The Institute for Surgical Excellence Appoints Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis of Indiana University School of Medicine to Board of Directors

Dr. Stefanidis known for MIS/Bariatric Surgery

The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE)— an emerging non-profit dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes — today announces that Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis, Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, will be joining the organization’s board of directors as it continues to expand its groundbreaking surgical training and education programs.Stefanidis shares ISE’s mission to equip surgeons of all disciplines with the skills needed to apply cutting edge technologies and provide their patients with the best level of care, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Stefanidis join us as we continue our work in promoting surgical excellence in all disciplines,” said Dr. Martin Martino. “Innovations in surgery are continuing to create countless opportunities for both surgeons and patients, and Stefanidis’ commitment to improving the quality and standards of surgical training and better outcomes is widely recognized and will be an invaluable component to the ISE leadership.”

Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as the Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery. He received his medical school degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and did his doctoral work at the University of Bonn in Germany. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, a surgical simulation research fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and his minimally invasive bariatric surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Stefanidis came to IU after 10 years at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina where he had established a busy minimally invasive and bariatric surgery practice and served as Associate Professor of Surgery and the Surgical and Research Director of Carolinas Simulation Center. Dr. Stefanidis’ area of clinical practice is general and bariatric surgery with a focus on revisional and robotic surgery.

Dr. Stefanidis serves as a board member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), as program chair of the 2017 ASE annual meeting, as the chair of the SAGES Guidelines Committee, the co-chair of the Research and Development Committee of the Accredited Education Institutes of the American College of Surgeons, the associate editor for the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare, and the ASE recorder of the American Journal of Surgery. He is an active member in numerous other national committees. His contributions to the education of surgeons and other healthcare workers have earned him the educator of the year award by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2012. He also received a presidential citation in 2016 for his contributions to simulation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Stefanidis has served as principle or co-investigator on research projects totaling over 2 million dollars, has more than 110 peer reviewed publications, written several book chapters, and has won numerous competitive grants and research awards. His research focuses on surgical education, simulation, surgical outcomes and patient safety. His most recent research projects, include the development of a mental skills curriculum for surgeons funded by the AHRQ and the development of a coaching mechanism for practicing surgeons funded by CMS. He has mentored numerous surgical fellows, residents, and medical students over the years and has helped them grow as clinicians and researchers.

About the Institute for Surgical Excellence:

The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes. ISE’s mission is to support the implementation of safer solutions to complex surgical interventions, often involving the application of emerging technologies. ISE utilizes a systems-based approach to bring together key stakeholders to identify issues, set clearly defined goals, facilitate collaboration, assess and fill gaps, and better inform health care consumers.

About the Robotic Training Network:

The vision of the Robotics Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States.

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