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Dean's Seminar Series Welcomes Nathaniel Soper and David Mahvi

The McCormick Dean’s Seminar Series welcomes Nathaniel Soper, Loyal and Edith Davis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and David Mahvi, James R. Hines Professor of Surgery and Chief of Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery at Feinberg.

The two will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. in the ITW room in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. Their lecture, titled “Surgery/Engineering Interfaces,” will discuss current collaborative efforts between McCormick and the Department of Surgery and give an update on the NUvention program.

Soper's research interests have revolved around the applications of minimally invasive surgery for gastrointestinal disease, laparoscopic ultrasound, alternative treatments for gallstones and motility of the gastrointestinal tract. More recently he has been involved in the early clinical experience with Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). He has published more than 155 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, edited 13 textbooks, and authored more than 80 book chapters. Soper has been named in "The Best Doctor's in America" from 1991 through the present and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1980.

Mahvi’s research interests focus on the development of new biomedical devices in the treatment of liver cancer. He currently has five patents and is in the process of bringing several devices to the market. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed research articles and has presented both nationally and internationally on topics related to cancer. He is a national and international authority in the field of hepatobiliary cancer. He completed his undergraduate work in Microbiology and Pre-medicine at the University of Oklahoma and went on to obtain his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina.