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Named Lectures

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Leslie H. Blumgart Historical Lecture

Friday, 4/1 | 10:30

O. James Garden MD, CBE, BSc, MB, ChB; United Kingdom

A 50 Year Legacy in HPB Surgery

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O. James Garden MD, CBE, BSc, MB, ChB

James Garden is Professor Emeritus, Dean International and formerly Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health at the University of Edinburgh. Having trained in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris, he helped establish the HPB Service and Scottish Liver Transplant Unit in Edinburgh.

He led significant clinical, academic and service developments in Edinburgh and nationally. Edinburgh continues to offer quality surgical training in HPB and transplant surgery, and has an outstanding record of producing clinician scientists. He has published extensively in his field and is editor of sixteen books, over 80 chapters and some 300 articles. As Director of Edinburgh Surgery Online, he established an innovative online masters surgery programme in 2007 to support the professional development and academic development of training surgeons. He now leads 8 masters programmes which have enrolled over 2500 surgeons from some 75 countries since inception. The extensive scholarship programme supports many surgeons in low and middle income countries.The programmes were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2014.

He is former Editor-in-Chief of HPB, past Chairman of the BJS Society and past IHPBA President. He is Vice President of the James IV Association of Surgeons, an honorary member of several international associations and holds honorary fellowships with many surgical colleges. He was Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland (2004-2018) and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2014 for his services to academic surgery.

Betty & Henry Pitt Quality Oration

Friday, 4/1 | 11:15

Bruce L. Hall MD, PhD, MBA; USA

Perspectives on Resource Stewardship in Medicine & Surgery
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Bruce L. Hall MD, PhD, MBA

Bruce Lee Hall, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, is Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for BJC Healthcare Corporation. He is Professor of Surgery and of Healthcare Management for Washington University in Saint Louis, and is an endocrine surgeon. Bruce obtained his BA from Princeton University, his PhD and MD from Duke University, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He trained in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, remaining on Harvard Medical School’s surgical faculty. He subsequently joined the Department of Surgery and Olin Business School at Washington University in Saint Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital/ BJC Healthcare, where he has been since 2000. In 2012 Dr. Hall became Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for the BJC Healthcare system of 15 hospitals and health service organizations.


Dr. Hall’s areas of expertise include performance measurement, quality improvement, insurance theory, and alternative payment models. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters in these areas. He serves as the Consulting Director of the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), having served in this role for the program since its origination in the private sector in 2001. He has also served as an ACS liaison to the NQF, including as a measure developer, and has served the NQF itself in a number of committee roles since roughly 2001, including recently as Co-Chair for the Measure Application Partnership Coordinating Committee. He has the front-line experience of leading quality improvement across a hospital system, and has written and lectured extensively on the challenges of performance measurement and quality improvement. The topic of resource stewardship in healthcare, including pragmatic operational as well as policy issues, is a particular passion of Dr. Hall’s.

Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture

Saturday, 4/2 | 13:00

John J. Fung MD, PhD; USA

Transplant Oncology - The Past, Present and Future
John J. Fung MD, PhD

John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the UChicago Medicine Transplant Institute.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Transplantation and the Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as the former Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.  With over 30 years of involvement in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, and intestinal transplantation, he is also an accomplished immunologist. Dr. Fung received his B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, followed by a Ph.D. in Immunology in 1980 and M.D. in 1982 from the University of Chicago.  He completed his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Starzl.  Between 1987 and 1988, he served as Director of Histocompatibility Testing at the University of Rochester.  In 1989, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, and held the tenured position as the inaugural Thomas E. Starzl Professor in Surgery.  In 2004, he was recruited to Cleveland as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center and the Medical Director of Allogen Laboratory, one of the largest histocompatibility laboratories in the United States.  In 2016, Dr. Fung returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and is the inaugural Director of the UChicago Medicine Transplant Institute.Dr. Fung is a member of numerous scientific and surgical societies and served as President of the International Liver Transplantation Society from 1997-1999.  He is currently Secretary of the Transplantation Society.  He has published over 1,000 articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial board for several medical journals, including the Editor-in-Chief for Liver Transplantation.  His principal research interests are in transplantation immunology, immunosuppressive therapies, and liver related immunology. He has received funding from the NIH, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and industry.  In addition, he has received numerous prestigious lay and professional awards.  His research interests are in transplant immunology, liver immunity, immnosuppression, and outcomes analysis. 

Dr. Fung is active in community affairs and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Americans for Medical Progress and the Gift of Hope Organ Procurement Organization.  He received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He and his wife, Beth live in Chicago, IL and have four children, Justin, Lauren, Brendan and Shannon.

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