• 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!

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


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