President Warshaw, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and this assembly Prof. Eduardo de Santibañes of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a distinguished surgeon and a leader in the field of hepatobiliary surgery, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Santibañes was born in Argentina in 1951. He graduated at the top of his class from the University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, and obtained a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Buenos Aires. His surgical training, which he completed in 1985, took place at the historic Hospital Italiano in Buenos Aires. He then worked under Thomas Starzl, MD, FACS, in Pittsburgh, PA, for two years in the field of liver transplantation. After returning to Argentina, he became a full professor at the University of Buenos Aires in 2005 and chair of the department of surgery at the Hospital Italiano, Buenos Aires, in 2008.
It is impossible to overstate the influence that Dr. Santibañes has had in the development of hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery in Argentina and throughout the world. He performed the first cadaveric liver transplant in Argentina and established a program that has now performed more than 1,000 of these procedures. That HPB program is the center of excellence for a wide region and has trained many surgeons from Argentina and elsewhere in Spanish-speaking South America, which undoubtedly has raised the standard of HPB surgery throughout the continent. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers, many of which have influenced the practice of HPB surgery. He has attracted and trained a team of outstanding surgeons who are now international leaders in their own right. It is no surprise the president of the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and the president-elect of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association are members of his department at the University of Buenos Aires. The words one associates with Dr. Santibañes are character and credibility, authority and humility, and family. That is why he has attracted so many outstanding people to his side and built such an outstanding program.
President Warshaw, our good friend Professor Santibañes is a surgeon devoted to the improvement of surgery for the benefit of patients. I am honored to present him for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.