• 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!

Institutional Member

Since its inception, the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons has been committed to the personal and career development of Asian academic surgeons. In keeping with this mission, the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS) Foundation supports the SAAS Visiting Professor Program, the SAAS-Society of University Surgeons Promising Leaders Program, SAAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and other important programs. If an institution pledges/donates $2,000 per year, it will be named an Institutional Member. Institutional members will have access to the Job Board, recognition at the SAAS Annual Meeting and supported events, and unlimited memberships for trainees (students, residents, fellows).


Institutional Member

Boston University Medical Center (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Jennifer Tseng)
City of Hope (lifetime sponsorship) (Chair: Dr. Yuman Fong)
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Sandra Wong)
Duke University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Allan Kirk / Sponsor: Dr. Suresh “Mitu” Agarwal)
Loma Linda University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Sharon S. Lum)
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Valentine Nfonsam)
Medical College of Wisconsin (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Douglas B. Evans / Sponsor: Dr. Tracy Wang)
Northwestern University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Hasan B. Alam)
Tulane University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Mary Killackey)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Herb Chen)
University of California, Los Angeles (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. O. Joe Hines)
University of California, San Diego (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Bryan Clary)
University of Cincinnati (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Sussman)
University of Colorado (lifetime sponsorship) (Chair: Dr. Richard Schulick)
University of Florida – Jacksonville (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Leigh Neumayer)
University of Miami (2022-2023) (Sponsor: Dr. Nipun Merchant)
University of Pittsburgh (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Timothy R. Billiar)
University of South Florida (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Murray L. Shames / Sponsor: Dr. Paul Kuo)
Virginia Commonwealth University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan)
Yale University (2022-2023) (Chair: Dr. Nita Ahuja)

If you are interested in pledging to the Foundation, please contact Herb Chen, SAAS Foundation President at herbchen@uab.edu.

Donations to SAAS can be made by PayPal here, or a check sent to the following address:

Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Foundation
Boshell Diabetes Building, 505
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0012

The Society is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by the law.