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 awardee can be broadly interpreted and is not limited to traditional surgical science. The individual can have created a new and sustained domain of scholarship or knowledge.
The SUS seeks to honor and recognize these individuals because of their embodiment of the principles of the Society and to establish role models for future generations of surgeons to honor and emulate their contributions to the science of surgery.