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
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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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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.

SSAT Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Developing Nations
The SSAT established this Fellowship to provide an opportunity to promote interaction among surgeons working in developing countries and members of the SSAT as well as to provide learning opportunities that surgeons in developing countries might not have otherwise. Two surgeons working in developing countries will each be awarded a Traveling Fellowship so s/he can attend DDW and also visit one or two institutions in the United States or Canada, hosted by an SSAT member over a two-week period.
Deadline: January 6, 2017

2017 Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award
The SSAT Foundation established the Warshaw Master Educator Award in 2011 to recognize an outstanding surgical educator and mentor. The award will be presented annually to a member of the SSAT who exemplifies excellence as a mentor, teacher, and educator. Nominations are encouraged from the SSAT membership; Past Presidents, previous Founders Medal Recipients, and current members of the SSAT Executive Committee are not eligible for this recognition.
Deadline: January 13, 2017

2017 Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award
The SSAT Foundation established the Rikkers Master Clinician Award in 2013 to recognize an outstanding clinical surgeon. The award will be presented annually to a member of the SSAT who exemplifies excellence in clinical surgery. Nominations are encouraged from the SSAT membership; Past Presidents, previous Founders Medal Recipients, and current members of the SSAT Executive Committee are not eligible for this recognition.
Deadline: January 13, 2017

SSAT Career Development Award
This award for young faculty members (50,000 USD per year for two years) assists in the establishment of investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases.
Deadline: January 13, 2017

Karen and Josef E. 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 will be funded to visit International GI Surgery units and an International Meeting. A stipend of up to 5,000 USD will be provided to the Traveling Fellow to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging, and meals.
Deadline: January 27, 2017

ACS/SSAT Health Policy and Management Scholarship
The American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The award is in the amount of 8,000 USD, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

SSAT Career Development Award for Clinical/Outcomes/Education Research
This award for young investigators (20,000 USD per year for two years) assists in the establishment of investigators in clinical, outcomes, and/or educational research in digestive diseases.
Deadline: February 10, 2017

SSAT Writers Workshop Scholarship
The SSAT established the Writers Workshop Scholarships in 2014 to provide further education to SSAT Members on the writing and revising of journal manuscripts as well as the submission process. Preference will be given to residents and fellows as well as surgeons within their first five years of practice, but all SSAT members are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: February 17, 2017

SSAT and Research Foundation of the ASCRS Joint Research
This new award is designed to assist in the development of young faculty members of the SSAT and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) who want to develop an active research program in colorectal diseases. Specifically, this is designed to support research that is focused on diseases of the lower intestinal tract, including but not limited to, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or benign conditions of the lower GI tract. The goal of this project is to foster stronger fellowship between these two Societies through greater scientific collaboration and more comprehensive young faculty mentorship.
Deadline: February 17, 2017

SSAT Health Care Disparities Research Award
The SSAT established the Health Care Disparities Research Award in 2015 to assist in the development of young faculty members engaged in disparities research in digestive diseases. The SSAT award of 20,000 USD per year for two years is meant to support health disparities/diversity investigators within 10 years of faculty appointment. The supported research should be focused on health care disparities research. This includes, but is not limited to, investigating the effect on race/ethnicity, access to healthcare, socio-economic status, gender, age, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation on health care outcomes and developing methodology to decrease these disparities.
Deadline: February 24, 2017

DDW Basic Science Travel Awards
These awards for young investigators who co-author basic science abstracts selected for presentation at DDW 2017 provide 1000 USD travel grants to defray the cost of attending Digestive Disease Week. Please note: These travel grants are administered by DDW and are open to co-authors of basic science abstracts submitted to and accepted by any of the four DDW societies.
Deadline: February 27, 2017

Carol and Tom R. 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 will visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the United States or Canada, for a period of 6 to 10 days, under the sponsorship of a Society member at the hosting institution. A stipend of up to 3,500 USD will be provided to the Traveling Fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging and meals.
Deadline: March 3, 2017

SSAT Mentored Research Award
The SSAT Foundation established this award in 2015 to support the second or third year of research being conducted by a resident or fellow in the research program of an SSAT member. Applications from individuals who have spent at least six months working as a full time research fellow will be judged based on quality of the research proposal, applicant, research environment, and preliminary accomplishments in the period to date in the lab. Up to two awards will be provided annually in the amount of 25,000 USD each to help defray support costs, such as salary, direct expense, etc. Research programs in clinical and translational research, outcome and health services research, and basic science investigation are eligible for consideration.
Deadline: March 10, 2017