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Paul Wetter, MD
“The single individual who has done the most to promote education and understanding of Minimally Invasive Surgery worldwide." A visionary, who has promoted technology and education that fosters less traumatic surgery, improves physician education, lowers costs, builds communities, accelerates discovery and learning, and lifts the level of surgical competence and patient outcome worldwide. As one of the first surgeons to champion advanced laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Wetter brought together multiple surgical specialties to start a new type of medical multi-specialty society, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, which has become the largest of its kind in the world with over 6,000 active members. Recently he initiated an ambitious worldwide effort, OR Ready, to improve surgical outcomes for six million patients. Dr. Wetter spearheaded the publication of the first of their kind open-access, online medical textbooks, which can be used at the bedside, in the office, library, and OR and have built-in language translation for worldwide utilization. Co-Founder of Medical Journal, JSLS, which has had a meteoric rise to the top 100 journals of over 10,000 scientific publications online. Dr. Wetter has received honors in many countries for his sharing of ideas about MIS around the world, which influenced the rapid rise of MIS. Formed the AsianAmerican and EuroAmerican MIS Summits where leaders from most countries and medical societies in these regions attend. By developing these summits, he has put high-quality educational and resource materials into the hands of all surgeons and hospitals worldwide. The driving source for his work is the lofty goal of giving every budding and experienced practitioner in the world an opportunity to contribute and learn. Dr. Wetter truly has mastered the art of collaboration and Open Access in medical education worldwide.

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