AAS COUNCILOR ELECTIONS:
COUNCILOR MEMBER TO REPRESENT THE 2012 YEAR-OF-ENTRY GROUP
Each year, one Council member is elected for a two-year term for each year-of-entry group. This year’s elections consist of 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 & 2020 year-of-entry groups, as well as the Resident/Fellow Councilor position.
Please vote for one candidate below by Monday, August 30, 2021 at 11:59pm PST so that we may complete this important election and notify you of your elected representative. Please use your Council member to convey your ideas and concerns to the Executive Council.
Name: Oveys Mansuri
Institution: Veterans Administration
Statement of Interest: The strength of AAS is the synergistic relationships between its leadership and members as it relates to mentorship and support in career development of young surgeons. There has not been a more important time for this than now. The role of councilors to serve as both liaisons and representatives of their particular membership class is vital to the inclusive nature of AAS. I have now been a member of AAS for over 8 years, in that time served on the Program Committee twice, as an Institutional Representative, on the Publications Committee, Ethics Committee, and the DEI taskforce which is now a committee. I served as a Councilor (2012) once before, and having a second term would allow me to take a more proactive role based on my prior experience with the Executive Council as well as relationships developed over that time. Two specific initiatives I would like to work on include increasing membership of non-traditional academic surgeons and developing a safe venue for young surgeons to find guidance in challenging workplace environments.
Name: Mayur Patel
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Statement of Interest: The AAS has one of the most critical missions in surgery, which is developing the next generation of academic surgeons. The organization inspired me through its first Career Development Course and its inaugural Academic Surgical Congress, and since revitalized me through the Aspiring Leaders Program. I have served the Scholarship and Outcomes Research Committees, and currently the AAS/ SECOND Trial Mentorship Network. I would be thrilled to give back, serve as Councilor, and help shape the future of the AAS.
Name: Ali Zarrinpar
Institution: University of Florida
Statement of Interest: AAS is unequalled in placing the development of academic surgeons first. These academic surgeons range from medical students to residents to junior and senior faculty. I have enjoyed the atmosphere of encouragement and advancement and appreciated the camaraderie. It would be a great honor and privilege to serve as a councilor and be a part of this group. Having been a member for more years than I care to count, having served on committees including Publications and Basic and Translational Research, and having been the beneficiary of AAS courses, I would like to continue to engage and serve.