Student Surgical Society

The Student Surgical Society serves to provide UT Health San Antonio students opportunities to learn about and experience the fields of general surgery and its subspecialties. Throughout the course of the year we will be coordinating various activities that allow students to interact with residents and faculty in general surgery and to explore their interest in the specialties. Activities shall include, but are not limited to, invited guest speakers, suture workshops, scrub workshops, panels with senior medical students and residents, and social events. The Student Surgical Society leadership shall work cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty members of the Department of Surgery to achieve these goals.

Thinking of becoming a surgeon?

Redefining Surgery:
The Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), in partnership with the Society of University Surgeons (SUS), the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has developed a series of videos about careers in surgery:
View videos | “Redefining Surgery” project links website

From the American College of Surgeons:
“So, you want to be a surgeon …”


President – Davis Payne
Vice President – Robert Moore
Secretary – Caroline Zhu
Treasurer – Luke Verlinsky
MS1 Liason – Keerthi Thallapureddy

President – Jaswanth Raj Kintada
Vice President – Keri Lawrence
Treasurer/Shadowing Coordinators – Zach Kahlenberg, Dirk Wristers
Research Coordinators – John-Paul Bonansinga, Davis Payne
MS1 Liaison – Josie Novak

President – W. Chase Johnson
Vice President – Nick Morton-Gonzaba
Treasurer – Keri Lawrence
Secretary – Tori Galea
MS1 Liaison – Jaswanth Raj Kintada

How to Join


  • Membership — Free
  • T-shirt — $15
  • All money paid to Treasurer, only at lunch meetings.

Faculty Contact

Patrick Nguyen, M.D., FACS