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Success in Academic Surgery: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Mark S. Cohen
  • Lillian Kao
  • Contains self-assessment exercises to aid content understanding and practice

  • Discusses real-life working examples of successful and unsuccessful surgical innovations

  • Written from a global perspective by experts in the field


Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kyle Miller, Jay Pandit, Sean Connell
    Pages 13-17
  3. Dimitri A. Augustin, Lyn Denend, James Wall, Thomas Krummel, Dan E. Azagury
    Pages 71-88
  4. Vineet Sharma, James Sulzer, Michael Marasco, Edward Voboril, Peter McNerney, Swaminadhan Gnanashanmugam
    Pages 125-149
  5. Randy J. Seeley, Gregory N. Witbeck, Michael W. Mulholland
    Pages 151-158
  6. Veeshal H. Patel, Michael R. Harrison, Elizabeth A. Gress, Shuvo Roy, Prashant Chopra, Stacy S. Kim et al.
    Pages 185-194
  7. Deepa Narayanan, Christie A. Canaria, Monique Pond, Michael Weingarten
    Pages 195-204
  8. Ronald G. Tompkins, Andrew K. Alexander, Carl M. Berke
    Pages 205-216
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-242

About this book


This book provides a guide to innovation and entrepreneurship within academic surgery and details how these approaches can develop new technologies and programs that advance healthcare. The pathways, barriers, and opportunities for commercialization and entrepreneurship are identified and discussed in relation to licenses, start-ups, and obtaining funding.

The book aims to help create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across academic medical centres around the world, with the belief that this can improve patient care.

This book is relevant to surgeons of all disciplines, as well as medical students and researchers.


Surgical Innovation Customer Discovery Intellectual Property Regulatory Process Biodesign Model Industry-Academic Partnerships Shared Investment Model Funding Engineering Industry-Academic Engagement Academic Medical Center

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark S. Cohen
    • 1
  • Lillian Kao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.McGovern SchoolThe University of Texas Health Science CentreHoustonUSA

About the editors

Mark S. Cohen, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. Serving as Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Department of Surgery, as Director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence at the University of Michigan Medical School, and as Innovation Chief for the University of Michigan Rogel Comprehensive Cancer Center, he has helped develop new innovation curricula across all vertical levels of learners from senior faculty all the way to undergraduate and graduate students and medical students leading to several new start-ups, licenses, and patents as well as a $3M Surgical Innovation Prize Fund which he directs at the University. He is a serial entrepreneur cofounding startups in therapeutics, devices and digital health. He completed surgical residency at Washington University and a NIH T32-sponsored fellowship in Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery at Washington University. As a practicing Surgical Oncologist and Endocrine Surgeon, he clinical interests are focused in the care of patients with advanced melanomas and endocrine tumors. His translational research program has been funded through 3 NIH R01 research grants along with support from the Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Department of Surgery. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 10 book chapters, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal SURGERY for its INNOVATION series. He has also served multiple leadership roles in the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, and the American Association for Endocrine Surgeons, and has served as a grant review panelist for the National Science Foundation and NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) phase I and phase II award programs..

Lillian S. Kao, MD, MS, FACS is Professor of Surgery, Division Chief of Acute Care Surgery, Director of the Red Duke Trauma Institute, and Vice-Chair for Research and Faculty Development at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her research interests include the evaluation of novel therapies and interventions and dissemination and implementation of research into practice. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and 13 book chapters, and she is one of the two editors for the Springer series on “Success in Academic Surgery.” She is a Past President of the Association for Academic Surgery and is active in multiple surgical societies. She is the social media editor for the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Success in Academic Surgery: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Editors Mark S. Cohen
    Lillian Kao
  • Series Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • Series Abbreviated Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18612-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18613-5
  • Series ISSN 2194-7481
  • Series E-ISSN 2194-749X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 242
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour
  • Topics General Surgery
    Medical Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“Book has a broad target audience, ranging from residents to fellows to faculty surgeons. The book meets the needs of the intended audience nicely by creating a framework for innovative work to progress. … This a high-quality book that draws from many different areas to provide a centralized resource for understanding and improving surgical innovation. … It compares well to its counterpart books that examine different aspects of a successful academic surgical career for those interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.” (Kelsey Elyce Koch, Doody's Book Reviews, December 7, 2019)