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Claude Organ, M.D. Lectureship

Claude Organ, M.D.

Claude Organ, M.D.—Courtesy The Organ Family

2013 Inaugural Lecturer "American Surgery and Healthcare Reform: Lingering Challenges" —Dr. L. D. Britt

2015 Lecturer —Dr. Steven Stain
Hosted by: Washington University (Dr. William Chapman)

2016 Lecturer —Dr. Selwyn Vickers
Hosted by: Duke University Department of Surgery (Dr. Bradley Collins)


The Claude Organ, M.D. Lectureship is sponsored by the Claude Organ Special Collection Fund which is supported by the Southern Surgical Association (SSA) and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) in order to celebrate contributions to the field of medicine made by many African Americans. It is intended to encompass this entire field of medicine from early history to the current era.

The lectureship is available to all academic institutions in the United States although the focus is on those institutions with members in the SSA and/or SBAS.


An announcement of the lectureship will be made annually to the membership of the SSA and SBAS, major academic institutions in the South and on the organization websites.

Institutions that wish to host the lectureship should send a letter proposing the speaker and topic to the Secretary of the SSA. The Deadline is August 1. A committee (comprised of members from both sponsoring organizations) will evaluate applications and award the lectureship. Awards will be made on a competitive basis.


The lectureship will include a $2000 honorarium for the lecturer. The remaining costs of the lectureship will be provided by the host institution.


The lecturer will have the option of submitting a manuscript, based on the presentation, for consideration for publication with the papers presented at the annual meeting of the SSA.