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Houston VA Doctor Named New President of the Association for Academic Surgery

March 5, 2009

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Veteran James Shafer is examined by Daniel Albo, M.D., Ph.D., chief of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology. The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center was the first VA hospital to perform laparoscopic Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation to treat a primary liver tumor.
PHOTO BY: Bobbi Gruner, Public Affairs Officer

 

HOUSTON – Daniel Albo, M.D., Ph.D., chief of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), was recently selected as the new president of the Association for Academic Surgery.  He is the first Hispanic President of the Association for Academic Surgery. The Association of Academic Surgeons is one of the most prestigious academic surgical societies in the country.

Four years ago, the Association for Academic Surgery and the Society of University Surgeons joined forces to create the Academic Surgical Congress. These two societies share a similar mission; to improve the overall quality of surgical patient care through excellence in research and education.

Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of surgical oncology by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc., Albo was elected recorder and program chair for the Association for Academic Surgery in February 2007. Under his leadership, the Academic Surgical Congress experienced unparalleled growth in the last two years and is now the premier academic surgical meeting in the country.

Albo is also an associate professor of Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and specializes in all aspects of surgical oncology, colorectal, and hepatobiliary surgery.

“Dr. Albo is committed to providing superior care to patients with surgical cancer and preparing the next generation of surgeons to meet the highest standards of excellence. This vision is based on a dedication to advance research using the evolving technology and to improve treatment outcome,” said Blase A. Carabello, M.D., F.A.C.C., MEDVAMC acting director.

Under Albo’s leadership, the MEDVAMC was among the first VA hospitals in the country to use Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation (RFA) to treat liver cancer and tumors. According to the American Cancer Society, about 14,000 cases of primary liver cancer are diagnosed each year.

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