Hany Atalah is the Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Coliseum Medical Centers. He has completed over 5,000 Robotic procedures in US and worldwide. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alexandria School of Medicine 1993. He remained at the University of Alexandria to complete his residency and fellowship in the Department of General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. In 199...
Hany Atalah is the Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Coliseum Medical Centers. He has completed over 5,000 Robotic procedures in US and worldwide. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alexandria School of Medicine 1993. He remained at the University of Alexandria to complete his residency and fellowship in the Department of General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. In 1999 he started his Minimal Invasive surgery career in Baltimore, where he was appointed as Instructor of Minimal Invasive surgery training various Residents from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and other Community hospitals in Baltimore (1999-2008). Then he was appointed as Clinical lecturer and Co- director for residency program training for Robotic surgery and Minimally Invasive surgery Department of Urology University of Florida, College of Medicine (2008-2010). He has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts (over 44) and book chapters (Atlas or Robotic Surgery) and has received an Audio-Visual award for the topic Robotic Surgery at American Urological association in 2010.
He has done many workshops and live surgery all over the world and he is world’s pronounced novel robotic surgeon and innovator. He enjoys teaching and training surgeons and other healthcare providers in Robotic and minimal Invasive surgery.
Robotic surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.
Richard Prinz is a recognized leader in the sub-specialty of endocrine surgery, with an emphasis on thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic neuroendocrine surgery. He was Honored as a Chicago Magazine Top Doctor and named on the Best Doctors in America list for over 10 consecutive years, he has served as president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Western Surgical Association, the Chicago Surgical Society, the Metropolitan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and as vice president of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has devoted much of his career to pursuing surgical advancements in the areas of thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism and adrenal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. He was the first to perform laparoscopic adrenalectomy in Chicago.
He is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and was a surgical resident at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. He was an Associate Investigator at VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois and did a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. He has been a full time academic surgeon involved in teaching residents and students since 1977. He was the Helen Shedd Keith Professor and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and Program Director of the Rush Cook County Hospital Integrated Surgical Residency Program from 1993 to 2009. He was an active Director of the American Board of Surgery from 1994 to 2000, and a Senior Director of the American Board of Surgery until 2011. He gave the certifying examination of the American Board of Surgery to nearly 1000 candidate surgeons. He was the first representative of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons to the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council of the American Board of Surgery. This committee writes and reviews oncology related questions for all of the American Board of Surgery examinations. He is a member of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and the Society of Surgical Chairmen.
He serves as Vice Chair, Department of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem with an academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.
Thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
Kenton J Zehr
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Kenton J Zehr received his M.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a 3rd year medical student. He completed a long-tract 9 year combined General Surgery/Cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship in at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. During his residency, he spent 2 years in the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratories. He also did a 6 month fellowship at Harefield Hospital in London, UK with Sir MagdiYacoub with special emphasis on Thoracic Organ Transplantation and Aortic Root Surgery. He spent 8 years as a consultant Cardiovascular Surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN academically advancing to Associate Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Medical School. At Mayo he was a busy clinical surgeon with specific interests in aortic surgery, mitral and aortic valve repair, and mechanical replacement of the failing heart. He then spent 2 years as the Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Associate Director of the Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center prior to taking the position of Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Center for Aortic Disease at Scott and White Clinic and Professor of Surgery at Texas A & M University, Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine from 2009 to 2013. At Scott & White Clinic, he spearheaded several de novo programs, 1) The Center for Aortic Disease, 2) The Thoracic Organ Transplant Program [heart and lung transplantation], 3) The Ventricular Assist Device Program [temporary and long-term support], 4) The Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program [ECMO], and the TAVR program. He returned to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as Associate Professor of Surgery in 2014.
His career contributions to the surgical literature include more than 110 peer-reviewed articles and he has given more than 100 invited lectures at national and international symposia. He has been a peer reviewer for numerous journals. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Society for Heart Valve Disease. He has had a long-standing interest in international education. He spent several years as the Director of the Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship for international fellows at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He has conducted operative workshops in Russia, India, and Iran. He has been a contributor in the development and growth of the Perm Heart Institute, Perm, Russia. The program has grown from 50 cases to over 3000 open heart procedures per year in its first decade. He took a year from his USA practice to operate in Perm full-time in 2008 and served as director of education.
Evaluation of the inflammatory response in relation to biomechanical insults (extracorporeal circulation). He has studies compliment, neutrophil, and platelet activation in response to cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac transplantation. He also studied the neurological injury associated with hypothermic circulatory arrest and ways that the injury may be attenuated. He has participated in multiple clinical trials including post-market approval and randomized cardiac valve studies. He has an interest in device development as it relates to cardiac surgery and has played a significant role in the development of a baffle to be placed in the aortic arch to prevent stroke during cardiopulmonary bypass, a percutaneous method to do a mitral valve annuloplasty, and a transapical method to replace damaged chordae on the mitral valve. He had served as an advisor to several mechanical assist device companies and continues research and clinical activity into mechanical assist of the failing heart and lungs.
Stephen Cohen is leading the way for improved surgical care in Southern West Virginia. He is starting a new surgical program while utilizing his general surgery, endoscopy, and leadership skills as Director of Acute Care Surgery at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
He was the first Board certified colon and rectal surgeon for the southern crescent area in Atlanta, Georgia. Many of his patients traveled long distances to receive his high quality care, due to his unique ability to put patients and family at ease during difficult and often stressful times. He is an innovator, pioneer, and pacesetter of emerging, developing, and innovative colorectal techniques. Painless hemorrhoid treatments, state-of-the-art incontinence procedures, and new paradigms in postoperative care are several of the interests that his patients receive in his quest to identify the newest and most advanced treatments available. He is active in teaching, educating, and collaborating with physicians both domestically and internationally, in which his passion is advocating for advances in colorectal diagnosis and treatment, promoting quality access, and maintaining affordability in the current healthcare debate. In addition, he recently earned his MBA degree and is a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Because of his current life-style change, he is passionate about educating and teaching, in addition to, promoting nutrition as a mainstay for a healthy way of living.
He has partnered with medical industry for the past 25 years to educate, teach, and promote innovative technology that adds value for patients, physicians, and the institution. Furthermore, as a leader in the field of colon and rectal surgery, he prides himself on keeping abreast about evidence-based medicine, and is a consultant for many medical-legal cases that require his particular skills for a fair and just review.
Lael Anson Best was born on 11th August 1951, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. He studied in Ahmedabad and completed all the requirements for a career in medicine and Qualified as a General Surgeon. Rajkumar College Rajkot, India Upon completion of his High School Education he enrolled as a student in the University of Gujarat. In 1969 he enrolled in The Faculty of Medicine in the University of Gujarat at the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad. He qualified (M.B.B.S.) in 1975. He then completed his Master of Surgery at the University of Gujarat in 1978. He then obtained his Israeli Board Certification in Cardio Thoracic Surgery in 1985. In 1987-88 he was a Clinical Fellow in Thoracic Surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester MN. USA. On his return he was appointed as Chief and Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Rambam at the age of 38 years. In 2005 became Clinical Associate Professor and also Chief of Surgery (2005-2012) at the Rambam-Health Care Campus Haifa Israel. He was Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England London. There upon receiving accreditation of his qualification from the Medical Board of Israel he began his professional career in Israel. Over a very short period of time he rose to the position of Chief of Thoracic Surgery & Chief Surgery at the Rambam-Health Care Campus in Haifa where he dedicates all his efforts and services till today.
Wojciech Konrad Karcz was born in August 7th 1970 Groß Sthrelitz. Currently he working as Head of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, University of Lubeck, Germany.He graduated from Silesian Medical University in 1989-1995 and completed his Scholarship for doctor’s degree in Surgery on Silesian School of Medicine (for 4 years) in 1995-1999, After Medical Doctor Degree in 1999 where he awarded surgeon’s National Board First Degree in Poland. After that he studied Management of Health Care Economy Academy in Katowitz 1999-2000 and he got his manager degree in 1999, he is the Manager of Medical Center for Esthetic, Vascular and Dermatological Surgery in 2000-2002. And Surgeon National Board Degree from Germany 2004. He worked as consultant and senior consultant at various Bariatric & Visceral Surgeries. He worked at University Clinic of General and Vascular Surgery (S.S.M.), Medical Center for Esthetic, Vascular and Dermatological Surgery & Clinic of General and Visceral Surgery. He is member of various international associations.
Bakr M Nour joined Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in January 2007 as Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Director of the Surgery Clerkship. As a Consultant in General Surgery in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), he has started a Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary surgical service and a Liver Transplant Clinic. In 2009, he was appointed as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He has held academic positions at the University of Alexandria, the University of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma University College of Medicine, and the University of Texas, Arlington School of Nursing. In terms of clinical positions, he has been Attending Surgeon at Shat by Children's University Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, Main University Hospital in Alexandria Egypt, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. At INTEGRIS, he served consecutively as Chief of Pediatric Liver Transplant, Chief of Abdominal Organ Transplantation, and Chairman of the Department of Transplantation. While he was Chairman, he also served as Director of the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City. In addition to building a strong academic Department of General Surgery for the benefit of the WCMC-Q medical students, his major objective during his tenure in Qatar is to facilitate the development of surgical research programs focused on transplantation, liver tumors, surgical simulation, and use of robotics. In 2012, he has was invited by the Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon, Beijing Naval Hospital, Beijing, China and SKMC Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE to lecture on his 30 years experience on Liver Transplantation.
Abdominal Organ Transplantation Surgery; Immunosuppression; Transplant Infections; Hepatobiliary Surgery; Medical Education; Simulation in Surgical training
Leonard Y Lee is Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James W. Mackenzie MD Endowed Chair in Surgery and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He offers novel techniques in the treatment of adult cardiac surgery including minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, hybrid revascularization procedures, repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms including thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR), cardiac assist devices including LVAD, CABG, off-pump CABG, and his newest procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR-replacement of the aortic valve through small incisions in the groins). He is dedicated to the most advanced, innovative techniques and devices to aid in the optimal care of his patients.
Prior to this, he was the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was involved with the development of new programs with minimally invasive surgical approaches to heart disease and repairs of complex thoracic aortic aneurysms of all types.
Before being recruited to Hackensack, he was the Director of the Cardiac Surgery Program and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital, part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Heart Center. He has been named one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America and Top Doctor – New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly.
He also served as Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he led daily rounds of cardiothoracic surgery fellows and physician assistants, participated in clinical and basic science research as well as playing an integral role in the intra-operative teaching and education of residents and fellows. He also served as an Assistant Attending Physician at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Barnabas Hospital.
He received his medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and his B.A. from Lehigh University. His residency in General Surgery was completed at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident. His research fellowship took place at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center under the guidance of Ron Crystal, M.D. and Todd Rosengart, M.D. His clinical cardiothoracic fellowship was at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under O.Wayne Isom, M.D. and Robert Ginsburg, M.D.
He has been involved in numerous heart surgery and heart disease clinical research trials. The goal of one of his research trials was to reprogram the heart using gene therapy to perform what he calls a “biologic bypass.” He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on gene therapy in cardiology and on all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. His essays have appeared in several textbook including Cardiac Surgery in the Adult published by McGraw Hill, fourth edition.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and American College of Surgeons (FACS) as well as a member of all the major Cardiothoracic and Cardiology Societies. He was awarded the Distinguished House Staff Award by the Alumni Association of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Intra operative myocardial biopsy to evaluate myocardial dysfunction in aortic valve disease, Aldosterone receptor blockade to promote adaptive arterialization of venous CABG, CONcomitant eValuation of Epicor left at Rial Therapy for AF, TX2 Post market approval study for Thoracic Aneurysms, TX2 Low Porfile Thoracic Trial for Aneurysms, TX2D Dissection Trial for Acute Type B Aortic Dissection, Cardiac Gene Therapy, Stem cell therapy for myocardial repair.
Mark D Morasch, M.D., F.A.C.S. returned to his Montana roots and joined St Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings, Montana in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in March 2012. Previously, he was Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the inaugural John F. Marquardt, MD Professor of Clinical Research.He also servedas Director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery program there. He received a degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, a medical degree from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. He did residency at Loyola University Medical Center, a year of vascular training at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland and a vascular surgery fellowship at Wayne State University. He has interests in complex extracranial cerebrovascular reconstruction and aortic pathology. He is considered a leader in aortic therapy having served as the national principal investigator for thoracic endograft research trials and contributing as local principal investigator or co-investigator on over 30 studies. He has written 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 60 textbook chapters, 22 online publications, and has edited 10 medical textbooks. He is board certified in general and vascular surgery and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
The surgical treatment of complex extracranial cerebrovascular disease
The surgical and endovascular treatments of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm disease
Dimitrios Gakis is a co-founder of the Surgery and Transplantation Dept, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1987, a very active dept. with an average of 1100- 1200 operations per year. It is the biggest transplant centre of abdominal organs and a referral centre for advanced surgery both from Greece and Balkan area of Europe.
Department's yearly activity is 45-50 liver and 50 - 60 kidney transplantations (pediatric & adult) a few combined liver-kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantations. It is a training centre for residents in General Surgery and postgraduate students. His experience far exceeds 2000 transplantations so far. Because of his significant contribution to the development of Greek NHS he was awarded from the Minister of Health to become the Executive Manager and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AHEPA University Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece from 2004 to 2010.
He is the representative of Greece in Commission EU and European Council.
He was elected President of Hellenic Transplant Association (HTA).
He was elected vice President of Hellas Transplant
He was representing HTA in European Society of Organ Transplantation.
Mikes T Glynatsis was born in Athens, Greece, 27 November 1951. He was graduated from Athens University Medical School, 1976 and he served as an army doctor from 1977-1979. He worked as a general practitioner during 1979-1980 and was also resident in general surgery from 1981-1985. He worked as an attending surgeon at “St. Paul” general hospital and Trauma Center in Athens, Greece, 1985-1986 and he was Consultant Surgeon, “Hippocration” General Hospital in Athens, Greece, 1986-2008. Presently he is working as a Head, Department of Surgery, “Pammakaristos” in Hospital of Divine Providence, Athens, Greece.
He was trained in colorectal surgery at “St. Mark’s” Hospital, London, UK, 1988, “Leeds General Infirmary”, Leeds UK, 1991, “Queen Elizabeth Hospital”, Birmingham, UK, 1993 and “Mayo Clinic”, Rochester, MN, USA, 1999.
Colorectal Surgery, Anal Surgery and Gastric Cancer.
Abdullah S Al Qudah, MD, is a graduate of The Algerian University Medical School. He trained in General Surgery at the University of Tours, France and specialized in Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery at Marie Lannelongue and Bordeaux Medical centres and the University of Paris V Medical School, Paris, France. Also, he is board certified in General surgery, Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery.
He has been practicing medicine since 1975, for the last 28 years, in Amman, Jordan, at the Jordan University Hospital. His practice specializes in the care of critically ill and surgical diseases of the cardiothoracic and vascular system. His interests also include furthering modern phlebology. Moreover, he is a clinical associate professor of Surgery at Jordan University Medical School and was a fellow in the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Currently, he is the president of The Jordanian Association of Cardiac Surgeons and the Secretary general of the Arab association of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Jordan.
He comes from a modest background. His parents were farmers in Northern Jordan who passed their humanitarian values on to their children. "These values," he says, "are still a driving force for me. My life is an example that shows that you do not have to be born privileged to make a contribution to a better world."
Regarding Scientific publications, he has more than 45 published materials in international indexed journals and is an editorial member of the international editorial board of the Asian Thoracic and Cardiovascular Annals and other Journals.
Thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and phlebology.
Eugene Kim is Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. He has clinical expertise in pediatric surgical oncology, the management of chest wall deformities and anorectal malformations. He also has expertise in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as it relates to newborn pulmonary and cardiac failure. He is the principal investigator of a basic science laboratory focused on novel preclinical therapeutics for the aggressive childhood malignancy, neuroblastoma. His research interests are focused on the development and discovery of new anti-angiogenic pathways and therapies for neuroblastoma. In addition, his lab is investigating a novel cancer stem cell population in neuroblastoma and its role in tumor recurrence.
Luiz C Sampaio, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who serves as assistant medical director for the Regenerative Medicine Research Department at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. Among other responsibilities, he oversees the large-organ decellularization and recellularization processes. Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Dr. Sampaio graduated from the Federal University of Bahia Medical School and completed a sub- Internship in internal medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed general surgery and cardiovascular surgery residencies in Brazil, and then served as visiting surgeon with Dr. Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute, 1996-1998, before returning to Brazil to establish a private practice in cardiovascular surgery. Before returning to THI in 2011, Dr. Sampaio also served as Assistant Professor of Histology (Tenure track) and Guest Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Federal University of Bahia Medical School.
Cell and gene therapy for treatment of cardiovascular disease
Sex differences in cardiac and vascular cell-based therapies
Tissue engineering of bioartificial organs and vasculature
Cell-based prevention of disease
Stem cells and cancer
Aging as a failure of stem cells
Complementary and alternative approaches to endogenous (cell-mediated) repair.
Molecular and Biological Basis for Surgery
New devices for the surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease
Joseph Buell is Director of the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Institute at Tulane Medical Center. He specializes in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, as well as minimally invasive liver surgery.
He is a clinically active surgical oncologist and transplant surgeon. Previously, he was an intramural investigator at the NIH, Surgery Branch, working in the metabolism section and in conjunction with the Pharmacology Branch. During this time, he studied the mechanism and the ability to modify DNA injuries from cisplatin. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked with and developed several multiple ablation devices. After extensive experience with cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and most recently irreversible electroporation, he identified a significant incidence of late recurrence associated with incomplete ablations. These observations evolved from his clinical experience with over 1000 liver tumor patients and through immunohistochemistry analysis and TUNNEL assays on transplant explant specimens. Hepatocellular cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide and a leading indication for liver transplantation. Hepatocellular cancer in the setting of liver failure patients has been the most challenging cancer to manage. This disease has been a focus for Dr. Buell’s career for twenty years. He is dedicated to identifying, refining and pioneering new technologies for the treatment of this dramatically rising malignancy.
Solid organ transplantation in HIV patients
Radiofrequency ablation vs. high intensity focused ultrasound
Joseph Ricotta is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery. He brings years of valuable experience at the nation’s leading institutes (Yale, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital) to his role as the Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Northside Hospital as well as Associate Professor of Surgery at the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Northside, he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Research at Emory University and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He also established the first fenestrated aortic endograft program for the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms at Emory University. He gained vast knowledge in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery through studying, interning and completing residency and fellowships at Yale University, Jefferson Medical College, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Oxford University in England, the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. He has received numerous awards and has been repeatedly elected as an Atlanta Magazine “Top Doctor” as well as one of the Nation’s Top Doctors by U.S. News and World Report, and been repeatedly chosen as a Top Surgeon in the United States. He was recently honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
• Endovascular Robotic Surgery
• Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissection-Open and Endovascular Treatment including fenestrated-branched endografts for complex aortic aneurysms
• Carotid Disease-Carotid Endarterectomy and Carotid Stenting
• Peripheral Aneurysms
• Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)-Open and Endovascular Treatment
• Renal and Mesenteric Disease-Open and Endovascular Treatment
Stavros Siminelakis was graduated from Athens Medical School, Greece in 1981. In 1985 he obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (National School of Public Health, Athens) and in 1986 his PhD from the National University of Athens-Medical School. He completed his training in General Surgery in October 1989 in Red Cross Hospital of Athens and he served as trainee in Thoracic Surgery in Liverpool Heart Center, UK till February 1991. Afterwards he continued his training in Cardiac Surgery in Hippokration Teaching Hospital (Athens) and he obtained the Certification for the Specialty of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery in March 1994. Opportunity to be trained in Aortic Homografts at London during his service for 1 year as clinical Fellow-Registrar, in Cardiothoracic Surgery Dept. At North Yorkshire Heart Center, UK till May 1995 and subsequently I was trained in Congenital Cardiac Surgery till September 1998 in Pediatric Teaching Hospital of Athens “St’ Sofia”. During my service as Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Ioannina University Hospital under Prof. C.E. Anagnostopoulos, FACS, I was gained experience in Aortic Surgery and Mitral Valve Repair.
I was granted in 2001 the Certification of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. I was elected in June 2013 Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery at University of Ioannina, School of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine.
Experimental study of ischemia and reperfusion phenomena
Surgical management of cardiac implantable electronic device infections
Perioperative infusion of low- dose of vasopressin for prevention and management of vasodilatory vasoplegic syndrome
Circulating matrix metalloproteinase 3 due to myocardial ischemia
The systemic inflammatory response and the effects of the extracorporeal circulation on the immunologic system of humans
Axillary Artery Cannulation for Cardiopulmonary Bypass during Surgery on the Ascending Aorta and Arch
James Laredo, MD, PhD, FACS, is a board-certified in both Surgery and Vascular Surgery and is credentialed as both a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). He is an associate professor of surgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. His area of expertise is in both endovascular and open vascular surgery.
He earned both his PhD in Physiology and MD degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training in Boston at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School and vascular surgery fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a member of numerous medical and surgical societies including the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Venous Forum, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. He continues to be active in both clinical and translational research and was recently awarded the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society Academic Award for research in 2006. He serves as director of The GW Medical Faculty Associates Vein Center in Reston, VA.
lower extremity revascularization; hemodialysis access surgery; and aortic surgery; he also specializes in venous diseases and vascular malformations.
Constantinos Mavrantonis is a colorectal surgeon. He graduated from Athens Medical School in 1987 and completed his General Surgery Residency at the Aretaion University Hospital, where he obtained a PHD. He then completed a fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Department of Colorectal Surgery.
After his return to Greece in 1999, he worked at the “Henri Dunant” Hospital in Athens, a Nonprofit Organization that belongs to the Hellenic Red Cross, as an attending surgeon until 2005 and, thereafter, as Chief of General and Colorectal Surgery until December 2012.
In January 2013 he was appointed Director of the 6th Department of Surgery at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens.
He is Committee Member of the ASCRS Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program (CARSEP) and member of the Editorial Board of the Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgeryand the Techniques in Coloproctology. He is a member of the ASCRS and the ACS. He is Board Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Society of Medical Studies and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Red Cross until 2011.
He has been an invited speaker in numerous meetings in Europe and the United States. He has authored over 140 free papers in National and International meetings and published 13 scientific papers in Medical Journals such as Surgical Endoscopy, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Journal of Colorectal Disease, Clinical Gastroenterology, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine etc, with 1130 citations - ISI Thomson Reuters 2013. He has also authored several book chapters in medical volumes such as Prognosis and outcome expectancy of surgical diseases" Wright State University, Ohio USA, "Protocols in General Surgery- Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery" John Wiley & Sons Inc. New York USA, "Current Challenges In Colorectal Surgery" WB Saunders Company, Ltd., London etc.
He is the Program Director and the main Trainer of the Seminars in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery that take place quarterly, since 2008 (www.lapcolectomy.org), under the auspices of, and in cooperation with the European Surgical Institute (ESI) – Hamburg, Germany.
Colorectal Surgery Specialty
European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
Vasileios N Papadopoulos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on March 1962. He is employed as Medical Faculty of Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki since 2000. He is also Director of Intensive Care Unit of the 1st Propedeutic Surgical Clinic, in A.H.E.P.A. University Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed his studies in medical school of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1987. He served as a physician in Greek Navy for two years, the last one serving as a resident in general surgery, at the Naval Hospital of Athens, Greece. He completed his residency in general surgery in 1996, at the 1stPropedeutic Surgical Clinic, of A.H.E.P.A. Hospitalin Thessaloniki. He trained in Surgical Oncology in centers in Germany (Kiel, Heidelberg, Munich) and U.S.A. (Brown University, RI). He is member of 15 Greek and 8 International Scientific Societies, also Member of the American College of Surgeons. He is Director of A.T.L.S. programs in Northern Greece. He published over 250 papers in Greek and English Medical Journals and participated in 8 books. He is member of the General Assembly of the Medical School as representative of Surgical Department.
Moshe Dudai is among the world and Israel pioneers of laparoscopy surgery, in particular Laparoscopy/Endoscopy hernia repair, starting at 1989 and continue to date. He was graduated of the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem at 1977. He did his residency in general surgery at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and in 1983 obtained his Israeli Board Certification in General Surgery. At 1991 he was appointed as Chief of the Reichmann Department of Surgery in Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem. At 1994 he was appointed as Command Consulted of Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda USA and at 1995 he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda USA.
His expertise in laparoscopy surgery leads him to be elected to several positions: the President on the European Society for Video Surgery; the Video Editor of Journal of Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques: a reviewer of Journal of Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques. In addition, he was appointed to lead an advanced laparoscopy project in the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda where he was a special advisor and was also the director of the Laparoscopy and Obesity Units of Misgave Ladach hospital in Jerusalem. In 2011 he wrote the First world Guidelines for the Diagnosis and treatment of Sportsman Hernia as part of International Endo-Hernia Surgery Guidelines, an update of the guidelines are going to be published soon.
He is an active member of more than a dozen professional surgical societies in Israel, USA and Europe. He is also an inventor and entrepreneur of medical surgical laparoscopy instruments.
Sportsman Hernia, sport Groin and Pubic Bone Injury
Laparoscopy Surgical instruments and devices
Dr. Dragise Misovic University Medical Center Belgrade
Berislav Vekicwas born in Zenica. He Graduated from the University of Medicine in Belgrade in 1998. He Completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine in 1995 in the field of digestive surgery on the thesis "Lymphatic dissemination of rectum and sigma cancer". He Completed General surgery training from 1992 to 1996 at the Surgical Clinic of HCHC "Dr Dragisa Misovic" and other surgical clinics of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. And he Passed specialty final exam from general surgery with excellent grade in 1996 and acquired the title of specialist in general surgery. He Defended his doctoral dissertation in the field of digestive surgery in 2000 on the thesis "Significance of lymphadenectomy in surgical treatment of rectal cancer" at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. The Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia, after previously obtained an opinion from Serbian Medical Association, awarded him the title of Chief Physician 2002, after all legally prescribed conditions were met. Passed Subspecialty in Digestive Surgery 2010 at the Faculty of Medicine by having defended the thesis “Double Stapling Technique For Low Colorectal Anastomosis – Advantages and Disadvantages".
From 1991 he was employed for an indefinite period at the Surgical Clinic of CHC “Dr Dragisa Misovic”. From 2011 to 2007 he was the head of the coloproctological department. From 2007 to 2009 he was the head of the department of hepatobiliary-pancreatic and transplant surgery. From 2009 – present, he is the head of the stationary department of the surgical clinic. Professor of Surgery at the University of Belgrade.
Surgical education and advanced training after passed specialist’s exam he gained completing European School of Laparoscopic Surgery in Moscow 1996, and Yugoslavian School of Endoscopic Surgery 199. He gained expert training at various universities abroad: Clinic of Surgery Yekaterinburg Research Center of Surgery Department of Endoscopic Surgery Moscow (Russia), Vinzenz Pallotti Hospital Bensberg (Germany), University School of Medicine, Cologne (Germany), Krankenhaus Barmherzige Bruder, Wien (Austria), Endo-Surgery Institute Cincinati, Ohio (USA), Privatklinik Dobling, Wien, (Austria).
He is an author or co-author of numerous studies and scientific papers. He is an author “ The significance of lymphadenectomy in surgical treatment of rectal cancer” (2000), “Stapled colorectal anastomosis”(2011), “History of colorectal surgery” (2011). „Functional anatomy of human body“ (2013), "Recommendations for the management of medical waste“ (2013), He is an author or co-author of several chapters in medical textbooks. At the Surgical Clinic of CHC “Dragisa Misovic” he introduced several new operational procedures in the field of surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of anorectal region. In addition to expressed great interest in colorectal surgery, he also showed a great interest and knowledge in liver surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
He is a member of the Serbian Medical Society, a member of the chairmanship of the Society of Coloproctology of Serbia, a member of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP), International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS), International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO).
Since 2012 he has discharged the function of Assistant Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia for European Integration and International Cooperation. Since November 2013 he has been the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia.
Colon and rectal cancer; Anorectal disorders and Minimally invasive surgery.
Nimer G Shaheen was Vis. Professor in Surgery, Director of Surgical Clinic, Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Oncology in Athens Medical Center, and he has been president of the scientific society of Athens Medical Group for 6 years. He is Senior Consultant of International Clinical Relations in Athens Medical Group and Member of Education Committee Hellenic Surgical Society and he is also Fellow of American College of Surgeons. In 1993 he worked as Visiting professor of surgery at Damascus University. He was the Director of Educational Program in Athens Medical Center. He became professor of surgery at the technical school in Crete. He also worked as Lecturer and senior registrar. He wrote many books related to Hernia, Hemorrhoids & Cancer. He is the member of various international societies. He received his degree from Athens University with Scholarship and trained in surgery and Surgical Oncology Evangelische Hospital in Bethesda-Duisburg-(Germany) in General Surgery. He obtained degree in General Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens and also in Gastrointestinal Surgery from Mount Vernon Hospital, Grevenbroich (Germany) in Laparoscopic Surgery.
Large bowel disease
Military Industries Corporation Hospital
Nasir Iqbal MS FRCS is a 30 year veteran in the field of General & Thoracic Surgery. He has also remarkable experience in trauma surgery. He received his MS and FRCS from Punjab University, Pakistan and Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, UK respectively and eventually earned his spot as professor & chair of General Surgery in 2009. He has travelled extensively and has worked in UK and Saudi Arabia besides his hometown in Pakistan.
He became Director of Surgery during his stay in Saudi Arabia at the prestigious Military Hospital Al Kharj. He has many articles to his credit. He is in the editorial board of a leading Journal which is published from Lahore, Pakistan, Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases since 2001.
The subject of his MS thesis was on “Role of early thoracotomy in penetrating chest trauma”. He has a decent experience in minimally invasive surgery and he regularly updates his knowledge and skills by attending workshops and seminars.
Stephen Barnes is a Professor of Surgery & Anesthesia with tenure and Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Missouri. His clinical practice focuses on the care of the acutely ill and injured and the application of advanced surgical technology to complex surgical disease.
He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1997. Following residency training in general surgery, he completed fellowships in both trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Kentucky and then completed additional fellowship training inadvanced laparoscopic, robotic and gastrointestinal surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery for general surgery in 2003 and for surgical critical care in 2004.
Before joining the University of Missouri-Department of Surgeryas faculty in 2008, he served as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he directed the Critical Air Transport Advanced Training Platform at the U.S. Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. This joint civilian/DoD training platform brought active duty, guard and reserve personnel from all branches of service to the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center for intensive pre-deployment trauma and aeromedical transport training. During his time at CSTARS, he developed a multidisciplinary training program incorporating multiple training modalities for rapid acquisition of the necessary skills for successful global aeromedical evacuation and combat casualty care. In 2006, he served in Iraq as Chief of Critical Care and Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base, Iraq.
His research interests include best practice for simulation based training, development of mixed reality training environments, technology translation to clinical care and the modulation of inflammation during sepsis, injury and resuscitation. He fills leadership positions within Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. As a member of the MU graduate school, he directs clinical, simulation and basic science laboratories with funding through both the Department of Defense and the Coulter Translational Partnership Program.
Maqsood Elahi, is a Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon who is the Founder and Chairman CardiacEye International Heart Foundation, Texas, USA with its branches in Pakistan, UK, Kenya and Australia. He enjoys the honored HEC professorship of cardiovascular diseases. In the past, he served as an Assistant Professor to Texas A&M Health Science Centre, USA.He graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK (1998-2000), and completed BUPA/ BHF Clinical Research Fellow, University of Southampton, UK (2005-2007). He completed Basic Surgical Training in UK (1999-2001) and he received Complex Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Vic, Australia (2008-2009), and he completed Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Human Development and Health, University of Southampton, UK (2008 till present), he graduated in MRCS: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2000). He graduated in MMedSci, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2000), he holds FACS, American College of Surgeons, USA (2008), and he certified FRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (2010), he studied Ph.D, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (2011).
Investigating the role of blood-dependent redox activity and the biology of Nitric Oxide (NO) modulation in ischemia-reperfusion induced organ injury during extracorporeal circulation in ischemic heart disease.
Effects of genes encodings and polymorphisms in the promoter regions of the Tumour Necrosis Factor in ethnicity-specific risk of cardiovascular disease; defining gene silencing for gene therapy in preventing early origins of atherosclerosis, and studying the usage and implications of endothelial progenitor cells in tissue engineering models of heart/ lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support.
He has developed a unique mouse model.
Developmental programming of cardiovascular diseases.
Mohammad Abdel Aleem was born in a small village on the Nile Valley of Egypt the Land of Pharaohs. He got his M.D. of Cardio_Thoracic Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine; Cairo University. He is currently a Professor of Cardio_Thoracic Surgery; and Chief of a Cardiac Surgery unit at the Department of Cardio_Thoraic Surgery; Faculty of Medicine and Cairo University Hospitals. His hobbies are Cardiac Surgery; teaching under and post-graduate candidates; research work and supervising junior staff in their theses and work. He had published more than 50 medical articles in different local and international journals. Also; he started to write a book of Cardio_Thoracic Surgery in a series of volumes. The first volume was about Trauma and on the way to finish the volume of Radiology in Cardio_Thoracic Surgery. He is member of many organizations. He is keen to attend the International conferences to be updated by what is new in his career. His research is focused on the effect of rheumatic fever on the heart as it is a prevalent etiology of Cardiac diseases in Egypt till now. Also; he visited many Cardiac Centers all over the world to gain more experience in Cardiac Surgery and then transmit it to students and juniors. He believes that a good surgeon should learn throughout his clinical life till the end.
Surgical management of rheumatic heart diseases including : closed mitral valvotomy; valve replacement; repair and pericardiectomy
Surgery of Ischemic heart diseases [CABG]: Surgery of ischemic complications
Surgery of Bronchogenic Carcinoma and mediastinal tumors
Tracheal and oesophageal surgery
Chest wall reconstruction
All congenital lesions of the Lung; Mediastinum; Diaphragm and chest wall
Surgery of pulmonary T.B.
Lung volume reduction surgery
Chemical decortication using streptokinase intrapleuraly
Endoscopic procedures; bronchoscopy; oesophagoscopy; mediastinoscopy and VATS
Shucri S Shawaf Obtained his MD in 1991 from the American University of Beirutand his Ophthalmology training from the American University of Beirut-Medical Center in 1995. He received training courses inPediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus Surgery & Botulinumat Moorfields Eye Hospital, Londonin 1994 and the Houston Eye Associatesand The Herman Eye Center-University of Texas in 1995, andin Refractive Surgery &Anterior Segment at the “Centre Hospitalier Regional UniversitaireDe Lille’’, France in 1998; and in Phacoemulsification with foldable IOL implantationDr Solanki’s Eye Hospital-Drishti Project, Bangalore, India in 2012.
In 2005 he completed a Fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases & Uveitisat The Eye Center & The Eye Foundation for Research in Ophthalmologyin Riyadh KSA. He is member of the International Strabismological Association, The Lebanese Order of Physicians, the Lebanese Ophthalmic Society, the Saudi Ophthalmologic Society, the Emirates Medical Association-Ophthalmic Society, founder member of The Emirates Club of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, member of the Academic SICCA Board-UAE. He was the Theses Director at the Industrial & Technical Institute, Optometry Department, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001-2002and Coordinator of the Continuing Medical Education program at the Eye Foundation for Research, 2003-2006. In 2008 he received the Quality Improvement Department Award as Project Leader in CPQ – DHCC Clinical Indicators Program. He worked as a specialist ophthalmologist in Lebanon between 1995 and 2003, in Saudi Arabia 2003 to 2006 and is now working in Dubai UAE since 2006.
Muhammad Assem Kubtan isAssociated Professor in Surgical Sciences at Syrian Private University, in 1971 he qualified from Damascus University Medical School (State University), following he moved to United Kingdom (Gt Britain) for further training and acquiring the British Fellowship in Surgery. During his stay in UK he received Scientific and Practical training in all surgical specialties, including Gen/Sur, Accidents/Emergency, Orthopedic Surgery, Back Surgery, Urology, Cardiac Surgery, and Peripheral Vascular Surgery. His training in UK started in Cardiff University, Leeds University, and the last destination was as Senior Registrar in Gen/Vascular Surgery at the Hope Hospital University of Manchester. He was acquired (FRCS) the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1980. He holds full registration with the British General Council, and the Syrian Medical Association. In 1981 he returned back to Syria, he was appointed as Peripheral Vascular Surgeon at the Damascus University Cardio Vascular Center, following in 1983 he established the Peripheral Vascular Department, at October Military Hospital, later he was member of the Department of Surgery, at Damascus University Medical School.
In 2006 he was retired from the State Damascus University, to be appointed as Associated Professor of Surgical Sciences, at the Syrian Private University, Medical Faculty, between 2000 -2006. He was a member of the Court of Examiners in Surgery, In Syria. He wrote many articles in Arabic and English Medical Journals, also written many articles in the Arabic Encyclopedia.
Dr kubtan has multi disciplinary interest including Peripheral & interventional Vascular Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Treatment of Hydatid Cyst (personal modification of PAIR technic), Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery
Norberto Santana Rodríguez is Thoracic Surgeon and Senior Researcher, MD, PhD. He is an accredited Medical Professional offering 18 years of experience in Respiratory Medicine providing specialized care through multiple, thoracic surgeries, surgical oncology and pulmonology. He earned his Medical Degree and Doctorate at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain in 1995 and 2003 respectively. He accomplished 2 years doctoral-level course in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology between 1996-l998. In 2003, he completed his residency in Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Dr Negrín Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Lung transplantation at Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid, Spain. He diligently worked on and completed more than 2000 adult procedures and 65 successful lung transplants, successfully practised in providing video-assisted (VATS) and open thoracic surgery, sleeve resections, aortic endografts for removal advanced lun cancer (JSO 2016; 114: 412-415) and lung implants while efficiently harvesting from both the brain death donors, and non-hearth beating donors by applying ex vivo procedures.
He has conducted research with the main focus in surgical translational medicine and regenerative medicine. Executed and managed 16 research funded projects, conducted 2 clinical trials from translational research results and currently conducting a clinical study on the molecular basis of respiratory rare disease based on DNA microarrays technique. Succeeded in testing for the first time pulsed ultrasounds effects in rib fractures on animals and humans from a translational perspective and developed a new patent. He haspublished total 53 papers which included 36 Internationals and 17 Nationals research papers, contributed in 117 Congress communications, directed 7 Doctoral, invited for 33 presentations and efficiently edited 3 books containing total 19 chapters along and organized 10 surgical training courses for residents and surgeons.
Traslational Research; Experimental Surgery; Regenerative Medicine; Lung Transplantation; Minimal Invasive Surgey; Robotic Surgery and Endografts.
Jorge Rodriguez Campos
Reina Fabiola Clinic Universidad Catolica Cordoba