(PRWEB) May 15, 2013
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) announced today the election of Gerald M. Fried, M.D. as its new president. Dr. Fried is currently the Edward W. Archibald Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at McGill University and Surgeon-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, where he specializes in Gastrointestinal Surgery and carries out research in surgical education and metrics of technical skills assessment, outcomes research, and technology assessment.
“It is an extraordinary honor for me to take on the leadership of this outstanding organization. SAGES has made a major contribution to the advancement of surgery by minimizing the injury of surgery through innovative techniques. We are committed to ensuring the highest quality of care by breaking new ground in surgical education and by leading the partnership of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and allied health professionals in the effort to speed up recovery after surgery,” Dr. Fried said.
Dr. Fried has been a member of the SAGES Board since 2003 and was previously 1st Vice-President, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He has chaired the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS™) Committee and was instrumental in the development of the FLS™ hands-on training/testing element. Successful completion of the FLS™ assessment has been required since 2010 for admissibility to the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination and over 1,000 exams are annually administered to surgeons-in-training in the United States and Canada. He also serves on the following committees and taskforces: Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES™), Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE™), Hernia Task Force and Finance Committee. Dr. Fried is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, where he served as their representative to IFSES and the Advisory Council for General Surgery of the American College of Surgeons.
SAGES new President-Elect is Dr. L. Michael Brunt, Professor of Surgery, Director of the Minimally Invasive Fellowship Program and Co-Director of the Washington University Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Also joining the board of officers as 2nd Vice President is Dr. Adrian Park, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Dr. Daniel J. Scott, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Education, Department of Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center is appointed to the position of Treasurer.
Under this new leadership, SAGES will continue to set the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health. This year the organization expects to release guidelines on Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia, Hiatus Hernia and Laparoscopic Surgery for Peritoneal Dialysis.
Additionally joining the board this year will be Dr. Tim Farrell, Division of GI Surgery, UNC at Chapel Hill, Dr. Liane Feldman, Professor of Surgery and Director of General Surgery at McGill University, Dr. Brent Matthews, Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Dr. Kenric Murayama, Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing a worldwide community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide.