Newsletters of the US Chapter

Annual Newsletter


August 2016

Dear friends,

In a few months, we will convene for our annual meeting at the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C. I look forward to seeing many of you there and wanted to share what’s currently on the agenda for the meeting and other upcoming events.

Our annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, October 18 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We will hold our business meeting during the first half and at 5:15 transition into a reception for current and prospective members.

Plans are in place to announce the reception on several of the ACS communities including the International, Volunteerism, and RAS and Medical Student groups. Please let us know if you have suggestions for other communities (shall we post on Breast, Endocrine, GI Surgery and Trauma?) and other constituencies that may be appropriate to include.

Some items on the agenda for the meeting include:

  • Determination of which candidates our chapter will recommend as nominees for the ISS various awards (see below for a refresher on awards).
  • Identifying the speaker who will serve as the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer during next year’s Clinical Congress.
  • Discussion of the new ISS Foundation structure
  • Planning for the 2017 ISS World Congress of Surgery in Basel Switzerland (please mark your calendars for August 13-17. N.B. – new location and dates!)

On Wednesday morning, October 19, at 8:00 am, Dr. Andy Leather will deliver the Distinguished Lecture of the International Society of Surgery on “Global Surgery in 2030: Turning Vision into Reality in Sierra Leone.” Dr. Leather is an excellent speaker with a long history of working in Sierra Leone. He also served as a co-editor of the acclaimed Lancet Report on Global Surgery. This will be a terrific talk and I know we all hope for a strong and engaged audience.

Under the current leadership of Dr. Mike Sarr, the ISS Foundation is being restructured as a charitable foundation to raise money from our membership, philanthropy and industry to support:

  • additional travel scholarships to the biannual World Congress of Surgery
  • educational outreach programs put on by the member organizations of the ISS (IAES, BSI, IATSIC, ISDS, and ASAP)

Expect further communication directly from Dr. Sarr, regarding a fund-raising campaign asking your consideration of a donation to the Foundation.

Upcoming events of note:

Mombasa ASAP Meeting – The Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) will hold its 2016 annual meeting in partnership with the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) on December 7 – 9 at the Pride Inn Paradise hotel and conference center in Mombasa, Kenya. The meeting theme is “Surgical Oncology 2016 – Advances in Africa.”

We encourage all ASAP members as well as all interested members from across the ISS to participate in this meeting. Opportunities for oral abstracts and posters to be presented:; the submission deadline for these is September 30. The meeting hotel is:

Please let us know of any events sponsored by the integrated societies or other organizations that may be of interest to the chapter membership, which can be added to our website.

A brief reminder will be sent in October with date and time of the meeting along with the final call for nominees for the awards and 2017 speaker.

Finally, if you have not done so already, please pay your annual dues. If you need a copy of your invoice, please contact the office at

Until then – I hope you all enjoy the remainder of this gorgeous summer!

All the best,
Kathleen Casey


Please submit your nominations to Emily ( prior to September 30, 2016 so they may be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting, October 18, 2016.

Nyhus Prize of the International Society of Surgery – awarded to the surgeon who has published work which has made the most notable and useful contribution to surgical science. The prize winner need not be a member of the ISS/SIC.

Robert Danis Prize – awarded to the surgeon who has made the most important and personal contribution to the fields of trauma (including skeletal fractures), burns or critical care. The awardee must be a national of one of the countries represented at the ISS/SIC, though not necessarily a member.

René Leriche Prize – awarded to the surgeon who has made the most significant contribution to surgery of the arteries, veins, or heart. It is not necessary for the candidate to be a member of the ISS/SIC.

ISS/SIC Honorary Membership – members of undoubted international reputation who have rendered distinguished services to the ISS/SIC. They have all of the rights of Active Members but are not required to pay dues or assessments and shall receive all of the publications of the ISS/SIC without charge.

Distinguished Lecturer of the International Society of Surgery – this lecture recognizes the Society’s worthwhile activities by honoring distinguished international surgeons. The lecturer should be from a part of the world other than the US or Canada and someone who will draw a crowd at Clinical Congress. Ideally, the speaker is a member of the ISS, but that is not a requirement.




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