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The Philadelphia Academy of Surgery was founded in 1879 by Samuel D. Gross, M.D., the chair of surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Academy of Surgery is the oldest continuously meeting surgical society in the United States. The Philadelphia Academy predates Gross' founding of the American Surgical Association, which is widely considered to be the nation's most prestigious surgical society.

The Academy of Surgery typically holds dinner meetings eight times each year, including a joint meeting with New York Surgical Society and the Boston Surgical Society, and a joint meeting with the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. The dates and times of this year's meetings can be found on our Events tab. Non-members may attend at the invitation of a member.

Particularly significant events include the Rhoads Annual Oration, the Erb Lecture, and the Clarke Lectureship.

The Academy also sponsors a yearly Surgical Trainee Paper Competition for the Chris Tzarnas Surgical Research Award and presents the prestigious Samuel D. Gross Prize once every five years.

Upcoming Events

See you all in the Fall, the Fall meeting dates TBD. Current Members, please continue to pay your DUES.

Welcome New Fellows

Tripartite 2024

Dr. Kirton honors outgoing President, Dr. Weingarten for his service to the Academy on behalf of all the Fellows of the Academy

Welcome Dr. Karakousis (2/12/2024)

Welcome Dr. Jacob (2/12/2024)