• 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!

John Fung, MD, PhD

In this edition of the Lotus Scroll, Lyen C. Huang, MD, MPH, the 2020-2021 Sui-An and Shu-Nung Fung Visiting Professor, interviews John Fung, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Transplant Surgery, and Co-Director of the Transplant Institute at the University of Chicago. Fung is the sponsor of the Sui-An and Shu-Nung Fung Visiting Professorship. 

 


 

LH: Dr. Fung, you chose to honor your parents with this visiting professorship. Can you tell us about them?

Fung's Mother

JF: My mother, Shu-Nung Wu, was born in Fuchow, Fujian Province to a Navy family. Educated in Hunan, she moved to Taiwan shortly after the war ended. My father, Sui-An Fung, was born in Zhuji (outside of Hangzhou), Zhejiang Province in a farming community. Educated in Nanjing, he also moved to Taiwan after the war. There they met, married, and had my two older sisters, Jean and Joan.

My father then came to the US for graduate studies. He received his Masters degree from the University of Rochester, then moved to Bethlehem, PA, when my mother joined him. She received her Masters in Accounting from Lehigh College. I was born there before we left for Evansville, IN, where my father taught at Evansville College. My two younger brothers, James and Peter were born. My father held another teaching post at Texas Tech University before going back to Cornell University to get his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. It was at that time that the space program was taking off, and we moved to Downey, CA, where he worked on the Saturn V rocket, then the Space Shuttle, the B1 bomber and the Space Station at Rockwell International. My father passed away at age of 76 from heart failure, my mother is still alive at 96.

LH: What role did your parents have in your career and becoming an academic surgeon?

JF: Like many Asian parents, my parents had a strong influence in our careers, advancing academics as a way to move ahead in America. All of their children went on to college, then graduate school.

LH: You sent me this photo of you and your father. Can you tell me about the trip?

JF: A trip to China with both of my parents in 1986 opened my eyes to the benefits of global collaboration. In the picture with my father outside of the Zhejiang Zhuji People’s Hospital, my father asked that I promise to provide training opportunities for foreign physicians if I ever had the opportunity. After being named the Division Chief for Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, we energized our global training program for transplant surgeons and physicians, with over 1,200 visitors between 1991 and 2004, before I left Pittsburgh.

Fung with Father

LH: Why did you choose to honor your parents with this Visiting Professorship?

JF: Like many Asian professionals, we owe a great debt to our parents. Thank you for the opportunity to allow me to honor them.

2020-2021 Sui-An and Shu-Nung Fung Visiting Professor: Lyen C. Huang, MD, MPH

Lyen C. Huang, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS

Lyen C. Huang, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family & Preventative Medicine and Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah. Dr. Huang received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his General Surgery residency at Stanford University followed by a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota). He also completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Stanford University with Dr. Kim Rhoads and the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health with Drs. Atul Gawande and Sara Singer.

His clinical practice focuses on complex and minimally invasive colorectal surgery. His current research focuses on (1) peri-operative opioid stewardship, appropriate disposal of unused opioids, and patient recovery after surgery, (2) dissemination and implementation of health system interventions, particularly in health systems serving rural and under-served communities, (3) improving access and quality of rural/frontier cancer care, and (4) misalignment between the law, state and federal policy, drug courts, and health systems. He was funded by NCATS as a University of Utah CTSI KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar from 2020-22 and by the NIH HEAL Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network (ERN) as a clinical advisor to the Utah Trial Innovation Center.

Archives

Kuo Family Lectureship: Debbie Lum

“Why do we always have to play the side part? Why aren’t we the protagonist of the story?” asks award-winning filmmaker Debbie Lum at this year’s 2022 Kuo Family Lectureship.

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.