Thank you Dr. Nathaniel Soper

Dr. Nathaniel Soper with Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg at grand rounds on 11/7/2019
Dr. Nathaniel Soper (Right) with Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg (Left) at grand rounds

Dr. Nathaniel Soper is a Professor of Surgery at Loyola and Edith Davis in Chicago, Illinois. Many thanks go out to Dr. Soper for his presentation, Engendering Operative Autonomy in Surgical Trainees, at grand rounds on 11/7/19.

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.

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.”

Thank You Dr. Nancy Perrier!

The UB Department of Surgery would like to give special thanks to Dr. Nancy Perrier for coming to Buffalo last week to present at our annual Winfield Butsch Lecture.

Nancy Perrier, MD, FACS is a Surgical Oncologist and tenured and endowed Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX. She completed her surgical training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and fellowship training in both Endocrine Surgical Oncology and Outcomes Based Research in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a National Institute of Health funded T32 research fellow. She is a graduate of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, with a certificate in Health Care Management as well as the Harvard Business School – Value Measurement for Health Care Executive Education program. Dr. Perrier has had a career interest in endocrine neoplasms. Her scholarly works, of more than 340 publications and 42 book chapters, range from safe implementation of new medical technology to value based cost of care. She currently serves as a Director on the American Board of Surgery which provides oversight of more than 30,000 surgeons with regard to training, certification and professionalism policies governing surgery in the United States. Regarded as an expert, Dr. Perrier serves in multiple capacities at MD Anderson including Director of Value for the Division of Surgery, Section Chief and medical director. Nationally, her influence extends across multiple societies and organizations including senior authorship of guidelines for care and lead editing of the American Joint Commission on Cancer 8th Edition Manual for staging of cancers. She is highly regarded for her clinical excellence, integrity, initiative, effectiveness and as a consummate leader for her peers.

First Annual Heart of Gold Gala

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. We are asking donors to contribute either a luxury item that can be auctioned on the evening of the Gala or alcoholic beverages to enhance the merriment of the evening. We will happily accept fiscal donations in lieu of an auction item. All donors will be recognized for their contributions. All charitable donations are tax deductible. Above all we would love to see you and your friends at the event! ​

Tickets and the opportunity to donate will be available online this Friday!