Steven D. Schwaitzberg MD

Steven Schwaitzberg

Steven D. Schwaitzberg
MD

Professor and Chairman - Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Endocrine Surgery; Gastrointestinal Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic

Contact Information
Buffalo General Hospital
D-352
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-859-3779
Fax: 716-859-7349
schwaitz@buffalo.edu


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Education and Training:

  • MA, Science (surgery), Harvard University (2014)
  • MD, Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine (1980)
  • BA, Biology, The Johns Hopkins University, Honors (1977)

Employment:

  • Professor and Chair, Surgery, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Director of Surgical Programs, Great Lakes Health (2015-present)
  • Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Harvard (2014–2015)
  • Associate Professor, Surgery, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northesastern University (2011–2015)
  • Chief of Surgery, Cambridge Health Alliance (2005–2015)
  • Associate Professor, Engineering, Tufts University School of Medicine (2011–2014)
  • Associate Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School (2009–2014)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School (2005–2008)
  • Associate Professor, Engineering, Tufts University School of Medicine (2004–2007)
  • Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Tufts University School of Medicine (1994–2005)
  • Associate Professor, Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine (1994–2005)
  • Surgeon, New England Medical Center (1987–2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine (1987–1993)
  • Chief of Surgery, 365th Evacuation Hospital, US Military Medical Complex, Oman (1990–1991)
  • Chief of Surgery, Lemnuel Shattuck Hospital (1987–1990)
  • Assistant in Surgery, New England Medical Center (1986–1987)
  • Instructor, Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine (1986–1987)
  • Instructor, Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine (1985–1986)
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Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Service Award (2016)
  • Edgar C. Hayhow Award (2016)
  • Top Doctors (2015)
  • America's Most Compassionate Doctors (2013)
  • Patient's Choice Award (2011)
  • 2010 Health Policy Scholar (2010)
  • Who's Who (2010)
  • Leading Expert in Laparoscopy Patient's Choice Award (2009)
  • Who‘s Who (2008)
  • Physician Commendation (2006)
  • Best Doctors in Surgery (2005)
  • Oliver Smith Awards (numerous) (2005)
  • Top Physician (2003)
  • Best Doctors in America (2003)
  • 2st Century Laureate Achievement Award (2003)
  • Medical Fiction Writing for Physicians (2001)
  • Oliver Smith Award for Excellence, Compassion and Service (1999)
  • 2nd Place - Small Business Innovative Research Development (1996)
  • Third Year Surgical Student Recognition (1995)
  • Citation for Teaching Excellence (1995)
  • Teaching Award (1992)
  • Outstanding Emergency Physician Recognition (1985)
  • B.A. General Honors (1977)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2012–January 2017
    Develop virtual simulation of tissue energy interactions
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2011–January 2016
    Developing Physics-Based Virtual Simulation Technology for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Consultant
  • January 2011–January 2016
    Operating Room Simulator based Head
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Consultant
  • January 2010–January 2015
    Developing a Virtual Basic Laparoscopic Skill Trainer (VBLaST)
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2010–January 2015
    Prospective Multicenter Human Clinical Trial of NOTES Versus Conventional Cholecystectomy
    Ethicon, Stryker, Olympus, Storz Consortium
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2011–January 2014
    Laparoscopic Surgery Training System (LASTS) Phase II SBIR contract
    Office of Naval Research
    Role: Consultant
  • January 2011–January 2014
    Effects of FLS Completion on Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Complication Rates
    Johnson and Johnson
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2011–January 2014
    Haptics for Medical Simulation (HAMS) Phase I SBIR contract
    US Army
    Role: Consultant
  • January 2010–January 2014
    Laparoscopic Surgery Training System (LASTS) Phase I
    Office of Naval Research
    Role: Consultant
  • January 2000–January 2010
    Program in Human Factors in Surgery
    NSF
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2007–January 2009
    Human Factors in Surgery
    SAGES
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2003–January 2005
    Prophylaxis in Colon Surgery
    Merck
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2003–January 2005
    Panacryl Implantation in hernia risk abdominal wall closure.
    Ethicon
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2004–January 2004
    Preclinical Implantation of Diaphragmatic Prosthesis
    LifeCell
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1997–January 1998
    Antibiotics in Sepsis
    Merck
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1996–January 1997
    Implantation of Anti-adhesion Barrier
    Genzyme
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1995–January 1996
    Preclinical Evaluation of Anti-adhesion Barrier
    Genzyme
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1995–January 1996
    IL 1-RA in Sepsis
    Synergen
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1994–January 1995
    Surfactant in ARDS
    Forest Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1992–January 1994
    Teaching Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
    US Surgical Corp
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1988–January 1989
    Microwave Blood Warming
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • January 1987–January 1988
    Microwave Blood Warming
    Department of Defense
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
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Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Beard R., Schwaitzberg SD. Incisional, Epigastric and Umbilical Hernias. 2011.
  • Beard R, Schwaitzberg SD. Ventral Hernia. 2011.
  • Schwaitzberg SD. Incarcerated hernia.. 2009.
  • Schwaitzberg SD. Lower gastrointestinal bleeding.. Informative Healthcare. 2009.
  • Sachs B, Schwaitzberg SD. Lumbosacral sacral discectomy and spinal fusion.. 1995.

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

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Professional Memberships:

  • Central Surgical Association; Buffalo Surgical Society (2015–present)
  • Board of Governors; Board of Governors Advocacy and Health Policy Pillar: Coalition Workgroup (2013–2016)
  • American Surgical Association (2013–present)
  • Society for Surgery on the Alimentary Tract (SSAT); 2011 Health Policy Committee (2009–present)
  • Boston Surgical Society; 2010 Councilor 2012 Dinner Chairman (2005–present)
  • New England Surgical Society (2001–present)
  • Deterling Surgical Society (1998–present)
  • Surgical Infection Society (1997–present)
  • DeBakey International Surgical Society (1995–present)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (1993–present)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (1993–present)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine; 1994-1997 Chairman, Multi-institutional Trial (Surgery) (1992–present)
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); 2005-2011 Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education (CESTE) 2006-2012 Informatics Committee 2007-2012 Video Based Education Committee 2008-2012 Video-based Education Executive Committee 2012 Consultant to Video-based Education Executive Committee (1990–2012)
  • Massachusetts Medical Society (1990–present)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; 1998-2001 Chairman, Technology Committee 1998-2004 Fundamentals of Laparoscopy Surgery Committee 2000-2007 Chairman, Development Committee 2000 Chairman, Learning Center 2001, 2003-2008 Postgraduate Course Director 2002-2004 Board of Governors 2004-2006 Second Vice President 2005-2010 Chairman, Program Committee 2007 Program Chair for Annual Meeting 2007-2010 First Vice President 2010-2011 President-Elect 2011-2012 President 2012-2013 Immediate Past President 2012 Chairman Nominating Committee 2012 Chairman Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Committee 2016 Distinguished Service Award (1989–present)
  • Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST); 1993-1994 Publications Committee (1988–2003)
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Presentations:

  • "Current Transition Surgical Resident Training in the United States" (2015)
  • "Duct Injury Prevention Requires a New National Training Paradigm" , SAGES 2015 (2015)
  • "Prospective Randomized Trial of NOTES versus Laaroscopic Cholecystectomy" , SAGES Scientific Session Plenary Presentation (2015)
  • "The Rationale for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program - Applications in Latin Amrica" (2015)
  • "Theodore Drapanas Lecture" , University at Buffalo (2015)
  • "Learning to See the Body: Supporting Instructional Practices in Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures." Conference on Human Factors in Computing System (2014)
  • "Duct Injury Prevention Requires a New National Training Paradigm Despite Successful Deployment of FLS" , SAGES (2014)
  • "Legal Aspects and HIPAA Requirements When Recording Surgical Procedures" , SAGES Annual Meeting (2014)
  • "New Energy Sources" , European Society for Endoscopic Surgery (2014)
  • "Preventing Complications in MIS" , Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA), (2014)
  • "The Evolution and Current Status of Flexible Endoscopic Training in Surgery in the United States" , Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) Winter Meetings (2014)
  • "The Pitfalls and Dangers of MIS" , Rush University - Visiting Professor (2014)
  • "Why the NOTES hype did not change much between gastroenterologist and surgeons" , European Society for Endoscopic Surgery (2014)
  • "Complication of MIS" , Tufts Medical Center (2013)
  • "Complications of MIS" , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2013)
  • "Current Management of Esophageal Reflux" , Mount Auburn Hospital (2013)
  • "Driving Technology Towards Unmet Needs - Man Meeting Virtual Reality" , (MMVR) NextMed (2013)
  • "Exposure to FLS Task Outweighs Video Gaming Experience for the VBLaST PT(c) Simulator." , SAGES (2013)
  • "Fuse Task Force. Rationale for the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy(tm) (fuse) Educational Program" , SAGES (2013)
  • "Is It Time to Play Taps for Single Port Surgery?" , SAGES Presidential Debate (2013)
  • "Medical Training in a Virtual Multicultural World" , IBM and University of Massachusetts Boston (2013)
  • "successful Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Testing for Practicing Surgeons in the Middle East" , SAGES (2013)
  • "Surgery in the New World Order - The Shifting Sands" , 4th Annual Women's Career in Surgery (2013)
  • "The Role of Specialty Societies in Surgical Transformation - Procedural Retooling for Surgeons in Practice: Incentives, Pressures, Technology" , Methodist Hospital (2013)
  • "The Simulation Collaborative - IDEAS Conference" , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2013)
  • "The Stretta Procedure: What's the Real Data?" , SAGES Presidential Debate (2013)
  • "Time Series Analysis for Transvaginal Notes and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy" , SAGES (2013)
  • "What Will Surgery Be Like in the Future?" , Visiting Professor-Inova Fairfax Hospital System (2013)
  • "Laparoscopic Surgery Training System" Military Health System Research Symposium (2012)
  • "The Added Value of Virtual Reality Technology and Force Feedback for Surgical Training Simulators." , IEA 2012 Meeting (2012)
  • "Difficult Situations in Suturing and Stapling" , European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (2012)
  • "FUSE: A National Curriculum in Surgical Energy" , American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress (2012)
  • "Longitudinal Clerkships - Surgical Experience" , Harvard Medical School (2012)
  • "Managing Surgeons in the Modern World: What do Women Bring to the Table" , 3rd Annual Women's Careers in Surgery (2012)
  • "Modeling patients for optimized port placement in robotic-assisted surgery." the ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (2012)
  • "Regulatory Challenges in Natural Orifice Surgery" , 7th International NOTES Summit (2012)
  • "Resection of Mediastinal Parathyroid - Reduction of Electrical Complications in Minimally Invasive Surgery" , XIII World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (2012)
  • "SAGES Presidential Address: You Must Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" , SAGES (2012)
  • "Surgeon Leaders in 2012 and Beyond" , 13th Annual MIS Fellows Course (2012)
  • "Surgeons Don't Know what they Don't Know about the Safe Use of Surgical Energy." , Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. (2012)
  • "Surgery in the New World Order" , Visiting Professor-Stony Brook University (2012)
  • "Surgery in the Shifting Sands" , Brigham and Women's Hospital (2012)
  • "Surgical Competency" , Masters in Endoscopy Conference (2012)
  • "Surgical Competency and Skills" , King Fahad Medical City - Grand Rounds (2012)
  • "Teaching Surgery and the Quest for the Universal Translator" , TED.x Beacon Street (2012)
  • "The Evolution of 3D Imaging in Minimally Invasive Surgery" , American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress (2012)
  • "Thoracoscopic Resection of Giant Mediastinal Parathyroid Adenoma." , Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (2012)
  • "Virtual Realty Simulation in Surgery" , Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (2012)
  • "Current Work towards Clinical Competence and Potential Roadmay" , TATRC'sContinuing Clinical Competence/Skills Deterioation Symposium (2011)
  • "How to Minimize Complication in MIS" , Canadian Association of General Surgeons (2011)
  • "Introducing New Technology into the Operating Room" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2011)
  • "Managing Surgeons in the Modern World: New Expectations" , 2nd Annual Women's Careers in Surgery (2011)
  • "Meet the Experts: Creating High Quality Video for the Operating Room" , AmericanCollege of Surgeons (2011)
  • "Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy" , 2011 Colombian Surgery Association XXXVII Congress (2011)
  • "MIS from 30,000 feet - What can we expect" , 12th Annual MIS Fellows Course (2011)
  • "Putting Independance Back nto Surgical Training" , Association of Program Directors in Surgery (2011)
  • "Techniques in Laparoscopic Hernia Repair" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2011)
  • "The Story of FLS and its Impact on Surgical Education in the United States - Surgery Issues in Electrosurgery." , 2011 Chinese Medical Association/Chinese Society of Surgery (2011)
  • "What re the Significant Barriers to NOTES Adoption?" , National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (2011)
  • "The Management of the Difficult Appendix" American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress (2010)
  • "Against Occam's Razor: TAP Repair of Recurrent Inguinal Hernia with Concomitant Inversion of Original Propylene Plug." , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (2010)
  • "Adrenal Incidentaloma" , SAGES - MIS and Cancer Endocrine/Solid Organ Postgraduate Course (2010)
  • "Are There Better Ways to Teach Surgeons" , IBM Innovation Center-Health Care Panel (2010)
  • "Complications of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , Mt. Auburn Hospital (2010)
  • "Complications of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , St. Vincent's Medical Center (2010)
  • "Complications of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , 2010 Sobracil Congress (2010)
  • "From Tack to TEPS: The Perils and Pitfalls of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , Lenox Hill Hospital (2010)
  • "Minimizing MIS Complication in the OR" , Washington University (2010)
  • "MIS Coplications to Patients and Surgeons" , Skubiszewski Medical University of Lublin (2010)
  • "Perils and Pitfalls of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , Massachusetts General Hospital (2010)
  • "The Smart Image of the Operating Room" , 6th Innovations in the Surgical Environment Conferenc (2010)
  • "Vibration to Provide Force Information in Surgery" , Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (2009)
  • "Avoiding Complications in MIS" , University of Texas Southwestern Medicl Center (2009)
  • "Barriers to Reimbursement" , Masters in Surgery Conference (2009)
  • "Controversies in Gastrointestinal Surgery. Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery versus Single Port Access" , Digestive Disease Week (2009)
  • "Is There any Hope for Endolumenal Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux?" , Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgeons (2009)
  • "Minor Ductal Injuries are Not so Minor. Patient Safety in Biliary Surgery" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2009)
  • "Does telementoring shorten the pathway to proficiency in the simulation environment?" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2008)
  • "Learning curve in laparoscopic suturing with haptic feedback" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2008)
  • "Speed-accuracy trade-off in VR simulation with haptic feedback" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2008)
  • "When does GERD testing become cost effective?" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2008)
  • "Concepts to Cash: Device Development" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2008)
  • "Endolumenal Treatment of Gastrointestinal Reflux" , Latin American Society of Endoscopic Surgery (ALACE) (2008)
  • "If they ask me, what should I tell my hospital about EMR implementation fo surgeons" , American Colleges of Surgeons (2008)
  • "Will Infection Be a Barrier to NOTES Adoption?" , World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (2008)
  • "Aldosterone and Estrone Co-secretion from ACTH-independent Bilateral Macronodular Adrenal Hyperplasia (AIMAH)" , The Endocrine Society (2007)
  • "Differences in Minimally Invasive Management of Gastric Cancer" , Japanese Society for Endoscopic Surgery (2007)
  • "Treatment of GE Reflux/Lecture" , Medicare Regional Contractor Advisory Committee (2007)
  • "Comparison of Trocar Insertion Force in MIS" , SAGES (2006)
  • "Force and Friction Assessment in Laparoscopic Surgery" , SAGES (2006)
  • "the Utility of Articulated Manual Laparoscopic Instruments." , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (2006)
  • "Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in High Risk Cardiac Surgery Patients." , SAGES (2005)
  • "Barriers to Radiofrequency ID Adoption in Medicine/Lecture" , World Research Group (2005)
  • "Effects of Videogame Performance on Laparoscopic Skills Acquisition." the 49th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2005)
  • "Technology of Minimally Invasive Surgery" , Cambridge Hospital (2005)
  • "The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Minimally Invasive Surgery Technology" , Boston Surgical Society (2005)
  • "Understanding Operating Room" (2005)
  • "Visiting Professorship" , University of Texas (2005)
  • "Workshop in Operating Room Technology/Lecture" , Association of Operating Room Nurses (2005)
  • "Diagnostic Laparoscopy - Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery" , Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery (2004)
  • "Evaluation of physical versus virtual surgical simulators." the 48th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2004)
  • "OR of the Future/Lecture" , World Research Group (2004)
  • "Personal Digital Assistants for Surgeons." (2004)
  • "The Future of Technology in Surgery/Keynote Address" , International Pediatric Endoscopy Group (2004)
  • "Why Some Technologies Make It and Others Do Not" , New England Technology Council (2004)
  • "Cost Containment Strategies for Laparoscopic Appendectomy" , SAGES (2003)
  • "Utility of Voice-Activated System in Minimally Invasive Surgery." , SAGES (2003)
  • "Visuomotor Constraints in Laparoscopic Surgery: A Human Factors Engineering Perspective." , SAGES (2003)
  • "Visually perceived force feedback in simulated robotic surgery." the 47th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2003)
  • "Innovation in Minimally Invasive Surgery/Lecture" , American College of Surgeons Spring Meeting (2002)
  • "Pharmacologic Strategies to Reduce Perioperative Complications/Lecture" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2002)
  • "Advances in Lparoscopic Clip Design: The Preformed Clip" , SAGES (2001)
  • "Endoscopic Robotic Telemanipulator Versus Conventional Laparoscopic Instruments: Comparison Of Laparoscopic Task Performance for Surgically Naive Subjects" , SAGES (2001)
  • "Laparoscopic Hernia Repair in a Community Based Videoscopic Surgical Center" , SAGES (2001)
  • "Surgeon in the Digital Age/Lecture" , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (2001)
  • "The development of non-sticking, passively cooled electrosurgical instruments." IEEE 27th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (2001)
  • "Cervical Scar Perception Influences the Need for Minimally Invasive Procedures" , SAGES (2000)
  • "Advances in Bipolar Cautery" American College of Surgeons Scientific Exhibit (1999)
  • "Development of a Novel Portable Cautery System." American College of Surgeons Scientific Exhibit (1999)
  • "Laparoendoscopic Pancreatic Pseudocyst Drainage." American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, (1999)
  • "Malpractice Experience with Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Massachusetts 1990-1998" , Society Of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (1999)
  • "Radiofrequency Powered Linear Stapler." , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (1999)
  • "The Use of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt in Laparoscopic Surgery." , Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (1999)
  • "Diode laser for abdominal tissue cauterization." (1999)
  • "The Relationship of Adhesions to General Surgery" , 4th International Conference on Peritoneal Healing and Adhesion Prevention (1999)
  • "Laparoendoscopic Treatment of Pancreatic Pseudocyst." Boston Intercity Gastroenterology Conference (1998)
  • "2D versus 3D Laparoscopy" , American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES (1998)
  • "cutting and coagulation mechanisms in surgery" American College of Surgeons (1997)
  • "Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring. A Multicenter trial." , Society of Critical Care Medicine (1997)
  • "Portable semiconductor laser system to stop internal bleeding." (1997)
  • "Techniques in Minimally Invasive Surgery" , Albert Einstein Hospital (1996)
  • "Management of Bleeding Complication Following Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Appendectomy." World Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery (1995)
  • "Lumbosacral Discectomy and Spinal Fusion." SAGES (1995)
  • "A Novel Collagen Matrix for Tissue Replacement" , Association for Academic Surgery (1994)
  • "Noninvasive Cardiac Output Monitoring." , Association for Academic Surgery (1994)
  • "Continuous Microwave Warming in an Ex-Vivo Extracorporeal Circuit" , Society of Critical Care Medicine (1993)
  • "Survival and Quality of Life afte Long Term, Non-trauma ICU Stays." , Society of Critical Cae Medicine (1993)
  • "In Vivo Erythrocyte Survival Studies after aaaaaaaa'In-Line Microwave Warming" , American Society of Anesthesiologists (1991)
  • "Inter Emergency Room Transfer" Southwestern Surgical Congress (1986)
  • "The Recognition and Management of Complication Associated with Peritoneal Dialysis" Southwest Surgical Congress (1984)
  • "Where Should All the Trauma Go" , Emergency Nuse Association (1984)
  • "Grand Rounds - Various Topics and Locations" , See Description
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Service Activities:

  • Promotions; Ad hoc committee reviewer or promotion for professor 0 HMS; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014–2015)
  • Co-Chair, Post Graduate Course; Flexible Endoscopy for Surgeons European Society for Endoscopic Surgery Paris, France; Co-Chair (2014–present)
  • Board of Directors; Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA; Board of Directors (2013–present)
  • Symposium Chair, Robotics; Robotics in MIS - Hype or Hope Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgery, Yokohama, Japan; Chair (2012–present)
  • Editorial Board Member; Chinese Journal of Digestive Surgery; Editorial Board Member (2011–present)
  • Curriculum Subcommittee on Course and Clerkship Review and Evaluation; Primary Reviewer HMS Ob/Gyn Clerkship Secondary Reviewer HMS GI Pathophysiology Secondary Reviewer HMS Medicine Clerkship Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Reviewer (2010–2015)
  • Symposium Director/organizer; Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Association Latino Americana de Cirugia Endoscopica (ALACE) Symposium: Management of Complication in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Sponsored by ALACE/Sociedade Brasileira de Videocirurgia (SOBRACIL), Salvador, Brazil; Director (2010–present)
  • Symposium Director/organizer; Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)/ Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgery (JSES) - Symposium in issues in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Tokyo, Japan; Director (2009–present)
  • Co-Chair Grant Review Committee; Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR); Grant Reviewer (2008–present)
  • Curriculum and Community Scientific Education; Boston Museum of Science/Board of Overseers Major advisory committee to the President of the Museum of Science concerning curriculum and community scientific education; Advisory Committee (2007–2015)
  • Grant Review Committee; SAGES; Grant Reviewer (2007–2009)
  • Circle of Values cittions; Numerous Circle of Values citation from patients (2007–present)
  • Site Director; General Surgery Residency - 4-8 hrs/week Beth Israel Deaconess Surgical Residency, Boston, MA (2007–present)
  • Editorial Board Member; Surgical Innovation; Editorial Board Member (2006–present)
  • Surgery Clerkship Committee; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2005–2015)
  • Chief of Surgery; Cambridge HealthAlliance, Cambridge, MA (2005–present)
  • Medical Students; Clerkship Director - 4 hrs/week Harvard Medical School Boston, MA; Director (2005–present)
  • Residency; Associate Director, Residency Program New England Medical Center Department of Surgery Boston, MA (2004–2005)
  • Center for Innovative Minimally Invasive Therapy Forum Diffusion of Technology in Surgery; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2004–present)
  • Editorial Board Member; Medscape Surgery; Editorial Board Member (2004–present)
  • Special Projects; Boston Museum of Science/Health Care Adviser for special projects Hall of Human Life Committee; Advisor (2004–present)
  • Multimedia Editor; Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques; Editor (2003–present)
  • Editorial Board Member; Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques; Editorial Board Member (2002–present)
  • Executive Committee Chairman IRB; New England Medical Center, Boston, MA; Committee Member (2001–2005)
  • Red and Blue Institutional Review Boards (IRB); New England Medical Center (joint appointment with Tufts University School of Medicine), Boston, MA; Chair (2001–2005)
  • Editorial Board Member; Same Day Surgery; Editorial Board Member (2000–2013)
  • Editorial Board Member; Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques; Editorial Board Member (1999–present)
  • Course Director; Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Lecture and Laboratory Program Sponsored by Consortium of Hospital in Thessalonica, Thessalonica, Greece; Director (1998–present)
  • Vice Chair - IRB; New England Medical Center, Boston, MA; Vice-Chair (1996–2001)
  • Course Director; Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Lecture and Laboratory Program. Sponsored by: University of Cairo and Liver Institute, Menufiya University, Cairo, Egypt.; Director (1996–present)
  • Institution Review Board; Chair (1995–2005)
  • Program Director; Minimally Invasive Surgery-Lecture and Operating Room Preceptorships in General, Urologic and Gynecological Surgery Sponsored by Saudi ARAMCO, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1994–present)
  • Director of Surgical Research; New England Medical Center, Boston, MA; Director (1993–2005)
  • Co-Director - Surgery Research; Developing a Research Program in Surgery Sponsored by: United States State Department and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Co-Director (1993–present)
  • Program Director; Minimally Invasive Surgery - Lecture and Operating Room Precptorship in General, Urologic and Gynecological Surgery Sponsored by Saudi ARAMCO, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1992–present)
  • Medical Director; New England Medical Center, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Boston, MA (1991–2005)
  • Ad hoc Reviewer; Fertility and Sterility Gastroenterology Clinical Gastroenterology and Herpetology Journal of the American College of Surgeons Journal of the American Medical Association; Reviewer (1991–1997)
  • Surgical Team Chief, Director of Intensive Care; 365th Evacuation Hospital, US Military Complex Seeb, Oman; Director (1990–1991)
  • Director; New England Medical Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Boston, MA; Director (1989–1996)
  • Director; Educational Program in Minimally Invasive Surgery New England Medical Center, Boston, MA; Director (1987–2005)
  • Oliver Smith Awards; Numerous awards for compassion and service to patients. Tufts Medical Center (1986–2005)
  • Acting Director; New England Medical Center, Emergency Department, Boston, MA; Acting Director (1986–1988)
  • Clinical Articles Editor; Infections of Surgery (1983–1984)

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Buffalo General Hospital
D-352
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-859-3779
Fax: 716-859-7349
schwaitz@buffalo.edu

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