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Professor of Surgery; Chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery; Medical Director Hospital Nutritional Service, Oregon Health & Science University, United States
Since 2005, Dr. Robert Martindale has been a tenured faculty member at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, where he is currently a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of GI and General Surgery. He also serves as the Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services. His primary focus throughout his professional career has been on surgical education, gastrointestinal surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction and caring for patients with complex nutritional issues. He has won numerous teaching awards and continues to mentor young physicians and investigators. He is the author of over 300 publications, including peer reviewed manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, several medical educational videos, as well as being the co-editor of a textbook dealing with surgical and critical care nutrition. His research interests include perioperative methods for optimizing surgical outcomes, preventing perioperative infection, abdominal wall reconstruction, surgical metabolism, management of enterocutaneous and enteroatomospheric fistulae, and nutritional modulation of the immunity.
Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology, Canada
Leah Gramlich is a Gastroenterologist and Physician Nutrition Specialist. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Alberta in 1987 and currently holds a position as Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. In addition to her clinical roles in Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Dr. Gramlich is the provincial medical advisor for Nutrition Services in Alberta Health Services. Her key research areas include nutrition support including enteral and parenteral nutrition, home nutrition support, malnutrition and enhanced recovery. She has an interest in implementation science and uses this approach to advance nutrition care locally, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Gramlich is founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society and a member of the ASPEN Board of directors. She is a founding member and current co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task force. She has published more than 90 articles as author or co-author and received multiple grants for her research.
Head of General and Oncology Surgery Unit, Stanley Dudrick’s Memorial Hospital, Skawina, Poland
Stanislaw Klek is a specialist in general and cancer surgery. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow in 1997, he obtained a PhD degree in 2003. Assoc. Prof. in 2012, nominated full Professor in 2017 by the President of the State. Head of the General and Oncology Surgery at the Stanley Dudrick’s Memorial Hospital in Skawina, Poland form 2010. In charge of the Intestinal Failure and Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Unit since 1999.
Author of more than 190 original articles, 40 case reports, 26 book chapters, and over 160 congress abstracts. One of the first recipients of the European ESPEN Diploma (2010) and of the first ESPEN LLL Teachers (2008). Head of the postgraduate training for Clinical Nutrition since 2013. An associate editor for ESPEN Clinical Nutrition and other ESPEN journals (2012-2019). Member of ESPEN Special Interest Group on Acute Intestinal Failure, Working Group on the definition of malnutrition, Polish Council representative to ESPEN (2010-2018). Chairman of the International Section of American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN) between 2018-2020. Chairman of the Polish Society for Parenteral, Enteral Nutrition and Metabolism (POLSPEN) since 2010.
Interested in film, music and sports (completed 5 Ironman 140.6 races, 6 Ironman 70.3 races, 5 olympic triathlons and 13 marathons).
Dr. Mundi graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Psychology and Chemistry. He obtained a Medical Doctorate from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Mundi completed a residency program in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. After completing his fellowship, he joined the Mayo Clinic Division of Endocrinology as an NIH training grant fellow with a research focus in fatty acid metabolism and obesity. Dr. Mundi subsequently joined the clinical staff at Mayo Clinic as a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology nutrition core group. His clinical focus is malnutrition as well as nutrition support in home and inpatient settings with a special interest in support of patients on enteral nutrition.
Dr. Mundi is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and holds the leadership positions of Outpatient Nutrition Core Group Chair, Chair of Mayo Clinic Food Services, and is also currently on the board of the Oley Foundation. He is also the medical director of the Home Enteral Nutrition program and the associate program director of the Home Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition program. The HPEN program at Mayo Clinic assists 700-800 patients per year in initiating parenteral and enteral nutrition and typically follows 1,500 to 1,800 patients annually who receive nutrition support at home. Within the HPEN program, Dr. Mundi takes a very active role in research with the goal of continuing to improve the quality of home nutrition support.
Senior Director, Medical Affairs for PN Market Unit Lake Zurich, IL
Dr. Sacks earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas (1994) after receiving his BS degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University (1989). He has completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Huntsville Hospital and a 2-year Nutrition Support Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. During his tenure at the University of Mississippi (1995-2001), he achieved the rank of Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and was Coordinator of the Nutrition Support Team at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Between 2001-2008, he was a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Division in the School of Pharmacy. He was also Coordinator of the Surgical Nutrition Support Team at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. Starting in November, 2008, until July, 2018, Dr. Sacks served as Department Head of Pharmacy Practice at the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Beginning in July, 2018, Dr. Sacks joined Fresenius Kabi, USA, as Senior Director of Medical Affairs for the Parenteral Nutrition Market Unit. He has been a board-certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist since 1995. Dr. Sacks is active in numerous scientific and professional societies, including the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). He recently served as the President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) from July 2015 – June 2016.