Event Overview

Please join us in a very special session, featuring Camilo Ricordi, MD as our honored Mason Lecturer and ASMBS President Dr. Raul Rosenthal. ASMBS will have an opportunity to formally welcome our upcoming president, Stacy Brethauer, MD, FASMBS. The Presidential Address is a chance to honor the work done by ASMBS over the past year and outline a vision for moving forward.

2016 Mason Lecture
Camillo Ricordi, MD

The perfect nutritional storm and its effect on obesity, chronic degenerative diseases and longevity

Camillo Ricordi, M.D. is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami (UM), Florida, where he serves as Director of the Diabetes Research Institute DRI and the Cell Transplant Program. Dr. Ricordi also served as Responsible Head of the Human Cell Processing Facility (1993-2014), an NIH funded cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility that has been providing Human Cell Products for research and clinical applications at UM, in Florida and worldwide since 1993. Dr. Ricordi has also served as Co-Director of the Executive Office of Research Leadership (2001-2003) as Senior Associate Dean for Research (2003-2006) and chaired the Dean’s Research Cabinet (2006-2012) at the UM Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Ricordi is currently serving on the editorial boards of CellR4 Editor-in-Chief and Cell Transplantation (Co-Editor-in-Chief). He has served also on the boards of the American Journal of Transplantation (Associate Editor), Transplantation, Transplantation Proceedings, Tissue Engineering, and Graft (Editor-in-Chief, 1998-2002). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of ISMETT Mediterranean Institute of Transplantation and Advanced Therapies, and in 2013 was appointed President of Fondazione Ri.MED, by the Italian Prime Minister.

Dr. Ricordi serves as founding president of the Fondazione Cure Alliance ONLUS and of The Cure Alliance and Chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Federation, coordinating and promoting cure focused research at over 24 leading institutions worldwide, while further developing Telescience platform technologies to eliminate geographic barriers to scientific collaboration. These initiatives now allow scientists and project teams from around the world to synergize efforts and work together like if they are in the same physical space.

Dr. Ricordi has authored over 700 scientific publications, and as an inventor, he has been awarded 23 patents.

Presidential Address
Raul Rosenthal, MD, FASMBS

Third Time’s a Charm

Dr. Rosenthal completed his medical school and surgical residency in Rosario Argentina. In 1982 he emigrated to Germany he repeated residency and became attending surgeon at the Northwest Hospital. In 1993 Dr. Rosenthal emigrated to the USA. Three years of fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA were followed by another residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NY. Since 1999 he is Chief of MIS and Bariatric Surgery and director of Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of General Surgery and director of the General surgery Residency Program. Dr. Rosenthal served on the Clinical Issues, Emerging Technologies, Institutional Relationships, and Education Committees of ASMBS. He is the former and founding chair of the International Development Committee, he currently serves as Liaisons to the Council for the State Chapters and is an active member of the International, Surgical Education, Training, and Patient Safety Committee’s. He serves as ASMBS representative to IFSO and represented ASMBS on the Certified Obesity Medical Physician Taskforce. He is founding Clinical Editor of Bariatric Times, Associate Editor of SOARD and Obesity Surgery. He is Editorial Board member of Annals of Surgery, Selected Readings in General Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy. He is the current President of the Fellowship Council, ASMBS and the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is Governor at the American College of Surgeons. He is the President of the ASMBS Foundation. Dr. R. conducted well over 10,000 general surgery and bariatric procedures and trained over 50 fellows in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

He is author or co-author in over 400 abstracts and peer reviewed publications, more than 50 book chapters and over 100 educational videos. He is the Co Editor of the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Book ( in print), Globesity (in print), Netter’s Gastroenterology, The Pathophysiology of Pneumoperitoneum, Operative Strategies in Laparoscopic Surgery, and Weight Loss Surgery.