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AAS Officers

Past President:
Past President:
Past President:
Rebecca S. Sippel, MD
Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH
Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD
Eugene  Kim, MD
Clifford S Cho, MD
Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH
Timothy M. Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD

Past Presidents

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Catherine Jane Hunter, BS, MD Councilor Year 2006
Matthew  Martin, BA, BS, MD Councilor Year 2007
Jeffrey Michael Farma, MD Councilor Year 2008
Kevin  Mollen, MD Councilor Year 2009
Heena Pravin Santry, MD, MS Councilor Year 2010
Colin  Martin, MD Councilor Year 2011
Sanjay S. Reddy, MD Councilor Year 2012
Joseph  Sakran, MD, MPH Councilor Year 2013
Luke Michael Funk, MD, MPH Councilor Year 2014
Dawn  Elfenbein, MD, MPH Councilor Year 2015
Ryan P. Merkow, MD Candidate


It shall be the duty of the Basic and Translational Research committee to address issues related to developing the basic and translational research components of the AAS including, but not limited to the annual meeting, educational courses, and awards.

Lawrence Andrew "Drew" Shirley, MD, Chair, 2017-2019
Timothy Louis Frankel, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Evan Scott Glazer, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Ankush Gosain, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Robert R. Redfield III, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jesse Joshua Smith, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Brian S. Zuckerbraun, MD, Member, 2016-2018
William Reece Burns III, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Rebecca Maria Rentea, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019
Allison Speer, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Sam C. Wang, MD, Member, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the Clinical and Health Services Research Committee to address issues related to developing the outcomes research components of the AAS including but not limited to the annual meeting, educational courses, and awards.

Carrie C. Lubitz, MD, Chair, 2016-2018
Daniel Norman Holena, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Melanie Sanders Morris, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Susan Clare Pitt, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Virginia Oliva Shaffer, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Syed Nabeel Zafar, MBBS, MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Daniel Erik Abbott, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Stephanie  Bonne, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Lesly Ann Dossett, MD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Ali  Mokdad, MD, MS, Candidate, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the Committee on Academic Advancement to develop materials and resources to assist members in navigating their academic career.

Saju Joseph, MD, Chair, 2016-2018
Giorgos  Karakousis, MD, FACS, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Adam Craig Alder, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Courtney Balentine, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Danny Chu, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Elizabeth Habermann, PhD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Haejin In, MD, MBA, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Adriana Laser, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Ibrahim   Nassour, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019
Chandrasekar Santhanakrishnan, MD, MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Parsia A. Vagefi, MD, Member, 2016-2018


It shall be the duty of the Committee on Technology and Communications to recommend and implement newer methods to optimize communication or dissemination of information within the organization. The committee’s mission shall be to bring advances in Informatics to the benefit of the Association membership and to serve as liaison between the Association and industry in developing and showcasing new and emerging technologies as they apply to clinical care and research important to academic surgeons and surgical scientists.

Joseph Victor Sakran MD, MPH, Chair, 2016-2018
Christian Jones, MD, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Matthew Brandon Bloom, MD, Member, 2016-2018
F. Charles Brunicardi, MD, Ex-Officio, 2016-2018
Michael James Campbell, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Kim De La Cruz, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Mio  Kitano, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Vikram  Krishnamurthy, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019
David Machado-Aranda, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Timothy Ridolfi, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jamie Robinson, MD, Member, 2016-2018
David  Schneider, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Zoe  Stewart, MD, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
Ying  Zhuge, MD, Member, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the Education Committee to select a program and panelists for the Committee on Education Panel to be presented at each Annual Meeting.

The Education Committee shall consist of no less than six (6) members elected by the membership to serve staggered two-year terms. One-half of the total number of members will be elected each year. The Committee will have two Co-Chairs that will serve staggered two-year terms. The Co-Chairs will be appointed by the President.

Steven Yule, PhD, Chair, 2016-2018
Dawn  Coleman, MD, BS, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Evie Harvell Carchman, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Joanna  Chikwe, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jennifer  Gnerlich, MD, Member, 2017-2019
David  Hughes, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Amanda L. Kong, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Brenessa  Lindeman, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019
Kandace  McGuire, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jennifer Grusby Steiman, BA, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jonah  Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Janice Abigail Taylor, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Thuy Tran, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Heather Lynn Yeo, BSFS, MD, Member, 2016-2018


It shall be the duty of the Ethics Committee to address issues related to academic ethics, including conflicts of interest, disclosure, and scientific professionalism.

Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, Chair, 2017-2019
Eric Michael Campion, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Anji Elizabeth Wall, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Hop  Tran Cao, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jared  White, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Scott  Grant, MD, MBE, Candidate, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the finance committee to assist the Treasurer in responsibly managing the finances of the AAS and to help develop opportunities to raise capital to support AAS activities.

Clifford S. Cho, MD, Chair, 2016-2019
Philip Hyungjin Chang, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Daniel   Chu, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Hari  Nathan, MD, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
Vassiliki Liana Tsikitis, MD, Member, 2016-2018


It shall be the duty of the Global Affairs Committee to recommend and implement programs that enhance the exchange of educational opportunities between the AAS and international surgical organizations.

Thomas G. Weiser, MD, MPH, Chair, 2017-2018
Jennifer  Rickard, MD, MPH, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Amal Alhefdhi, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Marissa A. Boeck, MD, MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Christopher Michael Dodgion, MD, MSPH, Member, 2017-2019
Lorena Gonzalez, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Kamran Idrees, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Catherine  Juillard, MD, MPD, Member, 2017-2019
Rondi Marie Kauffmann, MD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Kristin Leigh Long, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Allison Neal Martin, MD, MPH, Candidate, 2017-2019
Kyle N. Remick, MD, Member, 2016-2018


It shall be the duty of the Committee on Leadership to recommend and implement newer curricula and advocacy to stimulate development of leaders from the membership of the Association. The committee’s mission shall be to provide mentorship and development for individuals aspiring to serve as leaders in the new millennium of academic surgery.

Rajesh Aggarwal, MBBS, MA, PhD, FRCS, Chair, 2017-2018
Hari Nathan, MD, PhD, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Sarah Beth Bryczkowski, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Christy Yoon-Hee Chai, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jill  Cherry-Bukowiec, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Vikas Dudeja, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jacob Andrew Greenberg, MD, EdM, Member, 2016-2018
Amanda Laird, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Steven Lee, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Nader Massarweh, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Susanna Matsen Nazarian, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Matthew D. Neal, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Sarah Catherine Oltmann, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Priti Parikh, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
Douglas S Smink, MD, MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Laura Stafman, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to evaluate, establish eligibility, and accept all qualified applicants for active, senior or candidate membership and keep the Secretary informed of new members. In addition, the Membership Committee shall nominate three Candidates to stand for election as the Councilor representing the most recent class of applicants.

Bellal Joseph, MD, Chair, 2017-2018
Caroline Edwards Reinke, MD, MSPH, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Natasha Sarkari Becker, MD, MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Patrick  Bosarge, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Brian Thomas Bucher, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Vikas Dudeja, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Michael David Goodman, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Tammy  Kindel, MD, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
Afif Naji Kulaylat, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Konstantinos  Makris, MD, Member, 2017-2019
John Ellis Mullinax, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Ashlie  Nadler, MD, Candidate, 2017-2019
Joseph David Phillips, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Christina L Roland, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Allison  Weisbrod, MD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Peter Steven Yoo, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jeremiah  Lee Deneve, DO, Member, 2017-2019


The Nominating Committee for Executive Office of the Association shall consist of the President, President elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Recorder, and Councilors in the second year of their terms and three members to be nominated from the floor at each annual business meeting and elected by the membership to serve a one year term.

Rebecca S. Sippel, MD, Chair, 2017-2018
Clifford S. Cho, MD, Member, 2017 -2018
Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, Member, 2017-2018
Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH, Member, 2017-2018
Eugene Kim, MD, Member, 2017-2018
Catherine  Hunter, MD, Member, 2017 -2018
Jeff  Farma, MD, Member, 2017 -2018
Luke  Funk, MD, MPH, Member, 2017 -2018
Heena Pravin Santry, MD, MS, Member, 2017 -2018
Ryan  Merkow, MD, Member, 2017 -2018
Carrie C.  Lubitz, MD, Member, 2017 -2018
Fabian McCartney Johnston, MD, MHS, Member, 2017 -2018
Angela  Ingraham, MD, Member, 2017 -2018


The combined Program Committee shall review the abstracts of all papers submitted and select those to be presented during the combined annual meeting.

The Program Committee will be instructed to establish the final program and notify the authors six weeks in advance of the meeting so that papers may be presented in completed form to the Recorder at the time of presentation.

Eugene Sungkyun Kim, MD, Chair, 2017-2019
Edward David Auyang, MD, MS, Member, 2017-2019
Ankit Bharat, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Cherif Boutros, MD, MSc, Member, 2016-2018
Clancy J. Clark, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Paul David DiMusto, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Obonoruma (Obos) Imariabe Ekhaese, DO, Member, 2016-2018
Eric Charles Feliberti, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Christopher Paul Gayer, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Nicholas Allen Hamilton, MD, Member, 2017-2019
John Andrew Harvin, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jin  He, MD, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
Rana Marie Higgins, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Karen  Ho, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Hiromichi Ito, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Benjamin Christopher James, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Sundeep Govind Keswani, MD, FACS, FAAP, Member, 2017-2019
SreyRam  Kuy, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Jayme Elizabeth Locke, MD MPH, Member, 2016-2018
Sarah  Lombardo, MD, MSc, Member, 2017-2019
Kazuhide  Matsushima, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Laleh Golkar Melstrom, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Sean Farrell Monaghan, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Katherine T Morris, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Chet Aaron Morrison, BA, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Katie S Murray, DO, Member, 2017-2019
Valentine Nfongen Nfonsam, MD, MS, Member, 2016-2018
Kelly  Olino, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Matthew Ryan Porembka, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Reese W. Randle, MD, Member, 2017-2019
David H.  Rothstein, MD, MS, Member, 2017-2019
Bradley J. Segura, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Shayna Lefrak Showalter, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Matthew Russell Smeds, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Ryan M. Thomas, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Susan  Tsai, MD, MHS, Member, 2017-2019
Catherine Garrison Velopulos, MD, BA, Member, 2017-2019
Regan F. Williams, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Heather Lynn Yeo, BSFS, MD, Member, 2017-2019


It shall be the duty of the Publications Committee to review manuscripts submitted to the journal in association with the AAS for the annual meeting.

Amir Abbas Ghaferi, MD, Chair, 2016-2018
Troy Allen Markel, BA, MD, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Naira  Baregamian, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Evie Harvell Carchman, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Wasim Akram Dar, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Nikola  Dobrilovic, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Daniel  Eiferman, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Sofiane  El Djouzi, MD, FRCS, FACS, Member, 2017-2019
Nina  Glass, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Michael David Goodman, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Imran  Hassan, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Alex Bernard Haynes, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Eunice Yuee-Dean Huang, MD, MS, Member, 2016-2018
Todd Foster Michael Huzar, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Hiromichi  Ito, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Tim  Jancelewicz, MD, MA, Member, 2017-2019
Amanda  Laird, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Julie  Lang, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Michael Charles Lowe, MD, MA, Member, 2017-2019
Stephen Hugh McKellar, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Gitonga  Munene, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Vanessa  Nomellini, MD, PhD, Member, 2017-2019
David Duston Odell, MD, MMSc, Member, 2017-2019
Nicholas Harold Osborne, MD, MS, Member, 2017-2019
Tolulope Abiodun Oyetunji, MD, MPH, Member, 2017-2019
Jacob A Quick, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Faisal G. Qureshi, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Andrew J Schoenfeld, MD, MSc, Member, 2016-2018
Chitra  Subramanian, PhD, MBA, Member, 2017-2019
Kyle Andrew Zanocco, BS, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Mohamed Adel Zayed, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Amer H. Zureikat, MD, Member, 2016-2018


Clara Nan-hi Lee, MD, MPP, Chair, 2017-2019
Scott Chaiet, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Benjamin Levi, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Jennifer Nelson, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Joseph Phillips, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Kevan Sternberg, MD, Member 2017-2019
Jennifer Villwock, MD, Member 2017-2019


Senior Membership Advisory Task Force
Rachel R Kelz, MD, MSCE, Chair, 2015-2019
Daniel Albo, MD, PhD, Member, 2016-2018
Adam C. Berger, MD, Member, 2017-2019
Herbert Chen, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Siobhan A. Corbett, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Eric W. Fonkalsrud, MD, Member, 2016-2018
Tien C. Ko, MD, Member, 2015-2019
Scott A. LeMaire, MD, Member, 2015-2019
Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Member, 2015-2019

AAS Historian
F. Charles Brunicardi, MD, 2015-2018

International Career Development Course Director
Daniel A. Anaya, MD, 2015-2018

AAS Representatives

American Board of Surgery
Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD (2012-2018)

American College of Surgeons’ Board of Governors
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD (2015-2018)

American College of Surgeons' Surgical Research Committee
Ankush  Gosain, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, (2017-2019)

G4 Alliance
Catherine  Juillard, MD, (2017-2019)

Society of Black Academic Surgeons
Zara  Cooper, MD, (2017-2019)

Association of Women Surgeons
Heena Pravin Santry, MD, MS, (2016-2018)


AAS Constitution and Bylaws PDF file

As revised March 2017

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