Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS, FRCS (Hon.)
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS has chaired the Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery since 2005. She holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair and is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Texas A & M Health Sciences University, and Full Member of the Houston Methodist Research Institution.
An international leader in surgery, over the course of her career, Dr. Bass has served as a principal in the development of national surgical quality and accreditation programs, formative surgical education and training initiatives, and review and planning committees for research investments by national funding agencies. Dr. Bass’ contributions to the surgical profession are noted by service as past Chair of the American Board of Surgery, past President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of Surgical Chairs, past Regent and Governor of the American College of Surgeons and her current position as President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons. She has received many honors but is particularly gratified to have received the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons in recognition of her efforts to advance the careers of women in surgery, by the teaching awards she has received from her residents and medical students, and by the US Army Commendation medal she received for her work at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps.
Exemplifying her passion to transform education, Dr. Bass is the founder and executive director of the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), a unique 35,000 sq. ft. simulation, education and research facility committed to lifelong training and retooling of surgeons in practice. Since 2007, MITIE has hosted hands on courses for over 41,000 surgeons and health care providers. Coupled to research in surgical technologies and innovative educational platforms, MITIE is a unique education and research institution. Over 30 continuous years, Dr. Bass’ research program has been funded by agencies including the NIH, NSF, the VA, and industry. She has published over 170 peer reviewed manuscripts, monographs, and chapters and served as co-editor of 3 books and holds two patents for surgical technology devices. She has served on the editorial boards or as associate editor for leading surgical scholarly journals including the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, World Journal of Surgery and others. A general surgeon, Dr. Bass’ current practice is in endocrine and breast surgery.
Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH
Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine
Founder and President, JOOL Health, Inc.
Vic Strecher is a behavioral scientist, professor, and Director of Innovation at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. In 1995, Vic founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research. In 1998, he founded HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2008. In 2015 he founded JOOL Health, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of health and well-being, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics. His most recent book is Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).
Mary T. Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Mary T. Hawn is the Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University.
Dr. Hawn, a native of Michigan, received her education and general surgical training at the University of Michigan. She completed her minimally invasive surgical fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her clinical area of specialty is minimally invasive foregut surgery. Dr. Hawn is a funded health services researcher and her projects focus on quality measurement and policy in surgical populations.
She is a Director for the American Board of Surgery and serves on the editorial board of Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the American Journal of Surgery. Dr. Hawn has several additional leadership roles in American Surgery including Chair of the American College of Surgeons Scientific Forum Committee and as Treasurer and a Trustee for the Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract. She is the co-Editor of the surgical textbook Operative Techniques in Surgery.