Press Releases

A Comprehensive Review of Surgical Disparities in the Vulnerable Communities of the USA: The Black Community – Part I

SAVE THE DATE! – March 28, 2024 at 8:00 am. Watch for the broadcast for FREE. … Read More »

SBAS Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. Edward M. Barksdale, Jr.

Congratulations to Dr. Edward M. Barksdale, Jr. MD FACS, FAAP who will serve as the new Executive Director for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons! Dr. Barksdale is no stranger to leadership in SBAS with tremendous contributions including the creation the SBAS Leadership Academy (1996) that has actively supported the development of some of America’s top minority surgeons, and outstanding service as our 19th President from 2013–2014. … Read More »

2023 Annual SBAS Awards

Each year SBAS recognizes excellence among its resident and student presenters at its annual meeting. Two awards are presented: Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD Award is presented to residents and the Onye Emmanuel Akwari, MD Award is presented to students. … Read More »

SBAS Statement on SCOTUS ruling on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., against Harvard College and the University of North Carolina

Health care inequities based on race and ethnicity are artificial barriers to receiving excellent surgical care. The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) is committed to our mission of improving health, advancing science, and fostering the careers of Black and other ethnically underrepresented in medicine (URiM) surgeons because building an excellent surgical workforce that reflects our country’s diverse backgrounds and perspectives helps transcend artificial barriers to care. … Read More »

Abstract Submissions for the 2023 Meeting is CLOSED

Thank you for submitting abstracts for the upcoming SBAS meeting to be held on September 28–30, 2023 – hosted by the University of Michigan · Department of Surgery in Ann Arbor, MI. We look forward to your contributions in basic science and clinical research. … Read More »

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons Celebrates Historic AAS Elections

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons is very pleased to announce that at the 2023 Academic Surgical Congress, Dr. Callisia Clarke was elected the FIRST Black woman President-Elect in the history of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), and Dr. Fabian Johnston was elected the first Black president of the AAS in 15 years. … Read More »

2022 Annual SBAS Awards

Each year SBAS recognizes excellence among its student and resident presenters at its annual meeting. Two awards are presented: The Onye Emmanuel Akwari, MD Award is presented to students and the Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD Award is presented to residents. … Read More »

SBAS Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

Members of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) stand in solidarity with everyone who understands, fears, and will experience the negative effects of the Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling. This unfortunate action comes at a critical point in time when our nation is in the early stages of learning how to make a real commitment to achieving a diverse healthcare work force to improve care for all. … Read More »

Join SBAS for a FREE live-streamed virtual event featuring Isabel Wilkerson – author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and the Warmth of Other Suns

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons remains firm in our commitment to continuing the conversation on advancing a more just and equitable profession in service to society. We invite you, your family, and friends to join us on Dec. 1 @ 5:00 pm EST for a FREE, live-streamed virtual event featuring Isabel Wilkerson – author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and the Warmth of Other Suns.Read More »

2021 Annual SBAS Awards

Each year SBAS recognizes excellence among its student and resident presenters at its annual meeting. Two awards are presented: The Onye Emmanuel Akwari, MD Award is presented to students and the Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD Award is presented to residents. … Read More »

Society of Black Academic Surgeons Statement in Support of the Asian Community.

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons strongly denounces the rising violence and racism directed towards the Asian Community. The COVID pandemic has been associated with widespread misinformation that has given license for xenophobia and racism to be wrongly directed towards those of Asian descent. … Read More »

SBAS Response to JAMA Twitter Comments and Podcast

Members of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons take offense to JAMA’s statements (@JAMA_current) posted on Twitter and the “Structural Racism for Doctors” podcast. Their suggestion of removing the factual word of racism silences our humanity. We take significant issue with the blatant denial of racism as the underlying cause of painful experiences in and out of the workplace. Moreover, the language used on the podcast emulates the frequent gaslighting, micro- and macro-aggressions and exclusions that we experience daily. We ask that our colleagues learn about our experiences as Black physicians, and the experiences of Black patients to gain a deeper understanding of the painful stain of systemic racism in American history. … Read More »

Kathie-Ann Joseph Promotion & Inaugural Vice Chair for Diversity & Health Equity (Department of Surgery & Transplant Institute)

It is with a great sense of pride and commitment for a better future that I would like to make two important announcements regarding Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH. Dr. Joseph has become the first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of Professor in Surgery at NYU Langone/NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She also assumes the rank of Professor in Population Health where she holds a dual appointment. With the achievement of this long overdue milestone for our Department, Dr. Joseph sets the stage for a more inclusive and equitable future for our faculty while underscoring the importance of careful and thoughtful attention to faculty development and mentoring. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as well as promotion, mentoring and faculty development are critical components of our vision for the TI and Department of Surgery. … Read More »

Society of Black Academic Surgeons Response to Continued Acts of Brutality and Injustice

We, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) in the midst of our outrage and grief, continue to condemn these endemic and unjust acts of violence towards Black men and women. The recent shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake is yet another painful example of systemic racism that is a pervasive threat to the lives of Black people and other communities of color. Mr. Jacobs, an unarmed Black man, was viewed as a mortal threat by the Wisconsin police department. … Read More »

Henrietta Lacks Symposium Recording

#HELA100: Join The Lacks Family for this yearlong centennial celebration honoring Henrietta Lacks' incontestable impact. Watch and listen to the #HELA100 Symposium Program held on August 1, 2020. … Read More »

Society of Black Academic Surgeons Response to Recent Events

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons watches with heartache the rapid sequence of high profile lethal events that have occurred over the last several months affecting African Americans. These acts demonstrate the societal mistreatment of people of color and is painfully accentuated by the international pandemic that continues to disproportionately ravish Black lives. … Read More »

SBAS Joins the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons in Condemning Xenophobic Behavior Related to the COVID Crisis

Over the past several weeks, there has been an increase in anti-Asian harassment and hate-crimes, due to coronavirus-related racism. Below is a statement, published today, by the Executive Council of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS), addressing this alarming issue: … Read More »

2018 Claude Organ Award Recipients

Chad Barnes, MD [1st place]
Mubina Isani, MD [2nd place]
Rosandra Walker, MD [3rd place]
Read More »

2017 Claude Organ Award Recipients

Shakirat Oyetunji, MD [1st place]
Jordan Bowling, MD [2nd place]
Jamie Golden, MD [3rd place]
Read More »

2016 Claude Organ Award Recipients

Shakirat Oyetunji [1st place], University of Washington | Jordan Bowling [2nd place], Children’s Hospital Los Angeles | Jamie Golden [3rd place] Children’s Hospital Los Angeles … Read More »

SBAS – Women in Surgery

Leading women in surgery share their experience, expertise, and thoughts on mentorship during the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Annual Meeting. … Read More »

Video Highlights of the Twenty-sixth Annual Scientific Session of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons

Dr Tetteh also highlights “The Next Generation of Leaders” and the 2016 Annual SBAS Scientific Assembly on Vimeo. … Read More »

Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conversation: Drs. Robert Higgins and Edward Cornwell, III

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) motivates, mentors and inspires young surgeons and medical students to pursue academic careers. Robert Higgins, surgeon-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Edward Cornwell, III, surgeon-in-chief at Howard University. … Read More »

SBAS Members and Participants in the Philadelphia Tribune Event Video

The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest African American newspaper in the country and Teamwork Productions,Inc., headed by veteran television and film producer Bob Lott would like to 'Thank You' for allowing us to cover your 24th Annual meeting and videotaping some of your members. … Read More »