About the Association of VA Surgeons


The Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS) is a nonprofit organization comprised of surgeons working in the Veterans Health Administration that strives to promote the interchange of ideas and issues that affect VA surgeons.

Why JOIN AVAS? Here are a few reasons...

  • Surgical representation of the nations largest integrated healthcare system

  • Subscription to JAMA Surgery

  • Low annual dues

  • Active promotion of resident and student presentations at a national forum

The collegiality of the group dedicated to improving surgical care for veterans is the most important factor in long-term support and membership.

  Highlights of 2016 Annual Meeting


  • Karl Storz Research Award Winner - Ryan Thomas, MD

  • Resident Awards Winners:

    • Neel Mansukhani, MD - Best Overall Paper​

    • Trenton Foster, MD - Best Basic Science

    • Elisha Scott, MD - Best Clinical

    • Karina Newhall, MD - 2nd Best Clinical

    • Sherene Sharath - Best Health Services Research

    • Kanwar Thind - Best Student

    • Jyoti Chouhan, MD - Best Quickshot