Matthew Symer, Active Member
NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island
As a resident the ASC was the first national surgical meeting where I learned to present research. Later, attending the Fall Courses was pivotal for me in establishing a career trajectory, and in showing me the many faces of success in academic surgery. The opportunity to interact with other academic surgeons from across the country in a variety of disciplines has been the most enjoyable and rewarding aspect of AAS membership. Now as a faculty member, I am excited to join the AAS committee leadership and give back to the organization. I see two major challenges for members and trainees; increasing mandates to do research but a lack of resources to ensure high-quality work, and the rapid adoption of new technologies. I would be honored to continue the work of the AAS in these vital areas.