AHPBA Committees

The Committee for Surgical Innovation's (CSI) task is to identify promising emerging technologies and therapeutics applicable to the treatment of pancreatic, liver, and biliary disease that are in the design or development stage. Committee members should have an expertise in business/economics; technical innovators; scientific innovators whose research is likely to be clinically relevant/usable within 5 years; private practice as well as academics; and intellectual property/patent issues.

The committee will develop strategies to engage inventors and/or company representatives and serve as a liaison between them and other key members and committees of the AHPBA such as the research, program and development committees.

The Development Committee shall work with management staff to solicit and secure fundraising for the annual meeting.

The Education and Training Committee will handle fellowship matters. Two members of the fellowship council accreditation committee will be members of the committee. The committee will be responsible for matters relating to education and training of residents, fellows, and policy regarding postgraduate training in HPB surgery.

The Finance Committee shall have charge of the finances including any investment and re-investment of the funds belonging to the Society and shall create a report of accounts of the Society to be prepared at least once in each fiscal year by a competent and independent firm of certified public accountants in good standing. Upon receiving such report, the committee shall examine it and report to the Society. The report shall be filed with the records of the Society and an abstract thereof entered into the minutes of the annual meeting. The committee shall advise the Executive Council regarding financial planning and shall, in addition, perform such other functions as assigned to it by the Council.

The HPB Program Directors Committee's primary responsibility will be to oversee the fellowship match process and logistical matters relevant to running HPB fellowship programs. A secondary responsibility will be to discuss and address issues, concerns and needs of HPB fellows. The Chair of this committee will be a member of the Education and Training committee.

The International Relations Committee will work to build and improve communications and societal relationships with HPB groups in other countries in the Americas, focusing specifically on the Western Hemisphere.

The Membership Committee shall review applications for membership and make recommendations to the Executive Council regarding member retention and membership services.

The Nominating Committee shall meet, and make nominations of officers, committee chairs, at large Council members, and the Vice-Chair or Program Committee. The proposed slate of officers will be presented to the Membership for a subsequent vote at the Annual Meeting.

The Professional Development Committee addresses professional development, continuing medical education, and practice issues affecting members of the AHPBA. Such activities include, but are not limited to, the development of maintenance of certification and continuing medical education processes/programs for AHPBA members in conjunction with the Program, Research, and Education & Training Committees.

The Program Committee shall organize free papers, poster sessions, and invited lectures for the annual meeting. The President-Elect organizes postgraduate courses. The former Chair of the Committee will remain a member for one year after completion of chairmanship.

The Publications Committee develops guidelines for the treatment of HPB disease and is charged with overseeing arrangements with Association's journal, as well as provide oversight for content and structure to the organizations website.

The Research Committee shall encourage collaborative hepatic, pancreatic or biliary research and foster the training of young investigators and fellows. This committee is also responsible for full program development and coordination of the AHPBA biyearly Consensus Conference.

The Allied Health Subcommittee is responsible with developing strategies to increase the scope of opportunities offered to Allied Health professionals through the AHPBA.  They solicit and review applications for membership among Allied Health professionals in conjunction with the Membership Committee.  The Allied Health Subcommittee is also charged with creating and implementing content specifically aimed at Allied Health care professionals.

The HPB Fellow's Subcommittee focuses on the following:

  • Addressing and providing a voice for the interests of HPB fellows.
  • Recruitment of future HPB fellows
  • Increasing camaraderie between fellows
  • Provide a forum for job opportunities

The Chair of the HPB Program Director’s committee is charged with oversight of this committee. The committee is comprised of current HPB fellows in training, recent graduates of HPB fellowships, and a representative from the Professional Development Committee, and any interested general surgery residents.


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