Executive Staff Bios

  • Jo Buyske, M.D.
    Executive Director
  • Dr. Jo Buyske was named executive director in 2017, after serving since 2008 as associate executive director and director of evaluation. Before the ABS, Dr. Buyske was chief of surgery and director of minimally invasive surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, and associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Still clinically active, she remains on staff at the university as an adjunct professor of surgery. Her clinical experience focuses on applications of minimally invasive surgery to all areas of general and gastrointestinal surgery.
  • Originally from New Jersey, she attended medical school at Columbia University and completed her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She began her career as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Tufts University on staff at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, before coming to Philadelphia.
  • Dr. Buyske is a past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a former ABS director. She was elected to the ABS in 2006, serving on the board of directors for two years before being hired as associate executive director. Dr. Buyske has also served on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ensuring the voice of the surgical community was heard in ABMS deliberations. She is certified by the ABS in general surgery.
  • Bruce A. Perler, M.D.
    Associate Executive Director for Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Bruce Perler joined the ABS in 2016, succeeding Dr. Robert Rhodes. In addition to his ABS position, Dr. Perler is the Julius H. Jacobson II Professor of Surgery and vice chair for clinical operations and financial affairs at Johns Hopkins University, as well as director of the vascular noninvasive laboratory. He previously served for more than a decade as chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, and is the founder and past director of the vascular surgery training program. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, he completed his medical degree at Duke University and his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined Johns Hopkins in 1982 as assistant professor of surgery.
  • Dr. Perler has served as president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Eastern Vascular Society, and Chesapeake Vascular Society, and on the executive council of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. He is co-editor of Rutherford's Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 9th Edition and past senior editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Perler is certified by the ABS in vascular surgery and previously in general surgery.
  • As associate executive director for vascular surgery, Dr. Perler oversees all activities associated with vascular surgery training, assessment and certification.