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!


Call for Abstracts

The 2017 SWSC Call for Abstracts deadline has now expired.

Meeting Registration

Registration is now open!  Please click here.

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:
Clay Burlew (2016-17 President) and
John Potts, III (2015-16 President)

Presidential Address

View the Presidential Address from the 2016 Annual Meeting by 2015-2016 President John Potts, III

Letter from President

Read a Letter from the President