Who Are We?


  • The Association for Academic Surgery was founded in 1966 and has grown significantly over the years being widely recognized as an inclusive surgical organization with over 2,800 member surgeons.

  • Active members have traditionally held faculty appointments at a recognized academic center. Active membership is also available to senior/chief residents and fellows in approved training programs in general surgery and the surgical specialties. The impetus of the membership remains research-based academic surgery.

  • The period of active membership lasts for 10 years. Any senior, chief resident or fellow applying for active membership shall be allowed to serve as an Active member for 10 years after their first academic appointment.

  • Leaders within the Association have traditionally been responsible for maintaining active laboratories at their institutions, and the Mission of the Association remains promotion of a shared vision of research and academic pursuits through the exchange of ideas between senior surgical residents, junior faculty and established academic surgical professors.

All Members

All members are invited to participate actively in all of the Association's functions by submitting abstracts for scientific presentation, attending the Annual Meetings, and discussing papers presented at meetings in their area of interest. Members also receive a semi-annual Newsletter describing activities of the Association, as well as additional information on other pertinent issues before the Association and surgery.

AAS Constitution and Bylaws PDF file

As revised March 2016


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