There will be only one ‘Meet the Professors’ Session offered during the lunch time on September 18, 2015 between 12:30 – 13:30 (within the dining / exhibition / poster area). All registered participants are welcome to join this even free of any additional charge. This Session will provide participants the opportunity to be updated about the topics of particular interest in a highly interactive and informal manner during a standing lunch.
Henning Dralle, MD, FRCS, FACS, FEBS
Full Professor of Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital
Henning Dralle since 1994 is Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany. He studied medicine at the Universities of Kiel, Würzburg, Mainz and Hamburg, before obtaining his medical licence in 1977. From 1979 – 1985 he undertook his surgical training including general, trauma and orthopaedic surgery, cardiovascular and visceral surgery at Medizinische Hochschule Hannover. His teacher in abdominal, onocologic, endocrine and liver surgery including liver and kidney transplantation was Professor Rudolph Pichlmayr. In 1985 he became a specialist in general surgery, and obtained the title of extraordinary professor in 1990 before he has been appointed for Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Medical Faculty of University Halle-Wittenberg in 1994.
Professor Dralle was President of the German Association of Endocrine Surgeons (CAEK) from 1997 – 2000, and again from 2006 – 2009. From 2005 up to 2011 he was President of the German Thyroid Association, and from 2005 – 2007 he was President of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES). In addition, he was Secretary of the European Board of Surgery, Division of Endocrine Surgery (DES), from 1999 to 2007, and the President of the European Society of Endocrine Surgeons (ESES) from 2008 to 2010.
Alongside these prestigious achievements, Professor Dralle is a member of numerous medical societies, including the European Thyroid Association (ETA), the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS), and the International Society of Surgery (ISS). He is a Corresponding Member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), Fellow for the American College of Surgeons (FACS), an Fellow of the European Board of Surgery, Division of Endocrine Surgery (FEBS).
Professor Dralle has authored more than 620 peer-reviewed publications, and 180 book chapters and review articles, including New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Thyroid, Annals of Surgery, Surgery, and World Journal of Surgery. The h-index of Professor Dralle is 55.
Professor Dralle is Chief Editor of the German Journal “Chirurg”, Co-Editor of Langenbecks Archives of Surgery, and editorial board member of several international surgical journals including the Polish Journal of Surgery.
Professor Dralle´s special interest is clinical and translational research of endocrine surgery of the thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, and gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Recently he published a textbook in german: “Endokrine Chirurgie, Evidenz und Erfahrung” (Schattauer, Stuttgart, 2014). Main areas of his clinical and translational research in endocrine surgery have been and/or currently are thyroid immunohistochemistry, xeno-transplantation of endocrine tumors into nude mice, molecular biology of thyroid and other endocrine neoplasms, surgery of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 and type 2, surgery for sporadic and hereditary paraganglioma syndroms, surgery for thyroid cancer and neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors.
Along with his activities in national and international societies Professor Dralle has been in charge of several national and international endocrine surgery and interdisciplinary guidelines.
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Gregory W. Randolph, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Director, General and Thyroid Surgical Services
Director, Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary,
Boston, MA, USA
Gregory W. Randolph is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Surgeon at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. He trained at Cornell and Harvard Medical Schools. He serves as Director of the General Otolaryngology Division since 1995 and founded and directs the Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Dr. Randolph has a thyroid and parathyroid surgical practice seeing patients and operating at both Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and Mass General Hospital. As a Head and Neck surgeon his surgical activity focuses exclusively on thyroid and parathyroid and related neck surgery.
Dr. Randolph has focused the bulk of his research on recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy, preservation and monitoring during thyroid cancer surgery with focus on importance of laryngeal exam, recognition of lymph node metastasis and revision cancer surgery. He has lead thyroid surgical missions to thyroid surgical units in St. Petersburg, Russia, Guangzhou, China, Kenya, rural India and in the Chernobyl region of the Ukraine. He founded and directs the Harvard Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Course for surgeons and has directed international surgical courses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Russia. He founded the first Otolaryngology based Thyroid and Parathyroid surgical fellowship in the U.S. He has received board certification from the European Union’s Board of Surgery in Neck Endocrine Surgery.
He has published an endocrine surgical text: “Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands” published by Elsevier Saunders now in its second edition. This text has been nominated for a publishing industry award as innovative surgical text . He was director of International Affairs for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and served on their Board of Directors and is Treasurer and on the executive board of the American Thyroid Association. He currently serves as chair of the Endocrine Surgery Committees of both the American Head and Neck Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.
In both his book and Harvard Thyroid and Parathyroid course he has formed extensive collaborative ties between medical endocrinology, general/endocrine surgery and otolaryngology and was the first otolaryngologist to be admitted as a member of the general surgical AAES. He serves on the Council of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons.
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Feng-Yu Chiang, MD
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck
Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Feng-Yu Chiang, MD, is Professor of Surgery at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head &. Neck Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. Prof. Chiang has experience with neural monitoring starting in 2005. Prof. Chiang published IONM papers on standardized procedures, anatomical variations of RLN, mechanism of RLN injury, IONM set-up, correct use of neuromuscular blocking agents, experimental animal model…etc. Prof. Chiang designed stimulating instruments for real-time nerve monitoring in the operation and well established international IONM training courses.
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Gianlorenzo Dionigi, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, 1st Division of Surgery
Head, Research Center for Endocrine Surgery
University of Insubria, School of Medicine
Department of Surgical Sciences and Human Morphology
Ospedale di Circolo – Fondazione Macchi – Polo Universitario Varese Italy
Gianlorenzo Dionigi is Professor of Surgery since 2013. In 2012 he has been appointed for Chairman of the 1st Division of Surgery, University Hospital in Varese, Italy. He is founder and head of the Research Center for Endocrine Surgery at the Department of Surgical Sciences and Human Morphology, School of Medicine, University of Insubria in Varese (Italy) since 2004.
Prof. Dionigi had postgraduate training in endocrine surgery at the University of Halle, Germany, and University of Pisa, Italy, and training Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).
Member of the European thyroid association (ETA) and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves on the Nominating Committee of the European Society Endocrine Surgery (ESES).
Prof. Dionigi has experience with neural monitoring starting in 2004 of approximately 5,000 cases of intermitted and 500 of continuous IONM.
Prof. Dionigi published peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on IONM both on guidelines, technique, experimental, clinical research, cost analysis and learning curve for IONM.
He has published an Italian IONM surgical textbook: “Tirodectomia con monitoraggio dei nervi laringei” published by EDRA now in its first edition translated in several languages. Prof. Dionigi developed together with Henning Dralle, Gregory Randolph, Feng-Yu Chiang and Marcin Barczynsky well established international courses for the training of both basic monitoring (intermitted IONM), advanced monitoring (continuous monitoring, SLN monitoring) and experimental studies.
He has lead IONM surgical presentations and live “hands-on” surgeries to thyroid surgical units in China, Korea, Taiwan, USA, Brazil, Middle East and Europe.
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Assoc. Prof. Marcin Barczyński, M.D., Ph.D., FEBS-ES
Department of Endocrine Surgery,
Third Chair of General Surgery,
Jagiellonian University, Medical College,
Dr. Marcin Barczyński is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Jagiellonian University, Medical College, Department of Endocrine Surgery. Dr. Barczyński was raised in Kraków and educated at the Jagiellonian University, Medical College in general and endocrine surgery, as well as in surgical oncology at the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology in Kraków, Poland. Dr. Barczyński had postgraduate training in endocrine surgery at the University of Halle, Germany, and University of Essen, Germany, and training in minimally invasive surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, USA.
Dr. Barczyński served as President of the National Delegate Council of the European Society of Endocrine Surgeons (ESES) in 2006 – 2010, a member of the Research and Education Committee of the ESES in 2011 – 2012, and he has been elected the Treasurer of the ESES in 2014 – 2018, and the member of the Executive Board of the European Thyroid Association – Cancer Research Network (ETA-CRN) in 2013 – 2017. He serves also as the Secretary of the UEMS Division of Endocrine Surgery of the European Board of Surgery. Dr. Barczyński is an active member of 12 scientific societies, including the European Surgical Association (ESA), the European Thyroid Association (ETA), the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO), the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES) and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES).
Dr. Barczyński’s principle research interests have been in surgical disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. He has a particular interest in endocrine surgical oncology (thyroid and parathyroid cancer), and novel technologies in endocrine surgery (intraoperative nerve monitoring, intraoperative iPTH assay), as well as minimally invasive endocrine surgery (retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy).
Dr. Barczyński is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and he serves on three editorial boards, including Journal of Thyroid Disorders and Therapy, and Minimally Invasive Surgery. His publication records include: Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Annals of Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, World Journal of Surgery, Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, and many more. Dr. Barczyński’s citation index is 655 and h-index is equal to 16 (according to Web of Science Core Collection).He is best known for his prospective randomized studies of the outcome of nerve monitoring in thyroid surgery, one focused on prevalence of the recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, published in British Journal of Surgery 2009, and another one focused on the injury to the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve, published in World Journal of Surgery 2012. Dr. Barczyński has been the President of the Polish Working-group of Intraoperative Neural Monitoring in Thyroid Surgery, and the President of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming First World Congress of Neural Monitoring in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, to be organized in Kraków, Poland, on September 17-19, 2015.
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