Experts
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Medical Education
    • Leading teams
    • Health Care Administration
    • Graduate Training/Residency
    • Chief Executive Officer at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

    Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.

    • Vascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Surgical Education
    Chair, Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Co-Chair College of Applied Anatomy, Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
    Chair, Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Co-Chair College of Applied Anatomy, Professor of Surgery, UCLA...
    Christian de Virgilio is the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Co-Chair of the College of Applied Anatomy, and Professor of Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine. He previously served as Surgery Program Director and UCLA Surgery Clerkship Director for 13 years. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the ACGME, the AMSA National Golden Apple Teaching Award, and is a nine-time winner of the UCLA School of Medicine Golden Apple Teaching Award. As Surgery Program Director, he received a commendation by the RRC for restructuring the residency program. He has published over 140 peer reviewed publications, with numerous articles on surgical education, and the effect of resident duty hours on surgical training. He was previously invited by the Institute of Medicine to present data on the effect of duty hours on resident education. He recently edited a textbook, Surgery: A Cased Based Clinical Review, designed for the surgical clerkship, as well as Surgery Review for ABSITE and Boards.
    • Neurological Surgery
    Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of...
    • Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern
    Dr. Batjer, holder of the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern, is recognized internationally as a leading cerebrovascular surgeon and specialist in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, along with being an authority on treating brain tumors. Additionally, he is at the forefront of groundbreaking work to improve the understanding and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Batjer’s academic pursuits and research include more than 350 publications, nine books, 38 endowed lectureships, and visiting professorships at 56 medical institutions worldwide. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, he served as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the first Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the current President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
    • General Surgery
    • John F and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Endowed Chair of the Department of Surgery, Professor of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital
    Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS joined Houston Methodist Hospital in 2005 as Chair of the Department of Surgery. She holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Endowed Chair and is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. A thought leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass is founder and Executive Director of MITIE, Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation & Education; a 35,000 sq. ft. simulation, education and research facility developed to retrain and retool health care providers in practice. Since 2009, MITIE has hosted hands-on courses for over 33,000 surgeons and health care providers. Coupled to research in surgical technologies and innovative educational platforms, MITIE is a unique education and research institution. Over the last 26 years, Dr. Bass’ research programs has received funding from the NIH, NSF, VA and industry for her work in gastrointestinal regeneration, computational surgery, clinical trials, and health services research. Dr. Bass received her BS from Tufts University and MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at George Washington University and a research fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps. Dr. Bass previously served as Professor and Vice-Chair of Surgery at the University Of Maryland. Dr. Bass is gratified to have influenced women to pursue careers in surgery and to seek leadership roles. Dr. Bass’ past service includes Chair of the American Board of Surgery and Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, Regent of American College of Surgeons, and President of Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and Society of Surgical Chairs. Honors include the Distinguished Service Award of American College of Surgeons, the Nina Starr Braunwald Award, and a US Army Commendation medal.
    • General Surgery
    • Assistant Professor of Surgery at Mubarak Teaching Hospital
    Dr. Mohammad H. Jamal is an assistant Professor of Surgery at Kuwait University and Mubarak Teaching Hospital in Kuwait City. Dr. Jamal works in the accreditation office at the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization which overlooks postgraduate education in Kuwait. He worked previously as a resident and fellow in the United Kingdom (Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities Teaching Hospitals), Canada (McGill University) and the United States (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) thus exposing him to a variety of working hours and medical education environments. His main research interests is in Bariatric and Hepatobiliary surgery as well as surgical education where he authored several systematic reviews and metanalysis on the effect of the reduction of work hours on surgical residents education and patients care. Dr.Jamal authored and co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed publications and book chapters in the fields of Bariatric, Hepatobiliary surgery and surgical education. He was a member of the task force on the future of medical education in Canada formed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.