Dear 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

Archives

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...

SAAS Executive Council: Message on the Rise of Racism

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.

Q&A: Dr. Kenric Murayama

The Lotus Scroll is honored to interview Kenric Murayama, MD, this year’s host of the SAAS Annual Meeting.

Resident’s Corner: Work in the Time of Coronavirus

Sterile technique has leaked into the public domain, marked not only by how expensive Purell has become or how frequently we are reminded to wash our hands, but also by the ways we have come to treat one another.

President’s Message: December 2019

SAAS President Dr. Tracy Wang discusses how far the Society has come and what’s in store for 2020 in her December 2019 President’s Message.

SAAS 2019 Meeting Recap

SAAS held its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Boston Medical Center, Sept. 26-27, with more than 148 scientific presentations and breakout sessions.