About the Section

​​Section on Surgery

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​Abo​ut the Section


​​The Section on Surgery (SOSu), founded in 1948, has as its primary goals:

  • ​to present a scientific program that will provide state-of-the art techniques and information for pediatric surgeons

  • to serve in a consulting capacity to the AAP Board of Directors to make recommendations for educational programs, policy statements, and other actions on matters relating to the surgical care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.  

Educational Opportunities and Awards

The Section traditionally presents a 2½ day educational program at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. This program features two days of abstract and poster presentations, a distinguished overseas guest lecture, and a symposium panel. The Section also hosts a one-half day program by the Pediatric Oncology Group/Children's Cancer Group. A social banquet is held on the Saturday evening of the NCE where the Section presents three annual awards:

  • The William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor the Section can bestow on physicians who have made a significant contribution to the field of pediatric surgery.

  • The Arnold M. Salzberg Award, given to surgeons who have distinguished themselves as mentors.

  • The Stephen L. Gans Distinguished Overseas Lectureship, given to encourage sharing between Section members and pediatric surgeons from other countries and to recognize achievements in the field of pediatric surgery in other countries.

In addition, the three pediatric surgery Rosenkrantz Resident Research prizes are awarded at each meeting to those young investigators who have performed innovative research studies.


The Section acts as an expert resource to the Academy and has liaisons to such policy-making bodies as the Committee on Bioethics, Hospital Care, Fetus and Newborn, and Injury and Poison Prevention. The Section also maintains representatives to outside organizations such as the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Advisory Council on Pediatric Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, the United Network for Organ Sharing, and the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgery.

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