Advisors

We have the expertise of leading professionals help us understand clinical needs and bring forward impactful medical devices.

Raymond J. Abdo, D.P.M.

 

Dr. Abdo is a Podiatry Specialist in Saint Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the College of Podiatric Medicine And Surgery at the University Of Osteopathic Medicine And Health Sciences in 2002. Having more than 14 years of diverse experiences, especially in podiatry, Dr. Abdo is affiliated with several hospitals, including Christian Hospital Northeast-Northwest, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Sparta Community Hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in the medical group of St. Louis Foot And Ankle LLC.


Steven Badylak DVM, Ph.D., M.D.

 

Dr. Badylak currently is a Research Professor in the Department of Surgery and director of Tissue Engineering at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Badylak holds over 40 US patents, has authored more than 130 scientific publications and 6 book chapters, and has been a member of several scientific committees. He has served as the Chair of the Purdue University Tissue Engineering Advisory Board and as chair of the Study Section for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He presently serves as a member of the Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section at NIH. Dr. Badylak either has chaired or been a member of the SAB to several major medical device companies including DePuy Inc., Cook Biotech, Genesis Orthopaedics, Sentron Medical Ventures and ACell, Inc., as well as currently serving as the senior Scientific Advisor of ACell. Dr. Badylak is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a charter member and one of three United States member governors of the Tissue Engineering Society International. He is also a member of the Society for Biomaterials and the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Society. For his contributions to his field, he has been featured in several publications and has been the recipient of multiple awards, including most recently the Sigma Xi Scientific Society 2002 Research Award.


Steven J. Binenbaum, M.D.

 

Dr. Binenbaum specializes in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. He is board certified and fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery. His areas of expertise include bariatric and gastro-esophageal reflux surgery. He also specializes in solid organ removal (kidney, adrenal, spleen and pancreas), gastric cancer resection, hernia repair and complex re-operative procedures. Dr. Binenbaum earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, W.I. He trained in general surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey where he served as Chief Surgical Resident. He earned the Dr. Cyril S. Arvanitis Award, given to the surgical resident who has epitomized the important virtues of dependability, efficiency and promptness in the conduct of his work. He completed his fellowship in minimally invasive/ laparoscopic surgery at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, New York. His professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, the Society for American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is a published author in several surgical journals and he was named in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons 2011.


Frank J. Borao, M.D.

 

Dr. Borao specializes in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. He is board certified and fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery. His areas of expertise include bariatric (weight loss) and gastro-esophageal reflux surgery. He also specializes in solid organ removal (kidney, adrenal, spleen and pancreas), cancer resection (esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum), hernia repair and complex re-operative procedures. Dr. Borao received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey followed by a general surgery residency. He then completed a fellowship at the renowned Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery – New York Medical College. In 2000, Dr. Borao became the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center. He has pioneered various surgical techniques and has published in several journals including authoring a textbook chapter on laparoscopic gastric bypass. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Borao was named in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons, the Castle Connolly Guide – America's Top Doctors, listed in New Jersey Monthly Magazine under Top Doctors, and Top Docs in the New York Metropolitan area. Dr. Borao is an assistant professor of surgery at Drexel University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.


Kevin Gillian, M.D.

Dr. Gillian completed a unique fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery after his general surgery training in 1998 at the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Institute (M.I.S.T.I.) just outside of Baltimore. Consequently, Dr. Gillian had the rare opportunity to participate in the development of many procedures, equipment and surgical materials that are in use today. He has become a common fixture on the national lecture circuit for surgeon training and at times a featured speaker on the international stage. He has facilitated the hands-on training and proctoring of surgeons in other specialties like Urology, Ob/Gyn, and Cardiothoracic surgery as well. Conference or lecture topics in the past by Dr. Gillan have included a wide variety of laparoscopic surgical subjects including: inguinal hernias, incisional hernias, sports hernias, chronic groin pain, cholecystectomy (gallbladder), solid organ surgery, adrenalectomy, splenectomy, colon resection for benign and malignant disease, hand-assisted surgery, exploration for chronic abdominal pain, hiatal hernia repair, and Nissen fundoplication for reflux. He is experienced and proficient in many areas of laparoscopic surgery, but he maintains a particularly strong focus on the evaluation and management of patients with hernia issues and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He established and directs the Heartburn Center at Virginia Hospital Center, where he facilitates the evaluation of patients with heartburn, swallowing disorders and unexplained chest pain. Dr. Gillian’s techniques and experience in laparoscopic abdominal and inguinal hernia repair are well known in the surgical community and it is not unusual to have visiting surgeons in his operating room to learn his techniques many times a year.


Paul M. Glat, M.D.

After graduating cum laude from Princeton University in 1984, Dr. Glat attended medical school at New York University (NYU) where he served as class president and went on to complete extensive post-graduate training in general surgery. Dr. Glat then received advanced training at NYU’s Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, considered to be one of the finest organizations of its kind in the world. Part of this training took place at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, which provided him additional opportunities to learn from and work with some of the foremost leaders in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Glat then expanded his focus and expertise to include reconstructive surgery for children. Upon completing a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the staff at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and began leading the Division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Glat has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery and the Director of the Burn Unit at St. Christopher’s Hospital since 1998, where he has taken care of over 3,000 burned children. He has become an internationally renowned burn and wound care expert, having done extensive clinical research and published many papers on burns and burn care, and is sought after as a speaker on many topics. Dr. Glat’s experience led to him being asked to take over and coordinate the John A Boswick Burn and Wound Care Symposium every February in Maui, Hawaii. He is a Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine where he teaches residents and medical students, and his writings and research have appeared in several major plastic surgery textbooks and over 50 plastic surgery publications. Dr. Glat also has been featured on ABC and NBC News.


Brian Parkes, M.D.

Dr. Parkes specializes in a broad range of general and thoracic surgery.  Primary interests include Breast, Colon Cancer, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal, and Thoracic.  He is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in trauma surgery and critical care. Dr. Parkes has a career-long interest in complex wound management and is currently the Medical Director of the Scotland Wound Healing Center, utilizing advanced wound care strategies and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He has presented multiple case studies on the use of MIRODERM in treating catastrophic wounds caused by pelvic necrotizing fasciitis, most recently at SAWC Atlanta 2016 and the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWH) in Chicago 2016. Dr. Parkes completed his medical school training at UC Irvine School of Medicine, completed a residency in General Surgery at Providence Hospital Detroit, Michigan, and then a Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the American College of Surgery and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is a published author in multiple surgical journals.


Michael J. Rosen, M.D.

Dr. Rosen is Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Hernia Center, the first comprehensive center of its type in Northeast Ohio and only one of a handful of such centers across the country.  He additionally is medical director of the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC), which brings surgeons from across the United States together to collaborate, share data, and improve the value in hernia care delivered to patients. Formed in 2013 by hernia surgeons in private practice and academic settings, the AHSQC utilizes concepts of continuous quality improvement to improve outcomes and optimize costs. Dr. Rosen formerly was Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, Director of Case Comprehensive Hernia Center, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He has special interest in the areas of gastrointestinal surgery, hernia repair, and minimally invasive surgery and is author of the Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.  Dr. Rosen holds his MD from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, was a clinical fellow in minimally invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, a research fellow in minimally invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and has served on the board of the American Hernia Society.


J. Scott Roth, M.D., FACS

Dr. Roth is Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia after which he then received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his surgical training in both Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 2008 from the University of Maryland where he held the roles of Hernia Center Director, Surgical Residency Program Director, and Chief of Surgical Endoscopy.  His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery with a focus in the areas of hernias (hiatal, inguinal, and ventral), gastroesophageal reflux, achalasia, gastrointestinal surgery, and surgery of the spleen and pancreas. His research has been focused in the area of abdominal wall hernias and tissue engineering for hernia repair.


Christopher C. Smith, M.D.

 Dr. Smith is a board certified general surgeon who has practiced in Albany, Georgia since 1983. A native of Tifton, Georgia, Dr. Smith earned a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia, and then earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Smith is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Georgia Society of General Surgeons (founding member and president), Georgia Surgical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, American College of Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Dougherty County Medical Society. He has full privileges at both Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Palmyra Medical Center, and has held various medical staff appointments including Chief of Staff. Dr. Smith maintains a full practice in all aspects of general surgery, including gastrointestinal surgery, surgery of the skin and soft tissues, vein treatment, endocrine and thyroid surgery, breast surgery, cancer surgery, and anti-reflux surgery for treatment of severe GERD.