He is an Executive Member of the Board of Governors and 2nd Vice-President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He also serves as a member of the Executive Council of the American Hepato-Pancreatic Biliary Association (AHPBA) and is also a founding Board Member of The G4 Alliance
Dr Asbun is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Surgeons Multimedia Atlas of Surgery and is on the Editorial Board of Surgical Endoscopy. He is a panel member on the NCCN guidelines for pancreatic cancer.
He also actively participates in multiple international initiatives as the International Study Group of Pancreas Surgery (ISGPS), International Consensus on Laparoscopic Liver Resection (ICLLR) and others. He co-chairs the SAGES sponsored Safe Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Task Force
Dr. Asbun has authored over 225 peer-review papers, book chapters, and surgical videos. He has also been author or co-author of over 190 abstract/poster/lecture presentations at national meetings. He has been invited as Guest Speaker to multiple national surgical meetings and to over 115 international surgical meetings in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Central and South America. He holds honorary membership of several international surgical associations.
His publications have been in the areas of minimal access surgery, liver, pancreas, biliary and endocrine surgery, as well as basic science research in the field of surgical oncology.
Mr Clavien was President of the Swiss Transplantation Society (STS) (2012-2014), Governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) (2011-present) and is on the Council of the International Liver Transplantation Society (2011-present).
Mr Clavien is also on the Board of Directors and council for the British Journal of Surgery Society, Editor for the online journal, “Patient safety in surgery” and Associate Editor for the “Annals of Surgery” .
Mr Clavien recently gave the theState-of-the-Art lecture The Sixth Gyran Burman, New Dehli, India, March 2015, the Martin Allgöwer Lecture: “Surgical leadership: Do we need it and can we measure it?” at the 46th World Congress of Surgery WCS, Bangkok, Thailand, 2015 and the Morrison Schroeder Lecture: “Surgical Leadership: Do we need it and can we measure it?” Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2015.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Athens, Professor Dervenis completed postgraduate training in Athens; London, UK; and Hamburg, Germany.
Professor Dervenis is currently President of the Greek HPB Society and President-elect of the European – African HPB Association. He was President of the Hellenic Society of Digestive Surgery and the European Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract, and is on the Scientific Committee of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA). He was also vice president of the HPB division of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). In addition, Professor Dervenis was associate editor of Digestive Surgery and on the editorial board of the British Journal of Surgery and he currently is on the editorial board of several other international journals, including Pancreatology, the IHPBA journal HPB, HPB International and HPB Surgery.
Professor Dervenis is the editor of 3 books in the field of HPB surgery and has published over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, with around 15000 citations and an h-index of 48. His main clinical interests include surgery of the pancreas and liver, nutrition, and oncology.
He has been invited for lectures in more than a hundred international meetings and he gave invited lectures to a number of universities including Karolinska, Verona, Harvard, Mayo and Yale.
From 2000 – 2006 Prof. Dr. Hauke Lang was Vice president of the Surgical Group Transplantation (CAT) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie. Since 2005 he is member of the group Liver and biliary tract and of the Surgical oncologic group of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Viszeralchirurgie;
since 2008 Head of the Surgical Group Oncology (CAO-V) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie; since 2009 Member of the Council of the European-African Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association E-AHPBA and since 2013 Member of the committee “Krebs-Therapiestudien” of the Deutsche Krebshilfe.
Prof. Dr. Lang’s research interests reflect the full range of clinical and surgical activity in his clinic, especially hepatobiliary surgery for cancer and liver transplantation.
He has published approximately 400 papers in English peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Buell received his undergraduate from Fordham University in New York City and subsequently earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester, and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. Dr. Buell completed his general surgery residency at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Buell subsequently completed two fellowships, the first in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health and the second his multi-organ transplant fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Buell has received numerous awards and fellowships including The Dr. Leak award from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Buell was trained as a basic scientist at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and completed his post-doctoral research in the molecular mechanisms of DNA platination and the implications of hyperthermia and tumor necrosis factor in the modification of snip gene transcription. Dr. Buell has been continuously funded through multiple society as well as the NIH, NOR, and AHA.
Dr. Buell subsequently pioneered the field of laparoscopic liver surgery has become a thought leader in device development, clinical trials and translational research. Since his arrival in New Orleans he has re-organized and realigned the Tulane and Louisiana State University programs to provide comprehensive transplant and liver tumor care for adults and children in the greater Louisiana region. In this region with significant financial and racial disparity, Dr. Buell and his collaborator Dr. Friedlander have worked with the ministers of the Ninth Ward to address systemic and regional racial disparity to provide improved healthcare while minimizing healthcare costs in to the most financially disparate populations.
In 2005 he was appointed Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Liver Unit at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust in Hampstead, London. His primary clinical and academic interest is in liver metastases and pancreatic cancer and in the modalities to treat patients with advanced disease, including vascular reconstruction.
John has had a long-standing interest in peptide hormones and growth factors in gastrointestinal cancer which persist to this day. He is the Chief Investigator of numerous clinical trials, mainly funded from CRUK and NIHR. Surgery at Southampton is academically successful with several former academic trainees now assuming professorial positions. There are currently three clinical lecturers funded by CRUK and NIHR, in addition to Clinical Training Fellowships from the MRC and CRUK.
John is the immediate Past President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland representing the interests of surgeons nationally. He is Director of the successful Wessex Comprehensive Research Network and currently Chairs the National Cancer Institute Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Studies Group and the NICE Guidelines Committee on Pancreas Cancer.