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10 international surgeons to be accorded
Honorary Fellowship in the ACS
A total of 10 surgeons from around the world will be accorded Honorary Fellowship
in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at Convocation, Sunday evening,
October 24. They are as follows:
MD, director, department of general, visceral, tumor, and
transplantation surgery, University of Cologne, Germany,
and vice-director, Comprehensive Cancer Center CIO
Born in Hamburg,
Germany, the daughter
of a chemist and a
gynecologist, Professor
Bruns graduated from
the University of Dusseldorf
Medical School
and did her dissertation
on patho-biomechanics
of the sternoclavicular
joint in the department
of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Dusseldorf. She
then joined the general surgery residency program at the
University of Cologne, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship
under the direction of Isaiah J. Fidler, MD, department
of cancer biology, University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center, Houston.
She completed her residency in 2001 and, upon passing
her postgraduate training exam as a gastrointestinal (GI)
surgeon-the equivalent of U.S. board certification-she
joined the department of surgery faculty at the University
of Munich-Grosshadern, Germany, as assistant professor of
surgery. She furthered her skills in esophageal, hepatobiliary/pancreatic,
and transplantation surgery by completing
additional fellowship training in Toronto, ON, under the
direction of Steven Gallinger, MD; in Milan, Italy, under
Prof. Luigi Bonavina; and in Paris, France, under Prof. Henri
Bismuth. She also conducted research on paracrine effects
of pancreatic cancer cells, tumor angiogenesis, anti-angiogenic
therapy, and molecular mechanism of pancreatic
cancer metastases.
She obtained board certification in visceral surgery
and was named chairman of the GI tumor board and
head attending, surgical oncology, University of MunichGrosshadern,
before being promoted to professor of
surgery. She was appointed vice-director of the MunichGroshadern's
department of surgery and earned board
certification in thoracic surgery.
Her clinical focus is esophageal cancer surgery and
treatment of pancreatic cancer with research efforts centered
on the molecular mechanisms of metastasis, therapy
resistance, the tumor microenvironment, and cancer stem
cell subpopulations and their impact on outcomes related
to pancreatic and esophageal cancer. She has published
more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and has received
numerous awards, including the Von-Langenbeck Prize of
the German Society of Surgery and the Society of General
and Visceral Surgery. She and her research team have
twice received the German Society of Surgery's FritzLinder
respected and is frequently invited to speak at international
gynecologic oncology meetings.
Professor Chiva graduated with honors from the University
of Madrid, Spain, and then completed a fellowship
in gynecologic oncology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's
Medical Center, Chicago, IL, under the mentorship of
Edgardo Yordan, Jr., MD, FACS. Following his fellowship,
Professor Chiva returned to Spain and was chosen as
council member of the Spanish Gynecologic Oncologist
Society. He also obtained a doctoral degree, defending
his magna cum laude thesis on survival impact of cytoreductive
surgery in advanced ovarian cancer.
In 2002, Professor Chiva was appointed director,
department of gynecologic oncology, MD Anderson
Cancer Center, Madrid,
and became adjunct
professor at the University
of Texas, Houston,
developing an active
educational exchange
program with MD
Anderson Houston in
collaboration with Pedro
Ramirez, MD.
Professor Chiva has
written more than 100
peer-reviewed publications, been an invited speaker on
more than 300 occasions, and has organized more than
35 specialty educational meetings. He recently started a
monthly online educational activity with other European
colleagues, Meet the Surgeon, which allows colleagues
worldwide to improve their knowledge in diverse surgical
areas of gynecologic oncology. He has been deeply
involved in the European Society of Gynecological Oncology
(ESGO), serving as a council member, chair of the
quality assurance and certification committee, and scientific
committee member. He is editor-in-chief of the ESGO
e-academy and serves as associate editor and video editor
of the International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology.
Professor Chiva has helped to design the European
surgical quality indicators for advanced ovarian cancer and
cervical cancer management and initiated a collaborative
screening and educational program with the Hospital
Monkole, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he
has been traveling with medical students to establish a
cervical cancer screening program.
fellowship in skull base
surgery in the department
of cranio-maxillofacial
and plastic and
reconstructive surgery
at the University of
Bern's Inselspital, Switzerland,
while serving
as senior lecturer in
otolaryngology with
Ben Gurion University
of the Negev, Beer Sheva, faculty of health sciences. He
returned to Ben Gurion and was promoted to professor
of otolaryngology-head-and-neck surgery. In 1999, he
moved to Tel Aviv Medical Center and became chairman,
department of otolaryngology-head-and-neck
surgery and maxillofacial surgery, and founded the
Interdisciplinary Center for Head and Neck Oncology.
Throughout his career, he has continued to enhance his
skills, seeking fellowship training in Europe, Asia, and the
U.S. He has actively contributed to the scientific literature
and has served on the editorial boards of several journals
focused on otolaryngology and head-and-neck surgery.
He has authored six books on head-and-neck and skull
base surgery.
He has been a teaching and visiting professor in North
America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and
was the recipient of the 2006 Honor Award of the American
Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
(AAO−HNS) and was the AAO−HNS's 2008 Eugene N.
Myers International Lecturer on Head and Neck Cancer.
Additionally, he was invited traveling faculty for the 2012
World Tour Program of the International Federation of
Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery and is treasurer of
the International Academy of Oral Oncology, scientific secretary
of the Asian Head and Neck Society, and co-chair
of the international skull base committee of the American
Society for Head and Neck Surgery.
PROF. LUIS M. CHIVA, MD, PHD, is professor of
gynecology and medical ethics and director, department
of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Navarra, Spain.
During his career, he has obtained an international reputation
in gynecologic oncology, mainly for complex pelvic
oncologic surgery, focusing on developing abilities and
surgical techniques to improve quality of life. He is highly
PROF. DAN M. FLISS, MD, is an otolaryngology-
head-and-neck surgeon and professor, department of
otolaryngology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv
University, Israel.
He earned his medical degree at the University of
Bologna, Italy, and then returned to Israel for his internship
and surgical residency training in otolaryngology-
head-and-neck surgery at Soroka University Medical
Center, Beer Sheva. After completing his residency, Professor
Fliss did a one-year head-and-neck fellowship at
the University of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, ON. He
completed a one-year fellowship in microvascular headand-neck
surgery and reconstruction at the University
of Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Science Center and was
appointed to the scientific staff at Mount Sinai Hospital
and the University of Toronto. He completed another
PROF. CHUAN-GANG FU, MD, PHD, is chairman
and professor, department of surgery, department of
colorectal surgery and department of gastroendoscopy,
Shanghai East Hospital, People's Republic of China, and
chair, Chinese Society of Anorectal Surgeons.
Professor Fu graduated from the Second Military Medical
University, Shanghai, considered the most prestigious
medical school in mainland China, and completed his
general surgery residency and colorectal training there. He
served as a visiting scholar at the Royal General Hospital
of Denmark, Copenhagen
University, and
completed a visiting
research fellowship at
the University of Tokyo,
Japan. He was recruited
to the Shanghai Hospital
Second Military Medical
University as an associate
professor, department
of colorectal
surgery, and advanced
to the position of director and professor, department of
colorectal surgery. He was recruited by the Shanghai East
Hospital Tongji University as professor and director of the
departments of general surgery and colorectal surgery.
He is known in China and around the world as a technically
gifted minimally invasive surgeon, specializing in natural
orifice specimen extraction surgery (NOSES), which he

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