Professor Torsten Olbers
Torsten Olbers is a professor of surgery and consultant bariatric surgeon at University of Linkoping in Sweden. His focus is minimal invasive upper GI surgery with a specific focus on bariatric surgery. His national and international reputation stems from combining a busy clinical activity with continuous academic productivity. He has conducted several randomized controlled trials within bariatric surgery and is currently leading the Swedish Nationwide BEST (Bypass Equipoise Sleeve Trial) project (n=2100). He is the principal investigator for the Swedish research program for adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery- AMOS, and Professor Olbers is also one of the authors and main surgical contributors to the Swedish Obese Subject (SOS) study. Professor Olbers has performed several thousand laparoscopic baratric surgical procedures (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and lap BPD/Duodenal switch, revisional bariatric surgery) and described and refined the double loop technique for performing laparoscopic gastric bypass together with Hans Lonroth, which is currently the dominating bariatric technique in the Scandinavian countries and many other places worldwide. As a regularly invited lecturer at international conferences, he has contributed to development of bariatric surgery worldwide.
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).