Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
SSAT Year-End Newsletter

SSAT Year-End Newsletter
» President’s Message from Nathaniel J. Soper, M.D.
» SSAT 58h Annual Meeting at Digestive Disease Week 2017
» Frank G. Moody Memorial Fund for Research and Education in Digestive Surgery
» SSAT Award, Fellowship, and Scholarship Deadlines
» JOGS Online CME Offerings
» New Enduring Material Online CME Offerings
» SSAT Program Committee Report
» Thoughts from the Research Committee
» Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Committee Report
» Try the free iOS and Android App for the SSAT’s official journal, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (JOGS)
» Member Upgrade
» Sponsor a new SSAT Member Today
» Support the SSAT Foundation

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2016-2017
Officers and Trustees


Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, President
Stanley W. Ashley, MD, President-Elect
Kevin E. Behrns, MD, Vice President
Mary T. Hawn, MD, Treasurer
Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, Secretary
Mark A. Talamini, MD, Recorder
Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, Chair
Imran Hassan, MD
Richard A. Hodin, MD
Daniel B. Jones, MD
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD
Robin S. McLeod, MD
Marco G. Patti, MD
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD
Samuel Shuchleib Chaba, MD
Steven C. Stain, MD
Jean Nicolas Vauthey, MD
Matthew Walsh, MD
Sharon M. Weber, MD

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President’s Message from Nathaniel J. Soper, M.D.
Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, SSAT President
Nathaniel J. Soper, MD
SSAT President
Greetings and best wishes for the season! SSAT leadership continues to work on tactics supporting our recent strategic update. The three primary initiatives are as follows:
  1. Develop a comprehensive curriculum for training in advanced gastrointestinal surgery. Although initially organized by an SSAT task force, this effort has been broadened into an inter-societal committee with members from SSAT, SAGES, AHBPA, ASMBS, ASCRS, ABS, Fellowship Council, and RRC. The co-chairs of this committee are Matt Hutter and Aurora Pryor. Considerable thought has been put into this initiative and a white paper outlining the underlying concepts will be published shortly in JOGS.
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SSAT 58h Annual Meeting at Digestive Disease Week 2017
The SSAT Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week (DDW). DDW is the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. The SSAT Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from May 6-9, 2017. More...

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. More...

SSAT Award, Fellowship, and Scholarship Deadlines
Complete award, fellowship, and scholarship details including criteria, application instructions, and required supporting materials are available on the SSAT website at www.ssat.com/awards. More...

JOGS Online CME Offerings
The SSAT offers CME credits through the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery! The JOGS Online CME Program is a benefit for SSAT Members, who can gain access to JOGS and the CME program through the SSAT Members Only area.More...

New Enduring Material Online CME Offerings
The SSAT now offers CME credits through the following online enduring materials, which are meant to educate participants on minimally invasive techniques of gastrointestinal surgery: More...

SSAT Program Committee Report
The 2016 SSAT meeting was a great success. This was the second year of implementing the "track" system of the program into foregut, HPB and colorectal tracks. This was our second year of the hands-on course and the first in which we had three tracks. The hands-on course were well attended. This was the first year of our international program, including a session on surgical training in other countries. We also started a diversity symposium, which was well attended. We coupled the Resident and Fellows Research Conference with the 3rd Annual Surgical Fellowship Fair and that was a success. Next year's program is well underway and we anticipate increased abstract submissions and an excellent meeting.

Thoughts from the Research Committee
We are honored to represent the SSAT and its mission to promote GI surgery research. Over the last year our committee has taken on several new initiatives. We have worked very closely with the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery to support a joint award. Through this collaboration we have doubled the amount of money we will give to an investigator for research into diseases of the lower GI tract. We are very excited for this new grant; apply for the SSAT and Research Foundation of the ASCRS Joint Research Award by February 17, 2017. In addition, we have worked very closely with Dr. Orlando Kirton, the immediate Past President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS), to develop the SSAT/SBAS Resident/Fellow Research Award, to be given to a resident member of the SBAS in support of research to be done in the laboratory of a member of the SSAT. The inaugural requests for proposals for both of these awards went out this year, and we are looking forward to awarding them to outstanding applicants. It is an honor to work for the SSAT and we look forward to the next round of research proposals.

Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Committee Report
The Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Committee is a new committee for the SSAT and the entire membership should be proud that the Society seeks to expand inclusion on multiple levels. The charge of the committee is expansive with a broad mandate to expand a diverse membership now and in future generations of surgeons, increase the input of diverse members through leadership positions, and advocate for diverse patient populations requiring treatment and surgery for gastrointestinal diseases. More...

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Member Upgrade
Attention SSAT Members: Have you become Board Certified? Have you just retired from medical practice?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then it is time for you to upgrade your SSAT Membership! More...

Sponsor a new SSAT Member Today
The SSAT was founded in 1960 to bring together the best and brightest gastrointestinal surgeons from around the world. Drawing from the leading medical schools and hospitals in the United States and abroad, the SSAT membership is composed of many of today’s leading practitioners, teachers, and young surgeons. Help make the SSAT a stronger society by sponsoring a new or potential SSAT Member. More...

Support 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 advance the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease. More...


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