Cambridge, MA...The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) recently elected Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, Chief of Surgery at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), to serve as President for the 2011-2012 year.
SAGES is the largest professional organization of gastrointestinal surgeons in the United States and the leading international society for modern minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery. As president of SAGES, Schwaitzberg will guide the association in fulfilling its mission, including increasing training in laparoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy, evaluating emerging technologies, continuing to set the standards of practice in laparoscopy, fostering clinical and basic science research, and expanding educational activities in laparoscopy across the globe.
With a clinical background in critical care and infectious diseases and an acute interest in technology, Schwaitzberg is well-versed in the intersection of surgery and technology. During his 23-year career, he has focused on minimally invasive device development and evaluation, clinical and laboratory prevention of intra-abdominal adhesions, skill acquisition in minimally invasive surgery, clinical evaluation of antibiotics, and retrospective clinical reviews.
Schwaitzberg's arrival at CHA in 2005 coincided with significant investments in patient care. In addition to bringing cutting-edge surgical techniques to a community hospital setting, he has recruited new surgeons who are leaders in their respective fields. A prodigious researcher and medical educator, Schwaitzberg is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor at Tufts University. He has authored and contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and videos, and he serves on the editorial boards of three surgical journals.
Schwaitzberg has been a member of SAGES Board since 2002 and has previously served as Vice President of the Society. He was Program Chairman for the 2007 SAGES Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and serves on the Technology, Development, and Finance Committees. He has conducted minimally invasive surgery training courses locally, regionally, and in three different countries.
More than two decades ago a group of pioneering surgeons formed a new surgical society to address the need for education, guidelines, and research in endoscopy. They embraced emerging technology and new techniques on behalf of their patients. That group of 50 surgeons known as SAGES held their first meeting in 1986 with 110 attendees and 11 exhibitors. SAGES now boasts more than 6,000 members and 3,000+ total meeting attendees. For more information, please visit www.sages.org.
Cambridge Health Alliance is an innovative, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, the Cambridge Public Health Dept., and the Network Health plan. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.