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ABS Introduces Dr. David Mahvi as Chair

July 2014 Media Contact: Christine Shiffer, 215-568-4000

  • The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, welcomes Dr. David M. Mahvi as chair of the ABS for 2014-2015. Dr. Mahvi joined the ABS in 2007 as a representative of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

A native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dr. Mahvi is currently the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery and chief of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery as well as chief of surgical oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his general surgery residency at Duke University. He joined Northwestern after serving for several years as professor and chief of surgical oncology, and general surgery residency program director, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Dr. Mahvi is a past president of the SSAT and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. His surgical practice focuses on hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Mahvi's research interests focus on the development of new biomedical devices in the treatment of liver cancer.

In addition, Dr. Mahvi represents the ABS as a director on the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and as a member of the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Emerging Surgical Technologies.

About the ABS
  • The American Board of Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. Surgeons certified by the ABS have completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. They must then maintain their board certification through ongoing learning and practice improvement activities.
  • The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgery of the hand, hospice and palliative medicine, and complex general surgical oncology. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.