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Martin Makary MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. Makary is The New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable and a leading voice for physicians as a writer for The Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine. He is a surgical oncologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is the creator of The Surgery Checklist described in the book The Checklist Manifesto. He led the World Health Organization workgroup to measure surgical quality worldwide. His newest book, Mama Maggie, is biography about a humanitarian Nobel Prize nominee known as the Mother Theresa of Egypt.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Makary is Chief of Islet Transplantation Surgery and serves jointly as a professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He pioneered two laparoscopic pancreas operations and received the national “Nobility in Science” award from the National Pancreas Foundation. In 2006, he was named the Mark Ravitch Endowed Chair of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Johns Hopkins, and in 2010 was appointed the Director of Surgical Quality & Safety at Johns Hopkins.

He has published over 200 scientific publications and is an advocate for greater physician input in the re-design of health care. His most recent articles have focused on the hazards of corporate medicine, the issue of appropriateness in medical care, and price transparency. Dr. Makary speaks internationally on quality and safety, and has been a visiting professor at over 20 universities. Last year, he was named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care by Health Leaders Magazine. Currently, he serves as the national director for Improving Wisely, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project to empower physicians to define and endorse quality metrics in health care.

Dr. Makary attended Bucknell University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Harvard University and completed his surgery residency at Georgetown University and fellowship in surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Benjamin Chang, MD, FACS

Dr. Chang is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He is the Program Director of the Penn Plastic Surgery Residency, and Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery. He specializes in hand surgery and the treatment of melanoma. Over the course of two decades, he has accumulated extensive experience in the treatment of both bony and soft-tissue disorders of the hand, wrist, and arm.

Dr. Chang has particular clinical expertise in microsurgery and in the management of hand injuries. He also has a special interest in the treatment of congenital hand differences and holds an appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has pioneered techniques in syndactyly repair, facial reconstruction, and hand transplantation. He is Co-Director of the Penn Hand Transplant Program and is a member of the Penn Pigmented Lesion Group, a team of specialists who focus on treatment of melanoma and other pigmented lesions. His research and publications concern melanoma, congenital hand differences, and hand trauma.

Dr. Chang was educated at Harvard University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at New York University Medical Center, where he took an additional year of training in their accredited Hand Surgery Fellowship. He is board certified in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. In addition to medical student and surgical resident teaching awards, Dr. Chang has been perennially recognized in Best Doctors in America and as a Top Doc in Philadelphia magazine.

Rosalie Elenitsas, MD

Dr. Elenitsas is Professor of Dermatology and Director of Penn Cutaneous Pathology Services, the dermatopathology laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. A practicing dermatologist and dermatopathologist, her academic interest is in melanoma and melanocytic lesions. She is Director of the Clark Lectureship in Cutaneous Oncology and Melanoma Symposium, a conference which updates physicians on current knowledge in melanoma and cutaneous neoplasia. She is a member of the Pigmented Lesion Group and Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Elenitsas is the author of over 150 publications and she has given more than 100 invited lectures including directing courses in Dermatopathology and melanoma. She is the Associate Editor of Lever’s Histopathology of the Skin as well as a co-author of the textbook Synopsis & Atlas of Lever’s Histopathology of the Skin.

Following undergraduate education at Washington and Jefferson College, she trained in Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh where she also served at the Chief Resident. Subsequently, she did a Dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has spent the last 25 years on the faculty at Penn where she is currently the Herman Beerman Professor and the Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program. She has trained more than 25 fellows in Dermatopathology as well as residents, students and international fellows.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Dermatopathology, editorial advisor for the AAD’s Dermatology World, and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

Stephen J. Kovach, III, MD

Dr. Kovach serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His practice consists of reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on microsurgical reconstruction of the extremities for oncologic, traumatic, and acquired defects. He has authored more than 100 manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and speaks at national as well as international meetings regarding reconstructive surgery. He is a member of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation team at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a key team member for the adult and pediatric hand transplants performed at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Kovach completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania followed by medical school at the George Washington University. He completed his general surgery residency as well as his basic science research fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed his plastic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC and at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, KY.

Wendy Lee, MD, MS

Dr. Lee specializes in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery with a special interest in aesthetic medicine. She treats a broad spectrum of oculoplastic disorders, including eyelid cancers, trauma, tearing disorders, eyelid malpositions, orbital tumors, and infection and inflammation of the lids and orbit.

In addition, as director of the Bascom Palmer Aesthetic Center, Dr. Lee provides a full range of cosmetic services, including blepharoptosis surgery; blepharoplasty of the upper and lower lids; brow and forehead lifts; and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements including botulinum toxin treatments, dermal fillers, and photorejuvenation. She also performs laser skin resurfacing to rejuvenate the face, neck, hands and eyelids, all performed at the institute’s aesthetic center.

Dr. Lee dedicates time to the teaching of residents, fellows, medical students and community physicians. She is director of UM Cosmetic Medicine, a multidisciplinary cosmetic group involving the departments of ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT and plastic surgery. Together with her colleagues she organizes multispecialty trainings in cosmetic injectables, topical treatments and lasers.

Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Science degree in physiology from Georgetown University. She completed both her residency and internship at Tulane University, and a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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