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.

The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Twitter account currently has 1,720 followers and is following 858 users for a Follower: Following ratio of 2:0. The account has sent a total of 980 tweets.

Recent Twitter initiatives have included the following:

  • Member Spotlights that highlight our active faculty and resident members, providing insight into the Society, began in July 2020 and will continue through the year.

  • SAAS participated in Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2020 by disseminating a series of tweets under the hashtag #APAHM that highlighted the accomplishments of Asian American physicians such as Drs. Margaret Chung, Atul Gawande, Vivek Murthy, Haing Ngor, and Kenneth Moritsugu. In sum, ten Asian Pacific Americans were highlighted by SAAS tweets.

  • Dissemination of important SAAS opportunities such as the ASC scholarship as well as promotion of our annual meeting (now virtual).
  • Dissemination of member accomplishments from other accounts, including the appointment of Dr. Herb Chen as Editor-in-Chief at the American Journal of Surgery, the recruitment of Dr. Sandra Wong as Associate Editor in Surgical Oncology, and Endocrine Surgery for Annals of Surgery.
  • Dissemination of the Lotus Scroll newsletter.

  • Retweets of important career advancement opportunities, including available leadership positions at academic institutions.


Story Author: Lindsay Kuo, 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 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.

SAAS 2019 Meeting Highlights

The fourth annual meeting of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 26-27, 2019, and promises to be an incredibly fun, impactful and meaningful gathering of academic surgeons, trainees and students from both the U.S. and abroad.

Q&A: Dr. Jennifer Tseng

Jennifer Tseng, MD, MPH, is the James Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at Boston Medical Center.

Welcome to the Lotus Scroll

Welcome to the launch of Lotus Scroll, the official newsletter of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS). Through the Lotus Scroll, we are excited to distribute and enhance the vision of SAAS: to promote diversity and inclusion in academic surgery through the sponsorship and development of its leaders.