Dr. Francis Podbielski is installed as ICS-US Section 2018 President.

During the Honors Luncheon on Friday, June 16, 2017 Dr. Podbielski was installed as the US Section's 2018 President. He will assume office on January 1st. A brief bio follows below:

Dr. Francis J. Podbielski is a native of Blue Island, Illinois. After graduating from Marist High School he attended the University of Chicago for six years, earning a B.A. degree with honors in Biology, and an M.S. degree in Human Biology. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and completed general surgery training at the Columbus Hospital in Chicago, and cardiothoracic surgical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been certified and re-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Most recently he served as the founding Director of the B.I. Deaconess – Plymouth Hospital (a Harvard teaching affiliate) Lung Cancer Program. He has held teaching appointments with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and currently is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as the Research Director of the Presence-St. Joseph Hospital (Chicago) general surgery training program for 20 years and has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals; he currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Podbielski is in private practice in the south/southwestern suburbs of Chicago and is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center.

Dr. Podbielski is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the International College of Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians and is currently the President-Elect of the U.S. Section of the International College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the New England Surgical Society, and the Chicago Surgical Society.

An active volunteer both personally and professionally, Dr. Podbielski served several terms on the Chicago Area Council – Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors as the Vice-President of Development. He is currently a Board member of the International Museum of Surgical Science, a Past Grand Knight of Blue Island Knights of Columbus Council #1366, and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He has served for over 15 years as the Vice-President of the M.I.M.A. Foundation and has participated on an annual basis with the group as a volunteer surgeon to rural Bolivia.

Dr. Podbielski and his wife Anna Montes enjoy their shared Scouting activities, dining adventures, and traveling the world.
The ICS-US Section House of Delegates elected Dr. Francis Podbielski from Chicago as the US Section's 2018 President during their Annual Meeting in Troy, Michigan on June 16, 2016. Dr. Podbielski currently serves as the US Section Treasurer and will become the President-Elect on January 1, 2017. Dr. Podbielski has been extremely active since joining the College in 2003 and has been the Chair of the Thoracic Surgery specialty group for several years. Previously serving as an ICS World Governor he plans to attend the upcoming ICS World Congress in Kyoto this October for which he has been involved in the development of a Robotic Surgery Symposium.

Congratulations Dr. Podbielski!

To see Dr. Podbielski's CV click here
Previous Post August 2015
ICSUS Executive Committee member (Secretary), Dr. Francis Podbielski attended the  International College of Surgeons - Indonesia Section Meeting held August 20-22, 2015 as an invited guest speaker. The event was held at the Shangri-La resort in Surabaya, Indonesia and Dr. Podbielski was invited to give two lectures during plenary sessions. They were entitled, "Minimally Invasive Surgery: Difficult and Outstanding Cases" and  "Robotic Surgery: Education, Training, and Experience in the United States." At the conclusion of each lecture, there was a panel discussion with the other presenters at each plenary session.

In addition to his participation in the scientific program (click here to see an outline) Dr. Podbielski also met with leaders of the Indonesia Section of ICS. He brought greetings from Dr. Oliphant, the U.S. Section President, on behalf of the entire US Section. Topics that were discussed included the activities and challenges that the US Section faces, as well as the importance of involving surgical residents in ICS early in their training.  Also discussed was the International Museum of Surgical Science, which was of significant interest to many members of ICS from Indonesia. All were encouraged to visit if the opportunity presented itself.

Following are 2 photos submitted by Dr. Podbielski taken during the Congress.

Dr. Podbielski (above) far left with Prof. Jimmy Soo, Prof. Dr. I. Riwanto, Prof. Theodoros Kofidis, Dr. Ong Kong Wee


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