September 2020

Development Committee Update

Khaled M. Kebaish, MD
Development Committee Chair

As with many things, COVID-19 has affected charitable donations to SRS. Our year to date donations are not quite matching what we have seen in past years. That being said, SRS tends to see a surge in donations the final months of the year, and we are hopeful that this with hold true in 2020 as well. If you would like to support SRS through a charitable donation, please visit

The efforts of the SRS and the Development Committee over the past several years have significantly increased the grants awarded. Between 2012 and 2019, over 75 total grants were awarded to investigators in 9 countries, with a total of $2.1 million. Those grants led to 122 presentations world-wide, 5 Hibbs nominees and 2 Hibbs awards and 64 publications.

Our committee is currently working on new and innovative methods to engage SRS members. Including a new SRS members App, and we are continuing to work on the genealogy project to improve engagement of younger members. The committee is also working on developing newer methods for soliciting donations from grateful patients, including our growing SRS Facebook page which has the potential to increase public awareness and provide real-time information to our patients on endowments and research funding opportunities.


Chair: Khaled M. Kebaish Committee: Rick C. Sasso, Past Chair; Todd J. Albert, PPII; Jacob M. Buchowski; Panagiotis G. Korovessis; Christof Birkenmaier (C); Ryan E. Fitzgerald (C); Sinan Kahraman (C); Rajat Mahajan (C); Brian J. Neuman (C); Peter O. Newton, PPI; Shay Bess; Anthony M. Petrizzo; Onur Yaman; Serena S. Hu (Treasurer); Darrell S. Hanson; Han Jo Kim; Hassan Serhan