• Congratulations to the 2023-2024 SAAS Visiting Professors!
  •  Syed Nabeel Zafar, MD is the recipient of the 2023 SAAS Junior Faculty Award!
  • Taylor Lee, BS is the recipient of the 2023 Esther Tsai Sugg Award for the highest scoring SAAS abstract to the Academic Surgical Congress!
  • Jiping Wang, MD, PhD is the recipient of the 2023 SAAS – SUS Mid Career Award!
  • Calvin Chao, MD, is the recipient of the 2022 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!

Source: Kyle Klein

The fourth annual meeting of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 26-27, 2019, and promises to be an incredibly fun, impactful and meaningful gathering of academic surgeons, trainees and students from both the U.S. and abroad.

Source: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Tseng, the James Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.

Boston Medical Center has a rich history dating back to its time as the original Boston City Hospital, the first municipal hospital in the U.S. Maintaining its roots as the healthcare center for South Boston, BMC remains the largest safety-net hospital and Level I trauma center in New England.

This year’s program features 148 accepted abstracts on a wide range of topics, such as the use of mobile technology to track patient recovery after cancer surgery (Dr. Nikhil Panda of Massachusetts General Hospital) and the impact of older patients not returning home after surgery (Dr. Lindsey Zhang of University of Chicago). The top five institutions with the most accepted abstracts this year were Massachusetts General Hospital, National Taiwan University, the University of Alabama Birmingham, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Source: Kyle Klein

In addition to the fantastic scientific presentations, Thursday’s interactive workshop this year is a special professional development session by Professor Kevin Mohan, who teaches “Negotiation and Deals” in the MBA program at Harvard Business School and serves as senior advisor at Summit Partners, a $15-billion venture capital and private equity firm. The session will be focused on discussing negotiation topics relevant to doctors and to provide attendees with simulations of live negotiations. This is a can’t-miss workshop with a leading international expert on business negotiation – a crucial skill for any physician.

A highlight of any SAAS meeting is the opportunity to mingle and connect with fellow SAAS members and attendees. This year’s program will feature a welcome reception at Anoush’ella that will be co-hosted by the Latino Surgical Society. The LSS is a young and new surgical society with an incredibly talented group of leaders and members. The collaboration between LSS and SAAS is an exciting opportunity for both young surgical societies, who are dedicated to the advancement of all academic surgeons. Also, you will not want to miss the closing soiree hosted by Dr. Tseng at her home!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dr. Yuman Fong, this year will also feature a newly endowed annual lecture named after Dr. Fong’s parents, the Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship.The lectureship was established to honor all parents who have supported the success of academic surgeons. The inaugural speaker will be transplant surgical pioneer Dr. John Fung from the University of Chicago.

Source: Kyle Klein

The annual Kuo Family Lecturer this year will be Joanne Chang, a James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and a Boston treasure for her delectable sweets from Flour Bakery. While Chang was originally planning to attend business school, her talents as a baker led her to instead seek work as a chef at various Boston restaurants, including a stint at the acclaimed French restaurant Mistral, before establishing the first Flour Bakery in 2000 – just steps away from BMC. Bostonians have since had an ongoing love affair with Flour’s sticky buns, cakes and other treats, and Flour now has eight locations around the Boston area.

On the topic of food and other events, Boston is home to a number of fantastic restaurants covering a multitude of cuisines. Consider staying in Boston for the weekend to check out the sights, sounds and flavors of Boston.

If you haven’t been to the SAAS meeting, make this your first (of many)!

Story Author: Daniel A. Hashimoto, MD, MS
Story Contributors: Daniel Chu, MD, and Zhi Ven Fong, MD, DrPH


Designing an Inclusive Operating Room: For All and By All

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

SAAS Leadership Highlights

Congratulations to our members for their recent accomplishments, including Dr. Mayur B. Patel who has been named Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A Moment with SAAS: Herbert Chen

This season’s “A Moment with SAAS” features one of our founding members, Dr. Herbert Chen, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

SAAS Leadership Highlights

SAAS congratulates Drs. Kenric Murayama, Thomas Varghese, Ankush Gosain, Shaun Kunisaki, and Vikas Dudeja for their recent accomplishments.

Medical Student Student Reflections

Medical students Gopika SenthilKumar and Nate Verhagen attended their first SAAS meeting in September and said the meeting offered a place for trainees to build new, lasting relationships.

Kuo Family Lectureship: Debbie Lum

“Why do we always have to play the side part? Why aren’t we the protagonist of the story?” asks award-winning filmmaker Debbie Lum at this year’s 2022 Kuo Family Lectureship.

Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship: David Hu

The 2022 Kui and Wai Fong Lectureship was delivered by Professor David Hu from Georgia Institute of Technology. David Hu is a professor of mechanical engineering who draws inspiration from his observation of nature.

Sustainability in Surgery

Connie Shao, MD, discusses the importance of sustainability in surgery in this issue of the Lotus Scroll.

SAAS Leadership Highlights

The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons would like to congratulate our members on their many recent accomplishments.

Presidential Address: ‘A is for… American. Asian. Ally.’

Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH, delivered her Presidential Address to the Society during the 2021 SAAS 6th Annual Meeting, focusing on her thoughts regarding Asian American identity in relation to her role as SAAS president for the past two years.

President’s Message: December 2021

SAAS President Dr. Allan Tsung discusses this year’s SAAS annual meeting, the pandemic and the future of the society in his December 2021 President’s Message.

The Sequelae of Hate

Dr. Lindsey Zhang discusses the recent rise in hate crimes, racial discrimination and violence toward the Asian American community.

A Day in Ramadan as a Surgical Trainee

Dr. Hassan Mashbar, a trauma fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses his experience with Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A: Dr. George Yang

The Lotus Scroll interviews George Yang, MD, PhD, former president of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons.

SAAS Foundation 2018-2019 Visiting Professorships

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 SAAS Foundation Visiting Professors! SAAS Foundation Visiting Professorships support travel to host institutions for junior faculty to give grand rounds and increase the national visibility of rising stars in academic surgery.

SAAS on Twitter!

This year, SAAS was active more than ever on Twitter! In addition to updates and announcements, more content was created for our followers to improve engagement, highlight issues and events important to our society and members, and promote the activities at SAAS.

SAAS Executive Council: Message on the Rise of Racism

First, as the current pandemic continues to affect our communities and families, we want to express our profound gratitude to our surgical colleagues and to all healthcare professionals who are the frontlines of caring for patients with the SARS-CoV2 virus/COVID-19.

Q&A: Dr. Kenric Murayama

The Lotus Scroll is honored to interview Kenric Murayama, MD, this year’s host of the SAAS Annual Meeting.

Resident’s Corner: Work in the Time of Coronavirus

Sterile technique has leaked into the public domain, marked not only by how expensive Purell has become or how frequently we are reminded to wash our hands, but also by the ways we have come to treat one another.

President’s Message: December 2019

SAAS President Dr. Tracy Wang discusses how far the Society has come and what’s in store for 2020 in her December 2019 President’s Message.

SAAS 2019 Meeting Recap

SAAS held its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Boston Medical Center, Sept. 26-27, with more than 148 scientific presentations and breakout sessions.

Q&A: Dr. Jennifer Tseng

Jennifer Tseng, MD, MPH, is the James Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at Boston Medical Center.

Welcome to the Lotus Scroll

Welcome to the launch of Lotus Scroll, the official newsletter of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS). Through the Lotus Scroll, we are excited to distribute and enhance the vision of SAAS: to promote diversity and inclusion in academic surgery through the sponsorship and development of its leaders.