About EAST

Advancing Science, Fostering Relationships, and Building Careers

The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge to advance the care and rehabilitation of the injured patient. EAST places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarship, fellowship and developing leadership among young surgeons active in the care of the injured patient.

A 501(c)(3) organization, EAST has more than 2,600 members who meet yearly at a conference at which scientific papers are presented and advances in the field are discussed. EAST also has established lectureships, scholarships and a development fund to promote, reward, and recognize individuals working in the field of injury and injury control.


Qualification for Active membership requires an applicant to be a licensed physician, active in the field of trauma residing in the United States, its territories, or Canada, and in possession of a valid certificate from a surgical board which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Physicians who are not yet board certified may join EAST as Provisional members. Physicians from other countries are also welcome as International members. Other health care professionals may join as Associate members. Students enrolled full-time in an accredited medical school (allopathic or osteopathic) located within the United States, its territories, or Canada may join as Medical Students. For more information, click the button below.


Exempt Purpose

EAST CharterThe purposes for which EAST is organized (EAST's exempt purpose) are to furnish leadership and to foster advances in the surgery of trauma; to afford a forum for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to injury control, research, practice, and training in prevention, care, and rehabilitation of injury; to stimulate investigation and teaching in the methods of preventing, correcting, and treating injuries from all types of accidents; to enhance the study and practice of the surgery of trauma by establishing lectureships, scholarships, foundations, and appropriate evaluation procedures to afford recognition to individuals working in these fields by extending to them membership in the association; to do and engage in any and all lawful activities that may be incidental or reasonably related to any of the foregoing purposes.

EAST Bylaws


EAST is a scientific organization providing leadership and development for young surgeons active in the care of the injured patient through interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarship, and fellowship.


EAST seeks to improve care of the injured by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the practice of trauma surgery; to promote trauma prevention, research, and improved trauma systems design; to encourage investigation and teaching of the methods of preventing and treating trauma; and to stimulate future generations of surgeons to meet the challenge.

Core Strategic Goals

  1. Leadership
    Prepare young surgeons to become leaders
  2. Development
    Promote unique programs for the career development of young surgical leaders
  3. Scholarship
    Provide education and training across the continuum of acute surgical care
  4. Fellowship
    Encourage a sense of community for personal professional growth
  5. Collaboration
    Work with our stakeholders to advance patient care and trauma systems

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60611-3295 (312) 202-5508 phone (312) 202-5064 fax managementoffice@east.org
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