Mr. President, it is my distinct privilege to present Prof. Alberto Raul Ferreres of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Professor Ferreres was born and raised in Buenos Aires. His father, Hernando, who is 91, was a publisher, and his mother, Evangelina, was a Cuban native and an accountant. Professor Ferreres was the first member of his family to receive an advanced degree. He attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, where he met his wife, Graciela, as a third-year medical student. She is now a pediatric ophthalmologist. He trained in general surgery and surgical oncology at the University of Buenos Aires Hospital and Clinics from 1980 to 1987. He received a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law in 1987, a masters of public health from Salvador University, Buenos Aires, in 1995, and a masters in health administration in 1996, from Austral University, Buenos Aires. Professor Ferreres was an International Guest Scholar of the ACS in 1991.
In 2002, he was appointed professor and chair of the department of surgery at the University of Buenos Aires. Professor Ferreres also serves as director of the general surgery residency training program at the Carlos Bocalandro Hospital and the Training Center for Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Surgery at the University of Buenos Aires. He has also maintained an avid interest in public health policy, surgical ethics, and patient safety through his training at the University of Chicago, IL, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He has served on the steering committee of the World Health Organization for Patient Safety and has been recognized by the National Ministry of Health and National Academy of Medicine in Argentina. Professor Ferreres serves as an advisor to the Ministry of Health for Buenos Aires.
He has published more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, 22 book chapters, and three textbooks. He was elected to the Argentine Chapter of the ACS, as well as the Argentine Surgical Association, Argentine Surgical Academy, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), International Society of Surgery (ISS-SIC), International Society of Digestive Surgery (ISDS), Latin American Surgical Federation, and Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgeons. He has served as visiting professor of surgery in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Professor Ferreres received the SAGES recognition of excellence award. He is the president-elect of the ISDS and President of the Argentine Chapter of the ACS. He is a member of the executive committee of the ISS-SIC and the International Relations Committee of the ACS. Professor Ferreres is also an honorary member of surgical societies in Chile and Ecuador, and of the American Surgical Association.
He and Graciela have three boys: Alvaro (30), Augusto (28), and Alejo (25). The whole family enjoys sailing and favors the beautiful landscape of the Rio de la Plata.
Mr. President, Professor Ferreres is a distinguished international leader in surgical gastroenterology, minimally invasive surgery, and medical ethics. He is known as a kind and gentle person whose moral fiber is strong and emblematic of the principles of the American College of Surgeons. I am honored to present him for Honorary Fellowship.