Bariatric Surgery Section Visitors

Assistant Professor Dan Azagury

Stanford, USA

Dan Azagury is a minimally invasive surgeon and a health technology innovator with an international background. Dr Azagury is the Director for Education for the fellowship program at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. He teaches multidisciplinary teams a process to identify important healthcare needs and develop novel health technologies
to address them. He also teaches in multiple international medical innovation programs and co-directs the Japan Biodesign partnership program. Dan is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical Director for the Stanford Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary clinic as well as the fellowship director for Minimally Invasive and Bariatric surgery. He graduated from medical school in Switzerland and completed surgical residency at the Geneva University Hospital. Following his board certification, he undertook a research fellowship focusing on novel minimally invasive techniques at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He continued his time at the same institution and completed a clinical fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. He then completed the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship at Stanford and co-founded Ciel Medical along with his Biodesign teammate Kate Garrett. Together, they developed novel solutions for intubated patients in the ICU. Ciel Medical was acquired by Vyaire Medical in 2017. Dan’s research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to improving bariatric surgery outcomes as well as medical device innovation. He holds three patents and has published over 75 scientific articles and book chapters. He speaks French, Spanish and English and is the father of three.

Associate Professor Amir Ghaferi

Ann Arbor, USA

Dr Ghaferi is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Business at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Surgeon-in-Chief of the University Hospital Operating Rooms and Founding Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System.
He is also the Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, a consortium of 40 hospitals and 80 surgeons focused on improving the safety and quality of bariatric surgery. He received his Bachelors degree from UCLA, his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan. Dr Ghaferi also completed advanced training in health services research and obtained a Masters degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan. Dr Ghaferi’s research focuses on understanding the relationship of organizational systems and design to quality and efficiency, with the ultimate goal
of designing interventions to improve care locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr Ghaferi receives research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute PCORI). His research has been published in prominent journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Medical Care, and Annals of Surgery. Dr Ghaferi is an active member of several national societies (Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, AcademyHealth) and serves on, chairs, or co-chairs several national committees. He is currently the President of the Surgical Outcomes Club – the largest surgical health services research group in the world. He is also the Secretary of the Association for Academic Surgery – the largest academic surgical association in the US. Dr Ghaferi is passionate about inspiring and developing academic surgeons across the US and beyond. As such, since 2015 he has been the co-Convener of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Developing a Career in Academic Surgery annual course. (In association with the Section of Academic Surgery).

Professor Mark van Berge Henegouwen

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Mark van Berge Henegouwen had his medical education at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 1997. In the same year, he finished his PhD thesis. He was trained in general surgery from 1998 until 2004 in the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and the Lukas Hospital in Apeldoorn. From 2005 until 2006, he had his advanced gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgical training at the Academic Medical Center, where he was appointed as a consultant in 2006. He is responsible for the upper gastrointestinal surgical program of the Amsterdam UMC which is the largest upper GI center of the Netherlands performing around 150 gastro-esophageal cancer resections yearly. He is a Principal Investigator in upper GI cancer surgery and main research activities are focused on improvement of outcomes in upper GI cancer surgery, auditing and outcomes of upper GI surgery, minimally invasive techniques, neoadjuvant treatment modalities and quality of life in upper GI cancer Surgery. He was appointed professor of gastrointestinal surgery and upper GI surgery in 2017. Until 2017 he was president of the Dutch Society of Gastrointestinal Surgery (NVGIC), member of the board of the Dutch Society of Surgery (NVvH) and the board of the Dutch Society of Oncologic Specialties (SONCOS). Presently he is president of the Scientific Committee of the Dutch Upper GI Cancer Audit (DUCA).