713 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

FAX 412-321-5323



Pittsburgh Surgical Society

Current Officers:    Andrew Peitzman, MD, President
Thomas Read, MD, President Elect
Giselle Hamad, MD, Secretary
Angela Keleher, MD,Treasurer
Date of Founding: March 5, 1928, "At the invitation of a committee composed of Doctors J.H.Alexander, E.P.Buchanan, R.M. Entwisle, P.R. Sieber, M.A. Slocum and J.H. Wagner, eighteen men met to form the PITTSBURGH SURICAL SOCIETY, …in the building owned by the Pittsburgh Academy of Medicine at 322 N. Craig Street in Oakland."
Goals/Objectives: "The Pittsburgh Surgical Society shall be a voluntary, educational and scientific organization dedicated to the promotion of the finest traditions of the profession, Integrity, Service, Scholarship, and to Fostering Comradery, Cooperation and Mutual Respect among the members."
Highlights/Past Achievements:
  • Thomas Gorey, M.Ch., FRCSI, "Parathyroid: from rhino to micro"
  • Michel Gagner, MD "Laparoscopic adrenalectomy: the gold standard"
  • Recognition of Society’s Past Presidents
  • The History of the Society, 1928 - 2003
  • November 2005 featured Timothy Billiar, MD, Presbyterian University Hospital
  • March 2006 - Hobart Harris, M.D. (Univ of California, San Francisco);  ‘Isis: Lessons learned from Egypt and Black Tar Heroin’
  • October 2006 – Philip S. Barie, M.D.; Preventive strategies for Surgical Site Infections, Medical College of Cornell
  • March 2007 – David Armstrong, MD; Treatment of Rectal and Crohn’s Fistulas, Atlanta, GA
  • April 2007 – Stephen M. Cohn, M.D.; Who killed George Washington: the history of blood and blood substitutes
  • November 2007 a meeting with the SW PA Chapter of the American College of Surgeons featuring Dr. Richard H. Bell, Jr, MD, Assistant Executive Director, American Board of Surgery
  • November 2007 recognition of outstanding medical students:
    Abbey Fingeret from Drexel University School of Medicine
    Tiffany Turner from Temple University School of Medicine
    Ryan Li from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Justin Henning from the Jefferson Medical College
  • January 2008 Most Interesting Cases of 2007
    Abberant right subclavian artery aneurysm: Combined endovascular & open approach by Rodeen Rahbar, M.D. from Allegheny General Hospital
    Robotic-assisted laparoscopic side-to-side lateral pancreaticojejunostyomy by Ryan M. Levy, M.D. from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
    Conservative treatment of esophageal perforation following a 'mini MAZE' procedure for atrial fibrillation by Pablo Giuseppucci, M.D. from Western Pennsylvania Hospital
    Perivascular epithelioid cell tumour of the adrenal gland by Jessica Young, M.D. from UPMC Mercy, formerly Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh

Upcoming Events/Meetings Recognition of "Outstanding Medical Student" each fall Presentation of "Most Interesting Cases" from previous year each January

Meeting calendar for 2008 is being planned.

Number of Members: 176
Membership: Membership in the Society shall be Active, Honorary or Associate. Dues are $150.00

ACTIVE membership is restricted to qualified surgeons who are residents in the tri-state area who are Diplomats of the American Board of Surgery, Diplomats of any surgical specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, or Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

HONORARY membership is for those surgeons over sixty years of age or any active member unable to engage in practice because of disability. Honorary status must be requested in writing.

Any surgeon actively pursuing fellowship in the American College of Surgeons or fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons or seeking diplomat status in the American Board of Surgery or diplomat of any surgical specialty board approved by the ABMS and the Council on Medical Education of the AMA will be considered for ASSOCIATE membership. Associate Membership shall be for a time period not to exceed three years and will entitle the member to voting rights and annual dues equal to active membership. At the time of board certification or fellowship, the member must provide evidence of same to change membership status to active.

Contact the Society Administrator to receive an application and list of members.

Administrator: Dianne Meister, R.N.
713 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-6098
Ph-412/321-5033; Fax 412/321-5323

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This site was last updated on Tuesday, June 2, 2007