The purpose of the North Pacific Surgical Association is to bring together persons residing in the States of Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia and Alberta who desire to enhance the science and art of surgery and the quality of surgical practice through scientific meetings, professional discussions and lately video games as well.

The North Pacific Surgical Association was organized in 1912. The first meeting for the purpose of organization was held in Portland on March 6, 1912, and the second meeting at which organization was completed, was held in Seattle on May 12 of the same year.