Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
October 2011 Newsletter

October 2011 Newsletter
» 2012 SSAT Public Service Award
» Call for Abstracts for the 53rd Annual Meeting
» 2012 Career Development Award
» SSAT Foundation Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Fund
» Consensus Conference on the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases
» Sponsor a New SSAT Member

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2012 SSAT Public Service Award
Nominations for the 2012 SSAT Public Service Award are due October 31, 2011. This award recognizes an individual or organization from the lay community that has impacted the public by promoting or creating awareness of gastrointestinal health. The recipient should have dedicated considerable time and/or expertise to significantly impact the advancement of the lay public to understand or cope with problems of gastrointestinal health. Individuals/Organizations from the public as well as from the private sectors are eligible. View the previous recipients, then read the complete SSAT Public Service Award details and make a nomination today. More...

Call for Abstracts for the 53rd Annual Meeting

Call for Abstracts for the 53rd Annual Meeting
The SSAT’s 53rd Annual Meeting will take place in San Diego, California, from May 19 – 22, 2012, in conjunction with DDW—the most prestigious event in the field of digestive diseases—and abstract and video submissions are now being accepted for presentation consideration. The abstract submission period closes Wednesday, December 1, 2011, at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, so submit your abstracts now via the DDW 2012 abstract submission site. Please note that the video submission instructions have changed this year. More...

2012 Career Development Award
Applications for the 2012 SSAT Career Development Award are due January 6, 2012. The goal of this award for young faculty members is to assist in the establishment of investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases. The SSAT award of $50,000 per year for two years is a career development award meant to support young investigators who have neither been funded by a National Institutes of Health R01 Award nor received a similar type of career development award from another organization. Read complete Career Development Award details, access the online application form now, and view past recipients and progress reports. Please note that this is now an online process, and only online applications will be considered. More...

SSAT Foundation Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Fund

Layton F. Rikkers, MD
The Board of Trustees of the SSAT Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Master Clinician Fund. This tribute fund acknowledges Dr. Rikkers’ exceptional record of service and leadership for the SSAT and his longstanding commitment to excellence in clinical surgery.

The purpose of the unrestricted Rikkers Fund is twofold: 1) To help the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education by advancing the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease; and 2) To honor an outstanding surgical clinician and mentor at the SSAT meeting at Digestive Disease Week via presentation of an annual Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award. Please consider a generous donation to the Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Fund at this time; SSAT Members may donate via the Members Only Area. More...

Consensus Conference on the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases
The SSAT is proud to co-sponsor the next Consensus Conference on the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012, in San Francisco, California. The goal of the conference is to review the current indications for surgical treatment, non-surgical interventions, and adjuvant therapy for colorectal liver metastases. Since the last consensus conference on this topic, there have been a number of diagnostic, surgical, and pharmacologic advances in the field. In some cases these novel approaches contradict previous consensus statements, and in other cases they strengthen previous statements. Read the conference brochure and register for the conference today. More...

Sponsor a New SSAT Member
The SSAT depends on its membership to sponsor new members for its viability, and by logging into the Members Only Area of the SSAT Website now, you may initiate an application for a new member you wish to sponsor. The SSAT’s many benefits include $95 early-bird registration to the Annual Meeting at DDW (or complimentary early-bird registration for Candidate and Resident members), and access to the Society’s awards and fellowships. Active, Candidate, and Resident members also receive a subscription to the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery gratis. So share the benefits of SSAT membership with a colleague, a co-author, or a resident-candidate and sponsor a new member today. Not sure if someone is already a member? Check the online Member Directory. More...