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Kamal Itani, MD

Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, is the Chief of surgery at the VA Boston Health Care System, a Professor of Surgery at Boston University and faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Dr Itani attended medical school at the American University of Beirut, residency in surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Prior to his move to Boston in 2004, Dr. Itani was on the faculty at the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and The Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine. He was also Chief of General Surgery at the Houston VA Medical Center and a staff surgeon at The Ben Taub General Hospital and the Methodist Hospital.

Dr Itani is a member of various surgical organizations and has served in various leadership positions in these organizations. Among others, he is a past President of The Surgical Infection Society, past President of The Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS), past President of the Arab American Medical Society (Houston chapter), past Chair of the research Committee of the American College of Surgeons and past President of the AUB alumni Association of North America (New England chapter). He is currently a council member of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Surgeons and a governor of the American Hernia Society. He is on the editorial board of JAMA surgery and Surgical Infection.

Dr Itani has received several awards and honors over the course of his career including several commendations from the VA, The undersecretary for health award, a US senate proclamation in his name, a presidential citation and the distinguished service award from the AVAS, The Fullbright faculty excellence award in educational leadership and another one in teaching among many others.

Dr. Itani's primary clinical research interest is in surgical infections, abdominal wall reconstruction and health services research including surgical outcomes and clinical trials. He is principal investigator or co-investigator on 49 grants including VA, NIH and VA cooperative studies program.

He is the author or co-author of more than 240 peer-reviewed publications, 50 invited articles and editorials and 23 textbook chapters. His book on "clinical trials in operative and non-operative invasive procedures" published in 2017 is considered a key reference in surgical clinical trials. He has also been invited all over the world as a visiting Professor or guest speaker.