Antonio M. Lacy, MD, PhD, FASCRS (Hon) (Gastrointestinal Surgery)

Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Hospital Clínic, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Professor Antonio M. Lacy is the Head of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Department and Co-Coordinator of the Unit of Colorectal Cancer at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona. He is a Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine of the University of Barcelona and the Founder of AIS Channel (www.aischannel.com), a new approach to the communication of advances in cutting-edge surgical expertise, provided by renowned surgeons.

Professor Lacy and his team are global pioneers in the use of innovative minimal invasive technology in gastrointestinal cancer and metabolic syndrome and morbid obesity. He published in 2002 the first randomized study to prove the safety and feasibility of the laparoscopic approach vs the open approach for the treatment of digestive cancer, with excellent oncologic results. Professor Lacy’s team were also the first to perform a Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) by Transanal Approach on a patient in 2009, and have since improved the technique by using 3D imaging. Professor Richard J. Heald, the creator of the TME, the gold standard treatment in rectal cancer, supports this new approach as providing better oncologic outcomes than the conventional approach. 

His main areas of interest are currently Transanal ColoRectal Endoscopic Surgery (TACRES) (taTME, Transanal Proctectomy in IBD & Transanal Approach in Hartmann’s Reversal) and the robotic approach to colorectal and esophageal pathologies.

Professor Lacy participates in several international working groups, such as the international registry of transanal TME (led by Dr. Roel Hompes) and the COLOR III study, a multicenter randomized study comparing transanal TME vs laparoscopic TME. He is also member of international multidisciplinary working groups for bariatric surgery, type 2 diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome.

Professor Lacy is the founder of AIS Channel, a new way to understand and democratize surgical training, which makes it possible to access all kinds of knowledge related to the latest medical surgery, with the best professionals, live and free, from anywhere in the world. 

Professor Lacy and his team’s clinical and research work has resulted in more than 175 publications, with an accumulated impact factor of 834,681 and a Hirsch Index of 41. He has also participated in surgical reference book chapters and has been invited to deliver more than 400 lectures in congresses all over the world. 

Professor Lacy is member of and has been actively involved in international societies such as SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), ASCRS (American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons), EAES (European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons) where he was President from 2007 to 2009, and ESA (European Surgical Association). He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Association of Colorectal Surgeons (ASCRS) in 2013 and he has been awarded the SAGES International Ambassador Award in 2017.