The Southwestern Surgical Congress is an organization that promotes the advancement of General Surgery by representing the interests of academic, community and rural surgeons, surgical residents and medical students through education, advocacy, research and innovation. The goal of the Congress is to promote excellence in patient care and professional development.


The Southwestern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting features a flexible schedule to allow you to maximize your educational opportunities, while leaving plenty of time to network with colleagues. The meeting will feature over 30 oral scientific abstract presentations, quick shot presentations, videos, invited guest lectures, an exhibitor showcase, a special presentation from the American College of Surgeons, and more!


Meeting Registration

Registration is now open. There are two ways to register for the 2016 Annual Meeting:


Call for Abstracts

The 2016 SWSC Call for Abstracts deadlines has now expired. Abstract notifications will be distributed towards the end of December. Thanks to all who submitted! Watch for the Scientific Program to come out early Spring 2016!

Multicenter Trials Group

Two studies are currently open and enrolling patients:

  1. Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy in uncomplicated appendicitis. (PI: Richard Frazee)
  2. The impact of irreversible antithrombotic agents in appendectomy patients. (PI: Mike Truitt)

Interested SWSC members can log in to the Members Only section for more information or contact Clay Burlew, MCT Group Chair at

Passing of the Gavel
Passing of the Gavel:
Ronald Stewart (2014-15 President) and
John Potts, III (2015-16 President)

2015 Final Program

Presidential Address

View the Presidential Address from the 2015 Annual Meeting by 2014-2015 President Ronald M. Stewart

Letter from President

Read a Letter from the President