AAS COUNCILOR ELECTIONS:
COUNCILOR MEMBER TO REPRESENT THE 2018 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: Courtney Collins
Institution: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Statement of Interest: I am currently in my third year as an abdominal wall surgeon at Ohio State University. I have been involved in AAS for many years and currently sit on the Education Committee as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee where my focus has been on amplifying the voices of LGBT+ surgeons and trainees. I am continually impressed by the vision of the AAS particularly with its focus on engaging and supporting young faculty, trainees, and students and preparing them for successful academic careers. I would love to represent my class and help shape the future endeavors of the organization that has played such a significant role not only for me but for many junior attendings.
Name: Seth Goldstein
Institution: Northwestern University Lurie Children’s Hospital
Statement of Interest: I am a pediatric general surgeon member who seeks additional involvement with and opportunity to serve AAS. I am a member since 2018 and have been a regular attendee of the annual meeting both before that as a trainee, and since as faculty. The organization has always been a source of professional development, personal camaraderie, and overall inspiration as a young academic surgeon. Most recently, I served on the Publications Committee 2019-2021 and received a 2020 Reviewer Excellence Award. It would be a privilege to serve as AAS Councilor and faithfully represent my class.
Name: Sharven Taghavi
Institution: Tulane University School of Medicine
Statement of Interest: I have been involved with the AAS since I was a junior resident and the organization has played a key role in my development as an academic surgeon. From honing my presentation skills at the ASC, serving on the ASC Program Committee, and connecting me to a mentor through the AAS-SUS Basic & Translational Mentorship Program, the AAS has provided me with networking and career advancement opportunities that have helped establish my career. Being an AAS Councilor would give me the opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization and participate in helping other academic surgeons establish their careers.