In 2004, the Society of University Surgeons initiated a Lifetime Achievement Award (LTAA). This award was designed to recognize individuals who have had a sustained career in academic surgery with contributions to surgical science. In addition, these individuals have demonstrated a commitment to the Society of University Surgeons whereby they have participated in the Society even after superannuating to Senior Membership status. Their participation in the Society is evidenced by the annual attendance at the Academic Surgical Congress and active participation and discussion of papers, attendance of member events and society functions. The Society of University Surgeons seeks to honor and recognize these individuals because of their embodiment of the principals of the Society. We seek to recognize these individuals to establish role models for younger generations of surgeons to honor and emulate their contributions to the science of surgery, and moreover to the Society of University Surgeons.