Prof. Miguel A. Cainzos is a general surgeon from Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He is recognized internationally for his contributions to education and surgical infections. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) since 1997 and has helped advance the international presence of the College.
Professor Cainzos earned his medical and doctoral degrees in surgery, both summa cum laude, at the University of Santiago de Compostela. After completing a general surgery residency at the Hospital General de Galicia in 1980, he pursued additional training in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany and was appointed assistant professor of surgery at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1983. He was promoted to professor with tenure in 1995 and is now chief of the division of general surgery at both the Hospital General de Galicia and the Hospital Clinico Uinversitario. He was head of the department of surgery at the University of Santiago de Compostela from 1993 to 2004.
Professor Cainzos has been president of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS)-Europe and the European Society for Surgical Research and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He has served as President of and Governor for the Spain Chapter of the ACS.
In 1996, the Spanish Ministry of Health appointed Professor Cainzos director of the national plan to reduce surgical infections. Over the next four years, he established a network enabling multicenter studies on surgical infections across specialties, resulting in a reduction in surgical infections and establishment of national guidelines for their prevention.
Professor Cainzos is a consummate clinician and educator. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles and seven books, as well as created Internet-based educational courses for the SIS-Europe and European Society for Surgical Research that are used in many European surgical residency programs.