A Conversation With SAGES President, C. Daniel Smith, MD
C. Daniel Smith, MD, recently sat down with Medtech Insight to discuss trends in minimally invasive surgery and the single-incision laparoscopic approach. Smith is the current president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and professor of surgery and chair of the surgery department at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL.
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