• 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!

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


SAAS Foundation 2024-2025 Visiting Professorships

Congratulations to the 2024-2025 SAAS Visiting Professors, as well as our other recent award and accolade recipients: Drs. Oliver Eng, Annabelle Fonseca, Kevin Koo, Tammy Holm, Victoria Lai, Melanie Ongchin, James Wu, Jessica Zagory, Zhi Ven Fong, Christy Yoon-Hee Chai, Lillian Kao, Sandra Wong, Danny Chu, and Brenessa Lindeman.

An Ultimate Challenge to the Palate

SAAS members attend a Japanese whiskey tasting fundraiser, hosted by Dr. Herbert Chen at the 2023 SAAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.

SAAS Sips Recap: Acing the Residency Interview

The SAAS Sips for Medical Students Series is a casual, low-stress setting for trainees to interact with SAAS leaders. The Nov. 2, 2023, event focused on “Acing the Residency Interview.”

Kuo Family Lectureship: Jason Kalirai, PhD

This year’s Kuo Family Lecture was given by Jason Kalirai, PhD, at the 2023 SAAS Annual Meeting. Dr Kalirai is the Mission Area Executive for Civil Space in the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

SAAS 2023 Presidential Address: Susan Tsai, MD, MHS

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.