The Master Educator Award recognizes an ASMBS member who has demonstrated excellence as a master educator and mentor in the field of Bariatric Surgery. In addition to recognized skills as an excellent educator, recipients of this award will have made significant contributions (one or several) in: educational leadership, curriculum development, education research, and participation in national educational meetings, educational publications in peer review journals, creation of innovative teaching programs and the development of CME programs, educational software, or videotapes.
- Award nominees must be members of the ASMBS.
- Nominations will only be accepted from members of the ASMBS
- Self-nominations are welcome
- Members of the ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors are not eligible (see list of Board members)
- Previous award recipients are not eligible
The ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors and the presenting sponsor will evaluate the award submissions and identify an award recipient. The Board of Director’s decision is final. The Board of Directors will not consider incomplete nominations. No information about the outcome of Board of Director’s decisions can be provided prior to the official announcement of the award recipients. Application-specific feedback will not be provided.
2017 Award Recipient
Natan Zundel, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami Beach, FL
Dr. Zundel is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at FIU, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Florida. . Additionally, Dr. Zundel functions as a consultant for the Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery of Fundacion program in Santa Fe de Bogota . Dr. Zundel has extensive experience with Minimally Invasive and bariatric surgical procedures.
He is an active member of the following societies, serving on various committees and executive boards: ACS, ASMBS, SAGES, IFSO, IFSES, FELAC, ABE, ASGE,ALACE of which he was also a former President.
Amazingly, Dr. Zundel has served as a Founder, Active or/and Honorary member of Surgical, Laparoscopic and/or Bariatric Societies in 41 Countries around the world.
In addition to being a world class educator in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, Dr. Zundel has also been a leader. He was the President of several international surgical societies and meetings including the World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (2012), International Federation for Obesity Surgery(IFSO) (2015-2016), the Latin-American chapter of IFSO (2013-2015), and the VI IFSO LAC Congress in Los Cabos, Mexico, (July 8-11,2015). He currently serves as the Secretary/ Treasurer for the ACS South Florida Chapter. He will start his period as ACS SF Chapter Governor in October 2017. Dr Zundel was elected Executive Director of FELAC on March 2017, a Federation that comprises around Thirty Thousand-General Surgeons from Latin America for the next 4 years.
Dr. Zundel has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, books chapters, and other educational platforms. He is Editor of or Co-Editor of 6 Books. He currently serves on several editorial boards including: Bariatric Times, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), Obesity Surgery, Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, Percutaneous Techniques, Surgical Endoscopy, Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care in the US, along with 6 other international publications. He is an Ad-hoc reviewer for JACS, World Journal of Surgery, and Annals of Surgery.
Dr Zundel has lectured extensively all over the world on Minimally Invasive and Bariatric topics. He also trained and proctored hundreds of surgeons, fellows and surgical residents on Bariatric and Minimally invasive procedures. He has also been very active in developing, real and simulation training programs, like the LAP Project. Dr Zundel or his research has received more than 19 awards both nationally and internationally. He also received the SAGES International Ambassador Award in 2015.
Dr. Zundel was awarded the academic rank of Professor of Surgery at various universities in 4 different Countries. He holds active Medical Licenses in Colombia and the United States (Florida, New York and Pennsylvania ).
Natan Zundel lives in South Florida, has 3 children. His favorite hobbies include reading, theater, music and sports.
Previous Award Recipients
Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Irvine Medical Center, University of California
Awarded November 2016
Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program
Dr. Nguyen received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida. He then completed a fellowship in surgical oncology and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery, both at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Nguyen’s areas of interest include minimally invasive gastroesophageal and bariatric surgery. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Pacific Coast Surgical association, and the American Surgical Association. In 2002, Dr. Nguyen received the Golden Scope Young Researcher Award from SAGES in 2002, in recognition of significant contribution to research in laparoscopic surgery.
Dr Nguyen is the past President for the ASMBS and the North American Chapter of the International federation for Surgery of Obesity. He currently serves as the ASMBS representative on the Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council of the American Board of Surgery. He is on the editorial board for Journal American College of Surgeons, Surgical Endoscopy, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease, and Annals of Surgery. He has been the principal investigator on numerous research grants and has published more than 275 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Bruce Schirmer, MD, FACS
University of Virginia Health System
Awarded November 2015
Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
John Dixon, MD, PhD
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Awarded November 2014