Keynote Speaker



George C. Velmahos, MD, PhD, MSEd, FACS, FCCM, MCCM, FRCS, FRCPS
John F Burke Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Biographical Sketch
George C. Velmahos, MD, PhD, MSEd received his medical degree and a doctorate from the University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece. He also has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Critical Care Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Dr. Velmahos is the John F. Burke Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Trauma Program Leader for the Center for Integration of Medicine with Innovative Technology (CIMIT), and is the Founder of the Center for Early Trauma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Honorary Professor of Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki (Salonica, Greece), and the University of Thessalia (Larissa, Greece).

Dr. Velmahos is a member of the American Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care, Society of Clinical Surgery, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, International Society of Surgery, and many others. He is the Chair of the International Committee of the American College of Surgeons and has served in the Executive Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma, the Chair of the Education Committee of the ACS-COT, the Chair of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s Multi-institutional Trials Committee, and held office in numerous societies and professional medical organizations.

Recipient of multiple teaching awards from the University of Southern California & Massachusetts General Hospital, he is the Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery, serves on the Editorial Board of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, World Journal of Emergency Surgery, and Journal of Trauma. He is also the Editor of Current Trauma Reports. He is a reviewer for nearly all major surgical and critical care journals. He received the honorary title of Master of Critical Care from the Critical Care Society.

Dr. Velmahos has published over 440 peer-reviewed articles, over 65 books and book chapters, scores of abstracts, editorials, clinical communications, and online educational modules, and has delivered over 150 invited lectures or presentations at national and international conferences. He is involved in international outreach activities through his hospital and the American College of Surgeons. He has a strong interest in trauma research and is committed to the education of the new generation of surgeons. He is the Director of multiple educational courses, including the Harvard Critical Care and Trauma Symposium.

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The Poster Day Conference initiated in 1996 has now become enshrined as an annual event in the HSC academic calendar. It is most heartening to see that it has been consistently supported by the active and enthusiastic participation of not only the researchers of the HSC and Science Faculties of the University but as well by other institutions and hospital departments in Kuwait, and even from some outside of the country.

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