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WeBSurg is a charge-free web-based educational resource in minimally invasive surgery. It provides the healthcare community a wide range of surgical procedures, videos, lectures, and case reports.

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Mehran Anvari
St. Joseph's hospital - McMaster University
Hamilton, Canada
Professor - General Surgery
He is currently a professor in the department of surgery at McMaster and, since 1999, is also the Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS).
St. Joseph's Healthcare
50 Charlton Avenue East Room G805
Hamilton, ON
L8N 4A6

Prof. Mehran Anvari received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1983 and a PhD from the University of Adelaide Australia in 1996.

In 1999, Prof. Mehran Anvari spearheaded the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), a McMaster University Centre located at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. CMAS is a centre that develops telemedicine technologies to help Canadian physicians in isolated communities gain better access to the latest medical knowledge, techniques and specialists. Prof. Anvari is currently a professor in the department of surgery at McMaster and since 1999, is also the Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery.

In 2003, Prof. Anvari, at St. Joseph's Healthcare successfully performed the world's first hospital-to-hospital telerobotics-assisted surgery on a patient in North Bay, Ontario, nearly 400 kilometres away from Hamilton.

Prof. M Anvari has a fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Prof. M Anvari has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations nor will he be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical devices products.

Erik Patrick Dutson
UCLA Department of Surgery
Los Angeles, United States
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
Co-director of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States of America

Dr. Dutson received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he was on the Dean's List. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, receiving his M.D. degree in 1995. After completing medical school, he remained in Norfolk, VA to complete his general-surgery-residency training, which he completed with honors in 2000. Seeking to further his excellent clinical experience, he worked for one year as a Locum Tenens surgeon, which gave him the opportunity to participate in a variety of practices in different hospitals all over the country while helping out communities in dire need of a well-trained general surgeon. An increasing interest in advancing surgical technologies guided Dr. Dutson to Strasbourg, France, where he worked for two years as a clinical and research fellow at the European Institute for Telesurgery at the University of Louis Pasteur. During this time, he learned a wide variety of advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, including bariatric procedures, from a conglomeration of world-renowned experts. He participated in robotic-surgical investigations, and helped develop and validate virtual- and augmented-reality applications for surgery. As part of this experience, he participated in the training of approximately 8,000 surgeons from all over the world in advanced laparoscopic procedures, and worked on a day-to-day basis with the team that performed the first-ever transAtlantic telerobotic long-distance surgical procedure.

Upon returning to the United States, he joined the newly formed Minimally Invasive Section of UCLA's Department of Surgery in September 2003.

Dr. Dutson is board certified in surgery and an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has pending memberships in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS). He has authored several scientific papers that have been published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed surgical journals. He has also spoken at several local, national and international meetings, as well as having helped to develop CME accreditation for web-based surgical education and worked as a web-based editor and author of surgical texts. His clinical interests include laparoscopic bariatric surgery (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass); laparoscopic gastric, upper and lower intestinal surgery; minimally invasive hiatal, paraesophageal, inguinal, ventral and incisional herniorrhapy; laparoscopic adrenalectomy and splenectomy; and flexible lower and upper endoscopy.

Dr. Dutson has no financial affiliations that would affect the presentation of content.

Faek Jamali
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon
Assistant Professor
American University of Beirut Medical Center, 4th floor
P.O.Box: 11-0236
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Faek Jamali was an active surgeon on the staff of Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is Assistant Professor of Surgery, Rush Medical College, and Chief, Section of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and has also completed two fellowships, one in Surgical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh and one in Laparoscopic Surgery at the European Institute of TeleSurgery. He has an active interest in the oncologic applications of laparoscopy both in basic science and the clinical arena and has been developing a program of laparoscopic colorectal as well as hepatobiliary surgery at Cook County Hospital.

Dr. Jamali has no financial affiliations that would affect the presentation of content.

Lael Forbes
Buffalo General Hospital
Buffalo, United States
Dr. Lael Forbes practices General Surgery in Buffalo, New York, Rochester, New York and Conway, South Carolina.
Lael Elizabeth Forbes, M.D., F.A.C.S as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. She will be joining Highland Hospital's Department of Surgery and the Bariatric Surgery Center.
University of Rochester Medical Center
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14620
United States of America

Dr. Forbes specializes in the minimally invasive approach to all aspects of gastrointestinal surgery, breast surgery and weight loss surgery. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Dr. Forbes went on to earn her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. She then completed an internship and residency in general surgery in the Department of Surgery at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, also in New York City.

Dr. Forbes served as a fellow in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the European Institute of Telesurgery/IRCAD, Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. In addition, she completed a mini-fellowship in minimally invasive bariatric surgery at Montefiore Institute for MIS, Bronx, New York.

Prior to joining URMC and Highland Hospital, Dr. Forbes held an academic position as an Assistant Professor of general, advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, SUNY -University at Buffalo. Additionally, Dr. Forbes was an assistant director at the Kaleida Health Comprehensive Weight Loss Center and a co-founder of the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) certified National Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at Buffalo General Hospital.

Dr. Forbes is ACS Board Certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Forbes is a member of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. L Forbes has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of her presentations nor will she be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical devices products.

Abe Fingerhut
Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal
Poissy, France
Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Poissy-Saint-Germain
20, rue Armagis 78105 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Appointed Assistant Surgeon at the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal in 1975, he rose to full time staff surgeon (Praticien Hospitalier) in 1979 and was appointed Chief of Service in 1987, position he held until March 2006. He remains on the staff until the present. He was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Louisiana State University in New Orleans in 1993 and Professor of the Collège des Médecins des Hôpitaux de Paris in 2000.
As a surgeon, his major fields of surgery have focused on trauma and digestive surgery with a particular interest in hernia repair, gastroesophageal and hepatobiliopancreatic surgery. He is an enthusiastic proponent of the laparoscopic approach to gastroesophageal, biliary, and colorectal surgery.

As an author and editor, he is the author of or has co-signed more than 290 articles or book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and major textbooks, and has participated in more than 700 national and international meetings as speaker, chairman, or organizer. As assistant secretary of the French Association for Clinical Research, he has been involved in and responsible for the publication of more than 100 controlled, or prospective trials run in France in the last 19 years. Most of these trials have been published in major international peer review journals.
He holds or has held several positions on editorial boards of major journals including Gastro-entérologie Clinique et Biologique, World Journal of Surgery (European co-editor), American Journal of Surgery, European Journal of Surgery (now part of British Journal of Surgery), Journal of Trauma, European Journal of Emergency Surgery and Intensive Care, British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Indian Journal of Minimal Access Surgery, and the Asian Journal of Surgery. He was recently appointed Co-Editor of the Hepatobiliary section of the Cochrane Library.
He has organized and conducted several courses on medical writing, notably for the Swiss Surgical Society, for the Tunisian Surgical Society, and more recently in Greece (EAES meeting), the Netherlands, Liechtenstein (University of Liechtenstein), Canada (Monunt Sinai Hospital Toronto), and Turkey (Turkish Trauma Society).
His interest in evidence-based medicine (EBM) stems from the above mentioned Clinical research. He teaches EBM regularly worldwide and in particular, in the Universities of Singapore, Tunis, Milan, and in France.
At the present time, he teaches within the College of General and Digestive Surgeons in France and is the scientific and program committee director of the Post graduate education courses which take place annually. In connection with the EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery), he teaches on a regular basis in Dundee (Cushieri Skills center), in Hamburg (European Surgical Institute), in Elancourt (Covidien Center of Excellence) and in Athens (Faculty of Medicine).
He was elected President of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), starting his term of “President Elect” in the beginning of July 2007. He will be president from 2009-2011. As such, and as the past Chairman of Scientific, Educational and Program Committee, he has a major role in the teaching courses run by the EAES on laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery throughout Europe, stressing EBM whenever possible. The programs of the EAES meetings have been under his responsibility during the last 8 years.
He is member of several other national and international surgical associations including the Association Française de Chirurgie, Association de Recherche Chirurgicale (presently called FRENCH), Société Internationale de Chirurgie (past member of the executive and program committees), European Surgical Association (Founding Member and past member of Council), Surgical Association for Clinical Research in Europe (SACRE) (Founding Member and Secretary), European Digestive Surgery (President 2001), Society of American Gastroenterology Surgery (SAGES) (currently member of the International Committee and the Program Committee).
He is Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (past member of the International Committee of American College of Surgeons), Fellow of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma AAST, and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
He is member of the committee on OR safety set up in Geneva within the World Health Organization.
He sits on several Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for clinical trials.