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Keynote Speakers

World-renowned surgeons will focus their talks on research perspectives in surgery
and challenges faced on the road to becoming a successful practitioner

  • Dr. Marci L. Bowers Dr. Marci L. Bowers Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Dr. Marci L. Bowers

    Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Keynote Lecture

    Being part of Seattle Reproductive Healthcare - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bay Area Reproductive Healthcare, Burlingame, CA and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), Dr. Bowers is a role model in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

    Embracing the true spirit of a healthcare worker, Dr. Marci Bowers is the first U.S. surgeon to perform clitoral restoration surgery for survivors of female genital mutilation which is also known as „female circumcision”, for which she does not charge for surgery. 

    She is going to give a lecture about the ethical concerns of gender-confirming surgery and healing female genital mutilation victims. 

    Thus, we will enter a world of open-mindedness, dedication and professionalism, by listening to a genuine pioneer in the field.

  • Dr. Michael Hantes Dr. Michael Hantes Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Michael Hantes

    Orthopaedic Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Dr. Michael Hantes, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Thessaly, will be joining us at SURGICON 2021 as a speaker! 

    Dr. Hantes has studied at the Medical school of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, has served as a military doctor and has completed his residency at the Department of General Surgery of Hatzikosta General Hospital. 

    He also has extensive research experience, studying the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis and promotion of bone healing, as well as early diagnosis and reduction of athletic injuries. 

    It should also be mentioned that he has served as President of the Hellenic Society of Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology Surgery and is a member of multiple societies, including the European Society for Sports, Knee and Arthroscopy and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and  Orthopaedics Sports Medicine.

  • Dr. Nita Ahuja Dr. Nita Ahuja General Surgery

    Dr. Nita Ahuja

    General Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Dr Ahuja’s remarkable medical career began at Duke University School of Medicine and continued at Johns Hopkins University, one of the most well known medical schools in the world , where she completed a residency in general surgery and fellowship in surgical oncology. Today, she surgically specializes in the management of sarcomas and complex gastrointestinal cancers, including gastric, pancreatic and rectal cancers. 

    She has become the recipient of a vast array of awards and honors, including the William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award, the American Surgical Association Fellowship, the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award, and even the Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development.

    Furthermore, Dr. Ahuja is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the American Surgical Association, the New England Surgical Society, to name only a few. 

    At the moment she is the William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery and is the chair of the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine, and the Yale Medicine Board for the Clinical Faculty Practice Plan. Additionally she is the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Yale New Haven Hospital. She is the 15th leader of the Department of Surgery and its first female chair in its history of over 200 years. She is also the Interim Chair of Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Interim Surgeon-in-Chief at the Smilow Cancer Hospital and Care Centers.

    Her research interests cover a multitude of topics: from gastrointestinal diseases to pancreatic and colorectal neoplasms all the way to epigenetics, a topic she says reaches far into the surgical field, as it may change or improve a surgical result, albeit having performed a perfect surgery. 

  • Prof. Sloane Guy Prof. Sloane Guy Cardiac Surgery

    Prof. Sloane Guy

    Cardiac Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Prof. T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, FACS, FACC is a Professor of Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, as well as the Director of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Cardiac Surgery. He is a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. 

    He is nationally renowned as a leader in robotic mitral valve repair and other robotic cardiac surgical procedures, the developer of one of the first VA Health System robotic and minimally invasive programs. Notable in his medical experience is also the fact that Dr. Sloane served as an active-duty U.S. Army Surgeon for nine years, completing three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his service, he was awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and Combat Support Badge. 

    Join us at SURGICON 2021 and learn directly from Dr. Guy about future prospects of treating cardiovascular diseases, such as robotic surgical aortic valve replacement, as well as wartime surgery and its challenging circumstances!

  • Prof. Julie Ann Sosa Prof. Julie Ann Sosa Endocrine Surgery

    Prof. Julie Ann Sosa

    Endocrine Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS, is the chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery and holds the Leon Goldman, MD, Distinguished Professorship in Surgery.

    Born in Montreal, Canada and raised in upstate New York, United States of America, dr. Sosa received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Princeton University, her Master of Arts diploma at the University of Oxford, and her Medical Doctor degree at Johns Hopkins University, where she also completed the Halsted residency program and a fellowship.

    Her main clinical interest is in endocrine surgery, with a focus in thyroid cancer, and she is widely published in outcomes analysis, as well as cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, and survey-based research .

    Dr. Sosa is the newly elected editor in chief of the World Journal of Surgery, having served previously as deputy editor of JAMA-Surgery and associate editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. She is on the editorial boards of the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Endocrine, Hormones and Cancer, Journal of Thyroid Research, and the International Journal of Endocrine Oncology.

    She is currently the Treasurer of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) and serves on the Board of Directors  of the American Thyroid Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the International Thyroid Oncology Group, and the Association for Academic Surgery Foundation. She has also served on American Thyroid Association guideline committees  for hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer, and on the NCCN guidelines committee for neuroendocrine tumors.

  • Dr. Christopher J. Winfree Dr. Christopher J. Winfree Neurosurgery

    Dr. Christopher J. Winfree

    Neurosurgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Dr. Christopher J. Winfree studied at both Dartmouth College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at the Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery. 

    He is currently a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the North American Neuromodulation Society, as well as the Neurosurgical Society of America. 

    Throughout his career, he has completed extensive research on nerve biopsies, peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury and neurostimulation in chronic pain disorders, such as trigeminal branch stimulation for the treatment of infractable craniofacial pain and spinal nerve root stimulation. 

    At SURGICON 2021, he will discuss spinal cord bypass surgery, the future of nerve graft repairs and the use of neuromodulation in targeting chronic pain disorders.

  • Prof. Hugues Duffau Prof. Hugues Duffau Neurosurgery

    Prof. Hugues Duffau

    Neurosurgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Professor Hugues Duffau is the Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department in the Montpellier University Medical Center and Head of the Team “Plasticity of the Central Nervous System, Human Stem Cells and Glial Tumors”, INSERM 1191 at the Institute of Functional Genomics, University of Montpellier (France).

    He was the first surgeon to operate on tumors situated in brain regions traditionally considered as „unresectable”, such as in the Broca area, a groundbreaking practice at the time since this surgical technique was regarded as high-risk. Moreover, it should also be noted the fact that he was also a pioneer in the awake brain surgery method.

    With a great experience of over 20 years, Prof. Duffau is an expert in awake cognitive neurosurgery of slow-growing brain tumors, his approach being centered on the concepts of brain connectomics and neuroplasticity, breaking with the traditional localizationist view of cerebral processing.

    Dr. Duffau was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa several times for his innovative work in neurosurgery and neurosciences and he was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Herbert Olivecrona Award from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. 

  • Assoc. Prof. Susan Pories Assoc. Prof. Susan Pories Oncologic Surgery

    Assoc. Prof. Susan Pories

    Oncologic Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Susan Pories, MD, FACS is the Immediate Past-President of the Medical Staff, the Medical Director of the Hoffman Breast Center, and Chief of Breast Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors, representing the Association of Women Surgeons.

    Moreover, she continues to shine in a rough field which is often considered to be an all man field, by being the Chair of the ACS Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) and also Past-President of the Association of Women Surgeons.

    Is medicine an art in its unique ways? Her work suggests that in surgery more than ever you need to be creative and think out of the box. Thus, Dr. Pories is an Associate Co-Director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and is dedicated to enriching medical education with the arts and humanities.

    Dr. Pories went to medical school and completed her surgical residency at the University of Vermont. She completed a surgical oncology research fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital and a Medical Education Fellowship at Mount Auburn Hospital , Harvard Medical School.

    Are you interested more in Dr. Poried work or in oncology? It should also be noted then that, her work include books like “The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death”, “The Soul of a Patient: Lessons in Healing for Harvard Medical Students”, “Navigating Your Surgical Career: The AWS Guide to Success” , “Cancer: Biography of a Disease”, and “In the Kitchen with Your Favorite Chefs: Celebrating Julia Child.”

  • Prof. Fu Chan Wei Prof. Fu Chan Wei Plastic Surgery

    Prof. Fu Chan Wei

    Plastic Surgery
    Keynote Lecture

    Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, as well as Chair Professor of Chang Gung University, Professor Fu-Chan Wei, MD, is a pioneer in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and has focused his career on developing hand and face vascular composite allotransplantation. 

    Having written 468 research papers, which have been cited over 11 thousand times, Dr. Wei revolutionized the reconstruction of composite bone and soft tissue defects in the jaw and extremities, by innovating the osteo septocutaneous fibula flap technique. His contributions to the medical world also include the toe-to-hand transfer, perforators and free style free flaps.

    Professor Wei leads the world's busiest microsurgery unit, which has performed over 26 thousand procedures. He was distinguished with multiple awards from Universities and Societies all over the world, including "Doctor Honoris Causa" by Grigore T. Popa University in Iaşi, Romania.