The advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy almost 30years ago would change forever the way surgeons visualize and interact with target anatomy Patients continue to benefit from different yet related image guided therapies that also allow access to pathology by minimally invasive means. As we continue to depend upon images to guide and inform patient interventions it is instructive to review the advances made in surgical visualization over its recent history and look forward to issues that will need to be addressed toward optimization of interventional visualization. These issues will be reviewed from the perspective of a clinician, and not a computer scientist nor physicist with attention also paid to theoften neglected topics of ergonomics and human factors considerations in surgical visualization.
Dr. Park is Chairman of the Department ofSurgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD and Professorof Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Park has made major advancements in the improvement of laparoscopic techniques for complex hernia repair, foregut and spleen surgery.
Previously Dr. Park was the Dr. Alex Gillis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Prior to this appointment, Parkserved as the Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery, the Head of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the Chair of the Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research, and Innovation (MASTRI) Center.
He is a member of the American Surgical Association, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, American College of Surgeons and the College of Surgeons of Central Eastern and Southern Africa. Havinga long held commitment to the training of surgeons in sub Saharan Africa, he is a past president of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons(PAACS).
Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the SAGES, he has also served as the Fellowship Council’s founding President and as its Board Chair. He is editor-in-chief of Surgical Innovation. The author of over 250 scholarly articles and book chapters, he is widely published in the areas of hernia, solid organ laparoscopy, foregut surgery , surgical education, the ?Operating Room of the Future? and surgical ergonomics. Dr. Park holds 20 patents and has been instrumental in the development and application of new technologies in endoscopic surgery.