ANZ, Japan, and German exchange travelers for 2015 announced

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter, the Japan Surgical Society and ACS Japan Chapter, and the German Surgical Society with the ACS Germany Chapter attended the 2015 Clinical Congress in October.

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the College sponsors the three academic surgeon exchange programs that made possible the young scholars’ participation in the Clinical Congress. In all three cases, the College sends a talented young U.S. or Canadian Fellow to the annual surgical meeting of the participating country. Afterward, they tour several sites tailored to their specific research interests. In exchange, the College accepts fine young academic surgeon-scholars from the participating societies to attend the annual ACS Clinical Congress. This year’s participants in the exchange program were as follows.

The 2015 ANZ Exchange Fellow is Anita R. Skandarajah, MB, BS, FRACS, senior lecturer and consultant breast and endocrine surgeon, University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Dr. Skandarajah conducts research in clinical outcomes in surgical oncology and emergency general surgery.

Her U.S. counterpart, Clifford S. Cho, MD, FACS, is a surgical oncologist and associate professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He attended the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons held in Perth, Australia, in April 2015.

The College welcomed Japan Exchange Fellow Yoshito Tomimaru, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, Osaka University, to this year’s Clinical Congress. Dr. Tomimaru conducts research into the activity of exosome-derived microRNA associated with hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer.

Suresh Agarwal, MD, FACS, chief, section of trauma, acute care surgery, burn and surgical critical care, University of Wisconsin-Madison, attended the Japan Surgical Society meeting in Nagoya in April 2015.

Nikolaos Vassos, MD, PhD, an endocrine and colorectal surgeon, University Hospital Erlangen, Germany, attended the ACS Clinical Congress this year and visited several surgical sites under the guidance of his U.S. and German mentors. Dr. Vassos’ surgical research centers on sarcomas, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and pancreatic tumors. He also consults in coloproctology.

ACS Traveling Fellow Cristina R. Ferrone, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, attended the German Surgical Society’s annual meeting in Munich in May 2015.

See more information about the IRC’s Traveling Fellowships. 

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