International Journal of

Surgery Research and PracticeISSN: 2378-3397

Editorial Board

Ajay Goel

Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Research

Director, Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics

Baylor Research Institute

Baylor University Medical Center

Dallas, TX 75246, USA

Ajay Goel, Ph.D., is an Investigator (equiv. to Professor), Director of Epigenetics & Cancer Prevention, and Director, Cancer Genomics at Baylor Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He is one of the top scientists in the world investigating botanical interventions. He is currently researching the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers by developing disease biomarkers for the early detection of gastrointestinal cancers, and by using integrative and alternative approaches, including botanical products.


Ajay Goel, Ph.D., is an Investigator (equiv. to Professor), Director of Epigenetics & Cancer Prevention, and Director, Cancer Genomics at Baylor Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He is one of the top scientists in the world investigating botanical interventions. He is currently researching the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers by developing disease biomarkers for the early detection of gastrointestinal cancers, and by using integrative and alternative approaches, including botanical products.



Bhaskar Narayan Rao

Professor

Department of Surgery

University of Tennessee

Memphis- College of Medicine

Memphis, USA

Dr. Bhaskar Narayan Rao is a Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis- College of Medicine. Research interestS: ERMS IV, Osteosarcoma, Germ Cell Tumor, Role of interstitial brachytherapy in the management of pediatric solid tumors, Pneumopathy.


Dr. Bhaskar Narayan Rao is a Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis- College of Medicine. Research interestS: ERMS IV, Osteosarcoma, Germ Cell Tumor, Role of interstitial brachytherapy in the management of pediatric solid tumors, Pneumopathy.



Kenric M. Murayama

Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Drexel University College of Medicine

Chair and Program Director

Abington Memorial Hospital

Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

Dr. Kenric Murayama is currently the Chair and Program Director at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania and is Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. His clinical interest is minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery with a focus on laparoscopic treatment for benign esophageal disorders, abdominal wall hernias, and morbid obesity and its metabolic consequences. He is currently Residency Director at Abington Memorial Hospital. As Medical Director of the operating rooms, he is involved in strategic planning and implementation with specific goals of improving efficiencies and cost containment. Dr. Murayama is currently on the Board of Governors for


Dr. Kenric Murayama is currently the Chair and Program Director at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania and is Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. His clinical interest is minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery with a focus on laparoscopic treatment for benign esophageal disorders, abdominal wall hernias, and morbid obesity and its metabolic consequences. He is currently Residency Director at Abington Memorial Hospital. As Medical Director of the operating rooms, he is involved in strategic planning and implementation with specific goals of improving efficiencies and cost containment. Dr. Murayama is currently on the Board of Governors for the SAGES, Chair of the Resident Education Committee for the SSAT, and Chair of the Program Committee for the Central Surgical Association. He is the founding editor of the text “An Evidence Based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery.



Miguel Angel Pirela-Cruz

Professor and Chairman

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

TX 79905, USA

Dr. Pirela-Cruz has essentially spent his entire professional career in academic medicine. Prior to his appointment to the Texas Tech University HSC Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Pirela-Cruz had a brief experience in private practice, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His experience includes service in academic medicine, military medicine and the United States Public Health Service. His current practice consists of problems involving the upper extremity as well as general orthopedic trauma. Research interest: Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Peripheral Nerve Transfer Surgery, Negative Pressure Therapy for Soft Tissue Defects, Orthopedic Implant design, Microvascular stent design.


Dr. Pirela-Cruz has essentially spent his entire professional career in academic medicine. Prior to his appointment to the Texas Tech University HSC Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Pirela-Cruz had a brief experience in private practice, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His experience includes service in academic medicine, military medicine and the United States Public Health Service. His current practice consists of problems involving the upper extremity as well as general orthopedic trauma. Research interest: Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Peripheral Nerve Transfer Surgery, Negative Pressure Therapy for Soft Tissue Defects, Orthopedic Implant design, Microvascular stent design.



Sigita Burneikiene

Director

Department of Clinical Research

Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical Associates in Boulder

Colorado, USA

Dr. Burneikiene is the Director of Clinical Research at Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical Associates in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of neuroscience, particularly neurological and spinal surgery. Dr. Burneikiene is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and patient safety by promoting and implementing evidence-based medicine into clinical practice and new technologies in the treatment of neurological disorders. Dr. Burneikiene graduated from Vilnius University (Lithuania) with a Medical Degree in 1986. She works as a leading research scientist at a nonprofit scientific research organization and private neurosurgery practice since 2003.


Dr. Burneikiene is the Director of Clinical Research at Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical Associates in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of neuroscience, particularly neurological and spinal surgery. Dr. Burneikiene is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and patient safety by promoting and implementing evidence-based medicine into clinical practice and new technologies in the treatment of neurological disorders. Dr. Burneikiene graduated from Vilnius University (Lithuania) with a Medical Degree in 1986. She works as a leading research scientist at a nonprofit scientific research organization and private neurosurgery practice since 2003. Dr. Burneikiene has presented hundreds of abstracts at national and international neurosurgical meetings and authored multiple articles in leading neurosurgical journals. Research interest: Brain and spine conditions including traumatic brain injury, tumors and degenerative spinal disorders with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, Spinal sagittal alignment restoration and Motion restoration devices.



Takashi Nishimura

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dr. Nishimura is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is fully involved in the clinical and teaching activities in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery. He assists in the coordination of the Transplant Service in conjunction with the heart failure team and maintains a clinical practice. He is also responsible for educating medical students, residents and other post-graduates. Dr. Nishimura is a member of the Japan Surgical Society, the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery and the Japanese Circulation Society. Research Interest: VAD, heart


Dr. Nishimura is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is fully involved in the clinical and teaching activities in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery. He assists in the coordination of the Transplant Service in conjunction with the heart failure team and maintains a clinical practice. He is also responsible for educating medical students, residents and other post-graduates. Dr. Nishimura is a member of the Japan Surgical Society, the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery and the Japanese Circulation Society. Research Interest: VAD, heart transplant, CABG, redo operation, MICS



Xiaoming Yang

Professor and Director

Department of Radiology

Image-Guided Bio-Molecular Interventions Research

Washington, USA

Professor of Radiology and Director of Image-Guided Bio-Molecular Interventions Research, Attending Physician of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology at University of Washington School of Medicine. Senior Lecturer of Radiology at Kuopio University in Finland and an Attending Physician of Radiology qualified in European Community Countries. Dr. Yang received his M.D. in 1983 from Suzhou University School of Medicine, China. He then received a master's degree of medical science in 1986 from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical University in Beijing, followed by a Ph.D. of medical science in 1991 from Kuopio University, Finland. Dr. Yang


Professor of Radiology and Director of Image-Guided Bio-Molecular Interventions Research, Attending Physician of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology at University of Washington School of Medicine. Senior Lecturer of Radiology at Kuopio University in Finland and an Attending Physician of Radiology qualified in European Community Countries. Dr. Yang received his M.D. in 1983 from Suzhou University School of Medicine, China. He then received a master's degree of medical science in 1986 from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical University in Beijing, followed by a Ph.D. of medical science in 1991 from Kuopio University, Finland. Dr. Yang completed his residencies in radiology at Peking Union Hospital in Beijing and Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington. In 2002, Dr. Yang was appointed associate professor and co-director of the Center for Image-Guided Interventions at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Research interest: Intraluminal MR imaging and interventions, MRI-tracking of stem cells in different diseases, Imaging of gene therapy, Interventional molecular imaging.



Walter Allan Hall

Professor of Neurosurgery

State University of New York

Upstate Medical University

New York, USA

Dr. Walter A. Hall, M.D., M.B.A. is Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his arrival in Syracuse in 2007, he was a Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology at the University Of Minnesota School of Medicine and the Shelly N. and Jolene J. Chou Chair in Neurosurgery. Dr. Hall received his B.A. degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1979 and his M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1983. He completed his General Surgery Internship at the University


Dr. Walter A. Hall, M.D., M.B.A. is Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his arrival in Syracuse in 2007, he was a Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology at the University Of Minnesota School of Medicine and the Shelly N. and Jolene J. Chou Chair in Neurosurgery. Dr. Hall received his B.A. degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1979 and his M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1983. He completed his General Surgery Internship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and his neurosurgical residency was completed at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. During his training, he spent two years at the National Institutes of Health in the Surgical Neurology Branch as a Medical Staff Fellow from 1987 to 1989. He was the 1990 recipient of the Van Wagenen Fellowship of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons which he spent working in the Department of Tumor Biology of the Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo, Norway. Dr. Hall joined the faculty of the University Of Minnesota School of Medicine in February 1991. In 1996 he was awarded the Mahaley Clinical Research Award in brain tumors by the Joint Section of Tumors of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.



Toshiharu Shinoka

Professor

Department of Surgery

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 43205, USA

Toshiharu Shinoka, MD, PhD, is a Director of the new Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Program at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. His clinical and research interests center on bioengineered tissue for use in surgery. He was the first in the world to tissue engineer blood vessels and implant them in human infants. As a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Shinoka is interested in the surgical management of congenital heart anomalies. Repair of many congenital heart defects often requires foreign materials to establish vascular continuity. Prosthetic and bioprosthetic materials currently in use lack growth potential and therefore must be repeatedly replaced in patients as


Toshiharu Shinoka, MD, PhD, is a Director of the new Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Program at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. His clinical and research interests center on bioengineered tissue for use in surgery. He was the first in the world to tissue engineer blood vessels and implant them in human infants. As a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Shinoka is interested in the surgical management of congenital heart anomalies. Repair of many congenital heart defects often requires foreign materials to establish vascular continuity. Prosthetic and bioprosthetic materials currently in use lack growth potential and therefore must be repeatedly replaced in patients as they grow. Research interest: surgical management of congenital heart anomalies



Shufeng Zhou

Professor and Dean

College of Pharmacy & Morsani College of Medicine

University of South Florida (USF)

Tampa, Florida

Dr. Shufeng Zhou is presently the Associate Vice President of Global Medical Development & Associate Dean of International Research, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa (USF), Florida. USF is one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is also designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF is a global research university ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities and is one of the fastest growing in federal funding in the US. Professor Zhou completed his clinical medical training in China in 1989 and


Dr. Shufeng Zhou is presently the Associate Vice President of Global Medical Development & Associate Dean of International Research, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa (USF), Florida. USF is one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is also designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF is a global research university ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities and is one of the fastest growing in federal funding in the US. Professor Zhou completed his clinical medical training in China in 1989 and obtained his PhD in 2001 from the School of Medicine, the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2002, Dr Zhou has served as an Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor for the National University of Singapore, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University in Australia, and now at USF. Dr Zhou's major research interests are systems pharmacology, drug metabolism & drug transport, pharmacokinetics/pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics, nanomedicine and Chinese medicine. He has published more than 380 peer-reviewed papers in various pharmacology and medical journals. Research interest: Cancer Biology, Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Engineering & Nanomedicine



Rainer W.G. Gruessner

Professor

Department of Surgery and Immunology

College of Medicine, University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Rainer W G Gruessner is a professor and Chairman in Department of Surgery and Immunology at College of Medicine, University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona. He is also Co-Director (Department of Surgery) Graduate Program in Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arizona. He has received an Innovation Award, University of Arizona 2009 and best Physician of the Year Award, Pima County Medical Assoc 2011 and also the Diabetes Cure Award, American Diabetes Assoc, AZ chapt 2012 Research interest: Pancreas transplant, Intestinal transplants, Clinical Transplantation, Transplantation of the Pancreas, Living Donor Organ Transplantation, Technological Advances in Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care.


Dr. Rainer W G Gruessner is a professor and Chairman in Department of Surgery and Immunology at College of Medicine, University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona. He is also Co-Director (Department of Surgery) Graduate Program in Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arizona. He has received an Innovation Award, University of Arizona 2009 and best Physician of the Year Award, Pima County Medical Assoc 2011 and also the Diabetes Cure Award, American Diabetes Assoc, AZ chapt 2012 Research interest: Pancreas transplant, Intestinal transplants, Clinical Transplantation, Transplantation of the Pancreas, Living Donor Organ Transplantation, Technological Advances in Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care.



Joo-Hyun Nam

Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,

University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical center,

Seoul, Korea

Dr. Joo-Hyun Nam is a Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Ulsan College of Medicine-Asan Medical center-Seoul, Korea. He his also a President at Korean Gynecologic Oncology Group. Dr. Nam was a Visiting Professor in Brigham & Womens Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. U.S.A. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. U.S.A. Research interest: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Gynecologic Cancer, Clinical Oncology, Ovarian Cancer


Dr. Joo-Hyun Nam is a Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Ulsan College of Medicine-Asan Medical center-Seoul, Korea. He his also a President at Korean Gynecologic Oncology Group. Dr. Nam was a Visiting Professor in Brigham & Womens Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. U.S.A. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. U.S.A. Research interest: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Gynecologic Cancer, Clinical Oncology, Ovarian Cancer



Albert Telfeian

Professor and Director

Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Warren Alpert Medical School

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Dr. Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD, is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Prior to joining Hasbro, he was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate professor of neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Telfeian is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Brown University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Telfeian has published extensively in the areas of epilepsy, functional and spine surgery and is currently involved in the research and development of ultra-minimally


Dr. Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD, is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Prior to joining Hasbro, he was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate professor of neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Telfeian is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Brown University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Telfeian has published extensively in the areas of epilepsy, functional and spine surgery and is currently involved in the research and development of ultra-minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. Research interest: General and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spinal Disorders, Functional Neurosurgery



Horacio L. Rodriguez Rilo

Professor and Director

Department of Surgery

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Horacio L. Rodriguez Rilo is a Professor and Director in Department of Surgery at University of Arizona-Tucson, Arizona. He is a director of the Center for Diseases of the Pancreas, He has the responsible for the overall direction, development, and execution of center activities, which includes supervision of all scientific and technical staff. The focus of his work is on cellular transplantation with a specific focus on clinical islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Rilo have personally performed more than 300 clinical islet cell transplants for patients suffering from type


Dr. Horacio L. Rodriguez Rilo is a Professor and Director in Department of Surgery at University of Arizona-Tucson, Arizona. He is a director of the Center for Diseases of the Pancreas, He has the responsible for the overall direction, development, and execution of center activities, which includes supervision of all scientific and technical staff. The focus of his work is on cellular transplantation with a specific focus on clinical islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Rilo have personally performed more than 300 clinical islet cell transplants for patients suffering from type 1 diabetes or to avert surgically induced diabetes following pancreatectomy, making his experience one of the most extensive in the world. His research focus is on the improvement of islet cell transplantation outcomes; He has more than two decades research experience in islet transplantation using small and large animal models and have performed more than 1,000 animal islet isolations Additionally, Dr. Rilo has a track record of translating research from the bench to the bedside, which includes the development and management of a clinical islet FDA IND as PI as well as successfully taking three devices through the FDA process to obtain approval for clinical use Research Interest: cellular therapies, pathogenesis and treatment for Type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis



Mohamed Mediouni

Departement of Orthopaedic

University of Sherbrooke

Canada

Mohamed Mediouni is currently working at University of Sherbrooke, Canada. His research projects are computer graphics, physics simulation, artificial life, immersion, virtual reality, augmented reality, medical imaging, haptic, and robotics. Also, he is the founder director of O3DC (Orthopaedic 3D Collection). He published many articles in national and international journals related to Orthopaedics. He is interested in the behavior of the next generation of scientists. His Research Interests include 3D drilling simulation, Reclassification of fractures, Micro-drilling etc.


Mohamed Mediouni is currently working at University of Sherbrooke, Canada. His research projects are computer graphics, physics simulation, artificial life, immersion, virtual reality, augmented reality, medical imaging, haptic, and robotics. Also, he is the founder director of O3DC (Orthopaedic 3D Collection). He published many articles in national and international journals related to Orthopaedics. He is interested in the behavior of the next generation of scientists. His Research Interests include 3D drilling simulation, Reclassification of fractures, Micro-drilling etc.



Azedine Medhkour

Associate Professor and Chief

Department of Surgery

Division of Neursurgery

The University of Toledo Medical Center

Toledo, USA

Dr. Azedine Medhkour, M.D., FAANS, FACS, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery and Chief of Division of Neursurgery, The University of Toledo Medical Center. Research interests: Cervical Spine, Brain Tumors, Pain Management and Other Neurosurgical areas.


Dr. Azedine Medhkour, M.D., FAANS, FACS, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery and Chief of Division of Neursurgery, The University of Toledo Medical Center. Research interests: Cervical Spine, Brain Tumors, Pain Management and Other Neurosurgical areas.



Brian Richard Davis

Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine

Director of Residency Program and Surgical Research

Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

TX 79905, USA

Tel: 915-215-5310

Brian Richard Davis, MD, FACS, FASGE is Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, Texas. He is Board Certified in General Surgery. Dr. Davis is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas where he received his M.D. Degree in 1999. He completed his general surgery residency and fellowship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2005. He also completed a research fellowship in Endoscopy/ERCP at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Davis is a member of the following professional organizations: Society of Surgeons of the


Brian Richard Davis, MD, FACS, FASGE is Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, Texas. He is Board Certified in General Surgery. Dr. Davis is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas where he received his M.D. Degree in 1999. He completed his general surgery residency and fellowship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2005. He also completed a research fellowship in Endoscopy/ERCP at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Davis is a member of the following professional organizations: Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Hiram C. Polk Jr. M.D., Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. Clinical interests include advanced therapeutic endoscopy/ ERCP, advanced laparoscopy, and pancreatic surgery. He currently serves as associate program director and director of surgical research. Research interests include the bacterial origins of Crohn's disease, gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis, and health policy issues for cancer screening.



Giovanni D. Aletti

Associate Professor

Department of Gynecologic Oncology

European Institute of Oncology

Minnesota, USA

Giovanni D. Aletti graduated in Medicine in 1998 from the University of Milan, Italy. In 2004 he completed the Specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1998 from the University-Vita e Salute, San Raphael Hospital of Milan, with a thesis titled: Role of Urokinase Receptor (u-PAR) in Ovarian Cancer. From September 2003 to September 2004, and from January 2006 and June 2006, he completed a Basic Research Fellowship (Experimental Pathology Lab under the mentorship of Drs. Cliby WA and Shridhar V) and a Clinical Research Fellowship (under the mentorship of Dr. Cliby WA) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (US).


Giovanni D. Aletti graduated in Medicine in 1998 from the University of Milan, Italy. In 2004 he completed the Specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1998 from the University-Vita e Salute, San Raphael Hospital of Milan, with a thesis titled: Role of Urokinase Receptor (u-PAR) in Ovarian Cancer. From September 2003 to September 2004, and from January 2006 and June 2006, he completed a Basic Research Fellowship (Experimental Pathology Lab under the mentorship of Drs. Cliby WA and Shridhar V) and a Clinical Research Fellowship (under the mentorship of Dr. Cliby WA) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (US). From June 2006 to June 2009, he has successfully completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (US). Since he returned to Milan, Italy, in July 2009, he has joined the Gynecologic Oncology Department, European Institute of Oncology, as Deputy Director. Author of several publications in the field of gynecologic oncology, He has recently joined the Editorial Board of the journal Gynecologic Oncology and the ESGO task force for surgical education. Research interest: Ovarian Cancer, Oncologic and Cytoreductive Surgery and Education in Surgical Oncology.



Jae Hyun Park

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Dentistry & Oral Health

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

A.T. Still University

USA

Dr. Jae Hyun Park is a highly regarded, Board Certified Orthodontist with a strong commitment to clinical education, patient care and research. He is also an Associate Professor and Chair of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). He received the Joseph E Johnson Clinical Award at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Table Clinic Competition during the 2011 AAO Annual Session. The AAO also appointed him to be the recipient of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/ AAO Academy of Academic Leadership Sponsorship Program (AALSP) Award for 2010. He is a Diplomate


Dr. Jae Hyun Park is a highly regarded, Board Certified Orthodontist with a strong commitment to clinical education, patient care and research. He is also an Associate Professor and Chair of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). He received the Joseph E Johnson Clinical Award at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Table Clinic Competition during the 2011 AAO Annual Session. The AAO also appointed him to be the recipient of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/ AAO Academy of Academic Leadership Sponsorship Program (AALSP) Award for 2010. He is a Diplomate of and Examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Research interest: The use of cone-beam technology and three-dimensional imaging, various clinical approaches for impacted canines, temporary anchorage devices, periodontal tissue studies during orthodontic movement in rats, and various applications of clear aligners



John Morton

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, California

Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the programs history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served


Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the programs history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served on Capitol Hill as Senator Bill Frist Health Policy Intern. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Obesity Medicine and certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality Research interest: Gastric Bypass, Cardiac Risk Factors, Surgical Treatment of Obesity, Reoperative Bariatric Surgery



Jon Ver Halen

Chief of Plastic Surgery

Baptist Medical Group/ Baptist Memorial Hospital

Germantown, TN 38139, USA

Dr. Jon Ver Halen, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Baptist Medical Group/ Baptist Memorial Hospital which include regional cancer center, university hospital, regional level-1 trauma center, pediatric hospital, and outlying community hospitals and surgery centers. Current plastic surgery service leader at university hospital. Research interests: Microvascular, perforator flap surgery, Facial reanimation, peripheral nerve surgery, Pediatric oncologic reconstruction


Dr. Jon Ver Halen, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Baptist Medical Group/ Baptist Memorial Hospital which include regional cancer center, university hospital, regional level-1 trauma center, pediatric hospital, and outlying community hospitals and surgery centers. Current plastic surgery service leader at university hospital. Research interests: Microvascular, perforator flap surgery, Facial reanimation, peripheral nerve surgery, Pediatric oncologic reconstruction



Mei R. Fu

Associate Professor

Department of Nursing

New York University

New York, USA

Dr. Mei R. Fu (PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN) is Tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at the New York University. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of Geriatrics at the Hartford Institute of Geriatrics, and a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. Her scientific focus has been on cancer-related symptoms assessment and management and management of late adverse effects of cancer treatment. Her research incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, genomic and biomarker approaches and cutting edge measurement technology as well as innovative behavioral interventions. Dr. Mei R. Fu research informs effective ways of performing symptom


Dr. Mei R. Fu (PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN) is Tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at the New York University. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of Geriatrics at the Hartford Institute of Geriatrics, and a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. Her scientific focus has been on cancer-related symptoms assessment and management and management of late adverse effects of cancer treatment. Her research incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, genomic and biomarker approaches and cutting edge measurement technology as well as innovative behavioral interventions. Dr. Mei R. Fu research informs effective ways of performing symptom assessment and implementing risk reduction behaviors to manage late surgical adverse effects. Her research has been supported by National Institute of Health, the Oncology Nursing Society, the Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing, the Avon Foundation, the Vital Fund, Judges and Lawyers for Breast Cancer Alert, and Pfizer Independent Learning and Changing grant. Research interest: Cancer-related symptoms, with emphasis on cancer-related lymphedema



Min Ling

Director, Histocompatibility and Immune Evaluation Laboratories

Associate Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

UT Medical School at Houston

Texas, USA

Dr. Min Ling is the Director of Histocompatibility and Immune Evaluation Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA. He was Lead system designer / HLA lab Director in Transplant diagnostics, Life Technologies Inc, USA and the Director of Transplant Immunology Lab in Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is experienced in clinical histocompatibility of solid organ and stem cell / bone marrow transplantation, HLA disease association and transfusion supports. His primary research interests focus on histocompatibility for highly sensitized patients solid organ transplantation and immunological


Dr. Min Ling is the Director of Histocompatibility and Immune Evaluation Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA. He was Lead system designer / HLA lab Director in Transplant diagnostics, Life Technologies Inc, USA and the Director of Transplant Immunology Lab in Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is experienced in clinical histocompatibility of solid organ and stem cell / bone marrow transplantation, HLA disease association and transfusion supports. His primary research interests focus on histocompatibility for highly sensitized patients solid organ transplantation and immunological regulation of complement system.



Renzhi Han

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Dr. Renzhi Han is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University. Research interests Cardiovascular diseases, Genetic myopathies, Tissue/cell damage and repair.


Dr. Renzhi Han is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University. Research interests Cardiovascular diseases, Genetic myopathies, Tissue/cell damage and repair.



Ahmed Kamel Abdel Aal

Associate Professor

Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Ahmed Kamel Abdel Aal is professor in the Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham, Alabama He is a member of the advisory committee of the following submitted grants. Hemodynamics and ETS in Arteriovenous Fistula Dysfunction. Dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound in evaluation of TACE treatment. He has served as a volunteer doctor in an outpatient clinic in Hoover Crescent to serve the minorities. He has also participated in several teaching opportunities on both informal and formal levels within UAB and through outside teaching hospitals for medical students, residents, fellows and peers. Research interest: Interventional oncology,


Dr. Ahmed Kamel Abdel Aal is professor in the Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham, Alabama He is a member of the advisory committee of the following submitted grants. Hemodynamics and ETS in Arteriovenous Fistula Dysfunction. Dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound in evaluation of TACE treatment. He has served as a volunteer doctor in an outpatient clinic in Hoover Crescent to serve the minorities. He has also participated in several teaching opportunities on both informal and formal levels within UAB and through outside teaching hospitals for medical students, residents, fellows and peers. Research interest: Interventional oncology, Trans-arterial chemo-embolization (TACE) in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and trans-arterial radio-embolization (TARE), Hemodialysis interventions, Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement, Management of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations.



Mohammad H. Elahinia

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory Department

The University of Toledo,

Toledo, Ohio

Mohammad Elahinia is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME). He serves as Director of the Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory at UT. He has been on the faculty of The University of Toledo since 2004. He graduated from Villanova University with a M.S. degree and from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering respectively in 2001 and 2004. Dr. Elahinia’s research interests are in developing dynamic models and designing control systems for smart and active materials. His current research is focused on biomedical application of shape memory alloys. Dr. Elahinia has supervised is currently


Mohammad Elahinia is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME). He serves as Director of the Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory at UT. He has been on the faculty of The University of Toledo since 2004. He graduated from Villanova University with a M.S. degree and from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering respectively in 2001 and 2004. Dr. Elahinia’s research interests are in developing dynamic models and designing control systems for smart and active materials. His current research is focused on biomedical application of shape memory alloys. Dr. Elahinia has supervised is currently supervising 20 graduate students (7 Ph.D and 13 M.S). Dr. Elahinia is the recipient of several awards, including the 2010 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, 2010 University of Toledo College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, Outstanding Young Faculty Research Award from University of Toledo in 2006 and Torgersen Graduate Research Excellence Award from Virginia Tech in 2004. Research interest: Smart Material Systems Modeling, Control, and Applications



Pei-Yu Chen

Associate Research Scientist

Department of Cardiology

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Pei-Yu Chen is an Associate Research Scientist at the Internal Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Yale University. Dr. Chen received her BS in Medical Technology from the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, her MS in Medical Technology from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Maine. Dr. Chen did her postdoctoral training at the Yale University. Research interests: Growth factor signaling, vascular cell phenotype, vascular cell inflammation, transplant arteriosclerosis, and endothelial cell to mesenchymal transition.


Dr. Pei-Yu Chen is an Associate Research Scientist at the Internal Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Yale University. Dr. Chen received her BS in Medical Technology from the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, her MS in Medical Technology from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Maine. Dr. Chen did her postdoctoral training at the Yale University. Research interests: Growth factor signaling, vascular cell phenotype, vascular cell inflammation, transplant arteriosclerosis, and endothelial cell to mesenchymal transition.



Song Hong

Associate Professor

Neuroscience Center of Excellence

LSU Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Song Hong is a Associate Professor in Neuroscience Center of Excellence, LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. He has the expertise and leadership, as demonstrated by his publications, to successfully carry out the proposed work. His hands-on expertise includes experimental studies of cutaneous wound healing, stem cells, leukocytes, epithelial/endothelial cells, inflammation, lipid biochemistry, lipidomics, and mass spectrometry. Before I came to LSUHSC in 2006, He has conducted postdoctoral studies and then research at an Instructor rank for 5 years at Harvard Medical School. He made vital contributions to the pioneering discovery of a series of novel endogenous


Dr. Song Hong is a Associate Professor in Neuroscience Center of Excellence, LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. He has the expertise and leadership, as demonstrated by his publications, to successfully carry out the proposed work. His hands-on expertise includes experimental studies of cutaneous wound healing, stem cells, leukocytes, epithelial/endothelial cells, inflammation, lipid biochemistry, lipidomics, and mass spectrometry. Before I came to LSUHSC in 2006, He has conducted postdoctoral studies and then research at an Instructor rank for 5 years at Harvard Medical School. He made vital contributions to the pioneering discovery of a series of novel endogenous pro-resolving lipid mediators, including resolvins and protectins, as well as their biochemistry and biology in injury and inflammation. Research interests: Stem cells, Leukocytes, Epithelial/Endothelial cells, Inflammation, Lipid biochemistry, Lipidomics, Mass spectrometry



Sean Francis

Associate Professor

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Womens Health

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Sean Francis received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Biology, Morehouse College in 1990. He went on to receive his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1994, completed his residency in 1999 from Medical College of Georgia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and his fellowship from Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Department of Gynecology, Urology ad Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in 2002. He is board certified by Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Francis has been an Associate Professor at University of Louisville School of Medicine since 2012,


Dr. Sean Francis received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Biology, Morehouse College in 1990. He went on to receive his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1994, completed his residency in 1999 from Medical College of Georgia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and his fellowship from Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Department of Gynecology, Urology ad Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in 2002. He is board certified by Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Francis has been an Associate Professor at University of Louisville School of Medicine since 2012, where he is currently Associate Professor, Division Chief and Fellowship Director for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Womens Health (Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery). He has numerous peer reviewed publications and invited national presentations and is recognized for his clinical expertise and collaborative leadership skills. Research interest: Surgical Endoscopy, Urogynecology, Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology



Mohanad Al-Sabbagh

Associate Professor

Department of Oral Health Practice Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Lexington, kentucky

Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh was trained in the specialty of periodontology at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He currently serves as Division Chief of Periodontology, Program Director of Post-Graduate Program in Periodontology, and Program Director of International Externship in Periodontology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship Award (American Academy of Periodontology), the FDI/Unilever Research Award, the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award (awarded for outstanding teaching and mentoring in periodontology), American


Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh was trained in the specialty of periodontology at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He currently serves as Division Chief of Periodontology, Program Director of Post-Graduate Program in Periodontology, and Program Director of International Externship in Periodontology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship Award (American Academy of Periodontology), the FDI/Unilever Research Award, the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award (awarded for outstanding teaching and mentoring in periodontology), American Academy of Periodontology Teaching Fellowship Award (he was the first recipient of this award), He has authored many peer-reviewed publications in peer reviewed journals in addition to countless abstracts. Research interest: Treatment of periodontal (gum) disease with laser, cosmetic plastic periodontal surgery, dental implants, soft and bone-tissue augmentation and sinus lift procedures. His clinical research interest is the area of soft and bone-tissue augmentation in oral cavity, biomarkers in gingivitis, periodontitis, and periimplantitis, and dental implants.



Wolfgang B. Gaertner

Assistant Professor

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Department of Surgery

University of Minnesota

MN 55439, USA

Dr. Wolfgang B Gaertner is originally from Vancouver, Canada, but spent most of his childhood and early life in Mexico. After receiving his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico, he completed a research fellowship, general surgery residency and colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is actively involved in both basic science and clinical research of diseases of the colon and rectum, and has published numerous articles and book chapters in his field. Dr. Gaertner is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Colon & Rectal


Dr. Wolfgang B Gaertner is originally from Vancouver, Canada, but spent most of his childhood and early life in Mexico. After receiving his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico, he completed a research fellowship, general surgery residency and colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is actively involved in both basic science and clinical research of diseases of the colon and rectum, and has published numerous articles and book chapters in his field. Dr. Gaertner is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) and his clinical expertise includes colorectal oncology, inflammatory bowel disease, and minimally invasive approaches to colorectal diseases. Research Interests include Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohnic disease and ulcerative colitis), Transanal endoscopic microsurgery, Sphincter preserving operations for rectal cancer, Diverticulitis, Clostridium difficile infection after colorectal surgery, Postoperative abdominal adhesions, Parastomal hernia repair



Xiangfei Cheng

Instructor

Department of Surgery

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, USA

Dr. Xiangfei Cheng earned M.D in China in 1983 and Ph.D. in Sweden in 1995. He completed his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA in 1996. He is an Instructor in University of Maryland School of Medicine. Research area of interest include, Immunology of Heart Transplant, Stem Cell Expansion, Differentiation and Engraftment; Gene Therapy of Cancer, Regulation of Surface Proteinase and Signal Transduction of Serpin-Proteinase Complex by LRP, Constitute of cDNA Library with Phage Lambda gt11 and Expression of Sperm Membrane Protein from Recombinant DNA.


Dr. Xiangfei Cheng earned M.D in China in 1983 and Ph.D. in Sweden in 1995. He completed his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA in 1996. He is an Instructor in University of Maryland School of Medicine. Research area of interest include, Immunology of Heart Transplant, Stem Cell Expansion, Differentiation and Engraftment; Gene Therapy of Cancer, Regulation of Surface Proteinase and Signal Transduction of Serpin-Proteinase Complex by LRP, Constitute of cDNA Library with Phage Lambda gt11 and Expression of Sperm Membrane Protein from Recombinant DNA.



Peter I-hsuan Tsai

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Heart Institute

Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, USA

Dr. Peter Tsai completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC Berkeley, before attending and receiving his M.D. from Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC) in 1996. He did surgical internship/residency at USC/Los Angeles County, and completed his surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles in 2006. During this period he had also completed an Esophageal Fellowship, and a one-year Exchange Program Clinical Registrar in Surgery in United Kingdom. He began his career at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) as Assistant Professor of Surgery (Tenure Tract) after finishing his Thoracic Surgery residency training


Dr. Peter Tsai completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC Berkeley, before attending and receiving his M.D. from Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC) in 1996. He did surgical internship/residency at USC/Los Angeles County, and completed his surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles in 2006. During this period he had also completed an Esophageal Fellowship, and a one-year Exchange Program Clinical Registrar in Surgery in United Kingdom. He began his career at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) as Assistant Professor of Surgery (Tenure Tract) after finishing his Thoracic Surgery residency training (two years) at BCM and Texas Heart Institute in 2008. His position as full-time faculty and Medical Director of cardiothoracic surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Mattox, has given him a unique role in functioning both as a cardiothoracic surgeon as well as a trauma surgeon. Dr. Tsai's ultimate research goal is to establish a unique program to investigate patient safety mechanisms by means of procedure or monitoring related outcomes. To this end, the goal requires teamwork with multidisciplinary collaborations, which he does with Cardiology, Pulmonary Critical Care, and Cardiac Anesthesiology services for projects in patient safety and care.



Li Chen

Principal Scientist

Department of Ophthalmology

Abbott Medical Optics

California, USA

Dr. Li Chen is a Assistant professor in the department of Ophthalmology at Abbott Medical Optics, California, USA. She had completed, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. She has completed her Ph.D at Beijing Institute of Technology (Optical Engineering), China Research interest: refractive surgery, Vision, with dynamic correction of the eye's aberration, Adaptive Optics for Vision Science, Ophthalmoloscope


Dr. Li Chen is a Assistant professor in the department of Ophthalmology at Abbott Medical Optics, California, USA. She had completed, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. She has completed her Ph.D at Beijing Institute of Technology (Optical Engineering), China Research interest: refractive surgery, Vision, with dynamic correction of the eye's aberration, Adaptive Optics for Vision Science, Ophthalmoloscope



Jeffrey Nicastro

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

North Shore-LIJ Health System

New York, USA

Dr. Jeffrey Nicastro is a Program Director in General Surgical Residency at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, USA. He received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for 26 years. He had his residency training of Surgery Critical Care-Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital and General Surgery at Nyu Hospitals Center. Dr. Nicastro is also a Assistant Professor of Surgery Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Research interest: Critical Care, Injury, Inflammation, Hemorrhage and Shock, Surgical Education


Dr. Jeffrey Nicastro is a Program Director in General Surgical Residency at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, USA. He received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for 26 years. He had his residency training of Surgery Critical Care-Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital and General Surgery at Nyu Hospitals Center. Dr. Nicastro is also a Assistant Professor of Surgery Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Research interest: Critical Care, Injury, Inflammation, Hemorrhage and Shock, Surgical Education



John Maddalozzo

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Maddalozzo is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children Memorial Hospital) and Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital and Children Memorial Hospital. His fellowship training was completed at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Maddalozzo currently is a member of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Operating Room Council Committee and former President of the Chicago Laryngological & Otological


Dr. Maddalozzo is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children Memorial Hospital) and Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital and Children Memorial Hospital. His fellowship training was completed at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Maddalozzo currently is a member of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Operating Room Council Committee and former President of the Chicago Laryngological & Otological Society. He serves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicine Acupuncture. Research interest: Head and neck masses, Congenital cysts, Thyroid tumors and nodules, Salivary tumors and growths, Enlarged lymph nodes and Midline cervical clefts.



Jian-Ming LU

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Michael E. Department of Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Jian-Ming LU is a Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor college of Medicine. My research is focused on several basic science and translational research projects that are highly relevant to clinical diseases and pancreatic cancer. I have a strong background and research experience in organic chemistry, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, and biochemistry, including enzyme activities and mechanisms. In recent years, I have been studying the fields of translational medicine and medicinal chemistry, working with cell-free, well-established in vitro as well as in vivo models. The primary goal of my projects is to develop new, safe, and effective therapies using natural


Dr. Jian-Ming LU is a Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor college of Medicine. My research is focused on several basic science and translational research projects that are highly relevant to clinical diseases and pancreatic cancer. I have a strong background and research experience in organic chemistry, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, and biochemistry, including enzyme activities and mechanisms. In recent years, I have been studying the fields of translational medicine and medicinal chemistry, working with cell-free, well-established in vitro as well as in vivo models. The primary goal of my projects is to develop new, safe, and effective therapies using natural or naturally-derived substances. For example, I have been developing medicines for hyperuricemia-related diseases, such as gout, using natural substances and by modifying their structure to enhance their effects. Currently, I am also screening naturally-derived substances for inhibitors of enzymes such as myeloperoxidase, HIV protease, and arginase, key enzymes in the development of diseases.Another focus of my research is the delivery of nanoparticle gene/drug complexes targeted to cancer cells as well as to vascular cells by using antibodies or other specific proteins conjugated to PLGA (poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based nanoparticles. I am developing a new PLGA-based material for molecular imaging and specific drug and gene delivery, which has great potential clinical applications such as molecular diagnostics and targeted therapies. My Research intersts include Nanoparticle drug delivery, Cardiovascular disease, Pancreatic Cancer, Oxidative stress, Free radicals and Antioxidants.



Leonilde Bonfrate

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Oncology and Biomedical Science

University of Bari Medical School

Italy

Dr. Leonilde Bonfrate is currently a Doctor specialist training in Internal Medicine at the University of Bari, Italy. She attended with distinction the Elective Trainee Course of the New England Journal of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (8 selected research fellows worldwide). She is involved in several research projects looking at the prevention and treatment of neoplastic diseases (liver, gallbladder, colon and thyroid cancer). Research interests: Hepatobiliary diseases and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal secretion, Transport and motility, Metabolic syndrome and Associated conditions, Gallstones and fatty liver, genetic diseases, Coloncancer, Thyroid cancer


Dr. Leonilde Bonfrate is currently a Doctor specialist training in Internal Medicine at the University of Bari, Italy. She attended with distinction the Elective Trainee Course of the New England Journal of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (8 selected research fellows worldwide). She is involved in several research projects looking at the prevention and treatment of neoplastic diseases (liver, gallbladder, colon and thyroid cancer). Research interests: Hepatobiliary diseases and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal secretion, Transport and motility, Metabolic syndrome and Associated conditions, Gallstones and fatty liver, genetic diseases, Coloncancer, Thyroid cancer



Alberto S. Gallo

General and Bariatric Surgeon

Baptist Surgical Associates

Louisville

CA, USA

Dr. Alberto S. Gallo is a board certified General Surgeon with a specific interest in minimally invasive, foregut, bariatric and robotic surgery as well as complex abdominal wall reconstruction. He is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires. He then moved to the United States where he completed a two year research fellowship focusing on Minimally Invasive techniques, Foregut and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently finished his General Surgery residency at the same institution. He then further pursued a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic, Foregut and


Dr. Alberto S. Gallo is a board certified General Surgeon with a specific interest in minimally invasive, foregut, bariatric and robotic surgery as well as complex abdominal wall reconstruction. He is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires. He then moved to the United States where he completed a two year research fellowship focusing on Minimally Invasive techniques, Foregut and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently finished his General Surgery residency at the same institution. He then further pursued a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic, Foregut and Bariatric Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a general and bariatric surgeon of Baptist Surgical Associates of Louisville. Dr. Gallo research interest includes: Minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic techniques, clinical outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of foregut diseases, complex abdominal wall reconstruction and bariatric surgery.



Andrea Tinelli

Chief- Division of Experimental Researches

Robyn Department

the Vito Fazzi Hospital

Italy

Dr. Tinelli currently works in University affiliated Hospital, the Vito Fazzi Hospital, Lecce, Italy, as Chief of Division of Experimental Researches on Endoscopic Surgery, Imaging, Minimally Invasive Technology and Therapy in Robyn Department. From January 2014, dr. Tinelli has National Authorization as Associate Professor in Obstetric and Gynecology, and is Associate Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), involved in the International Translational Medicine & Biomodeling Research Team. His specialties include minimally invasive surgery and gynaecological endoscopy, gynecological surgical oncology, molecular biology in gynecology, endometriosis and pelvic floor repair.


Dr. Tinelli currently works in University affiliated Hospital, the Vito Fazzi Hospital, Lecce, Italy, as Chief of Division of Experimental Researches on Endoscopic Surgery, Imaging, Minimally Invasive Technology and Therapy in Robyn Department. From January 2014, dr. Tinelli has National Authorization as Associate Professor in Obstetric and Gynecology, and is Associate Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), involved in the International Translational Medicine & Biomodeling Research Team. His specialties include minimally invasive surgery and gynaecological endoscopy, gynecological surgical oncology, molecular biology in gynecology, endometriosis and pelvic floor repair.



Anthony Conley

Assistant Professor

Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology

Division of Cancer Medicine

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX, USA

Dr. Anthony Conley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His interest is in providing the best possible care for sarcoma patients. Research interests: Chondrosarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Malignant granular cell tumors and Gastrointestinal stromal tumors.


Dr. Anthony Conley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His interest is in providing the best possible care for sarcoma patients. Research interests: Chondrosarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Malignant granular cell tumors and Gastrointestinal stromal tumors.



Bin Zhou

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Columbia University

New York, USA

Dr. Bin Zhou works in Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University-New York, USA. He got his Ph.D in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, USA. Dr. zhou his Research focus on bone mechanical behaviour: experiment and modelling. Bone Bioengineering Lab, Columbia University was the major task. He has published more than 30 articles. Research interest: Biomechanics of hard and soft tissue, Mechanical behaviour of biological materials, Finite element modelling


Dr. Bin Zhou works in Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University-New York, USA. He got his Ph.D in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, USA. Dr. zhou his Research focus on bone mechanical behaviour: experiment and modelling. Bone Bioengineering Lab, Columbia University was the major task. He has published more than 30 articles. Research interest: Biomechanics of hard and soft tissue, Mechanical behaviour of biological materials, Finite element modelling



Binu Tharakan

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Baylor Scott and White Health

Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine

Temple, Texas, USA

Binu Tharakan, Ph.D is Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Baylor Scott and White Health & Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Tharakan conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine & Scott and White Hospital and at the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. His area of expertise is blood-brain barrier, brain edema and microvascular permeability changes in traumatic and ischemic injuries. He has published his work in various


Binu Tharakan, Ph.D is Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Baylor Scott and White Health & Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Tharakan conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine & Scott and White Hospital and at the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. His area of expertise is blood-brain barrier, brain edema and microvascular permeability changes in traumatic and ischemic injuries. He has published his work in various internationally reputed journals, presented at numerous conferences and has authored book chapters. He is a member of the Microcirculatory Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected fellow of the American Heart Association.



Chong-Chi Chiu

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science

Taiwan

Dr. Chong-Chi Chiu graduated from College of Medicine of National Taiwan University in 1999. He has more than 14-year experience in general surgery. Besides the clinical affairs and research, he obtained a degree of EMBA at College of Business of the University of Texas at Arlington in USA in 2007. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in Taiwan for years. He is a member of Asia-Pacific Bariatric Surgery Society (APBSS), Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS) and Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of


Dr. Chong-Chi Chiu graduated from College of Medicine of National Taiwan University in 1999. He has more than 14-year experience in general surgery. Besides the clinical affairs and research, he obtained a degree of EMBA at College of Business of the University of Texas at Arlington in USA in 2007. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in Taiwan for years. He is a member of Asia-Pacific Bariatric Surgery Society (APBSS), Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS) and Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA). His specialty and research interest is application of minimally invasive techniques in gastrointestinal, bariatric and oncologic patients. In 2005, he has joined Chi Mei Medical Center in Taiwan as an attending general surgeon. He has published more than 70 papers on his research subjects. Moreover, he works as an editorial board member for several international medical journals. In recent years, he has also obtained the honor of Assistant Professor of Ministry of Education of Taiwan.



Cameron Rink

Assistant Professor

Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery

Department of Surgery

Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Dr. Cameron Rink is an Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery, Department of Surgery, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State University. Research interests: Cerebrovascular disease, stroke, nutrition, neuroplasticity.


Dr. Cameron Rink is an Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery, Department of Surgery, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State University. Research interests: Cerebrovascular disease, stroke, nutrition, neuroplasticity.



Chien-Chang Lee

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine

National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin, Taiwan

Dr. Chien-Chang Lee, M.D., M.S., and Sc.D. is a Chair of Emergency Medicine at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Yunlin, Taiwan. He is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee received his M.D. degree from National Taiwan University in 1998 and his Sc.D. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2014. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the National Taiwan University Hospital in 2004. His research interest focuses on the strategy for restrictive fluid resuscitation and combined use of vasopressor for patients with trauma-related hemorrhagic shock. He


Dr. Chien-Chang Lee, M.D., M.S., and Sc.D. is a Chair of Emergency Medicine at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Yunlin, Taiwan. He is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee received his M.D. degree from National Taiwan University in 1998 and his Sc.D. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2014. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the National Taiwan University Hospital in 2004. His research interest focuses on the strategy for restrictive fluid resuscitation and combined use of vasopressor for patients with trauma-related hemorrhagic shock. He also has backgrounds in animal studies of trauma-related hemorrhagic shock. Dr. Lee has more than 100 publications in the last 10 years and was the 2012 recipient of the Wu Da-Yo Research Award of the National Science Council of Taiwan and received several times of Annual Best Research Awards from Society of Taiwan Emergency Medicine. Research interest:Clinical Validation of Biomarker, Clinical Epidemiology of Sepsis, Administrative and Health Policy on Emergency Crowding, Pharmacoepidemiology, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis, Research Methods for Administrative Database



Christopher M. Watson

Assistant Professor of Surgery

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Palmetto Health Surgical Specialists

Columbia, SC, USA

Christopher Watson, MD FACS is a board certified in General Surgery with additional training in Surgical Critical Care. The former took place at the University of South Carolina and the latter at the University of Virginia. He is currently, Chief of Surgery at Palmetto Health Richland, Medical director of the Surgical Trauma ICU, holds many leadership roles within Palmetto Health, and is Program Director for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. He is experienced in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. His research interests include surgical infections and nutrition.


Christopher Watson, MD FACS is a board certified in General Surgery with additional training in Surgical Critical Care. The former took place at the University of South Carolina and the latter at the University of Virginia. He is currently, Chief of Surgery at Palmetto Health Richland, Medical director of the Surgical Trauma ICU, holds many leadership roles within Palmetto Health, and is Program Director for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. He is experienced in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. His research interests include surgical infections and nutrition.



Connie B Berthelsen

Assistant professor

Section of Nursing

University of Aarhus

Aarhus, Denmark

Dr. Berthelsen completed her Ph.D. in 2013 at Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr. Berthelsen has a strong background in orthopedic care and in her Ph.D. she investigated relatives, patients, and health professionals behavioral patterns in relation to relative's involvement in older patient's fast-track treatment programs during total hip and knee arthroplasty. Dr. Berthelsen is currently an assistant professor at Section of Nursing, Aarhus University and clinical nurse specialist at Department of Orthopedic at the Regional Hospital of Koge, Denmark. Currently working on developing an interest for research utilization among orthopedic nurses


Dr. Berthelsen completed her Ph.D. in 2013 at Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr. Berthelsen has a strong background in orthopedic care and in her Ph.D. she investigated relatives, patients, and health professionals behavioral patterns in relation to relative's involvement in older patient's fast-track treatment programs during total hip and knee arthroplasty. Dr. Berthelsen is currently an assistant professor at Section of Nursing, Aarhus University and clinical nurse specialist at Department of Orthopedic at the Regional Hospital of Koge, Denmark. Currently working on developing an interest for research utilization among orthopedic nurses and is currently conducting an educational intervention where orthopedic nurses are planned to improve their knowledge of nursing research through teaching sessions and practical use.



Edward P. Buchanan

Assistant Professor of surgery

Division of Plastic Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, USA

Dr. Buchanan is an assistant professor of surgery in the plastic surgery division of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery. Dr. Buchanan earned his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and his Craniofacial/Pediatric Plastics Surgery fellowship training at the Seattle Children Hospital/Harbor View Medical Center. As the head of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Texas Childrens Hospital, He takes a specific interest in patient centered outcomes.


Dr. Buchanan is an assistant professor of surgery in the plastic surgery division of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery. Dr. Buchanan earned his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and his Craniofacial/Pediatric Plastics Surgery fellowship training at the Seattle Children Hospital/Harbor View Medical Center. As the head of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Texas Childrens Hospital, He takes a specific interest in patient centered outcomes. One of his primary goals is to ensure that their patients receive the world best treatment. In order for him to do this, he must understand how the treatment experience affects them during every stage of their care. By thoroughly understanding the patient experience, their expectations, satisfactions and quality of life, his craniofacial team can truly take care of the whole patient. By studying patient centered outcomes, health care delivery can become more efficient and effective. Research Interest include, Craniosynostosis, Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Injury, Pierre Robin Sequence, Craniofacial Surgery, Cleft and Palate Surgery.



Eduardo Garcia-Fuentes

Senior Researcher

Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition

Regional University Hospital of Malaga and

Biomedical Research Institute

of Malaga

Malaga, Spain

Dr. Garcia-Fuentes completed his Ph.D. at Faculty of Pharmacy, Granada University (Spain). He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition at the Regional University Hospital of Malaga (Spain). He is currently a senior researcher in this department and in the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA). He is integrated into the Center for Biomedical Research Network Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN) of Health Institute Carlos III (Spain), and is member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The goal of his research is the interaction between adipose and intestinal tissues and obesity and


Dr. Garcia-Fuentes completed his Ph.D. at Faculty of Pharmacy, Granada University (Spain). He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition at the Regional University Hospital of Malaga (Spain). He is currently a senior researcher in this department and in the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA). He is integrated into the Center for Biomedical Research Network Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN) of Health Institute Carlos III (Spain), and is member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The goal of his research is the interaction between adipose and intestinal tissues and obesity and type 2 diabetes, and specifically, the reason why bariatric surgery improves these pathologies when the morbidly obese subjects are undergo to bariatric surgery. Dr. Garcia-Fuentes has a strong background in studies of lipid metabolism, nuclear receptors and oxidative stress in obesity and type 2 diabetes. He is working with stem cells and with different adult cells in vitro. All these studies have a strong multidisciplinary character, and works in collaboration with different endocrinologists, surgeons and gastroenterologists. In addition, Dr. Garcia-Fuentes has more than 70 publications in the last 10 years on these issues.



F Paul Buckley III

Surgical Director- The Heartburn & Acid Reflux Center

The Scott & White Clinic- Round Rock

Texas, USA

I am a board certified General Surgeon with a specific interest and minimally invasive surgery, GERD, and paraesophageal hernias. After my training in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, I was active duty in the United States Air Force for 4 years. I had the privilege of being deployed to Afghanistan twice and Iraq once. After serving in the Air Force, I joined the faculty at The Scott & White Clinic at their new Round Rock, Texas campus. I also established the only true multidisciplinary heartburn and acid reflux center with all specialists under


I am a board certified General Surgeon with a specific interest and minimally invasive surgery, GERD, and paraesophageal hernias. After my training in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, I was active duty in the United States Air Force for 4 years. I had the privilege of being deployed to Afghanistan twice and Iraq once. After serving in the Air Force, I joined the faculty at The Scott & White Clinic at their new Round Rock, Texas campus. I also established the only true multidisciplinary heartburn and acid reflux center with all specialists under one roof in Texas. Currently, I perform over 130 reflux related procedures per year including the LINX procedure. Our group also is very active in single incision laparoscopic surgery as well. Personal interests include upland hunting, flying, and skiing.



George Elias

Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

St. Joseph Medical Center

University of Maryland

Maryland, USA

Dr.George Elias earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt in 1957. He completed his residency in surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He served a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute at Buffalo, New York, where he then remained on the staff and became Associate Chief of Surgery. His is presently fully involved in melanoma research.


Dr.George Elias earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt in 1957. He completed his residency in surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He served a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute at Buffalo, New York, where he then remained on the staff and became Associate Chief of Surgery. His is presently fully involved in melanoma research.



Georgios Karagkounis

Department of General Surgery

Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University

Ohio, USA

Dr. Georgios Karagkounis received his medical degree at the University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University before going on to train at the Cleveland Clinic General Surgery residency program. He is currently completing a research fellowship in colorectal cancer biology and cancer stem cells and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Anatomy at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Research Interests: Colorectal cancer (primary and metastatic), Neuroendocrine tumors, Endocrine surgery


Dr. Georgios Karagkounis received his medical degree at the University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University before going on to train at the Cleveland Clinic General Surgery residency program. He is currently completing a research fellowship in colorectal cancer biology and cancer stem cells and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Anatomy at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Research Interests: Colorectal cancer (primary and metastatic), Neuroendocrine tumors, Endocrine surgery



Hongran Wang

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, USA

Dr. Hongran Wang received his M.D. degreein 1989 and his Ph.D. degreein 2004 from China. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is an instructor in the Department of Surgery, and Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. His research areas of interest include gene regulation of the pluripotency and the differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells; the regulation of the differentiation of ES cells and iPS cells into cardiomyocytes;the induction of trans-differentiation of fibroblasts and cardiac fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes


Dr. Hongran Wang received his M.D. degreein 1989 and his Ph.D. degreein 2004 from China. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is an instructor in the Department of Surgery, and Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. His research areas of interest include gene regulation of the pluripotency and the differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells; the regulation of the differentiation of ES cells and iPS cells into cardiomyocytes;the induction of trans-differentiation of fibroblasts and cardiac fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes in vitro and in vivo. He also focuses on cell therapy in degenerative diseases or/and repair injured organs and tissues, for examples: myocardial infarct, neural degenerative diseases, and exploresthe molecular mechanism that pluripotent stem cell transplantation cell therapy for myocardial infarction can potentially cause arrhythmia.



Marianne Schmid

Assistant Professor

Department of Urology,

Medical University Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Marianne Schmid received her medical degree at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. After 2 years of basic research she completed her first year of the Urologic residency at the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg, Luxemburg and continued residency at the Department or Urology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Dr. Schmid completed a clinical fellowship at the Martini Clinic, Prostate Cancer Center, Hamburg, Germany and a research fellowship at the Department of Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard, Medical School, Boston, MA. Research interests: Public health, Population-based outcomes research, Surgical outcomes, Quality-of-care measures, Urologic oncology, Reconstructive urology,


Dr. Marianne Schmid received her medical degree at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. After 2 years of basic research she completed her first year of the Urologic residency at the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg, Luxemburg and continued residency at the Department or Urology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Dr. Schmid completed a clinical fellowship at the Martini Clinic, Prostate Cancer Center, Hamburg, Germany and a research fellowship at the Department of Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard, Medical School, Boston, MA. Research interests: Public health, Population-based outcomes research, Surgical outcomes, Quality-of-care measures, Urologic oncology, Reconstructive urology, Renal function and Social media.



Murtaza Y Dawood

Division of Cardiac Surgery

University of Maryland Medical Center

Baltimore, USA

Dr. Dawood received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Western Reserve Care System/NEOUCOM in Youngstown, OH, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Having grown up in Maryland, he returned to complete an Advanced Fellowship in Structural Heart Disease at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Dawood's interests include mitral and tricuspid valve repair, endocarditis, pulmonary embolectomy, atrial fibrillation, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 2012 as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery.


Dr. Dawood received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Western Reserve Care System/NEOUCOM in Youngstown, OH, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Having grown up in Maryland, he returned to complete an Advanced Fellowship in Structural Heart Disease at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Dawood's interests include mitral and tricuspid valve repair, endocarditis, pulmonary embolectomy, atrial fibrillation, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 2012 as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery. In 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Surgery. He also serves as a Cardiac Surgeon at the University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center and Prince George's Hospital Center.



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