International Advisory Board
The International Advisory Board is a group of key opinion leaders around the world who are on hand to offer advice about their market and feedback on our products.
Every market has different clinical needs and surgical preferences and, as an export focused company, access to the International Advisory Board ensures that we can fully immerse ourselves within each country’s culture. The aim of the International Advisory Board is to liaise with our design team and consult with global sales and marketing to assist with our understanding of the market and emerging trends.
SI is currently working with our network of international distributors to build up representation in the group.
Dr. Sean J. Barnett is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Paediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is a staff and core trauma surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery, as well as one of three adolescent bariatric surgeons in the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, all housed within Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
He is currently head of the Operating Room Equipment and Standards Committee. Dr. Barnett is a graduate of Purdue University (BSME), Wright State University (MS in Anatomy), and the Boonshoft School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed his general surgery training and a fellowship in surgical infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is boarded in both general and paediatric surgery, a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), and the International Pediatric Endoscopy Group (IPEG).
Dr Bassem Safadi is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Dr. Safadi is one of the leaders in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in Lebanon and the Middle East.
He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Prior to his return to Lebanon in 2005 Dr Safadi was the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. He completed his surgical training from 1992 until 1999 at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC , Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and the University of California, San Francisco.
Specialism: Laparoscopy, flexible Endoscopy
Bernhard is a Consultant General Surgeon at the St John of God Hospital in Vienna, Austria. He graduated in 2003 at the Medical University of Vienna and completed his surgical training in 2010. In 2011 the Austrian Medical Chamber awarded him as emergency physician and two years later as visceral surgeon. He has specialised in advanced laparoscopic techniques and endoscopic interventions and performed one of the first hybrid NOTES colorectal resections in Austria. Since 2012 he runs international live surgery trainings for single port procedures. He has published several scientific papers focusing on novel techniques and instrumentation. Bernhard is a member of the Austrian SILS/NOTES expert group and has developed novel instruments for advanced minimally invasive procedures.
Specialism: Laparoscopy, Bariatric Surgery
Denis Pitot graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is a digestive surgeon specialised in bariatric surgery at the CHU of Charleroi, specialising in laparoscopy and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery ('SILS'). He is a board member of the BeSOMS (Belgian section of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery) and member of the IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity).
Jody Valk graduated from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1998. He is experienced in thoracic and general surgery and now focuses on upper gastrointestinal and lung surgery. Since October 2006 he has worked at the ZNA Stuivenberg Hospital. The Belgian hospital is part of the ZNA group, which is one of the 10 largest health care providers in Europe. Jody is also a member of BeSOMS, IFSO and the ESTS (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons).