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Top Surgeon

Not so long ago, patients who underwent liver surgery ended up with long scars zipping across their bellies. Now, thanks to physician-scientists like David Geller, Pitt’s Richard L. Simmons Professor of Surgery, some patients are being treated through minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques that leave scars small enough to be covered by Band-Aids. Geller, a codirector of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center, helped to pioneer the new procedures and then taught the first workshops on laparoscopic liver surgery in the United States. This year, he was named president-elect of the Society of University Surgeons, the nation’s premier organization for surgeons who advance techniques and teaching methods through clinical and laboratory research.