Fall Presidential Update

A Letter from the President

October 17, 2014

james contantDear Naffziger Surgical Society Members:

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your 65th President for 2014-15. Our Executive Council met in September and I would like to summarize for you some important announcements including new nominations to the executive council and upcoming events.


  • Executive Secretary Annette Bronstein has retired after many years of service. The Naffziger Society wishes to express its gratitude for her service.
  • Our new Executive Secretary is Angie Hirano Shin. Many of you know Angie from her outstanding work as Manager of the UCSF Department of Surgery Education Office. Recently Angie returned to California from Hawaii and the Society is very fortunate to have her.

Nominations by Executive Council

yeeThe council has nominated Dr. Laurence Yee as Vice-President for 2014-15. After confirmation at our annual meeting in March 2015, Dr. Yee will become Vice-President/President-Elect and then President for the 2015-16 term.



varma08-2The council has nominated Dr. Mika Varma as a member-at-large





Rita MuktarThe council has nominated Dr. Rita Mukhtar as a member-at-large.




carterThe council has nominated Dr. Jonathan Carter as website liaison.





Current Executive Council

In addition to myself, the Executive Council, is comprised of Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Shelley Marks; at-large members Dr. Crystine Lee, Dr. Michelle Li, Dr. Wen Shen; and immediate past-Presidents Dr. Carlos Corvera, Dr. Brent Eastman, and Dr. Jim Macho.

Website Updates

  • I encourage you to visit our website. We have made numerous improvements to the site including a new searchable membership directory.
  • In the near future, we will add the ability to pay membership dues on the site by clicking a PayPal button.

New Contact Info

You may reach us at our new address, via email, phone or fax:

UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
P.O. Box 3052
Berkeley, CA 94703
(415) 496-5572
(415) 325-4601 (Fax)

Support the Naffziger Society

Please support your society by ensuring your annual membership dues and contact information are current. Please use our contact us form or email us at naffziger.society@gmail.com with any changes.

Fall Events

Memorial Service for Dr. Thomas Russell
Wednesday, October 29 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thomas RussellThe American College of Surgeons will be hosting a “Celebration of Life” service for Dr. Thomas R. Russell, our friend and past Naffziger President (1991-92). The ACS has also created a wonderful tribute to Dr. Russell on its website.



The service will take place at:

Moscone Center North
747 Howard St., San Francisco, CA, 94103
Room 130-131

Naffziger Reception & Cocktail Hour
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 7:30 – 10:30 pm

In conjunction with the ACS Clinical Congress, the Naffziger Society will be hosting a reception for our members as well as surgical residents at UCSF. The event will be held at:

Hotel Zetta VIP Playroom – Map and Directions
55 5th St.
San Francisco

2015 Events

UCSF Post-Graduate Course in General Surgery / Naffziger Day

March 6, 2015

  • Naffziger lecture
  • Business meeting
  • Dinner

USCF Department of Surgery Annual Surgical Loupes Ceremony

August, 2015

The Society will present and sponsor a resident each year in honor of Dr. Howard Naffziger.

Executive Council Meeting

The next Executive council meeting will be held in January, 2015. Feel free to to reach out to me or any council member regarding any issue you would like addressed.


James Constant, MD
UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society