Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
The SAGES 2017 Annual Business Meeting will be held at a later date. The slate of officers and Board members, as approved by the Board of Governors on November 19, 2016, is as follows.
Please complete your on-line ballot vote by March 7, 2017.
Jeffrey Marks, M.D.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Current Hospital Title: Vice Chair of Surgery, Office of Technology & Innovation, Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgical Services, and Co-director, Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professional Activities and Distinctions: An active member of SAGES since 1994, Dr. Jones was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2003. He currently serves as President-Elect, and Chair of the Curriculum Task Force. He has served SAGES as Chair of FUSE, the Educational Resources Committee, the Quality, Outcomes and Safety Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. He has been a member of the Continuing Education, FLS, Bariatric, Development, Publications, Program, Robotic, Finance & Assets, and Awards Committees. Dr. Jones was the recipient of the SAGES Young Investigators Award in 2001. As Program Chair for 2012 Annual Meeting, he introduced the Oasis for networking and mentoring, Humanitarian abstracts, the SAGES Mini-Medical School for high school students, and the SAGES Recognition of Excellence Award Coin. In 2012 Dr. Jones received the SAGES Excellence in Medical Leadership Award.
Non-SAGES Contributions: Other contributions include helping to establish the ACS Accreditation of Education Institutes, ACS accreditation for Bariatric Surgery Center Networks (BSCN), the ACS ASMBS MBSAQIP accreditation of bariatric programs, the ACS ASE Skills-Based Simulation for Medical Students Years 1-3, ACS-APDS Simulation Curriculum for Residents, and Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction guidelines for Weight Loss Surgery.
Areas of Research and Publication: Clinical and research work focuses on minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery and technical skill acquisition. Bench work has led to the development of novel endoscopic operations and devices, better task-training models and surgical simulators. Collaborative efforts have worked toward establishing best practices, improving patient safety, simulation research in crisis management and team training and assessment of competency. Research funding includes 5 million in industry support for education and training, and approximately 15 million in NIH RO1 collaborative awards to develop simulators for bariatric procedures, FLS tasks, electrosurgical devices, difficult airway and NOTES.
Dr. Jones serves on the Surgical Endoscopy Editorial Board and is co-editor for: The SAGES Manual of Quality Outcomes and Safety; and The SAGES Manual on Fundamentals of Surgical Energy. He is co-editor of 23 books and authors over 350 original publications, chapters and editorials on minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery and simulation training.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor, Director of Surgical Endoscopy, Program Director, Case General Surgery Residency, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Marks was appointed to the Board in 2001, is current Chair of SAGES Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Committee and serves on the Conflict of Interest Task Force, Global Affairs, Program and Flexible Endoscopy committees. He previously chaired the SAGES Resident Education Committee. He has been a member of the SAGES Exec Committee since 2015 serving as Secretary. He has chaired numerous courses at the annual meeting, and regional resident courses. He was Program Co-Chairman for the 2014 SAGES Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was President for the Cleveland Surgical Society in 2000 and Northeastern Ohio Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy from 2008-2010. He is the program director for the Case general surgery program and associate director of the GI Surgery/MIS Fellowship at Case. In addition to running a complex clinical practice in minimally invasive surgery and advanced therapeutic endoscopy, Dr. Marks spearheads an active lab researching numerous endoscopic techniques and provides endoscopic training courses for surgeons, gastroenterologists, and allied health care. He serves on editorial boards for numerous medical journals, and leadership committees for many Surgical and GI organizations.
Areas of Research and Publication: Advanced therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic management of surgical complications, Resident Education.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor of Surgery, McGill University
Current Hospital Title: Director, Division of General Surgery-McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Feldman is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Division of General Surgery at McGill University. She holds the Steinberg-Bernstein Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation at the McGill University Health Centre and Co-chairs the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Clinical Pathways Program. She is Director of the McGill MIS Fellowship, McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Researcher, member of the Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was the James IV Traveller for Canada (2010). She received the Canadian Association for Medical Education Junior award for distinguished contribution to medical education (2008). Dr. Feldman was appointed to the Board in 2013. She currently is the Chair of the SMART Enhanced Recovery Task Force, and is past co-chair of Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy and Quality, Outcomes and Safety committees, and is a member of the Guidelines committee.
Areas of Research and Publication: Surgical Care Pathways to improve quality of surgical care, measurement and improvement of patient-centered outcomes of surgical recovery, assessment of surgical performance, surgical simulation.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Dr. Asbun is a Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Chairman, General Surgery and Co-Director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Program at Mayo Clinic Florida.
In other professional activities, Dr. Asbun is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Surgeons Multimedia Atlas of Surgery, is on the Executive Council of AHPBA and has served as the Chair of the AHPBA Development Committee. He has also chaired the Video-Based Education Committee of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Asbun is on the Editorial Board of Surgical Endoscopy and is an ad-hoc peer reviewer for several surgical journals. Dr. Asbun holds honorary membership of several international surgical associations.
Areas of Research and Publication: Dr. Asbun has authored over 210 peer-review papers, book chapters, and surgical videos. He has also been author or co-author of over 160 peer-reviewed abstract/poster presentations at national meetings. He has been invited as Guest Speaker to multiple national surgical meetings and to over 110 international surgical meetings in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Central and South America.
His publications have been in the areas of minimal access surgery, hepatobiliary, pancreas and endocrine surgery, as well as basic science research in the field of surgical oncology. Currently, his basic science research is in the area of pancreatic cancer.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor of Surgery, Stony Brook University
Current Hospital Title: Division Chief, Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery; Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery, Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Pryor also holds positions of Program Director for the Stony Brook Advanced GI / Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and she is founder and Director of the Stony Brook Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Surgery Program.
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Pryor has been the SAGES Treasurer since 2015 and has been on the SAGES Board of Governors since 2009. Dr. Pryor has served as Chair of Finance, Membership and the Research and Career Development committees. Other leadership roles have included serving as a committee member on the Awards Committee, Delphi Task Force, Research and Career Development Committee, Resident Education Committee, Endolumenal Task Force and Program Committees. She also served on the NOSCAR joint grant committee with ASGE and SAGES. She has co-Chaired the Research Committee and Task Force on Young Surgeons. She was the Program Chair for the 2015 SAGES annual meeting in Nashville. In addition to these roles, Dr. Pryor is currently working with the Resident and Fellow Training Committee to rework the curriculum for MIS and Flex Endo fellows.
Outside of SAGES, Dr. Pryor is currently the second Vice President of the Fellowship Council where she has also served as the SAGES representative to the Fellowship Council Board and as Secretary/Treasurer. She is a consultant for the American Board of Surgery, helping to write questions for the In-Training Exam. She is also actively involved in the ASMBS and ACS. She is Subject Editor for Bariatric Surgery for Surgical Endoscopy on behalf of SAGES and is an Associate Editor for Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. She also serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery and Bariatric Times. She recognized as a Castle Connolly America's Top Doctor, as well as in the New York Metro Area and Long Island. She has also been awarded the Stony Brook Surgery Attending of the Year Award and the Stony Brook Community Service Award.
Areas of Research and Publication: Dr. Pryor’s work has appeared in more than 80 publications, and she has co-edited four books. She has given more than 200 presentations worldwide, has received a number of research grants and holds patents for several surgical technologies. Her current research efforts focus on advancing laparoscopic bariatric surgery techniques and outcomes, and on new technology in surgery. Her interest in endoscopic therapies has led to participation in two FDA device trials.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor of Surgery, The George Washington University
Current Hospital Title: Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, George Washington University
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Brody has served on the SAGES Board since 2008, and currently serves as Chair of the Communications Committee. Previously, he chaired the Membership and Development Committees, and is a current member of the Development and Program Committees. He was the Program Chair for the 2013 Annual SAGES Meeting in Baltimore, MD. He has also served as Chair of the Annual Meeting Video session, Learning Center and multiple Hands-on courses.
Areas of Research and Publication: Over 100 diverse peer reviewed publications regarding laparoscopic treatment of foregut, biliary, hernia, median arcuate ligament disease and solid organ disorders. He has been a member of the Fellowship Council since its inception and has trained over 18 clinical Fellows in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery. Walker Chair of General Surgery
Current Hospital Title: Senior Medical Director of Clinical Affairs
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Gould completed a Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship at the Ohio State University in 2002. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin where he founded the UW Surgical Skills lab and was appointed to be the first Medical Director of the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program. He served as the Section Head of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at UW before assuming his current position as Division Chief of General Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2011. In Milwaukee he also serves as the Senior Medical Director of Clinical Affairs with oversight of quality and operational efficiency for the Medical College’s affiliate hospital partner. He has been active in many surgical societies including SAGES. For SAGES, he has served on the Education, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, Research, Technology and Value Assessment, Curriculum Task Force, Awards, and Program Committees. He is currently Chair of the Program Committee. He served as the Poster Chair for the 2005 meeting and as Video Chair for the 2014 meeting. He has served on the Board of Governors since 2013.
Areas of Research and Publication: Dr. Gould’s areas of research interest include surgical skills training and assessment and clinical outcomes in bariatric and foregut surgery. He has published extensively in these areas.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York City
Current Hospital Title: Attending – Department of Surgery. Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, NY. August 2005 - present
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Current SAGES Committees: Publications Committee Chair, Communications Committee, Curriculum Task Force, and Robotics Task Force.
Previous SAGES Committees: Bariatrics, Global Affairs, Hernia Task Force, International Relations, and Technology and Value Assessment Committees.
Member, ASMBS Professional Liability Committee;
Member, ACS Communications Committee and Social Media Subcommittee;
Founder and Director, International Hernia Collaboration;
SAGES Recognition of Excellence Award, 2012 and 2013;
US News and World Report, Top Doctors 2012, 2013;
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2012 and 2013 by Castle Connonlly Medical Ltd.;
Board of Trustees: New York State Chapter for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (February 2009 – November 2010);
Treasurer: New York State Chapter of the ASMBS. (Nov 2010-Nov 2012)
Areas of Research and Publication: Hernia, Bariatrics, Social Media, and CQI
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center;
Director, New York Minimally Invasive Surgery, PLLC
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Kurian serves as the Vice President of the NYS Chapter ACS, Board Member of NYS Chapter ASMBS, President of the ASMBS Foundation, and is the Executive Council of the ASMBS.
Dr. Kurian also serves as the SAGES Endolumenal Bariatric Task Force Chair and has been a committee member of the Bariatrics, Continuing Education, Guidelines, and Program committees.
Areas of Research and Publication: Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery
Treatment for Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Current Hospital Title: Head, Division of General Surgery, University Health Network;
Peter A. Crossgrove Chair in General Surgery
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Allan Okrainec is Head of the Division of General Surgery, and Peter A. Crossgrove Chair in General Surgery at the University Health Network. His clinical practice specializes in minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. Dr. Okrainec has leadership roles in several national and international surgical societies.
He is currently serving on the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Communications Committee, Global Affairs Committee, and Telementoring Task Force. Currently, Dr. Allan Okrainec serves as the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Co-Chair. He has served as the Communications Chair.
Areas of Research and Publication: Dr. Okrainec is the director of the Temerty/Chang International Centre for Telesimulation and Innovation in Medical Education at University Health Network. His research interests include the use of simulation and telesimulation for the teaching and assessment of laparoscopic skills in remote areas and resource-restricted countries, and the assessment of clinical outcomes and enhanced recovery programs after surgery. His work is supported by several research grants, including the Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training, and Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Surgery McGill;
Program Director Fundamentals of Surgery;
Associate Director McGill Medical Simulation Centre
Current Hospital Title: Attending Surgeon, Department of General Surgery, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal surgery, flexible endoscopy
2012 SAGES Young Researcher Award;
2009-2013 Henry K.M. de Kuyper Distinguished Educator in Surgery Award;
2008 SAGES Career Development Award
Currently, Dr. Melina Vassiliou is the 2017 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair, serves as the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Committee Co-Chair and serves on the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery Committee, Hernia Task Force, and Curriculum Task Force. She has previously served as Co-Chair of the Hernia Task Force, and served on the Flexible Endoscopy, Research and Career Development, Resident and Fellow Training, and Guidelines Committees, and the Endolumenal Task Force.
Areas of Research and Publication: Surgical Education, assessment of technical skills, flexible endoscopy, minimally invasive surgery
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery
Current Hospital Title: General Surgery Residency Program Director
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Goldblatt has served as the Chair of the Resident and Fellows Training Committee for the past two years. He is active on the Membership Committee, Program Committee and the Publications Committee. In addition, he is a Subject Editor for Foregut Surgery for Surgical Endoscopy.
Dr. Goldblatt is actively involved with the Association for Academic Surgery and the Americas Hernia Society. He was a founding board member for the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative. In addition, he is a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctor.
Areas of Research and Publication: Hernia outcomes, ERAS protocols and outcomes, Foregut and Bariatric outcomes, Resident Education
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Current Hospital Title: Chief, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery; Department of Surgery Board of Directors; OSU Physicians Board of Directors; Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Endoscopic Surgery Fellowship
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Hazey has been an active member of SAGES for 17 years having served on the Endolumenal Task Force, FUSE Task Force, Global Affairs Committee and Guidelines Committee. He currently serves on the Acute Care Surgery Task Force, Flexible Endoscopy and FES Committees. He previously Chaired Open to MIS, and Co-Chaired the Global Affairs Committee. He currently serves as the Chair for Global Affairs. He is active in the Fellowship Council having served on the Finance Committee for 5 years.
Areas of Research and Publication:
Dr. Hazey's research interests include more than 65 manuscripts in various journals. He has authored multiple book chapters and recently published (December 2015) his textbook titled “Multidisciplinary Management of Common Bile Duct Stones”. He has presented at over 100 regional, national and international meetings and holds patents on endolumenal bariatrics. The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery currently participates in multiple IDE trials for the FDA focusing on minimally invasive foregut techniques. His research efforts center around minimally invasive surgery and flexible endoscopy.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota
Current Hospital Title: Staff Surgeon, Minneapolis VA Hospital
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Ramaswamy has served on several SAGES committees including Program, Flexible Endoscopy, Hernia Task Force, and has co- chaired Communications and the Open to MIS task force. Outside of SAGES, she is actively involved with ACS serving on the Health Information and Technology committee in addition to the Executive Committee on Video Based Education. She also serves on the editorial board of JLAST- Videoscopy.
Areas of Research and Publication: Dr. Ramaswamy’s areas of research and publication include Hernia, Bariatrics, and Endoscopy.
Current Teaching/Academic Title: Vice Chair of Education; Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
Current Hospital Title: Chief, MIS/Bariatric and GI Surgery; Medical Director, Bariatric Program, Indiana University Health North Hospital
Professional Activities and Distinctions: Dr. Stefanidis has been an active member of SAGES since 2005. He currently chairs the SAGES Guidelines Committee, and actively contributes to the SAGES Quality, Outcomes, and Safety Committee, and the Curriculum, Safe Chole and Robotics Task Forces. He co-chaired the 2015 SAGES Quality Summit, has taught in numerous SAGES courses, participated in several SAGES review panels, the SAGES learning center, and has represented SAGES in a variety of venues.
Outside of SAGES, Dr. Stefanidis is a Board member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), has chaired several ASE committees, is the program chair of the ASE 2017 Annual Meeting and the ASE recorder for the American Journal of Surgery. He is also actively involved with ASMBS, the ACS Education Institutes, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He is an associate editor for the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and received a SSH presidential citation for his contributions to the field of simulation. He has been awarded for his Excellence in Healthcare Education by the Charlotte Business Journal and received a Community Service Award by Carolinas Healthcare System.
Areas of Research and Publication:
Dr. Stefanidis has published over 120 peer reviewed publications, written over 10 book chapters, given more than 150 presentations worldwide, and received numerous competitive research grants. His areas of research interest include MIS and bariatric surgery outcomes, Guideline development, Surgical Performance Optimization, Simulator Acquired Surgical Skills, and Patient Safety.
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