Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons | Excel Award 2015 and Future Technology Keynote Session

Excel Award 2015 and Future Technology Keynote Session

Excel Award Recipient 2015

Dr. W. Peter Geis has been a teaching surgeon and a Department Leader since finishing Fellowship in Transplantation in 1973. Thereafter, he developed the Transplant Program at Loyola Medical Center and VA Hospital in Chicago. He was the first to perform parathyroid transplantation, performed the first liver transplant in Chicago, and was a Charter Member of the American Transplant Society and the Illinois Transplant Society.

He trained Fellows in transplantation during his ten years at Loyola (Chicago) and became Director Level I Trauma Center. He became Director of Chicago’s ATLS Program and, later, received a National Police Gazette Award, “Police Surgeon of the Year”.

Dr. Geis became Chairman – Chicago Committee on Trauma, and directed the ATLS Program for Metropolitan Chicago for 12 years. Thereafter he moved to the University of Illinois Surgery System as Associate Professor of Surgery, and Vice Chair of Surgery at Lutheran General Hospital and Trauma Center.

In January 1990, he performed his first laparoscopic cholecustectomy, mentored by Dr. Joe Petelin; by March, laparoscopic appendectomies, and in May, his first laparoscopic colectomy. He, along with Drs. M. Jacobs, G. Plasencia, and M. Franklin initiated Laparoscopic Colectomy Programs throughout America and Western Europe with strong industry support. Geis et al wrote the first paper and presented the first series of laparoscopic colectomies (Western Surgical Association, 1992).

He moved to Baltimore (1993) to build the Minimally Invasive Training Institute (MISTI) which had cadavers, pig laparoscopy, robotics and 3D systems.

He initiated laparoscopic Fellowship, training 10 Fellows in 7 years. In year 2000, he accepted Chair, Surgery, at St. Peter’s University Hospital and Professor, Surgery, RWJ School of Medicine. In the next 5 years, he trained 9 MIS Fellows. He was President of SLS in 2001.

In 2004, Dr. Geis retired – planning a career as a ski instructor in the Pocono Mountains! But, was lured to Baltimore (2005) by Lifebridge Health System. At this location he has developed clinical MIS Programs and has trained 19 MIS/bariatric Fellows. Currently, he also directs medical student surgical clerkships and is Chair, Department of Medical Education. He wishes to return to ski instructing soon. His lucky charm is his wife, Mary.

Future Technology Session Keynote Speaker

Brian Ross, Ph.D., M.D. Executive Director, UW ISIS

Dr. Ross is a member of the attending staff in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. Since 2003, he has held the rank of full professor of Anesthesiology, and in 2005, was named by the dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine to serve as the first Executive Director of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Simulation (UW ISIS).

In 1975, he received his Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology from the University of North Dakota and went on to complete postdoctoral research in the area of respiratory disease at the University of Washington. He received his M.D. in 1983 from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and in 1986, completed a fellowship in Obstetrical Anesthesia from the University of California at San Francisco, before returning to the University of Washington to complete a residency in anesthesiology.

Dr. Ross’s interest and involvement in medical simulation and team training has been apparent since 1996, when he developed the initial simulation curriculum for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington. Since that time, he has been responsible for the development of simulation education for team and interprofessional training for over 30 departments and programs at the University of Washington. In 2009, Dr. Ross headed the UW’s TeamSTEPPS training efforts by becoming the director of one of 5 National TeamSTEPPS Master Training sites. Through community outreach and the continuous development of simulation and team training curriculum, the UW ISIS program, under the direction of Dr. Ross, has become an educational cornerstone for the university, community, region (including the 5-state WWAMI area – Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) and the medical simulation industry.

Future Technology Session Keynote Speaker

Larry Smarr Founding Director California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology Harry E. Gruber Professor, Jacobs School’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering University of California, San Diego

Dr. Larry Smarr is the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UC San Diego and UC Irvine, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. At Calit2, Larry has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure—including the Internet, the web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and global telepresence—begun during his previous 15 years as founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His views have been quoted in Science, Nature, TheNew York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Wired, Fortune, Business Week, Atlantic magazine, Xconomy, as well as a number of international venues.

Larry is co-principal investigator of the NSF-funded PRISM@UCSD optical fiber Big Data Freeway project. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of MDRevolution, and on the Future in Review advisory board. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he received the IEEE Computer Society’s Tsutomu Kanai Award for his lifetime achievements in distributed computing systems.

Larry was a member of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. He served on the NASA Advisory Council to four NASA administrators, was chair of the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure for the last three years, and for eight years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH director, serving three directors.

Larry received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and was a Harvard University Junior Fellow 1976-9.

His personal interests include orchids and coral reefs, quantifying the state of his body, and researching the details of the global energy system and the global climatic disruption it is causing. You can follow Larry on Google+ or at, as well as on his lifestreaming portal at