Arnold Advincula, M.D.
Dr. Advincula is Vice-Chair of Women’s Health & Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Formerly, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Division and Fellowship, and Director of the Endometriosis Center at the University of Michigan. More recently, he was Director of the Center for Specialized Gynecology and Director of the Education Institute at the Nicholson Center, an advanced medical and surgical simulation training facility at Florida Health. He is currently Vice President of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and a Member-at-Large for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons, who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery, as well as developed surgical instruments that are in use worldwide.
| |Juliane Bingener, M.D.
Dr. Juliane Bingener is Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Service in the Mayo Clinic Department of Surgery. She has a joint appointment in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, which supports her clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal disease. Her research focuses on patient reported outcomes and novel technology in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Dr. Bingener’s previous work included the development of a Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) technique for using an omental patch to close perforated ulcers. Her ongoing interests focus on the development, study, and implementation of innovative endoscopic and laparoscopic approaches for gastrointestinal diseases.
| |Erik Dutson, M.D.
Dr. Dutson is Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at UCLA, and Executive Medical Director of UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), which is a multi-disciplinary laboratory with participation by the UCLA Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He is a regular panel reviewer for NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute/Human Research Program, as well as NIH’s section on Computer Modeling in Medicine. Formerly, he was a clinical and research fellow at the European Institute for Telesurgery at the University of Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. While there, he helped develop and validate virtual and augmented-reality applications for surgery and participated in the training of approximately 8,000 surgeons from all over the world. He is a member of the SAGES, the SRS, the ASMBS, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications in surgical and engineering journals, and he helped develop CME accreditation for web-based surgical education tools. His clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgery, and his research interests include the development of computer-assisted technology for surgical application.
| |Dennis Fowler, M.D., MPH
Dr. Fowler is the co-inventor of the single-incision Insertable Robotic Effector Platform (IREP) technology licensed from Columbia University for use in Titan Medical’s SPORT™ Surgical System. Dr. Fowler received his M.D. in 1973 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City. In 2008 he received his Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Fowler is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of numerous surgical societies. Formerly, he was the Gerald and Janet Carrus Professor of Surgical Science, Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and V.P.-Medical Director of Perioperative Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital. As well he has a vast list of honours, committee positions, teaching responsibilities and publication credits.
Adrian Park, M.D.
Dr. Park is Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chair of the newly created Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center of Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Park has made major advancements in the improvement of laparoscopic procedures and the development of new medical devices for complex hernia repair, spleen and adrenal surgery. Dr. Park is a member of the American Surgical Association and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, American College of Surgeons, and the College of Surgeons of Central Eastern and Southern Africa. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the SAGES, he has also served as the Fellowship Council’s founding President and as its Board Chair. He is the editor-in-chief of Surgical Innovation, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal focused on minimally invasive surgeries. He is also the author of over 200 scholarly articles, the holder of 20 patents, and has been instrumental in the development and application of new technologies in endoscopic surgery.
| |Lee L Swanstrom, M.D.
Dr. Swanstrom heads the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic and is Director of the Providence Health System’s Complex GI and Foregut Surgery Postgraduate Fellowship Program. In addition, he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at OHSU, a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and Past President of both the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Fellowship Council (FC). Most recently, he became the Chief Innovations Officer and Director of the Innovations Fellowship at the Institutes des Hôpitalo Universitaires of the University of Strasbourg, France. He is the editor of Surgical Innovation and the author of over 300 scientific papers and 50 book chapters. This has resulted in 13 patents and a successful medical device startup company. He is and has been an investigator on numerous outcomes research studies for new procedures such as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to determine their safety and efficacy for establishing new standards of care. He remains focused on developing innovative approaches to the minimally invasive treatment of foregut and other gastrointestinal disorders.
| |John Valvo, M.D.
Dr. Valvo, a practicing surgeon, is the Executive Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, where he formerly was the Chief of Urology. Following a 20-year career performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic surgery program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top two percent of robotic surgery volume in the United States. The program has trained over 30 robotic surgeons and enabled the completion of more than 7,000 robotic urology, gynecology, general and colorectal surgeries to date. Dr. Valvo has authored more than 100 scientific articles and helped start many robotic programs in the northeast. His focus on robotic surgery credentialing led to a notable published paper on policy guidelines for robotic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Urological Association, and a member of the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.
| |Yanghee Woo, M.D.
Dr. Yanghee Woo is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Director of the Global Excellence in Gastric Cancer Care at Columbia University Medical Center. She is an upper gastrointestinal surgeon with unique international training in minimally invasive/robotic surgery and expertise in the surgical treatment of tumors of the stomach, pancreas, small bowel, gallbladder and bile ducts. Dr. Woo is internationally recognized as a leader in robotic surgery for tumors of the stomach and pancreas, and gallbladder disease. She was the first surgeon in New York City to perform a single-site robotic cholecystectomy, multiport robotic gastric cancer operation with D2 lymphadenectomy, and robotic distal pancreatectomy for mucinous cystic lesion of the pancreas. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications, and she is invited to present at many lectures.