• 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!

June 5, 2020

We have all watched in horror the unjust deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, the most recent victims of systemic racism in our nation. Over the past few months, we have also witnessed bigotry aimed at those of Asian descent over the geographic origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus. And we have seen the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities in our communities.

We believe that our voice is strongest when we stand in solidarity against racism and social injustices. But words are not enough. We ask that you join us to become better advocates for change. Here are some resources that we have compiled to help.


White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Native Son by Richard Wright

Children’s Books

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

The Skin I’m In by Pat Thomas

a kids book about racism by Jelani Memory

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz



1619 (New York Times)

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

The Stoop Hosted by Hana Baba and Leila Day



Just Mercy (free for the month of June on digital platforms)

13th (Netflix)     

American Son (Netflix)

The Hate You Give (Cinemax)

When They See Us (Netflix)

King in the Wilderness (HBO)

If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)



NAACP Legal Defense Fund (naacpldf.org)

American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org)

Reclaim the Block (reclaimtheblock.org)

Know Your Rights Camp (knowyourrightscamp.com)

Black Lives Matter (blacklivesmatter.com)

Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org)

Equal Justice Initiative (eji.org)

The Marshall Project (themarshallproject.org)

Additionally, we will address issues of racism at our virtual Annual Meeting in September 2020 and are working with our colleagues in the Society of Black Academic Surgeons to organize a shared session. Details to follow.

Tracy Wang, President
Allan Tsung, President-Elect
Eugene Kim, Secretary-Treasurer
Tejal Brahmbhatt, Treasurer-Elect
Ankush Gosain, Recorder
Kasper Wang, Councilor
Anai Kothari, Associate Councilor