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The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Mission
The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract is to lead in advancing the science and practice of gastrointestinal surgery.

Vision
The SSAT is global community of GI surgeons advancing research, innovation, and advocacy to benefit interdisciplinary patient care.

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Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH, Chair, SSAT Board of Trustees
Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH
Chair, SSAT Board of Trustees
Vic Velanovich, MD, SSAT President
Vic Velanovich, MD
SSAT President


SSAT Grants & Awards

SSAT/SUS Leadership Agility Program Scholarships

2,800 USD scholarship: For SSAT members to attend the SUS Leadership Agility Program - designed in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management and held at Northwestern University's Evanston, Illinois, campus - which equips leaders to advance their careers in academic medicine amidst an ever-changing landscape. It is required that the scholarship recipient receive matching funds from their institution so that registration fees are completely covered.

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

SSAT Career Development Award

75,000 USD/year for 2 years: For young faculty members to help establish investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases.

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Jeffrey and Joan Matthews Developing Leaders Program

This 2-year program aims to develop and support mid-career faculty from underrepresented backgrounds and/or under-resourced institutions who have interest in becoming an academic leader in GI surgery.

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Application Deadline: March 31, 2024


ACS/SSAT Health Policy and Management Scholarship

8,000 USD stipend: To subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Application Deadline: March 17, 2024

SSAT / Academy for Surgical Coaching (A4SC) Scholarship

The SSAT Coaching Scholarship provides an opportunity for up to four (4) SSAT Members to explore a coaching curriculum and skill set offered by The Academy for Surgical Coaching (A4SC).

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Application Deadline: March 31, 2024



Latest News

Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 9th Edition

Available in early 2025: Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 9th Edition
Stay tuned for the publishing of this new text.

For more than 60 years, Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract has served as the cornerstone reference in this fast-moving field. With comprehensive coverage of all aspects of GI surgery. This new edition will offer even more!

Dr. Aurora Pryor and Dr. Syed Ahmad, co-editors of this edition, speak with Dr. Matt Walsh on what you can expect from this new edition.



SSAT 2024 Lobby Day

With DDW in our Nation’s Capital during May 2024, the SSAT is excited to support and offer a unique opportunity to its members in good standing who have an interest in Advocacy.

Open to 12-15 members, sponsored in part by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and hosted by Soapbox (soapboxconsulting.com), an Advocacy Day to meet your Congressional Representatives, Senators, and their staffers will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, the final day of DDW-SSAT, with a preparatory session for 1-2 hours on Monday afternoon the day before. Attendance at the Monday breakout and for the FULL DAY TUESDAY—9am-4pm—is mandatory for those who sign up to participate.
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1st Annual Conference of Association of Robotic & Innovative Surgeons

The 1st Annual Conference of Association of Robotic & Innovative Surgeons is being held on March 1-3, 2024 at the LaLit in New Delhi, India. For more information



SSAT Foundation

Donate The SSAT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Established in 2000, the Foundation supports the SSAT's missions to develop surgical leadership in the art and science of patient care; to promote and support education and research on the diseases and functions of the alimentary tract; and to foster training and funding opportunities and scientific publications in support of these activities. The support contributed by SSAT members and grateful patients over the past decade have redounded to the benefit of the welfare of surgical patients around the globe. Your investment in the Foundation will help today's surgeons create tomorrow's advances in patient care. Donate today and visit the SSAT Foundation webpage for more information.

SSAT Webinar Series SSAT Webinar Series

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SSAT Soundbites: A Podcast Series for Surgeons SSAT Soundbites: A Podcast Series for Surgeons

SSAT Soundbites: A Podcast Series for Surgeons The SSAT has developed a podcast titled "SSAT Soundbites: A Podcast Series for Surgeons." One of the aims of the podcast is to bring published research and other topics of interest to surgical trainees and attending physicians in a simple, dynamic, and easy-to-digest audio format. Episode content will be based on interviews by authors who have published articles of interest in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (JOGS). The goal is to release one JOGS Article Review episode every month, with the intention to increase the frequency if there is a demand. View all SSAT Podcast episodes.


Journal of GI Surgery (JOGS) Journal of GI Surgery (JOGS)

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (JOGS) Latest Content Best Article Awards

If you do not have full-text online access to JOGS when you view the Table of Contents, and are an SSAT Member in good standing, please log into the Members Only Area to gain complete access.


SSAT Global Outreach Fund SSAT Global Outreach Fund

SSAT Global Outreach Fund The SSAT has established the Global Outreach Fund to support the awards, grants, and educational efforts of the SSAT International Relations and Giving Back Committees. The International Relations Committee has been charged with establishing collaborations with surgeons and surgical societies outside of the US and Canada, while the mission of the Giving Back Committee is to provide education and training opportunities to surgeons in developing countries, to develop opportunities to improve the GI health and well-being of patients living in developing countries, and to oversee the SSAT Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Additionally, the two committees are collaborating on a new joint initiative to grow the global chapters of the SSAT. Visit the SSAT Global Outreach Fund webpage for more information and donate today.


SSAT Global Outreach Fund SSAT Statement Ruling on Affirmative Action

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) reaffirms its commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of surgery. SSAT firmly believes that a diverse surgical workforce not only strengthens patient care, but also drives innovation and advances in research. We will persistently advocate for addressing systemic barriers and implementing policies that are inclusive and enhance diversity in clinical practice, surgical education, and research. Furthermore, we will continue to support initiatives that further DEI efforts, as we actively work towards a more equitable future in the field of surgery and the broader medical community.
Vic Velanovich, MD, President Jennifer Tseng, MD, Board Chair Haejin In, MD, DIL Committee Chair
Vic Velanovich, MD
President
Jennifer Tseng, MD
Board Chair
Haejin In, MD
DIL Committee Chair



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