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Marja Boermeester

Marja A. Boermeester
Professor of Surgery, Clinical epidemiologist
Academic Medical Center Amsterdam
Dept of Surgery (G4-132.1); secretary Ingrid Smet +31.20.5662766
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Project leader abdominal infections (peritonitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis, reoperative abdominal surgery, intestinal failure surgery, complex abdomen and abdominal wall)
Current trials surgical abdominal infection: OPTIMAP, DIABOLO, CARE, ESCAPE, ERIS, SEPAR, SECURE, LIFE, CLOSE-UP

Project leader surgical patient safety
Current trials patient safety: SURPASS-2, SUREPILL

Writing committee
Trials acute pancreatitis: PROPATRIA (Lancet), PANTER (NEJM), PENQUIN (Lancet), PYTHON (NEJM)
Trials chronic pancreatitis: CEPAN (NEJM, Gastroenterology)

Marja Boermeester is professor of surgery and clinical epidemiologist at the Academic medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, and principal investigator of many multicentre trials on diagnostics and treatment of abdominal infections (e.g. RELAP, OPTIMA, ESCAPE, OPTIMAP, DIABOLO). She received many grants (e.g. 10 national Health Care & Efficacy Research Grants) and trials were published in international high-ranked publications (NEJM, JAMA, Radiology, BMJ).
Her core business in GI / HPB surgery is surgery of abdominal infections (peritonitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis), surgery of intestinal failure such as enterocutaneous fistula or short bowel, late-phase abdominal reconstruction after peritonitis, abdominal catastrophes. She runs a successful Intestinal Failure Team, with referrals from all over the country.
She has fifteen PhD fellows and two research nurses under her supervision. She is member of the Academic Medical Center Research Council and Principal Investigator at the AMC, member of the writing committee of the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group (DPSG), Principal Investigator of the DPSG section Chronic Pancreatitis, and member of several guideline committees (Antibiotics in Sepsis, Acute Diverticulitis, Peri-operative Patient Safety, and Diagnostics of Acute Abdominal Pain).
Also national coordinator Pancreas Pearl at the String of Pearls Initiative (PSI); Councilor-at-large of the Surgical Infection Society Europe (SIS-E); member of the WHO Steering Committee on Global Guidelines for Surgical Site Infections.
She has founded the SURgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist, results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010. Hospitals in Swiss, Norway, and Sweden start with SURPASS.

Specialties: Surgery of abdominal infections, Intestinal failure surgery, Acute and chronic pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal surgery, Peritonitis, Sepsis, Patient Safety, Checklists.

Claudia Olvera

Claudia Olvera graduated from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and works as a consultant and attending physician in the ICU of the American British Cowdray Medical Center in Mexico City. She made her postgrade studies in mechanical ventilation and long-term mechanical ventilation in London, UK and Rochester, Minnesota.  She is professor of medicine in Universidad Anahuac and Universidad Panamericana, both in Mexico City. Her research and publications have been focused on intra-abdominal hypertension and mechanical ventilation. She is WSACS founder member and ambassador for Mexico as well. She has presented conferences about intra-abdominal hypertension all around Mexico and Latin America and has published 21 scientific papers.

Marc Miserez

Marc Miserez is Professor of Surgery and Head of Clinic in the Department of Abdominal Surgery at the University Hospitals of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is co-director of the laparoscopic training-center at the same university. He has a specific interest in abdominal wall surgery, pediatric abdominal surgery, and training in laparoscopic surgery. He is Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow), honorary member of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society, Board Member of the European Hernia Society, Fouding President and current Board Member of the Belgian Section for Abdominal Wall Surgery, section of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery. Since this year he is President of the Belgian Association for Pediatric Surgery BELAPS. Since august 2011 he is European Editor-in-Chief of Hernia, the World Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery.

Martin Björck

Working as a professor in vascular surgery in Uppsala, the oldest University of Scandinavia, founded in 1477, and with the only chair of Vascular Surgery in Sweden.

Research focusing on problems associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm, intestinal ischaemia, carotid artery surgery and vascular trauma. The tutor of 20 PhD students.
Member of several Editorial Boards: Co-editor of EurJ Vasc Endovasc Surg. Research-grants from the Swedish Research Council, among others. Publications: >150 original articles, >90 book-chapters and review-articles.

A main research interests is on the ACS and treatment with OA, and a member of the Executive Committee of the WSACS.

Aude Vanlander

Dr. Aude Vanlander obtained her medical degree at the Ghent University in 2003 after which she received her surgical training at the University Hospital in Ghent. She started as a fellow in the department of General and Hepato-biliary and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital Ghent in 2011, after which she became a consultant at this department in 2013. Now, she is preparing her PhD.
Clinically she has special interest in topics concerning pancreas surgery, abdominal wall surgery and open abdomen. During the last years she has already presented in several national and international meetings. She is currently involved in multipel clinical studies concerning liver transplantation and abdominal wall surgery.

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