Secretary-Treasurer Nominee (3-year progressive term)
Robert K. Zurawin, MD
Dr. Robert K. Zurawin is an Associate Professor in the division of Gynecology. He received his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency at Baylor in 1982. Dr. Zurawin is Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He created the fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and the fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Baylor. Dr. Zurawin specializes in minimally invasive surgery with particular interest in uterine fibroids, endometriosis and alternative procedures to hysterectomy as well as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and is a recognized expert in robotic surgery.Dr. Zurawin is a member of many professional and scientific societies and has numerous committee appointments, both with national organizations and also at the hospitals at which he practices. Dr. Zurawin serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He is involved nationally and internationally in the training of advanced endoscopic surgery to residents and practicing surgeons. He has held the position of Chief of the Gynecology Service at Texas Children's Hospital and is past-president of the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.
Trustee Nominees (1-year term)
Mona Orady, MD
Dr. Mona Orady is currently a Director of Robotic Surgery Education at the Cleveland Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology & Women’s Health Institute. She previously spent three years as a Senior Staff Physician in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She is a member of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Robotic Surgery and was faculty for the AAGL accredited Minimally Invasive Gynecology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. After completing a B.Sc. from McMaster University and an M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, she completed her residency in OB/GYN at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Board Certified from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2007, she is a current a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was trained in Robotic Surgery in 2009 completing almost 100 complex cases to date. Her research focus is benign hysterectomy and robotic surgery applications.
Trustee Nominees (2-year term)
Mehran Anvari, MB BS, PhD
Dr. Mehran Anvari is a tenured professor of surgery at McMaster University, specializing in minimal access techniques, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. Anvari was one of the first surgeons in Canada to use robotics in surgery, establishing the world’s first telerobotic surgical service.
Dr. Anvari holds several clinical and administrative appointments. He is the past president and founding member of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association, the scientific director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation, and the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery. Dr. Anvari is the clinical lead and chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network and the Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster.As a researcher, supervisor, mentor and advisor, Dr. Anvari has a continued commitment to teaching, education, publication and innovation. Dr. Anvari is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, and the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education. He has authored over 150 publications; holds seven patents; and is the principle investigator of numerous studies related to obesity, gastrointestinal disease, and surgical robotic systems and techniques. He has been honored many times for his innovation and research: chosen as the McMaster Innovator of the Year in 2009, and awarded the ORION Leadership Award in 2010. Dr. Anvari’s work with telerobotics has also been recognized by the federal and provincial government with the “Gold Medal of Distinction” and the “Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology”.
Keith Isaacson, MD
Keith Isaacson was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University with honors in biology in 1979 and attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Isaacson finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. He then finished a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and general Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Isaacson was the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991 until 2001. In the fall of 2001, he left to open a center for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and infertility at Newton Wellesley Hospital. He is currently director of the residency and fellowship for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Farr Nezhat, MD
Dr. Farr Nezhat is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. He is currently the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic and Robotic Surgery and Fellowship at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Winthrop University Hospital, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at State University of New York, College of Medicine in New York. He is a past president of the Society of Laparoendsocopic Surgeons and the pioneering leader in applying minimal access surgery to malignant and benign pelvic gynecologic pathologies, such as laparoscopic and robotic-assisted radical hysterectomy, removal of ovarian cysts and tumors, tumor debulking, and treatment of severe pelvic endometriosis. He is nationally and internationally known for his research, teaching, and clinical contributions to the field of gynecological oncology and pelvic surgery.In addition to co-authoring over 200 book chapters and scientific articles, Dr. Nezhat co-authored four textbooks that detail his surgical technique, and has received numerous awards from the most significant and leading medical societies. He is a member of several distinguished medical societies, serves as an advisor and reviewer to a number of scientific medical journals, and is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and the Journal of Gynecological Surgery. Dr. Nezhat has been listed in the New York Super Doctors in New York Times Magazine and has been consecutively elected to the Best Doctors in America since 2003. Dr. Nezhat travels worldwide sharing the knowledge of his techniques and participates in a multitude of events and seminars.