“So much excitement, so much energy, so much FUN” is how Dr. Amin Madani describes SAGES, adding that the “secret sauce” making SAGES truly special is the desire for surgical excellence through innovation to improve patient care.
Dr. Madani also points to SAGES’ investment in young doctors to provide them with a platform to build their career, and opportunities to serve on committees, lead task forces, apply for research grants as a principal investigator, and even take leadership roles to promote SAGES , as he’s done with SAGES FUSE program.
When he joined as a resident 10 years ago, Dr. Madani says, “My first true love was FUSE. During residency, I became a committee member and developed an electrosurgery hands-on FUSE workshop. I had the honor of traveling throughout Canada, the U.S, Japan and France to teach FUSE principles to thousands of surgeons and trainees.” He has since served on the Artificial Intelligence , HPB/Solid Organ and Reimagining the Practice of Surgery committees, as well as the Education Council. He is also a Candidate representative to the SAGES Board.
A graduate of McGill University’s general surgery residency, Dr. Madani talks about the “wisdom, guidance and expertise” of several SAGES mentors who’ve inspired and supported him, especially Dr. Liane Feldman, who he trained with in residency and was his PhD supervisor. “When I find myself in difficult situations in the operating room or other clinical settings, I regularly ask myself, ‘What would Dr. Feldman do?’ and then I hear her voice in my head.”
A member of a SAGES international “friend group” dubbed #Rhmoboyz, Dr. Madani counts Drs. Philip Pucher, Yusuke Watanabe, Daniel Hashimoto, Maria Altieri and Adnan Alseidi among his closest friends. He says, “The best part of our friendship is that we are an international network of surgeon-scientists who collaborate on research projects, merging expertise in surgical education, simulation, artificial intelligence and outcomes to do what we love most: innovate and improve patient care.”