Heather Lyu, Candidate Member
MD Anderson Cancer Center
AAS is valuable because it fosters collaboration amongst young academic surgeons and trainees from different programs and backgrounds. I believe that it is important to get involved and be active in these societies to work with colleagues from different disciplines and practice types; it allows us to gain a true understanding of the national surgical community.
The appropriate integration of technology is essential to be a clinician. We, as surgeons, should work together to be at the forefront of adopting new technologies and digital solutions, both in and out of the operating room. The technology and communications committee can be a way to learn from each other on how we incorporate technology and improve communication at a local and national level. I completed a clinical informatics fellowship and obtained my Masters in biomedical informatics. I hope to use my experience as an active member of this committee.