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Validation Committee

Horacio J. Asbun, MD

Horacio J. Asbun, MD

Dr. Asbun is a Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Chairman, General Surgery and Co-Director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Program at Mayo Clinic Florida.

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.

Pierre A. Clavien, MD, PhD, FACS (hon), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed)

Pierre A. Clavien, MD, PhD, FACS (hon), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed)

Mr Clavien is a n Honorary Member of the French Academy of Medicine and is currently based at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Zurich. Professor & Chief, Department of Visceral- and Transplantation Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland (July 2000-present). Mr Clavien is Director, Swiss Hepato-Pancratico-Biliary and Transplantation Center, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, Chairman, Center for Surgery, Professeur Associé Hôpital Paul Brousse, Université Paris Sud, France.

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.

Christos Dervenis MD. PhD, FRCS

Christos Dervenis MD. PhD, FRCS

Christos Dervenis, MD, FRCS, has held the position of Head of the First Department of Surgery at the Agia Olga Hospital, Athens, Greece since 1999. In addition, he has served as a visiting Professor of Surgery to several international academic institutes, including the Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN and Yale University, CT USA; the University of Lund, Sweden; the University of Verona, Italy; and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.

Professor Hauke Lang, MD, M.A., FACS

Professor Hauke Lang, MD, M.A., FACS

Hauke Lang, MD, M.A., FACS, is Professor of Abdominal Surgery and Director of the Clinic for General-, Visceral- and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He trained at the Residency Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Abdominal- und Transplantationschirurgie (Head: Prof. Dr. R. Pichlmayr) and spent altogether eight years as postdoctoral fellow respectively  Associate Professor at the Clinic for General-, Visceral- and Transplantation Surgery, University Hospital in Essen (Head: Prof. Dr- C.E. Broelsch).

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.

Mr Mark Taylor

Mr Mark Taylor

Mr Mark A Taylor PhD FRCSI FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen Surg) is a Consultant HPB Surgeon and the Clinical Lead for Surgery at the Mater Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He trained in Belfast and at the Regional HPB and Transplant Unit in Edinburgh. His Doctorate of Philosophy was in the pathophysiology of obstructive jaundice. He is the Secretary of GBI Hepato-pancreato-biliary Association (GBIHPBA), Education and Training Lead of AUGIS and on the Medical Advisory Board of Bowel Cancer UK. In 2016, he was appointed by the Health Minister to an independent Expert panel, lead by Prof Rafael Bengoa, tasked with Reconfiguration of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. He currently sits on the Transformation Implementation Board at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.
In his spare time he is the District Surgeon and Trustee of St john Ambulance and a keen cyclist. He has published extensively in the field of Hepatobiliary Surgery.
Research Interests: Sonodynamic Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer, Clinical trials in HPB surgery.
Dr Joseph F. Buell, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr Joseph F. Buell, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Buell is the Director of the Tulane Transplant Institute and Director of Transplantation at the New Orleans Children’s Hospital, the Louisiana State University. Currently, Dr. Buell is a tenured Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Tulane University and the Louisiana State University. Dr. Buell has clinical interests are in hepatobiliary surgery, medical device and pharmacologic development including tissue platforms and stem cell technology. His medical interests are in health care disparity, medical economics, medical systems development and health policy. Dr. Buell’s expertise is in liver and bile duct surgery, as well as solid organ and composite tissue transplantation.

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.

Mr Kito Fusai

Mr Kito Fusai

Mr Kito Fusai qualified with honours in 1987 at the University of Milan, Italy. He began his training in General Surgery in Italy and in 1992 he was awarded with a Master of Surgery (MS) from the University of Parma. He moved to the UK in 1995 and in 1996 became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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.

Dr David A. Geller, MD

Dr David A. Geller, MD

Dr. Geller is the Richard L. Simmons Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr Geller serves as Chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, and Director of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center.  Clinically, he specializes in laparoscopic liver resection surgery.  His research interests include molecular mechanisms of hepatic ischemia/ reperfusion injury, and liver cancer cell biology.  Dr. Geller is a member of many professional societies including the Society of University Surgeons (President 2009-2010), ASA, ASTS, SSO, AHPBA, IHPBA, SSAT, and ASCI.  Dr. Geller has published 300 scientific papers and chapters, and has presented at more than 390 meetings or seminars.  He has active research funding from the NIH.
Professor John Primrose

Professor John Primrose

John Primrose is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southampton, a post he has held since 1994.  He trained in the West of Scotland after which he held academic posts at the University of Leeds.  His main research interest is in the biology and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.  Clinically his service has been at the forefront of extending the scope of cancer surgery, especially for cancer affecting the liver. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and holds an ACCEA Platinum award for service to the NHS.

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.

Thomas M Van Gulik

Thomas M Van Gulik

Thomas M. van Gulik completed his surgical training at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He received his PhD degree in Experimental surgery in Amsterdam. In 1990 he joined the surgical staff at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and specialized in HPB surgery. He was appointed as professor of surgery in 1997 (University of Amsterdam). As the director of the Surgical laboratory in the Academic Medical Center, his main interests in surgical research have focussed on ischemia and reperfusion injury of the liver. His clinical studies have concentrated on surgical management of perihilar cholangiocarcinoma.
Professor Go Wakabayashi

Professor Go Wakabayashi

Go Wakabayashi earned his degrees from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan. He was trained at Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After working as an assistant professor at Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, he got appointed as Professor and Chairman of Department of Surgery at Iwate Medical University School of Medicine in 2005. From April 2015, he was recruited as Director of Center for Advanced Treatment of HPB Disease and Chief of Surgical Services at Ageo Central General Hospital, which is a flagship hospital among 6,000 beds hospital complex near Tokyo. His expertise includes Hepato-Pancreatic Biliary Surgery, liver transplantation, and laparoscopic surgery. He has operated more than 150 cases of living liver transplantation and over 3000 cases of HPB surgery and laparoscopic surgery. His publications are over 300 peer review articles and book chapters related to HPB surgery, liver transplantation, and laparoscopic surgery. He was awarded Gold Medal of Video Olympics at The World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery 1996. He also practices conventional HPB surgery and aggressive surgery as well.  He holds numerous important positions in Japanese and international surgical societies.