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Nos locuteurs de 2014:

Dr. Karl Bilimoria

Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Bilimoria is a surgeon and quality improvement researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC).  His clinical practice focuses on general surgery, melanoma, sarcoma, and breast cancer, and his research agenda focuses on improving healthcare quality and delivery. His work is frequently covered by the media including CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Associated Press, and others.  He was recently named to Becker’s list of 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.

Dr. Bilimoria is an active member and leader in many national surgical, oncology, and quality improvement research societies including the American College Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer (Quality Integration Committee), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (Executive Board member), Association for Academic Surgery (Outcomes Research Committee Chair), and the Surgical Outcomes Club (President elect), and AcademyHealth.  He also serves on several national advisory committees for quality and safety.  Dr. Bilimoria obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He obtained his Master’s degree in outcomes research and completed his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern, and then went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.  Dr. Bilimoria has also led the creation of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a partnership of 50 Illinois hospitals working together to improve healthcare quality through novel quality and process improvement approaches.

Dr. Bilimoria is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and works extensively with the ACS on their quality measurement initiatives.  At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilimoria serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Quality and is the Chair of the Surgical Oversight and Quality Committee. 

Dr. Jaap Bonjer (1960) is Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the VUmc University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Surgical innovation, clinical research and education are his main fields of interest.


In 2000, Dr. Bonjer was awarded a Chair in Endoscopic Surgery at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He developed a multidisciplinary simulation facility, the Skills Lab Erasmus MC, in Rotterdam.


Dr. Bonjer was Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 2004 until 2009 and served as Chair of the Dalhousie and Capital Health Department of Surgery from 2006 through 2009. He initiated the Nova Scotia Surgical Network and founded an interprofessional learning environment, the Skills Centre for Health Sciences, in Halifax.


Dr. Bonjer completed a Health-MBA program at the Erasmus University. He is Associate Editor of Surgical Endoscopy and Incoming President of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery. Dr. Bonjer is principal investigator of several international trials and has published more than 190 scientific manuscripts. 

Dr. Jaap Bonjer

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Peter Brindley is a full-time Critical Care Physician…proud of it too!. He works at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada in the Garner King General Systems Intensive Care Unit and Peter Allen Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. Peter is a Full Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Ethics, and Adjunct Professor of Anaesthesiology. He has over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 15 book chapters and over 50 lesser manuscripts focusing on resuscitation; crisis management; human factors; and improving teamwork and communication.


Peter is a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute, a former Medical-Lead for Simulation for Alberta Health Services, prior Residency Program Director, and prior Education Lead for Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Alberta. He has advised the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and Canadian Blood Services, and lectured widely. He is proudest of two feral but fabulous kids, who do not care what titles he may hold. They do expect him to be doing something important if he is away from them. 

Dr. Peter Brindley

Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. George Chang

Houston, Texas

Dr. Chang graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained his Medical Doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and then a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.  Following his recruitment as faculty to the Department of Surgical Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Chang received a Masters in Clinical Research degree at the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas.  His areas of clinical expertise include multidisciplinary management of colon, rectal, and anal cancer, minimally invasive including robotic surgery for colon and rectal cancer, and surgical treatment of locally recurrent colon and rectal cancer.  His health services research program is focused on optimizing cancer treatment outcomes through clinical comparative effectiveness and patient centered outcomes research incorporating risk stratification and individual patient preferences and clinical trial.  His research has been funded by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Cancer Institute, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.   He has authored over 100 publications  work has been published in high-impact journals such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgery, and JAMA Surgery and he serves on the editorial boards of the Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Annals of Surgical Oncology.  He is actively involved in a number of ASCRS committees including the Standards Committee and the Rectal Cancer Coordinating and Curriculum Development Committees and the Colorectal Cancer Working Group of the SSO.  He is a member of the NCI Colon Cancer Task Force and co-leads the Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Network and the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program.

Dr. O. James Garden

Edinburgh, Scotland

James Garden is Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.  He trained in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and liver transplantation surgery, and has practiced over the last 27 years at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He introduced laparoscopic cholecystectomy to the Royal Infirmary and undertook the first successful liver transplant in Scotland in November 1992.


He has led significant clinical, academic and service developments in Edinburgh and nationally. He leads a strong academic unit, has major interests in undergraduate and surgical education and secured the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the University in 2013 for surgical distance learning initiatives and its global surgical outreach. He is a Past President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, served as President of the IHPBA from 2012-14 and is currently Chairman of the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.  


He is an honorary member of a number of organisations and has honorary fellowships of the Australasian, Canadian and American Colleges of Surgeons. He was appointed Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland in 2004, was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013 and was made Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2014. Honours this year, include Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (March 2015) and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong in September 2015 as well as the Bernard Langer Lecture at this Canadian Surgical Forum.

Dr. Hans Jeekel

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Hans Jeekel was appointed Professor of surgery and chief of surgical department at Erasmus University MC in 1980. His Fullbright scholarship at Harvard resulted in a cum laude thesis in 1972.  He was President of the Dutch National Society of Surgery, president of the European Surgical Association, President of the European Society for Surgical Research and president of the National Council of Education and Science. His scientific career includes more 500 publications and more than 80 theses from his PhD’s.


Honorary positions include;

The  Golden science medal of the National Society of Surgeons ,

Honorary member of the Indian laparoscopic Surgical Society

Honorary member of the Austrian Surgical Society

Honorary member of the German Surgical Society

Knight of the Dutch Lion given by the Queen

Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association

Fellow Qua of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Honorary Corresponding Member of the Surgical Society of South Africa


His hobbies include piano playing, singing, squash playing (dutch champion 55+) tennis, long distance skating and skiing.

Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care, London in 2010.  St. Joseph’s is a multi-sited academic health care organization serving London and region.  Prior to assuming this role, she served for 17 years as the Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London.   In 1984, Gillian joined the medical staff of St. Joseph's, Parkwood Hospital and LHSC as a family physician.  She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1984 upon graduation from University of Western Ontario and was awarded her Fellowship in 2000.  She is an assistant professor at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and an adjunct professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University. Gillian currently serves on the OHA Board and the CAHO Executive. Gillian is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (2010-2012) and a past Board Member of CaRMS. She serves on numerous provincial and national committees.   She is also a faculty member of the Physician Manager Institute of Canadian Medical Association. 

Dr. Gillian Kernaghan

London, Ontario

Dr. Peter Marcello is a Chairman in the Department of Colon and Rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.  In 1997 he joined the staff at the Cleveland Clinic, where he worked closely with Dr. Jeffery Milsom, one of the early pioneers of laparoscopic colectomy.  He returned to Lahey Clinic in 1999 and is the current Chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Lahey.  He has performed more than 2500 laparoscopic colorectal procedures including participation in the COST trial comparing open and laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer and the current ACOSOG trial comparing open and laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer.  Dr. Marcello has made > 140 national and international presentations and is widely published (>60 articles) in the topic of laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery.  He has organized and participated in more than 120 postgraduate courses in teaching laparoscopic colorectal surgery.  He is the former chair of the New Technology Committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is also the former chair of the Membership Committee of SAGES.  He is currently working on the development of laparoendoscopic techniques of colorectal neoplasia and advanced primary endoluminal resection.

Dr. Peter Marcello

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Adrian Park

Annapolis, Maryland

Dr. Park is Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chair of the newly created Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center of Anne Arundel Health System (AAHS) in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Park has made major advancements in the improvement of laparoscopic procedures and the development of new medical devices for complex hernia repair, spleen and adrenal surgery.


Most recently, Dr. Park was the Dr. Alex Gillis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.  Prior to this appointment, Park served as the Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery, the Head of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the Chair of the Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research, and Innovation (MASTRI) Center.  


He received his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in Canada.  Dr. Park is a member of the American Surgical Association, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, American College of Surgeons and the College of Surgeons of Central Eastern and Southern Africa. 


Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the SAGES, he has also served as the Fellowship Council’s founding President and as its Board Chair.  He is editor-in-chief of Surgical Innovation. The author of over 200 scholarly articles and book chapters, he is widely published in the areas of solid organ laparoscopy, laparoscopic herniorrhaphy, surgical education, and surgical ergonomics.  Dr. Park holds 20 patents and has been instrumental in the development and application of new technologies in endoscopic surgery. 

Dr. Alexander Patterson

St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Patterson was educated in Canada, he received his M.D. degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  He has completed residencies in general surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery at Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto. He did post fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University.


He joined the Thoracic surgery faculty at the University of Toronto in 1982. In 1987, he was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons Gold Medal for his research in lung transplantation. Dr. Patterson was Director of the Lung Transplant Program while at the University of Toronto and served in that capacity at Washington University from 1992-2014. He was Evarts A Graham Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University from 2005 to 2014. He is Past President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. He has served as Chairman of the Joint Council for Thoracic Surgery Education.  He is an honorary member of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons, the Polish Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Turkish Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Italian Thoracic Surgery Society. 


He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the American Journal of Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is the author of 430 peer reviewed manuscripts and 75 book chapters.  His current interests focus on general thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.

Dr. Gaetano Rocco

Naples, Italy


Dr. Rocco was born in Milan, Italy, on July 15, 1960. He graduated from the University of Milan Medical School magna cum laude in 1985. Dr Rocco qualified in Italy as Board Certified General Surgeon in 1990 and as Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon in 1995. Between 1988 and 1999, Dr Rocco was Staff Surgeon in the  Division of Thoracic Surgery  of the  “Morelli” Regional Hospital and Sanatorium,  Sondalo, Northern Italy. He was Visiting Resident  and then Clinical Fellow in Advanced General Thoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation (1996-7). Dr Rocco served as Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and  Senior Clinical Lecturer  in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2000-2004). Since November 2004, Dr Rocco is Division Chief of Thoracic Surgery, and ,Department Head, Thoracic Surgery and Oncology, at the National Cancer Institute,  Pascale Foundation, Naples, Italy. In 2004, Dr Rocco has been bestowed  upon the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for professional distinction, and, in 2006, he has been awarded the Silver Medal of the Italian Ministry of Health for professional merits.  Dr Rocco has served as President of European Society of Thoracic Surgeons in  2008 and  has served in multiple committees  of STS, EACTS and AATS . Dr Rocco has been several visiting professorships around the world; in 2015 he has been invited to Mayo Clinic  to give the Clagett  Lecture. He authored or co-authored 226 peere-reviewed publications  (h-index=28) and several book chapters and monographs Moreover, Dr Rocco has been recently nominated  co-Editor of the Shields’ Textbook of General Thoracic Surgery and, in 2014, he has been appointed as Associated Editor of the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Vadim Sherman

Houston, Texas

Dr. Sherman attended the University of Alberta, where he was enrolled in an Honours in Physiology program.  He then completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario, in 2000.  Dr. Sherman then entered a Surgical Residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  In his first year of residency, he became interested in the emerging field of minimally invasive surgery.  He subsequently conducted research in surgical education with virtual reality simulators, consequently obtaining a Master in Science in Experimental Surgery from McGill University.  He went on to complete a fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.


Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Sherman joined the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he became the Director of Bariatric Surgery.  Dr. Sherman later joined Houston Methodist Hospital, where he is currently the Medical Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.  He also serves as the Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. 


Dr. Sherman has a high volume bariatric and advanced minimally invasive surgical practice that focuses on revisional surgery and high risk patients.  The clinical practice is geared towards bariatric surgery in patients with previous bariatric surgery, geriatric patients and those with end stage organ disease.  His research is intimately intertwined with his clinical practice, allowing him to conduct outcomes research on revisional surgery and pre-transplant patients.  Dr. Sherman is also involved in adolescent bariatric surgery, where he collaborates with a pediatric surgeon as part of the TEEN-LABS consortium. 

Dr. Joshua Tepper

London, Ontario

Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). An arm’s length agency of the provincial government, HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care and better outcomes for Ontarians.

Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As Vice President, he was responsible for Sunnybrook's educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients and their families and the community.  Prior to joining Sunnybrook, Dr. Tepper was Ontario's first Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Health Human Resources Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  As the ADM he led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy to ensure that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care providers, now and in the future.

In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial letter, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as the senior medical offier for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI).  He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions.

Dr. Tepper has always remained in active practice serving marginalized populations and taking on clinical leadership roles.  Previously, he served as the Medical Director for the Inner City Health Associates, President of the Inner City Family Health Team and as Vice-President of the Society of Rural Physicians.  Currently, Dr. Tepper practices in the St. Michael's Hospital Family Health Team and in the Emergency Department at North York General Hospital.

Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a medical degree from McMaster University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, and his executive Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business.  He completed residency at the University of Toronto.


Dr. William Wall

London, Ontario

Dr. Wall graduated from Western’s medical school in 1970. After completing residency in General Surgery at Western and obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he trained in liver transplantation under Sir Roy Calne in Cambridge, England (1975-76). He was appointed to the Faculty of Surgery at Western in 1977.

Dr. Wall established Canada’s first successful liver transplant program at University Hospital, where nearly 2,000 transplants were performed during his career. His patients are the longest surviving recipients in Canada and amongst the longest in the world. He performed Canada’s first liver transplants using live donors, was the first to split a liver for two separate recipients, and was the first to transplant livers from donation after cardiac death donors. He served as Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at University Hospital from 1997-2007. He has served on numerous professional and government committees and has published more than 150 scientific papers.

Dr. Wall and colleagues at University Hospital established the education curriculum “One Life…Many Gifts” to educate secondary school students about organ donation and transplantation. In collaboration with artist Bill Johnson, a national Donor Medal was designed, which is now presented to living donors and the families of deceased donors at annual ceremonies across the country. He was also a member of the organizing team that brought the World Transplant Games to London in 2005.

As a founding member of the International Liver Transplant Society, Dr. Wall served as its President from 1995-1997. In 1998 he received the Gold Medal from The Canadian Liver Foundation. The Canadian Society of Transplantation honoured him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and that same year he was appointed to the Order of Canada. In 2013, Dr. Wall was the recipient of the National Medical Achievement Award of the David Foster Foundation. 

Dr. Douglas Wood

Seattle, Washington

Dr. Douglas E. Wood is the Professor and Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, where he is the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Dr. Wood received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He then was recruited to Seattle, Washington to lead a new Section of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Washington (UW).

Dr. Wood served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for 10 years, completing a 5-year term as Secretary of the Society, and recently serving as the President of the Society for 2013-14. He has worked on national transplant policy while serving on the Board of Directors of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). Dr. Wood is also involved in graduate medical education where he has recently served as a Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and as the Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery. 

Dr. Wood’s primary clinical interests are in thoracic oncology, tracheobronchial pathology, and lung volume reduction surgery.  He has led the Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program at UW for the past 12 years.

Dr. Wood is the Chair of the Lung Cancer Screening Panel for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), authoring the first guidelines after the publication of the National Lung Screening Trial, and setting the foundation for national screening policy decisions. He is also Vice-Chair of the NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel and has further worked on lung cancer treatment guidelines with the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

Dr. Wood was one of the Principal Investigators of the Spiration IBV™ clinical trial, which evaluated the effectiveness of endobronchial valves for the palliation of severe emphysema, and is currently a Principle Investigator and Chair of the Steering Committee for the current Spiration study EMPROVE.

Dr. Wood’s philosophy has aimed at always looking for opportunities to build bridges and partnerships across specialty lines, with the view that collaboration rather than competition provides the best care for all of our patients.



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