dr. Lindsey Zhang discusses the recent rise in hate crimes, racial discrimination and violence toward the Asian American community.

A Day in Ramadan as a Surgical Trainee

Dr. Hassan Mashbar, a trauma fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses his experience with Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A: Dr. George Yang

The Lotus Scroll interviews George Yang, MD, PhD, former president of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons.

SAAS Foundation 2018-2019 Visiting Professorships

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 SAAS Foundation Visiting Professors! SAAS Foundation Visiting Professorships support travel to host institutions for junior faculty to give grand rounds and increase the national visibility of rising stars in academic surgery.

SAAS on Twitter!

This year, SAAS was active more than ever on Twitter! In addition to updates and announcements, more content was created for our followers to improve engagement, highlight issues and events important to our society and members, and promote the activities at SAAS.

Black Lives Matter: A SAAS Statement of Support

June 5, 2020 We have all watched in horror the unjust deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, the most recent victims of systemic racism in our nation. Over the past few months, we have also witnessed bigotry aimed at those of Asian descent over the...