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President's Message

Welcome to the Association of VA Surgeons!  Our organization supports and fosters the academic careers of surgeons, researchers, trainees and students. We aim to improve the care for our Veterans through science, policy and advocacy.  My academic career started and was nurtured by mentors, colleagues and friends in the AVAS.  It is truly an honor to serve as president this year and look forward to seeing you all in Miami!

Warm regards,

Mary Hawn, MD, AVAS President

Welcome to the AVAS!

The Association of VA Surgeons was established in 1967 to improve patient care, medical education and research within the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are an independent, non-profit organization, not affiliated with the Veterans Health Administration.

Please scroll through our website to learn more about our members and about what we do.

Our VisionTo serve as a platform for VA surgeons to present research, promote quality patient care, enhance education and to optimize career fulfillment in the field of Surgery and its subspecialties.

  • Empowers you to serve veterans by advancing the practice and science of surgical care through exchange of ideas, research, and innovation.
  • Strives to improve patient care by sharing best practices among VA facilities and providing mentorship and education.

AAdvocating for VA surgeons and patients.
V Veteran-Centric Care: enhancing best practices in surgical care.
A Advancing career development, mentorship, education.
S Scientific rigor: encouraging research, discovery, innovation.

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