Surgeon Advisory Board

Arnold Advincula, MD

Dr. Advincula is Vice-Chair of Women’s Health & Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Formerly, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Division and Fellowship, and Director of the Endometriosis Center at the University of Michigan. More recently, he was Director of the Center for Specialized Gynecology and Director of the Education Institute at the Nicholson Center, an advanced medical and surgical simulation training facility at Florida Health. He is currently Vice President of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and a Member-at-Large for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons, who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery, as well as developed surgical instruments that are in use worldwide.

Lee L Swanstrom, MD, FACS

Dr. Swanstrom heads the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic and is Director of the Providence Health System’s Complex GI and Foregut Surgery Postgraduate Fellowship Program. In addition, he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at OHSU, a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and Past President of both the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Fellowship Council (FC). Most recently, he became the Chief Innovations Officer and Director of the Innovations Fellowship at the Institutes des Hôpitalo Universitaires of the University of Strasbourg, France. He is the editor of Surgical Innovation and the author of over 300 scientific papers and 50 book chapters. This has resulted in 13 patents and a successful medical device startup company. He is and has been an investigator on numerous outcomes research studies for new procedures such as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to determine their safety and efficacy for establishing new standards of care. He remains focused on developing innovative approaches to the minimally invasive treatment of foregut and other gastrointestinal disorders.

John Valvo, MD

Dr. Valvo, a practicing surgeon, is the Executive Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, where he formerly was the Chief of Urology. Following a 20-year career performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic surgery program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top two percent of robotic surgery volume in the United States. The program has trained over 30 robotic surgeons and enabled the completion of more than 7,000 robotic urology, gynecology, general and colorectal surgeries to date. Dr. Valvo has authored more than 100 scientific articles and helped start many robotic programs in the northeast. His focus on robotic surgery credentialing led to a notable published paper on policy guidelines for robotic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Urological Association, and a member of the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Parra-Davila is the colorectal and general surgery specialist at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to joining Tenet, he was the Director for Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery and Director of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. He is a well-respected, world-renowned surgeon and is board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. He is a fellow at Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), an associate fellow at American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a board member at Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS).  He has trained over a thousand surgeons worldwide and has performed surgical procedures in numerous countries utilizing the latest techniques in hernia, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He completed his Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Texas Endosurgery Institute in San Antonio, Texas and Colon and Rectal Surgery at The University of Texas in Houston, Texas. His Residency was completed at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, in Miami, Florida. He obtained his Medical Degree from The Universidad De Los Andes in Venezuela.