• 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!

SAAS Visiting Professors

The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Foundation Visiting Professorships are open for SAAS Active Members who are faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor level and are within the first 10 years of their faculty appointment. It will support their travel to host institutions to give grand rounds and will increase the national visibility of rising stars in academic surgery.

2024-2025 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • Endowed by Yuman Fong, MD
    • Victoria Lai, MD (MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Medical Center)
  • Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville (Host: Michael Edwards, MD)
    • Lee Family – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Cheong Lee, MD)
    • Kevin Koo, MD (Mayo Clinic)
  • University of California – Los Angeles (Host: Joe Hines, MD)
    • Jan Wong – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Sharon Lum, MD)
    • Melanie Ongchin, MD (University of Pittsburgh)
  • University of Cincinnati (Host: George Tiao MD and Shimal Shah MD MHCM)
    • Mark and Lenore Kao – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Lillian Kao, MD)
    • Oliver Eng, MD (University of California – Irvine)
  • University of Miami (Host: Nipun Merchant, MD)
    • Merchant-Chodha Family – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Nipun Merchant, MD)
    • James Wu, MD (University of California – Los Angeles)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Host: Timothy Billiar, MD)
    • Snehal Patel Family – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Snehal Patel, MD)
    • Tammy Holm, MD, PhD (University of Cincinnati)
  • University of Tennessee – Memphis (Host: David Shibata, MD)
    • Peter and Margaret Wang Family – SAAS Lectureship (endowed by Kasper Wang, MD)
    • Jessica Zagory, MD (Louisiana State University – New Orleans)
  • University of Virginia (Host: Allan Tsung, MD)
    • Association of Women Surgeons – Mayur Patel Family Lectureship (endowed by Mayur Patel, MD)
    • Annabelle Fonseca MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

2023-2024 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • Boston University (Host: Jennifer Tseng, MD)
    • Teh Ling and Yu Chen Ko – SAAS Lectureship
    • Anai Kothari, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • Jeff Velotta, MD (Kaiser/ University of California San Francisco)
  • Dartmouth University (Host: Sandra Wong, MD)
    • Association of Women Surgeons – Hong Mo and Hsi Mei Chen Lectureship
    • Emily Keung, MD (MD Anderson)
  • Loyola University (Host: Vivian Gahtan, MD)
    • Masami and Kanemi Mizuno – SAAS Lectureship
    • Tania Arora, MD (Medical College of Georgia)
  • Northwestern University (Host: Hasan Alam, MD)
    • Alam Family – SAAS Lectureship
    • Aarti Mathur, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  • UT-Southwestern (Host: Herbert Zeh, MD)
    • George P. Yang – SAAS Lectureship
    • Monica Dua, MD (Stanford University)

2022-2023 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • City of Hope – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Priya Dedhia, MD (The Ohio State University)
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Host: Mike Edwards, MD)
    • Raymond and Rose Tseng-SAAS Lectureship
    • Carlos Chan, MD (University of Iowa)
  • Tulane University (Host: Mary Killackey, MD)
    • Mike and Faye Yang – SAAS Lectureship
    • Erika Rangel, MD (Brigham and Women’s)
  • University of Michigan (Host: Justin Dimick, MD)
    • Wen-Hain Wang – SAAS Lectureship
    • Heather Wachtel, MD (University of Pennsylvania)
  • University of South Florida (Host: Paul Kuo, MD)
    • Ashvin Shah – SAAS Lectureship
    • Shailesh Agarwal, MD (Brigham and Women’s)
  • Yale University (Host: Nita Ahuja, MD)
    • Association of Women Surgeons – JNS Ahuja Lectureship
    • Shipra Arya, MD (Stanford University)

2021-2022 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • Duke University (Host: Allan Douglas Kirk, MD, PhD and Shelley Hwang, MD)
    • Sudha and Suresh Agarwal – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Jash Datta, MD (University of Miami)
  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • City of Hope – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Hari Nathan, MD (University of Michigan)
  • University of Chicago (Host: Jeffrey Matthews, MD)
    • James and Linda Wong – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Anahita Dua, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • University of Hawaii  (Host: Kenric Murayama, MD)
    • Murayama Family – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Lindsay Kuo, MD (Temple University)
  • University of Tennessee, Memphis (Host: David Shibata, MD)
    • Association of Women Surgeons – Helen F. Tsai Visiting Professorship
    • Taryne Imai, MD (Cedars-Sinai)
  • Vanderbilt University (Host: Carmen Solorzano, MD)
    • Lenna Saranti – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Sophie Dream, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)

2020-2021 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Host: Douglas Tyler, MD)
    • Tchou and McGovern Visiting Professorship
    • Neha Goel, MD (University of Miami)
  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • City of Hope – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Aslam Ejaz, MD (The Ohio State University)
  • University of California San Diego (Host: Bryan Clary, MD)
    • UCSD – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Kamran Idrees, MD, MSCI MMHC (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
  • University of Utah  (Host: Sam Finlayson, MD, MPH)
    • Association of Women Surgeons – SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Jennifer Kuo, MD (Columbia University)
  • Dartmouth University (Host: Sandra Wong, MD)
    • Sui-An and Shu-Nung Fung Visiting Professorship
    • Lyen Huang, MD, MPH (University of Utah)
  • University of California Irvine (Host: Ninh Nguyen, MD)
    • Masato and Miyeko Tanabe Visiting Professorship
    • Tejal Brahmbhatt, MD (Boston University Medical Center)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (Host: Doug Evans, MD)
    • Ten Chao and Chen Hu Chu Visiting Professorship
    • Eric Sheu, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

2019-2020 SAAS Visiting Professors

  • Boston University Medical Center (Host: Jennifer Tseng, MD, MPH)
    • Mark and Lenore Kao SAAS Lectureship
    • Nancy Cho, MD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • Insoo Suh, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
  • University of Miami Medical Center (Host: Nipun Merchant, MD)
    • Merchant-Chodha Family SAAS Lectureship
    • Susan Tsai, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center  (Host: Robert Higgins, MD)
    • Kuo Family SAAS Visiting Professorship
    • Ravi Radhakrishnan, MD (University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston)
  • Tulane University (Host: Mary Killackey, MD)
    • Peter and Meilin Wang Chen SAAS Lectureship
    • Clara Ko Un Park MD (The Ohio State University)
  • The Ohio State University (Host: Tim Pawlik, MD)
    • Pei-Nan and Lita Tsung SAAS Lectureship
    • Arghavan Salles, MD (Washington University)

2018-2019 SAAS Visiting Professorships

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Host: Gerard Doherty, MD)
    • Raymond and Rose Tseng SAAS Lectureship
    • Daniel Chu, MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • City of Hope (Host: Yuman Fong, MD)
    • Anthony Yang, MD (Northwestern University)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Host: Sandra Wong, MD)
    • Wen-Hain Wang SAAS Lectureship
    • Vikas Dudeja, MD (University of Miami)
  • University of Chicago  (Host: Jeffrey Matthews, MD)
    • Mike and Faye Yang SAAS Lectureship
    • Ankush Gosain, MD (University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center)
  • University of Colorado (Host: Richard Schulick, MD)
    • Teh Ling and Yu Chen Ko Visiting Professorship
    • Haejin In, MD (Montefiore Medical Center)
  • University of South Florida (Host: Paul Kuo, MD)
    • Hong Mo and His Mei Chen SAAS Lectureship
    • Wen Shen, MD (University of California, San Francisco)

Applications for the 2024-2025 SAAS Visiting Professorship will be solicited soon.

The application requirements include:

  1. Letter of interest with summary of past participation and involvement in the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Ranking of institutions, in order of preference

Please submit application materials via this webpage. The SAAS Foundation Board of Directors will review all applications and make final determinations regarding the Visiting Professors and matching of the Visiting Professor to a particular institution. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of December 2023.

One of the annual Visiting Professorships is co-sponsored by the Association of Women Surgeons.  AWS members are encouraged to apply – SAAS membership is not a requirement for initial application.  If selected, then receipt of the award will be dependent on becoming an active SAAS member.