Allan Tsung

Allan Tsung, MD, is the president of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons, as well as the director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the OSUCCC – James, and the John L. Marakas Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation Chair in Cancer Research at The Ohio State University.


It is an extreme honor to serve as the president of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons this year. Despite the challenges our society faced the past two years with the pandemic, the virtual separation gave us a greater appreciation for the in-person connectivity that we previously enjoyed and are now returning to more regularly. This was especially felt during our hybrid meeting in Chicago in 2021. It was great to see so many friends and colleagues who continue to passionately support our society!

I consider my involvement in SAAS as one of the most exciting and important positions to me due to our society’s focus on promoting professional development and increasing the representation of Asians in leadership roles across academic surgery. My career path could not have been possible without the mentorship and support of Asian colleagues, many who were involved in starting SAAS and continue to be momentum for its exponential growth. As such, one of my main initiatives this year is to increase career development opportunities for young surgeons – our Associate members in training, including medical students, residents, and fellows. I would like SAAS to remain responsive to the unique needs of this group of surgeons, as they are the future of our society!

Building upon work from our past presidents, SAAS will also continue to grow collaborations and initiatives with other specialty societies, such as the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Latino Surgical Society, and the Association of Women Surgeons. It is through allyship that our common goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion will be more powerful.

Finally, due to the continued growth of our society, I am excited to announce that we have established a new partnership with BSC management company where Yumi Hori, our new executive director, will be working with us to achieve our missions. As we welcome Yumi, I would like to thank her predecessor, Heidi Brittnacher, for all her hard work and dedication over the years. I am also grateful for all the amazing members serving our society in various roles that are invaluable to the success of SAAS.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at allan.tsung@osumc.edu or via Twitter @allantsung during the upcoming year. I welcome and new ideas and suggestions on how SAAS can better support you. See you in Hawaii in 2022!

Allan Tsung, MD
President, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons

Archives

SAAS Leadership Highlights

The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons would like to congratulate our members on their many recent accomplishments.

Presidential Address: ‘A is for… American. Asian. Ally.’

Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH, delivered her Presidential Address to the Society during the 2021 SAAS 6th Annual Meeting, focusing on her thoughts regarding Asian American identity in relation to her role as SAAS president for the past two years.

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.

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.