SUNY Alumni Reception

For those attending the American College of Surgeons in San Francisco, the SUNY Alumni Reception will be on:

Monday October 28th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Rooms 5 & 6

333 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

ACS Abstracts Due 11/15

The WNY American College of Surgeons if looking for abstracts to be presented at December Grand Rounds. This competition is open to residents and fellows in all surgical specialties.

There are three categories to be awarded first and second place prizes.

  1. Clincal
  2. Basic Science
  3. Quality Improvement / Medical Education

First place is awarded $200 and second place is awarded $100. The winners will present their papers at the Grand Rounds meeting on December 19, 2019.

Abstracts should be unpublished and a maximum of one page. Abstracts can have been presented before.

Please submit abstracts to by November 15, 2019.

The 2nd Annual Taheri Memorial Lectureship

Thank you Dr. Steven Elias for speaking at the 2nd Annual Syde A. Taheri Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Steven Elias with the Division of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Steven Elias with the Division of Vascular Surgery

Syde A. Taheri

January 23, 1927 – July 5, 2017

Dr. Taheri is known nationally and internationally for his multiple inventions. He is one of the co-inventors of the Talent endovascular aoritc stent grafts, primarily now used in its Thoracic role, as well as significant contributions of venous valve surgery and disease.

Dr. Syde Taheri was born in the desert city of Yadz, Iran. He began his training in Tehran, receiving his MD from the University of Tehran in 1951. He then moved to the United States where he completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston Texas, under the aegis of Dr. Michael Debakey. He then completed a fellowship in surgical research at the University at Buffalo, prior to embarking on a career in private practice in 1961. He began his practice primarily out of the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.

He received over 70 patents throughout his career. He had a vision of minimally invasive surgery for aortic disease, and patented his concept in 1987 for implanting a tubular graft through a blood vessel. The first clinical research on this concept was done at UB in 1991 and the first human implant was in Australia in 1995. Clinically, he was known for his rapid handling of ruptured aneurysms, and the phrase “big bites.”

He received numerous honors including from the International Symposium of Endovascular Treatment of Aortic Diseases for invention of Talent thoracic stent graft which he co-invented with Howard Leonhardt at SVS of South America in Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2005, the Award for Achievement in Health Care from D’Youville College, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He also founded a local medical journal, Tracks, which he edited for 10 years, and served as an Associated Editor for the International Journal of Angiology. He was the President of the Western New York Vascular Society. He authored over 60 manuscripts in peer reviews journals.

He was an “out of the box” thinker, coming up with many concepts in and out of medicine. His research primarily focused on venous valvular disease and aortic aneurysms in the medical fields. His thinking, however, was not limited to medicine. He envisioned injecting French fries with other vegetables to make them healthier, and patented that concept in 2000. Thinkers as brilliant and unique as Taheri are few and far between, he will be greatly missed.

Steven Elias

Steven Elias, MD, FACS is Director of the Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. He is the Founder of the American Venous Forum Fellows Course in Vein Disease which educates graduating physicians about the management of vein disease.

His clinical interests include all aspects of minimally invasive vein care, both procedure development and teaching. Venous education of new and current practitioners has been the cornerstone of his commitment to modern vein care and its impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Elias has lectured, written and taught about vein disease both nationally and internationally. He is also the Founder and Course Director of the annual Expert Venous Management Summit. He is the Medical Director of VEIN Magazine and the Medical Editor of the American Venous Forum’s Newsletter, Vein Specialist. He has been Principle Investigator/Investigator in multiple clinical trials and performed the first in man ClariVein procedure.

Societal memberships include:

  • American Venous Forum and Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • American Vein and Lymphatic Society
  • American College of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

He has been the Director of Mount Sinai Vein Center and Columbia University Vascular Vein Programs. Dr. Elias is a fellowship trained vascular surgeon, board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and general surgery.

First Annual Heart of Gold Gala

First Annual Heart of Gold Gala

UB Department of Surgery and UB Association of Women Surgeons First Annual Heart of Gold is November 7th, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the Marquis de Lafayette Ballroom at The Hotel at the Lafayette, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. Come Enjoy a night with dances performances by premier dance arts music keynote speakers silent auction open bar hors d'oeurvres. Black tie affair. Donate or get ticket at

The UB Association of Women Surgeons and The UB Department of Surgery will be hosting our First Annual Heart of Gold Gala. As part of an initiative to give back to the community we serve we have organized this annual event to raise funds for local charities. This year all proceeds will benefit The Haven House of Buffalo. This is a wonderful local organization that helps victims of domestic violence with leaving their situation, creating a new life, and the healing process. They provide plans, counseling, therapy, and temporary housing for victims and their families. This group helps so many men, women, and children in Buffalo every year. They really are a great example of an organization that helps to better this city and strengthen the community. We pride ourselves on being the City of Good Neighbors, and they truly embody that motto.

Fundraising will take part online over the next six weeks and will culminate in a black tie affair at the lovely Lafayette Hotel. This evening will include socializing with a diverse group of Buffalo professionals, food, open bar, live music, and dance performances. As part of the event we will also be hosting a silent auction.

Tickets and the opportunity to donate available here.

Karole Collier Awarded Travel Grant to attend the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Conference in 2020

Karole Collier giving main podium presentation at the Society of Black Academic Surgeons 2019

MD candidate, Karole Collier gave the main podium presentation, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Outcomes after Esophagectomy are Eliminated with Treatment at a High-Volume Center,” at the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Conference in April of 2019. In response to her presentation, SBAS honored Collier with a Cook Medical Travel Grant to attend the conference in 2020.

Welcome Dr. Deborah Kuhls for a discussion on her experiences involving the mass shooting on 10/1/2017 in Las Vegas

Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Professor of Surgery and Cheif of the Section of Critical Care at the University of Nevada
Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Professor of Surgery and Cheif of the Section of Critical Care at the University of Nevada


Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a professor of trauma and critical care in the UNLV School of Medicine, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and critical care. She is program director of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program and medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She was on duty at UMC on the night of October 1, 2017, when Las Vegas had the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Dr. Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, UNLV School of Medicine’s representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and is treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.


Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, M&T Auditorium, room #2120B


Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

8:30a – 9:30a: “One October Mass Shooting: Lessons Learned to Inform Readiness”

9:30a-10:30a: “Firearm Injuries in the U.S.: What Each of Us Can Do To Decrease Injury and Death”

Thank You Dr. Daniel Deziel!

Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg with Dr. Daniel Deziel
Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg (left) with Dr. Daniel Deziel (right) at Grand Rounds

Dr. Deziel is a professor and Helen Keith Chari Emeritus at Rush University’s Department of Surgery. The UB Department of Surgery would like to recognize and thank Dr. Daniel Deziel for his amazing presentation at this week’s grand rounds on “Gallbladders of Buffalo: The Prim, The Perverse, The Impossible.”