UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Day and Loupes Ceremony

Note: Naffziger Society Day 2019 was a tremendous event. Below is the invitation letter from Mika Varma, our immediate Past President.

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure, as President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society for 2018-2019, to invite you to attend our third annual Naffziger Surgical Society Day on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Loupes Ceremony 

In celebration of our relationship with the UCSF Department of Surgery trainees and Department Chair Dr. Julie Ann Sosa, we will be sponsoring the Loupes Ceremony for the first time, and it will serve as the kick-off event for our annual Naffziger Surgical Society Day! Each year the rising PGY-2’s receive their loupes at a special ceremony attended by the entire Department of Surgery. In this department tradition, which has been in place for 15 years, each resident is gifted loupes in honor of a prior graduate of the general surgery residency. Starting this year, we are honoring several alumni who will also be giving talks about a variety of topics during the remainder of the day. We plan to make this an annual tradition so that current trainees will be able to remember those that went before them!

This year’s honorees include: 

Naffziger Surgical Society Day

The symposium will consist of a series of thought- provoking talks by all of our Loupes Honorees and Dr. Sareh Parengi, current president of American Women Surgeons. We will also have an update on the state of the Department of Surgery by Dr. Julie Ann Sosa. 

We will also have a short tribute by Naffziger members to pay tribute to Dr. Robert Allen, Dr. Thomas Hunt, and Dr. Donald Trunkey who we have lost in the past year.

It is our hope that this new tradition will bring the Naffziger Society and the Department of Surgery closer together, and that we will be able to engage more of our alumni across the country to celebrate our common lineage as graduates of the UCSF Department of Surgery. The Naffziger Surgical Society Day is meant to be an informative symposium and a unique opportunity to catch up with your mentors, fellow residents, as well as current faculty and trainees.

Naffziger Symposium Agenda

Friday, September 27, 2019
Obendorf Auditorium
UCSF/Mission Bay Campus
1855 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

7:30-8:00 Breakfast/ registration          
8:00-9:30 Loupes Ceremony          
9:30-10:00   Wen Shen “The Namesake: Howard C. Naffziger and the UCSF Department of Surgery”
10:00-10:30  Ginny Litle “Esophageal Screening in Rural India”      
10:30-10:45  Break            
10:45-11:15  Jade Hiramoto “How running (and falling) made me a better surgeon.”    
11:15-11:45  Ryo Hirose “How to fairly allocate a national resource”    
11:45-12:15  Nora Jaskowiak “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Lungs(?): Threats to Surgeons’ Bodies and How to Mitigate.”
12:15-1:30   Lunch/Photo          
1:30-2:00 Tim Nelson “The Surgeon and the 3-Foot Putt”      
1:30-2:00  Jasleen Kukreja “Reflections”        
2:30-3:00  Carlos Corvera “Oncologic Principles First, Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches Second”
3:00-3:30  Sareh Parengi “Lessons from my Immigrant Parents”    
3:30-3:45  Break            
3:45-4:15  In memorium: Drs. Allen, Hunt and Trunkey (Hobart Harris, Ed Chen, Bill Schecter)
4:15-4:50  Julie Ann Sosa, State of the Department      
4:50-5:00  Closing remarks          

Naffziger Dinner

The annual Naffziger Dinner will take place the same day following the symposium at:

Boulevard Restaurant
Cocktails at 6:30PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
1 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA  94105  
Phone: (415) 543-6084  

Registration Details  

There is no charge to attend the symposium for members and trainees. Payment is required only for those members attending the dinner at Boulevard.  Please register to attend – we look forward to seeing you at the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Day!

Members – $125 per person for dinner at Boulevard
Guests –  $100 per guest you bring to the dinner


  • If paying by check, please click here to print the RSVP & Payment Form. 
  • Otherwise RVSP by emailing our Executive Secretary, Laura Dissmeyer at naffziger.society@gmail.com. Please indicate who will be attending and the name(s) of any guest(s) you will be bringing. 

Payment Options

  1. By Check – Please click here to print and fill out the RSVP & Payment Form. Then enclose it with your check and mail it to: 

    UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
     3838 California Street #616
    San Francisco, CA 94118.
  2. PayPal –  Choose the “Pay for Events” button on the Naffziger Society website. Pay the total amount for yourself and any guest(s) you will be bringing.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at Naffziger Day on September 27th! 
With appreciation,

Madhulika “Mika” Varma, M.D. ’98
UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society (2018-19)
Professor & Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery
UCSF Department of Surgery