The American Pediatric Surgical Association is the nation's largest professional organization dedicated to the pediatric surgical specialty.
- In 2015 APSA has more than 1,200 members, mostly from North America, who represent the pediatric surgery arena from academia to government and private practice.
- The APSA Annual Meeting, held every spring, has become the forum for the discussion and dissemination of the latest research and techniques in pediatric surgery.
- As an organization and in tandem with other groups, APSA sets forth guidelines and statements for standards of care for infants and children and for influencing public policy around the surgical care of children.
- APSA members comprise the Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors, which directs educational standards for the training of tomorrow's pediatric surgeons.
Twenty-four surgeons came together as an organizing group, and after a year of intensive meetings, the founding meeting of APSA was held April 17, 1970. This was a time before board certification for pediatric surgery, before approved training programs and approved standards of training. APSA is honored to have had as members surgeons who are considered founders of the pediatric surgery specialty. Our history is full of the men and women who have created training programs and standards; who have created tools and techniques specific to the needs of a small pediatric patient; who have researched how medical conditions uniquely affect the pediatric patient; and who continue to direct and develop the field of pediatric surgery to ensure the best care for their patients and families.
For more details about the APSA's early history, subscribers to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery should read "A Brief Account of the Founding of the American Pediatric Surgical Association," by Dr. Lucien L. Leape. [Leape, L.L. (1996) A Brief Account of the Founding of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 33(1), 12-18.]