• Congratulations to the 2023-2024 SAAS Visiting Professors!
  • Zhi Fong, MD is the recipient of the 2024 SAAS Junior Faculty Award!
  • Radhika Rastogi, MD is the recipient of the 2024 Esther Tsai Sugg Award for the highest scoring SAAS abstract to 2024 Academic Surgical Congress!
  • Christy Chai, MD is the recipient of the 2024 SAAS-SUS Mid-Career Award!
  • Areeba Saif, MD is the recipient of the 2023 SAAS-AWS Resident Research Travel Award!
  • Raja Narayan, MD, MPH is the recipient of the 2023 SAAS Resident/Fellow Development Scholarship!
  • Jeremy Chang, MD is the winner of the 2023 SAAS Annual Meeting Travel Award!
  • Russell Woo, MD is the recipient of the 2023 SAAS-SUS Leadership Agility Program Scholarship!

Esther Tsai Sugg Research Award

The Esther Tsai Sugg Research Award is granted to the highest scoring abstract submitted by a SAAS member as either first or senior author to the annual Academic Surgical Congress.

Previous Recipients


Radhika Rastogi, MD (Presenting author)
Zequan Yang MD (Senior author)
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Taylor Lee BS (Presenting author)
Lily Cheng, MD (Senior author)
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX


Vivek Pamulapati, MD (Presenting author)
Karen Ho, MD (Senior author)
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago


Sourav Bose, MD, MBA (Presenting author)
William Parenteau, MD (Senior author)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Aaron Baer, MD (Presenting author)
David Shibata, MD (Senior author)
University of Tennessee, Memphis


Apoorve Nayyar, MD (Presenting author)
Kristalyn Gallagher, DO (Senior author)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Daniel (“Brock”) Hewitt, MD, MPH (Presenting author)
Anthony Yang, MD (Senior author)
Northwestern University


Syed Nabeel Zafar, MD (Presenting author)
Nabil Wasif, MD (Senior author)
Howard University


Jason Castellanos, MD (Presenting author)
Nipun Merchant, MD (Senior author)
University of Miami


Chris Goodenough, MD (Presenting author)
Michael Liang, MD (Senior author)
University of Texas – Houston

Jeffrey Yang, MD
Duke University