• 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

2024

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

2023

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

2022

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

2021

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

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

Jeffrey Yang, MD
Duke University