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2021 RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Matthew D. Neal, MD, FACS

Matthew D. Neal, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

It is with great pleasure that the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons recognizes Dr. Matthew Dr. Neal as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year. Dr. Neal was nominated by Anupamaa Seshadri, MD, Associate Fellow, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In the application, Dr. Seshadri said of Dr. Neal:

“Both through his words as well as through his actions as a rising academic star in the field of trauma-induced coagulopathy, Dr. Neal was a huge factor in my deciding that continuing to pursue a passion for both trauma surgery and basic science was not only possible, but also would truly enrich my future career. Dr. Neal is a true role model as a trauma surgeon, a surgical intensivist, and a rigorous and talented researcher, but his real gift is mentorship.”

Dr. Neal is a member of the Association for Academic Surgery as well as the ACS. He began his association with the ACS as a resident where he was 2009 recipient of the Wyeth Resident Research Scholar. Dr Neal became a fellow of the College in 2018.

Dr. Neal will receive a monogramed vase to memorialize his contributions to the field of surgery.


Has someone inspired you to become involved in the American College of Surgeons and been a surgical mentor to you? If so, nominate your inspiring mentor for the Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS) Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award.

The RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding ACS Fellow who has had a marked impact on the engagement of a Resident Member or Associate Fellow and has offered the support and encouragement necessary to build the strong foundation for a surgical career. Mentors from any surgical specialty are eligible for the award and encouraged to be nominated.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees should be Fellows of the College, and nominators should be Resident Members or Associate Fellows. Each nominee may be nominated by more than one RAS member.

Award Criteria

A review committee will be established to review nominations based on the following criteria:

  • professional achievements in the career field
  • personal history and involvement with ACS
  • strength of the letter of recommendation written by the nominator
  • accomplishments in their local, regional, and national community
  • evidence of impact and success in mentoring RAS members

How to Nominate

Please be prepared to include the following with your nomination:

  • A nomination letter, not to exceed two single-spaced pages, supporting the nominee’s efforts to engage young surgeons in the ACS and the impact this experience had on the nominator. Examples of mentorship include intellectual, social, and moral support, as well as career development/advancement.
  • Name, position, institution, and contact information of the nominee.
  • Name, position, institution and contact information of the nominator(s).

Nominations will open in June 2022.

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