• Congratulations to the 2022-2023 SAAS Visiting Professors!
  • Lily Cheng, MD is the recipient of the 2022 SAAS Junior Faculty Award!
  • Vivek Pamulapati, MD is the recipient of the 2022 Esther Tsai Sugg Award for the highest scoring SAAS abstract to the Academic Surgical Congress!
  • Romeo Ignacio MD, Chee-Chee Stucky MD, and Hop Tran Cao MD are the recipients of the 2022 SAAS – SUS Mid Career Award!
  • Calvin Chao, MD, is the recipient of the 2022 SAAS Resident/Fellow Development Scholarship!
  • Jaewon Lee is the winner of the 2022 SAAS Annual Meeting Travel Award!
  • Romeo Ignacio, MD is the recipient of the SAAS – SUS Leadership Agility Program Scholarship!

Kuo Family Lectureship

Why do we always have to play the side part? Why aren’t we the protagonist of the story?” asked Debbie Lum at this year’s 2022 Kuo Family Lectureship. Lum, an award-winning filmmaker, explored how historic under-representation of Asians and Asian-Americans in mass media perpetuates one-dimensional stereotypes. “I am 4th generation but despite this, we are perpetually seen as foreigners,” Lum said. “I think this is due to the lack of three-dimensional stories about our communities.”

Debbie Lum

Debbie Lum

As an example, Lum showed a 2017 ad released by Cigna (“TV Doctors of America”) encouraging patients to see regularly see their doctors. The ad was notable in that none of the TV actors portraying heroic doctors were Asian. “We need to not be shy and tell our stories,” she said, noting that it has been very challenging as a filmmaker because many Asian-Americans are uncomfortable publicly sharing their stories.

In her recent documentary, “Try Harder”, Lum followed five seniors at Lowell High School in San Francisco through the process of college admissions. A highly competitive and selective admission preparatory high school, Lowell is on the frontlines of the ongoing debates about what it means to be an Asian-American student today. While a small fraction of the students in the school’s early days, Asian-American students now make up the majority of the student body. Lum was drawn to Lowell because it was one of the few places where being Asian-American is the norm, not the exception. “I wanted to understand what it meant to be a teenager in this Asian-American high school,” she said. “Our community really needs to share our stories and to write and laugh about contradictions.” Lum elicited knowing laughs from the audience when she asked about the so-called the Asian F (i.e., a B+ grade) or described Lowell’s informal motto (‘Lowell High School, where your best has not been good enough since 1856.’)

Nonetheless, Lum noted that the competition and stress of being admitted to the highest tier of colleges and universities has never been higher. The stakes are particularly high for Asian-American students, who are often seen as over-achieving and face implicit bias from admissions officers. Lum asked, “When you’re a young Asian-American applying to college, and you have to check the box to identify yourself, you know it’s a count against you. What does this mean to your identity?”

Lum concluded her talk by exploring the connection between identity, wellness, and mental health. Referencing the cluster of suicides by high school students in Palo Alto, California in 2009-10 and 2014-15, Lum noted that “When you talk about wellness, and promoting mental health… without inclusion, without equity, without belonging and being part of a story, you really can’t find a sense of satisfaction.

Archives

Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship: David Hu

The 2022 Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship was delivered by Professor David Hu from Georgia Institute of Technology. David Hu is a professor of mechanical engineering who draws inspiration from his observation of nature.

Sustainability in Surgery

Connie Shao, MD, discusses the importance of sustainability in surgery in this issue of the Lotus Scroll.

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.

President’s Message: December 2021

SAAS President Dr. Allan Tsung discusses this year’s SAAS annual meeting, the pandemic and the future of the society in his December 2021 President’s Message.

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.