Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
SSAT Foundation 2016 Year-End Report

SSAT Foundation 2016 Year-End Report
» SSAT Foundation Chair's Message
» SSAT Foundation History
» Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery
» 2016 Career Development Award Recipients
» 2016 Residents and Fellows Research Conference Presentation Awards
» 2016 Invited Speaker Sessions at the SSAT Annual Meeting
» 2016 Mentored Research Award Recipients
» 2016 Traveling Fellowships
» 2016 Master Educator and Clinician Awards
» Foundation Awards Reception Review
» A Look Back at Nearly Three Decades of SSAT Career Development Awards
» Major Gifts Honor Roll
» Giving Opportunities
» AmazonSmile: Support the SSAT Foundation
» 2017 Foundation Award Application Deadlines

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Officers and Trustees

David W. Rattner, MD, Chair
Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, Secretary
Mary T. Hawn, Treasurer
Susan Galandiuk, MD
Robin S. McLeod, MD
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD
Nathaniel J. Soper, MD
Mark A. Talamini, MD
Selwyn M. Vickers, MD
Charles J. Yeo, MD


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SSAT Foundation History

The history of the SSAT Foundation truly starts with the founding of the parent organization, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. The Society was incorporated on March 30, 1960, and was initially named the Association for Colon Surgery. In the beginning it was thought advisable to limit the Society's interest to surgery of the colon, but the name was changed to The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract to reflect the Society’s wide interest in abdominal surgery. To this day, the SSAT remains the only North American organization focused on surgical problems of the entire alimentary tract.

The Society's founder, Dr. Robert Turell, in his presidential address, spoke of his dream of creating a research and educational foundation for alimentary surgery. In practical terms, creating a research and educational foundation required the development of an enduring source of funding. Over the next three decades, the Society struggled with strategies to ensure such funding, but in 1997, with the establishment and publication of the first issue of the Society’s own peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and on the tenth anniversary of the Career Development Award, the Board of Trustees voted to set up the SSAT Foundation.

The SSAT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. The Foundation was established in 2000 to help the Society achieve its ongoing mission: to stimulate, foster, and provide surgical leadership in the art and science of patient care; to promote and support the education and research of the diseases and functions of the alimentary tract; to provide a forum for the presentation of such research and educational endeavors; and to foster training and funding opportunities and scientific publications in support of these activities. Research and education remain the cornerstone of fulfilling the Society’s mission, and the Foundation seeks to support the SSAT’s current initiatives including: the Career Development Award for young faculty members; the Residents and Fellows Research Conference held at the time of Digestive Disease Week; the Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration; the Maja and Frank Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture; the Kelly and Carlos Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Joint Symposium; the Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada; the Karen and Josef E. Fischer International Traveling Fellowship Award for Surgeons in Academic Practice; the Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award; the Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award; and the Mentored Research Awards.

Annually since 1987, the Society has granted at least one Career Development Award to promising surgeon scientists, many of whom have risen in their surgical sub specialty ranks and become Chairs of their respective Departments of Surgery and continue to receive ongoing NIH or NGO extramural funding. Clearly, the contribution dollars donated by SSAT Members has enabled these surgeon scientists to play a leadership role in the advances seen in clinical and research surgical scholarship. The return on the investment of the SSAT Foundation contributions has redounded to the benefit of the quality of life and safety of surgical patients nationwide.