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Carlos A Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon.)

The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Washington

Carlos A. Pellegrini received his M.D. in 1971 from the University of Rosario Medical School in Argentina.  After training in general surgery in Argentina, he completed a second residency at the University of Chicago.  In 1979 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California San Francisco where he developed and directed a Center for GI motility.  An active gastrointestinal surgeon at UCSF he was recognized on several occasions by residents and students for his teaching.  In 1993 he became Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.  In 1996, in recognition for his role in the strengthening of all clinical, teaching, and research programs of the Department he became the first holder of the Henry N. Harkins Endowed Chair, honoring the first Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington.  Dr. Pellegrini is a world leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery and a pioneer in the development of videoendoscopy for the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal motility disorders, particularly achalasia.  At the University of Washington he developed the Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery, the Swallowing Center and the Institute for Surgical and Interventional Simulation (ISIS).  In the area of medical education he has been a major contributor to the fundamental reform of residency work hours.  Currently, he is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons, a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and Chair of the Digestive Disease Week Council and a past-president of the American Surgical Association.  He has recently been named as Vice-President of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO) and President of the OESO 9th World Congress which will be held in Monaco in 2008.  Dr. Pellegrini serves on several editorial boards, and publishes regularly in the field of minimally invasive surgery for upper gastrointestinal diseases, esophageal cancer, and related areas, as well as the field of training and new technologies for preparing surgeons in this field.  His bibliography lists more than 300 articles, chapters, editorials, and books, as well as 11 surgical videos and movies.

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