If you are considering joining the AAP - Section on Surgery, the simple answer is an emphatic “YES". Here are 5 reasons to join:

  1. We provide your voice to help improve the care of the children you care for.
  2. We help create the guidelines of care that make your children healthier.
  3. We educate you on topics that improve the delivery of care for your patients.
  4. We listen to what needs you have and work towards addressing them at a state and national level.
  5. We collaborate with other surgical and medical subspecialists to address issues that affect our patients.

Join the SOSu today. Enhance your career by helping children.

The SOSu needs your membership and support. Our members do amazing things for children and their families.

As a member of the Section on Surgery you will receive all Section materials, including the Section on Surgery's Newsletter, registration materials regarding the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, the Section on Surgery Scientific Pocket Program and other related information as it becomes available.

Educational Opportunities 

The Section traditionally presents an educational program at the AAP National Conference and 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.


The Section presents three awards at the National Conference and Exhibition:

  • 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 the Council on 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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