• 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 2024-2025 Visiting Professors and Awards

Check out the 2024-2025 recipients of SAAS Foundation Visiting Professorships, as well as the winners of the SAAS Junior Faculty Award, Mid Career Award, and other recent member accolades and promotions.

President’s Message

Read this message from incoming Society of Asian Academic Surgeons President Eugene S. Kim, MD.

SAAS Visiting Professorship Highlights

SAAS Visiting Professor Dr. Carlos H.F. Chan discusses his visit to Jacksonville for the Raymond and Rose Tseng-SAAS Lectureship.

SAAS Visiting Professorship Highlights

SAAS Visiting Professor Jeffrey B. Velotta, MD, from Kaiser/University of California San Francisco, reflects on his visit to City of Hope.

SAAS Leaders Join SAMSA Panel

Leaders and members of SAAS recently discussed best practices for finding mentors on a panel for the National South Asian Medical Student Association conference.

Students Gifted Mentorship Lunch with Tseng

Four medical students attended a mentorship lunch with former SAAS president Dr. Jennifer Tseng after Dr. Tracy Wang sponsored the lunch as an auction item at the most recent SAAS Annual Meeting.

Challenge to the Palate

SAAS members joined a Japanese whiskey tasting as one of the private fundraising events held during the most recent SAAS Annual Meeting.

A Sansei’s Story

General Surgery Resident Natalie Nadia Hisae Merchant, MD, discusses lessons learned from her family and their history and how they have influenced her experiences, identity and perspective.

Acing the Residency Interview

The SAAS Sips for Medical Students Series held a Nov. 2, 2023, event where SAAS leaders gave medical students tips on “Acing the Residency Interview.”

SAAS 2023 Presidential Address

Susan Tsai, MD, MHS, delivered her Presidential Address to the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons at the 2023 SAAS Annual Meeting, titled “Navigating the Bamboo Ceiling: Empowering AAPI Surgeons for Success.”

Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship

Kazuhiko Yamada, MD, PhD, from Johns Hopkins University gave the 2023 Kui and Wai Fong Lecture where he discussed his work in xenotransplantation.

Kuo Family Lectureship

Jason Kalirai, PhD, Mission Area Executive for Civil Space in the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, delivered the 2023 Kuo Family Lecture at the SAAS Annual Meeting.

Designing an Inclusive Operating Room

As the surgical workforce makes strides toward greater gender and minority representation, Dr. Meghal Shah proposes a few crucial ways to make the operating room, including surgical instrument design, more accessible for everyone.

A Moment with SAAS

This season, we feature Dr. Herbert Chen, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.