Partner Organizations

The Association of Women Surgeons is pleased to partner with affiliate organizations in the surgical community.

Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)

AWS Liaison: Christie Buonpane, MD


Mission: The mission of the AAS is to inspire and develop young academic surgeons.


American College of Surgeons (ACS)

AWS Liaisons: 

  • ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery: Amy Vertrees, MD, FACS
  • ACS Resident & Associate Society: Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD, PhD
  • ACS Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC): Stephanie Bonne, MD


Mission: The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.


Association of Out Surgeons and Allies (AOSA)

AWS Liaison: Alexis Moren, MD, MPH, FACS


Mission: The Association of Out Surgeons and Allies (AOSA) is an organization of LGBTQ+ Surgeons and allies which promotes acceptance, inclusion, and equity in the surgical specialties to further learner engagement, support individual clinicians and researchers, and build a community.


Latino Surgical Society (LSS)

AWS Liaison: Susana Vargas Pinto, MD, FACS


Mission: The Latino Surgical Society (LSS) was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2017 to nurture and support the advancement of Latinx surgeons throughout the United States, and to motivate, mentor, and inspire the under-represented in medicine, medical students and residents who wish to pursue careers in surgery.


Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS)

AWS Liaison: Sophie Dream, MD, MPH


Mission: The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS) was founded to focus on the personal and professional development of Asian academic surgeons with the belief that the best way to increase Asian representation in the leadership of academic surgery is to prepare future generations to succeed.


Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS)

AWS Liaison: Cassandra White, MD, FACS


Mission: To improve health, advance science, and foster careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeons