The SUS is now accepting nominations for the 2022 SUS Lifetime Achievement and Trailblazer Awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award (LTAA)
The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) initiated a Lifetime Achievement Award (LTAA) in 2004. This award is designed to recognize individuals who:
- Have had a sustained career in academic surgery with significant and impactful contributions to surgical science and/or the development and training of surgical leaders and surgeon scientists.
- Past commitment to the Society of University Surgeons is desired but not required. This may be manifest by prior engagement as a past leader in the society and/or participation in the Society through annual attendance at the Academic Surgical Congress and active participation and discussion of papers, attendance of member events and society functions.
Past recipients include Dr. John Mannick, Dr. James C. Thompson, Dr. Basil Pruitt, Dr. Frank Moody, Dr. Clyde Barker, Dr. Richard Simmons, Dr. Ben Eiseman, Dr. Patricia Donahoe, Dr. Alden Harken, Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr., Dr. Marshall J. Orloff, Dr. Ernest “Gene” Moore, Dr. Ronald Busuttil, Dr. Courtney Townsend, Jr., Dr. Layton “Bing” Rikkers, Dr. Michael Longaker, Dr. Keith Lillemoe and most recently Dr. B. Mark Evers. For more information on the LTAA, visit: https://www.susweb.org/lifetime-achievement-award/.
For the LTAA, the nominations must include a brief one-page description of why you believe the nominee(s) deserves this distinction including the nominee’s accomplishments in academic surgery (research, administration, and/or clinical practice), their contributions to the development and training of surgical leaders, and their commitment to the Society as evidenced by attendance and participation in meetings.
The SUS created a new Trailblazer Award in 2020. This award is designed to recognize individuals who:
- Have developed a new area of academic pursuit or opened up new avenues of investigation or academic thought that have the potential to be groundbreaking for years to come.
- The “trailblazing” contributions of the nominee can be broadly interpreted and is not limited to traditional surgical science. Nominations should specify how this individual has created a new and sustained domain of scholarship or knowledge.
Past recipients include inaugural winner Dr. George Yang and most recently, Dr. Julie Freischlag. For more information on the Trailblazer Award, visit: https://www.susweb.org/trailblazer-award/
For the Trailblazer Award, the nominations must include a brief one-page description of why you believe the nominee(s) deserves this distinction including the nominee’s accomplishments in developing new areas of academic pursuit and investigation that have the potential to be groundbreaking.
Please submit the above submissions on letterhead to SUS Executive Director Ms. Yumi Hori at [email protected] by Monday, April 11. The letter may be addressed to the attention of SUS President Dr. Rebekah White and should indicate the award the nomination is for. Please note that you must be a SUS member in good standing to nominate an individual. You may check your member status with the SUS Member Services Department at [email protected]. If you have any questions regarding the awards, please contact me at [email protected].
All nominations received by Monday, April 11 will be forwarded to the ten SUS Past Presidents, as well as current SUS Dr. President Rebekah White and SUS Foundation President Dr. Joe Hines. This committee will review all nominations and select the winner. We will then announce the award winner and begin preparations for the presentation at the 2023 Academic Surgical Congress.
Thank you for your consideration and input on these important awards. I look forward to hearing from you.
Danny Chu, MD
Society of University Surgeons