Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS

Department of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Surgery and Bioinformatics. Dr. Schwaitzberg also serves as the Medical Director, Surgical Program Development, at Great Lakes Health.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schwaitzberg received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and a MA (hon) from Harvard in 2014.  He completed his surgical residency (1981-86) at the Baylor Affiliated Hospitals, a fellowship in infectious disease (1980-81) at the Methodist Hospital and in pediatric trauma (1986-87) at the Pediatric Trauma Institute, Floating Hospital for Children.  

He previously served as the Chief of Surgery at the Cambridge Health Alliance where he was Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He served (1990-91) with the 365th Evacuation Hospital, US Military Medical Complex in Seeb, Oman. He has held numerous leadership roles at the New England Medical Center including Chairman of the Institutional Review Board, Medical Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Director of Surgical Research.

Dr. Schwaitzberg is an internationally recognized physician-investigator. Dr. Schwaitzberg has focused his research in five areas: (1) device development; (2) prevention of intra-abdominal adhesions; (3) skill acquisition in minimally invasive surgery; (4) clinical evaluation of antibiotics; and (5) clinical outcomes.  His seminal research on the effects of microwaves in blood warming led to practical device application and federal approval. He translated his basic laboratory work with an anti-adhesion device to the pivotal clinical trial supporting its use in patients. He has made important contributions in both the preclinical and clinical areas in the development of surgical robots. His numerous research projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and industry. He is currently the Principle Investigator on two grants looking at outcomes in biliary tract surgery and a national prospective clinical trial of “natural orifice” versus conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Dr. Schwaitzberg has authored/co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, editorials, and clinical reviews. He holds three US patents.

Dr. Schwaitzberg has won numerous awards including the American College of Surgeons 2010 Health Policy Scholar award, Computerworld/National Smithsonian Honors 21st Century Laureate Achievement award (2003), and many awards for teaching excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and currently serves as Chairman of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Committee.

Terms of Appointment: Dec 2016 - Nov 2018; Jun 2019 - May 2021