Applications and Clinical Advisors

Louis R. Kavoussi, M.D. is Chairman of Urology at Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York. Dr. Kavoussi was most recently Vice-Chairman of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and a Patrick C. Walsh Distinguished Professor in Urology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chief of Urology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Kavoussi is a world-renowned authority in minimally invasive approaches to urologic diseases. He has pioneered several new operative techniques including the laparoscopic nephrectomy for cancer and for live renal transplant. Dr. Kavoussi's main laboratory research interests are in the fields of medical robotics and telemedicine. He has extensive research experience and many publications related to the applications of telemedicine to surgery.

Paul M. Vespa, M.D. is Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Neurocritical Care Program. Dr. Vespa is world renowned for his critical care work in the treatment of neurosurgical and stroke patients, with specific expertise in critical care of the brain, neuromonitoring and clinical neurochemistry. Dr. Vespa is an editorial board member for "Critical Care Medicine", "International Journal of Critical Care" and "Neurocritical Care" journals. A professional educator and lecturer, he is an author for the American Board of Neurosurgery Examination and a faculty member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Dr. Vespa is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2004 Society of Critical Care Medicine Neuroscience Award (which recognizes outstanding research in the field of neuroscience), a Heidelberg University Research Award and the Western EEG Society Edward E. Shev Award. He is an active participant in professional societies and community service, including the Board of Directors for the Neurocritical Care Society and the UCLA Institutional Review Board and is a Founding Member of the North American Consortium of Acute Brain Injury.

Joseph B. Petelin, M.D., F.A.C.S. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Petelin is an internationally recognized surgeon and pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery. In the late 1980s, while teaching the principles and application of laser technology to surgeons around the United States, Dr. Petelin and other pioneers in the field of laparoscopic surgery developed many of the techniques that are used around the world today. Dr. Petelin personally developed the first sets of curved instruments for use in laparoscopic surgery in 1989. He produced the first papers, texts and videos detailing laparoscopic common duct exploration, and has lectured on this subject (and many others) worldwide. His technical expertise in the field of laparoscopic surgery has led to requests for live operation demonstrations of multiple advanced laparoscopic procedures for audiences of literally thousands of surgeons around the world. In the early 1990s he developed a computer-assisted robotic camera holder, the Autoscope™ for use in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Petelin continues to work with industry leaders in the development of instruments and devices that enhance and enable advanced MIS and other surgery. He sits on the editorial boards of the most influential peer-reviewed laparoscopic journals in the world. He has also published extensively on a wide variety of laparoscopic subjects, and has produced numerous video-based educational tools for surgeons and patients. In 1995 he was elected President of the Society of LaparoEndoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Petelin currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and is a founding member of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Council.

Jonathan Sackier, MB ChB serves as Chief Strategic Medical Officer to GSW Worldwide, part of the inVentiv Health organization, and serves a number of healthcare companies in an advisory fashion.

During his clinical career, Dr. Sackier consulted for many medical equipment companies (e.g., Pfizer, Siemens, Stryker, Steris and Davis & Geck), developed and licensed products to companies such as Computer Motion, Valleylab and Pall Medical and advised others such as the Veterans Administration and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr. Sackier is a trained general surgeon and a world-renowned expert in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Sackier has held clinical positions at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the University of California, Los Angeles, and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has authored more than 120 publications, edited and written 7 surgical texts, contributed 47 chapters to medical textbooks, served on 8 editorial boards and reviewed submissions to 17 scientific journals. Dr. Sackier has held research grants from many sources and has received honors for his work, such as for introducing laparoscopic surgery in China and for teaching in Israel.

Alex Gandsas, M.D. is Director of the Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program at the Anne Arundel Hospital in Annapolis, MD, and the current Chairman of the SLS Bariatric Surgery Committee. Prior to joining AAMC, Dr. Gandsas was the Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Program Director at the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine Residency and Bariatric Fellowship Program in Stratford, NJ. He also served as Chief of the Division of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Gandsas received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine in Argentina, and has published numerous scientific articles on general surgery, surgical education and telemedicine. His current research efforts focus on obesity surgery and the use of emerging technologies for minimally invasive surgery, telemedicine and surgical education. Actively involved in the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Gandsas is a board certified surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

H. Neal Reynolds, M.D. is an Intensivist with the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and is the Medical Director of the "Select Trauma ICU". He is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is concurrently the Director of Program Development for the Maryland Critical Care Network. He did his undergraduate studies with the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned a Bachelor's of Science degree, with "High Honors", in Electrical Engineering , 1970. Dr. Reynolds attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating 1976, completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Hawaii, 1980 and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, 1987. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally and published more than 30 peer reviewed articles. His research and development interests include Telemedicine in the Intensive Care Unit, Regionalized Critical Care Services, Thermal Imaging in Medicine and Telemedicine applications during disaster situations. Dr. Reynolds is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and SCCM Tele-ICU Committee and a member of the American Telemedicine Association and of the ATA Tele-ICU Interest Group.

Jay H. Sanders, M.D. is the CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group, Professor of Medicine (Adjunct) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a Founding Board Member and President Emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association. Known to many as the "Father of Telemedicine", he developed the first statewide telemedicine system in the USA, the first correctional telemedicine program, as well as the first telehomecare technology called "The Electronic House Call." His consulting activities have included NASA, DOD, HHS, the FCC, State Governments, WHO, and multiple academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. During the Clinton Administration he represented the USA to the G8 nations for telemedicine. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, was a member of AOA, and did his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was previously Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, and Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.

Samuel S. Fager, M.D., M.B.A., J.D. is the President of S.S. Fager Consulting, a firm focusing on preparing healthcare organizations for Joint Commission surveys. Dr. Fager served as a surveyor for the Joint Commission from 1986 through 2005. As well as his considerable experience in Joint Commission work, he is also a highly skilled physician, currently on the staff of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2005 the Consumer's Research Council selected him as one of the Top Pediatricians of America. Dr. Fager has lectured nationally and internationally for the Joint Commission and currently lectures at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the Health Care Management Department. He has previously held positions as the Director of Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Pennsylvania; the Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Director of Adolescent Medicine, and Director of Student Health at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; and a Medical Director for Aetna. He received his degrees at Princeton University, Drexel University School of Medicine, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law School, completed his residencies at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, and did his fellowship training in the joint program at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

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Impressive Quality Metrics

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Telehealth Goes Mainstream

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