Joel D. Cooper, MD FACS, FRCPS
Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Joel D. Cooper is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. After completing an internship and residency in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, he served as Senior Registrar in Thoracic Surgery, Southwest Regional Hospital Board, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England and completed a fellowship in the Department of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, England. Returning to Massachusetts General Hospital, he served as Chief Resident in Surgery and was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Cooper’s special interests include general thoracic, esophageal and tracheal surgery, adult lung transplantation, lung volume reduction surgery, lung cancer and swallowing disorders. He is widely recognized for his contributions in the field of tracheal surgery, esophageal surgery, pulmonary physiology, lung transplantation and surgery for emphysema. Dr. Cooper is past president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of numerous honorary degrees. He has received the Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons and the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Over the past 33 years Dr. Cooper has served as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at The University of Toronto, Washington University in St. Louis, and The University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Dr. Cooper currently serves as an active member of numerous professional societies and has served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals. He also is the author or coauthor of more than 450 original publications.
Most recently, he was the initial recipient of the Joel D. Cooper Award for Outstanding Contribution to Lung Transplant in Canada and in 2013 was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery & Immunology, which is awarded to national and international leaders in the field of organ transplantation.
John Reynolds, MCh, FRCSI
Professor of Surgery and Head of Department,Trinity College Dublin
Specialist Oesophageal and Gastric Surgeon, St. James’s Hospital
Professor Reynolds is Professor of Clinical Surgery at the St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. He is the National Lead for oesophageal and gastric cancer. He is Cancer Lead at St. James’s Hospital and the Trinity School of Medicine, and a Principal Investigator in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute. He has formerly held Fellowship positions with the University of Pennsylvania and Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. He was a Senior Lecturer at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds (1994-6).
Professor Reynolds has obtained numerous research awards and has published widely in cancer research, with over 250 publications and approximately €5m research grant income. His clinical interest is in diseases of the oesophagus and stomach. His research interest is in four areas: (1) pathogenesis of Barrett’s oesophagus and progression; (2) prediction of response and resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy; (3) obesity, altered metabolism, and cancer; (4) malnutrition and peri-operative nutrition.