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

SSAT Foundation Chair's Message

2016 marks another year that the SSAT Foundation was able to support both young and established surgeons through the granting of seven major awards. The SSAT Foundation held its 2nd Annual Awards Reception during the SSAT 57th Annual Meeting at DDW2016. At the Reception the Foundation gave out 161,500 USD to the recipients of the 2016 Awards. The reception was highlighted by a silent auction that included items donated by SSAT members—such as a weekend in a Midtown Manhattan condominium, prime seats to sporting events, and even a stay on Cape Cod. These donated items are a great way to make a contribution to the SSAT Foundation, all the while receiving the tax benefits of a donation. At the SSAT 58th Annual Meeting at DDW 2017 in Chicago, IL, we hope to have an even better auction! We are counting on the SSAT membership to think creatively of items that they could donate for the charity auction. If you are interested in supporting the SSAT Foundation, this is a great way to do so. Please contact the society office at ssat@ssat.com for further information.

The Board of Trustees of the SSAT Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery. The purpose of the Moody Memorial Fund is to further his lifelong passion in developing the next generation of GI surgeons, by helping the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education through the advancement of the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease. The endowment of this fund will truly be a fitting tribute to Dr. Moody, so please make a donation today.

As 2016 comes to a close, please consider a donation to the SSAT Foundation.

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All the best for Happy Holidays and a Healthy 2017.

David W. Rattner, MD
Chair, SSAT Foundation


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.


Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery

The Board of Trustees of the SSAT Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery. The purpose of the unrestricted Moody Memorial Fund is to further his lifelong passion in developing the next generation of GI surgeons, by helping the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education through the advancement of the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease.

Frank G. Moody, MD, was a giant in the field of digestive surgery. Dr. Moody helped establish GI surgery as a recognized specialty and was a vocal advocate throughout his long career. Born in Franklin, New Hampshire, in 1928, Dr. Moody attended Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, and Cornell Medical School. He did his surgical residency under Frank Glenn at Cornell, then went to University of California, San Francisco for three years as an instructor in biliary surgery with Dr. Bert Dunphy. He served as the Chief of Digestive Surgery at the University of Alabama before chairing the departments of surgery at the University of Utah from 1971-82 and the University of Texas at Houston from 1983-94. He was involved in cutting-edge research, mentored many surgical trainees who went on to leadership positions, and served as President of the SSAT from 1981-1982. He attended surgical meetings until the time of his death and is honored by the yearly Frank and Maja Moody State-of-the-Art Lectureship at the SSAT Annual Meeting.

The Foundation Board is asking the Society membership to consider a generous donation to the Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery at this time. The Foundation welcomes secure online donations via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), as well as gifts of checks and securities. You may donate online by credit card via the Members Only Area or you donate by credit card via secure fax or by check by downloading the Contribution Form.


2016 Career Development Award Recipients

Selected by the SSAT Research Committee, this Foundation award for young faculty members ($50,000 per year for two years) is to assist in the establishment of (primarily basic science) investigators in digestive diseases.

David Liska, MD The recipient of the 2016–2018 Career Development Award is David Liska, MD, of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, for his project, “Cancer Associated Fibroblasts Mediate Resistance to Radiotherapy in Rectal Cancer.”
 
Evie H. Carchman, MD In addition, in 2016 the 2015–2017 Career Development Award recipient, Evie H. Carchman, MD, of University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, received the second year of funding for her project, “The Role of Autophagy in Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment.” Read Dr. Carchman’s progress report here.


2016 Residents and Fellows Research Conference Presentation Awards

The SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference, funded by the Foundation, is a daylong session held annually in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week, at which the residents and fellows who serve as the presenting authors of the highest ranked abstracts from the Annual Meeting are given the opportunity to present their own work and hear and discuss the work of their colleagues from around the world. SSAT Board, Program, and Resident and Fellow Education Committee members spend an entire day with these young surgeons, with the top presenter(s) receiving modest award(s). This Conference, which includes a keynote speaker who addresses issues of importance to trainees, provides the participants a stimulating educational environment and an opportunity to interact directly not only with senior members of the Society but also with their peers. This experience solidifies the residents and fellows’ knowledge and commitment to the research endeavors within the specialty, thereby strengthening the future of the specialty and the Society as well.

The 2016 Research Conference Participants

The 2016 Research Conference Presentation Award recipients are:

Evolution of Outcomes of Patients with Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Undergoing Pancreatoduodenectomy following Preoperative Therapy
Jordan Cloyd
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Inhibition of Pancreatic Cancer Cell and Stroma Growth with a Downstream Hedgehog Antagonist
Kim C. Honselmann
University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Application of Gold Nanorods in Cancer Theranostics
Mohan Singh
Imperial College London, Birmingham, United Kingdom


2016 Invited Speaker Sessions at the SSAT Annual Meeting

The Foundation provides support for the Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration, the Maja and Frank Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture, and the Kelly and Carlos Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Joint Symposium at the Annual Meeting.

Cameron Guest Oration

The 2016 Cameron Guest Orator was H. James Dallas, the author of Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail. His address, “Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change,” focused on strategies for implementing change, setting priorities, engaging peoples, and achieving results.

Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture

The 2016 Moody State-of-the-Art Lecturer was Dr. Bruce L. Gewertz, the Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Vice President for Interventional Services, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and H&S Nichols Distinguished Chair in Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. His lecture, “The Best Medicine: Leadership Lessons for Work and Life,” identified several leadership goals, including assembling a productive work group and building a supportive professional network.

Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Joint Symposium

The 2016 Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Joint Symposium, “Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus and Early Esophageal Cancer,” highlighted new technologies and differing treatment recommendations. Thanks to the generosity of Foundation donors, the Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Joint Symposium continues to be a valuable and meaningful closing event for the SSAT Annual Meeting.


2016 Mentored Research Award Recipients

Selected by the SSAT Research Committee, this Foundation award for residents or fellows ($25,000 for one-year) is to support the second or third year of research being conducted in the research program of an SSAT member.

Kevin K. Chang, MD Kevin K. Chang, M.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
“Role of Oncogenic KRAS in Gastric Adenocarcinoma Cancer Stem-like Cells”
 
Julie Goswami, MD Julie Goswami, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
“The Role of Surgery-Induced Inflammation in Promoting Colorectal Metastases”


2016 Traveling Fellowships

The Foundation provides support for the Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada and the Karen and Josef E. Fischer International Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice.

DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada

The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning among SSAT members within the United States or Canada. The travelling fellow, selected by the SSAT Continuing Education Committee, visits a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the United States or Canada, for a period of six to ten days, under the sponsorship of a Society member at the hosting institution. The Foundation provides a stipend of up to $3,500 to the Traveling Fellow.

Steven C. Cunningham, MD The recipient of the 2016 DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada is Steven C. Cunningham, M.D. of Saint Agnes Hospital Center in Baltimore, MD.

Fischer International Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice

The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning among junior academic surgeons in the SSAT with surgical units overseas. One awardee each year, selected by the SSAT Continuing Education Committee, is funded to visit International GI Surgery units and an International Meeting. The Foundation provides a stipend of up to $5,000 to the Traveling Fellow.

Gareth Morris-Stiff, MD The recipient of the 2016 Fischer International Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice is Gareth Morris-Stiff, MD of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.


2016 Master Educator and Clinician Awards

The Foundation annually honors a distinguished mentor, teacher, and educator via the Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award and an outstanding clinical surgeon via the Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award.

Warshaw Master Educator Award

Dr. Fernandez-del Castillo
SSAT Foundation 2016-2014 Chair,
David W. Rattner, MD, presents Dr. Fernandez-del Castillo with the Master Educator Award
This award recognizes an individual’s leadership as an outstanding surgical educator and mentor. The SSAT Foundation presented the 2016 Warshaw Master Educator Award to Dr. Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo. Dr. Fernandez-del Castillo is director of the pancreas and biliary surgery program and clinical co-director of the GI cancer center at the MGH, as well as professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Rikkers Master Clinician Award

Dr. Ralph W. Aye
SSAT Foundation 2016-2017 Chair,
David W. Rattner, MD, presents Dr. Ralph W. Aye with the Master Clinician Award
This award recognizes an outstanding clinical surgeon. The SSAT Foundation presented the 2016 Layton. F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award to Dr Ralph W. Aye. Dr. Aye currently serves as a Thoracic and Esophageal Surgeon, Program Leader of Thoracic Oncology, and Fellowship Director of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery at the Swedish Cancer Institute and Swedish Medical Center.


Foundation Awards Reception Review

The SSAT Foundation held the 2nd Annual Awards Reception on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Omni San Diego during the SSAT Annual Meeting at DDW 2016. The Foundation gave out 161,500 USD to the recipients of the following 2016 awards:

  • The DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada;
  • The Fischer International Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice;
  • The Mentored Research Awards;
  • The Residents and Fellows Research Conference Plenary Presentation Prizes;
  • The Warshaw Master Educator Award;
  • The Rikkers Master Clinician Award; and
  • The Career Development Award.

New this year the Awards Reception featured a Silent Auction with hand-signed sports items, sports tickets, limited edition celebrity items, weekend getaways, and once-in-a-lifetime experience packages. Click here for some highlighted items that were featured in the SSAT Foundation silent auction. All proceeds from the reception and silent auction help support the Foundation’s initiatives.

Help the SSAT Foundation continue its work of recognizing outstanding surgeon scientists and supporting the future of our profession. Together, let us raise over 160,000 USD more in support of next year’s awards. Donate today!

View Photos from the SSAT Foundation Awards Reception here. Save the date for the 3rd Annual SSAT Foundation Awards Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.


A Look Back at Nearly Three Decades of SSAT Career Development Awards

The SSAT Career Development Award was established in 1987 and since its inception has fostered the careers over 28 outstanding surgeon-scientists. The SSAT Career Development Award continues to be the cornerstone of the work of the SSAT Foundation. The following video highlights the impact of the SSAT Foundation and how your donations make a difference.

In addition, the Foundation is excited to present four past recipients, including the inaugural recipient Dr. Barbara L. Bass, in a video series that highlights how the Career Development Award has helped shape their careers and the difference the Foundation and the SSAT makes. To view the Career Development Award Surgeon Spotlights video series please click here.


Major Gifts Honor Roll

The SSAT Foundation is extremely grateful for its most generous donors who have given $2,500 or more cumulatively, as of November 15, 2016.

Founders Society (gifts of $10,000 and above)
Anonymous
John L. Cameron
Tom R. DeMeester
Josef E. Fischer
John G. Hunter
Paul H. Jordan, Jr.
Keith A. Kelly
Margaret Lee & Al Njoo
Keith D. Lillemoe
Jeffrey B. Matthews
Fabrizio Michelassi
Frank G. Moody*
Carlos A. Pellegrini
David W. Rattner
Pon Satitpunwaycha
Bruce D. Schirmer
Robert V. Stephens
Downing Family Foundation
Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery

*Deceased
 
Heritage Society (gifts of $5,000 to $9,999)
Stanley W. Ashley
Barbara L. Bass
John S. Bolton
Mark P. Callery
Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo
James E. Goodnight, Jr.
Richard A. Hodin
David M. Mahvi
Robin S. McLeod
Michael M. Meguid
Jeffrey H. Peters
Jeffrey L. Ponsky
Layton F. Rikkers
Nathaniel J. Soper
Andrew L. Warshaw
John Wong
Charles J. Yeo
 
Benefactor’s Society (gifts of $2,500 to $4,999)
O. Layton Alldredge
James M. Becker
Richard H. Bell, Jr.
Laurence Y. Cheung
Merril T. Dayton
Susan Galandiuk
Judy & Frank L. Hewitt, III
R. Scott Jones
Donald E. Low
David W. McFadden
Kenric M. Murayama
Michael S. Nussbaum
Scott R. Petersen
Jorge Petribu
Henry A. Pitt
Michael G. Sarr
Norbert Senninger
Byers W. Shaw, Jr.
Steven C. Stain
Jon S. Thompson
L. William Traverso
Jennifer F. Tseng
Matthew Walsh
Annals of Surgery, Wolters Kluwer


Giving Opportunities

The SSAT Foundation offers numerous ways to make outright gifts, which provide an immediate impact:

  • SSAT Members can immediately and securely donate online via credit card in the Members Only area; non-members may download the Donor Form.

  • You may also donate via check by mailing a completed Donor Form to:
    SSAT Foundation
    500 Cummings Ctr, Ste 4400
    Beverly, MA 01915 USA

  • To gift stock (securities transfer), an IRA Required Minimum Distribution (a direct transfer from your IRA to the SSAT Foundation), or an honorarium (funds directed to the SSAT Foundation, originally offered to you for giving lectures, serving as guest faculty, or providing other professional services), please contact the Executive Manager, SSAT Foundation, via telephone at (978) 927-8330 or e-mail.

  Make a Donation

The SSAT Foundation also offers many planned gift vehicles to leave an enduring and personal legacy. Examples include bequests (with the SSAT Foundation named in your will), retirement gifts (with the SSAT Foundation named as a remainder beneficiary), and life insurance gifts (with the SSAT Foundation named as beneficiary and owner of an old or new policy). For additional information on any of these methods of planned giving, please contact the Executive Manager, SSAT Foundation, via telephone at (978) 927-8330 or e-mail. The SSAT Foundation strongly advises you consult your attorney or tax advisor when deciding which planned gift vehicle is best for you.


AmazonSmile: Support the SSAT Foundation

Do you shop on Amazon? The SSAT Foundation is excited to offer its supporters a new and easy way to give back to the Foundation. Shop using AmazonSmile and select the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Foundation as your charity, and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the SSAT Foundation.

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2017 Foundation Award Application Deadlines

The SSAT Foundation funds seven Awards to support surgeon-scientists and recognize outstanding individuals in the fields of surgical education and clinical surgery. The following are the 2017 Foundation funded awards and deadlines:

For complete details on all awards and to apply online please click here.



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