APSA Foundation


Dr. Jay L. Grosfeld

The vital support provided by APSA members to the American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation (APSAF) energizes the productivity of our young pediatric surgeon-scientists and results in important new discoveries that benefit our patients and profession. In 2014 we were able to fund two $25,000 research support grants and, jointly with APSA and a generous grant from Sidra Medical and Research Center, fund two travel fellows to attend the 2015 APSA Annual Meeting. This would be impossible to accomplish without your generous financial support.

As we approach the end of another year, it is a time for all of us to consider how we can give back to our profession and assure the future of our specialty. As pediatric surgeons, we all share in this important responsibility. I am asking each of you to consider making a special gift to support the goals and objectives of the Foundation. If just 25 people each donated $1,000, we can fund one research grant for 2015. If all of us would consider making a generous donation, we could build the Foundation corpus to a level that would provide the vital support necessary to meet our goals and objectives. We need you to step up, be responsible and invest in the future success of our specialty. The APSA Foundation depends on your philanthropic support. You can personally make a difference.
APSAF is a source of essential funds to promote education and biomedical research in pediatric surgery. It has served as a gateway for young scientific investigators to become competitive for major external grants. Many previous APSAF scholars have successfully used their seed grants to acquire NIH funding and clearly provide justification of the tremendous return on investment experienced by the Foundation.

The APSA Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. In addition to a tax deductible cash gift, there are other innovative ways to support APSAF. These include providing a gift of stock from your investment portfolio. Charitable contributions from publicly traded stocks provide an attractive option for tax savings. The donor receives a charitable deduction for the fair market price of the stock while avoiding capital gains tax on any profit.  Members 701/2 years or older can contribute using the charitable IRA rollover tax provision.  You can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to a charity (including APSAF).  The contribution counts towars your required minimum distribution but is excluded from your taxable income.  Gifts must be made outright to APSAF and cannot be used to fund charitable gift annuities or remainder trusts.




Jay L. Grosfeld, MD
Chairman, APSAF Board of Directors


APSAF Research Support Grants 

How Your Donation Pays Off

Ten of the 26 recipients of the annual foundation enrichment grant award have subsequently received external funding from the NIH or other sources following their preliminary research accomplished with APSA Foundation funds. Your tax-exempt contributions to APSAF have energized young and deserving pediatric surgeons to become some of the leading surgeon-scientists of the future.

"The 2011 APSA Foundation Scholarship has provided critical support for my laboratory to test our cutting edge ideas on intestinal regeneration. During the period of this grant, we have obtained critical supporting evidence that is now being packaged into a RO1 application that will be submitted in 2013. In a time of diminishing federal funding for basic science research, the APSA Foundation Scholarship provides a critical support mechanism for young, aspiring surgeon scientists. Without this type of support we risk losing an entire generation of surgeon scientists."

Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD
American family Children's Hospital, Wisconsin, USA
2011 APSA Foundation Scholar

Levels of Support

All contributions, large and small, are very much appreciated. We have a number of preset contribution levels starting under $100 (regular donor) up to the $1000 Gold Supporter level. To make your philanthropic planning more streamlined, special categories of support are available that recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of commitment.  A donation of $5000 is necessary to become a Robert E. Gross Benefactor and providing a contribution of $10,000 will allow you to be a member of the William E. Ladd Society. All contributions, regardless of amount, are cumulative. You may choose to submit the entire amount, the balance based on previous contributions, or pledge the remaining amount over a three-year period. 

Dr. William E. Ladd was one of the grandfathers of Pediatric Surgery and one of the first to dedicate his entire practice to the surgical care of infants and children. Dr. Robert E. Gross was also one of the forefathers of childhood surgery and served as the first President of APSA. He trained many early leaders in the field and promoted the establishment of pediatric surgery as a recognized specialty. We believe this is an appropriate method of honoring their considerable accomplishments and pioneering efforts to our profession.


All donors are recognized for their contributions according to their level of giving (i.e. donor. Gold donor, Gross benefactor or Ladd Society) in the APSA Annual Meeting Program.

The first APSAF grant to support a pediatric surgical research scientist was awarded in 1996. We hope that each APSA member will remember the APSA Foundation in their annual giving program. The APSA Foundation welcomes the support of donors from among the new members and recent members of APSA who have yet to contribute and recognizes its sustaining contributors each year.

How to Apply for a Research Grant

Download an application for the 2015-2016 grant.

All applications and inquiries should be forwarded to Dr. Jay Grosfeld, chair of the APSAF Board of Directors.

2016 Research Grants will be awarded at the APSA 46th Annual Meeting, April 30 - May 3, 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.