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

SSAT Year-End Newsletter
» Presidentís 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 SSATís official journal, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (JOGS)
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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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PLEASE NOTE Ė as of January 1, 2017, the SSAT office suite number will be Suite 4400. Please note this in your records.

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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. The membership has already participated in the initial aspects of the process by responding to the membership survey. This is an exciting committee for Society members looking to make a difference, and the open nomination process allows for interested members to join.

The current initiative is to develop a strategic plan for the Society to achieve the goals outlined in the White Paper on Diversity published in JOGS. The major themes of the strategic plan include development of diverse leadership, inclusive membership, cultural competency training, and patient advocacy. All of these areas will take time to develop, but input from the membership on these areas is strongly encouraged, and direct input can be given to any committee member or the committee chair, Matthew Walsh, MD. Soon members will be highlighted on the Society website to showcase our diverse membership with varied interests that currently reside in our great organization.