Curriculum Vitae

Updated October 2017

Dr. Robert Cywes specializes in Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery for adults and adolescents in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has been doing bariatric surgery for 18 years performing over 8000 surgeries.

BIRTH: 23 November 1963 – Cape Town, South Africa

PRACTICE ADDRESS: JSAPA

Pediatric General Surgery
Pediatric Metabolic Management
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
2865 PGA Blvd Ste 1B
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
8833 Perimeter Park Blvd #202
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Tel WPB: (561) 627-4107 Fax: (561) 627-4069
Tel Jax: (904) 410-3934
Email: robert@jaxchildren.com
Websites: obesityunderstood.com
heartburnresolved.com
circumcisionflorida.com
FB: robert cywes and WEIGHLITEPRO

 

Dr. Robert Cywes, JSAPA Bariatric Surgeon

1998 – American Board of Surgery (General Surgery) (MOC recertified Mar, 2017) Cert #43062
2001 – American Board of Pediatric Surgery (MOC recertified Sept 2016) Cert #839

EDUCATION/PRACTICE:

Tertiary: 1982-87 University of Cape Town – MBChB (MD degree)
1982-87 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery First Assistant
Drs Davies/Fernandez, Cape Town, South Africa

Elective: 1986-87 Hong Kong: Queen Mary Hospital
Dept of General Surgery, Prof. John Wong
Tokyo (Chiba), Japan: Juntendo University
Dept of Pediatric Surgery, Prof. Takeshi Miyano

Internship: 1988 Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Post-graduate: 1988 Resident, Anesthesiology, Groote Schuur Hospital,
Cape Town, South Africa

1989 Resident, General Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital,
Cape Town, South Africa

1990 Resident, Pediatric General Surgery,
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University

1990-96 Resident, General Surgery, Toronto, Canada
Gallie Surgical Scientist Program
Toronto General Hospital and University of Toronto

1990-92 M.Sc.: “The Influence And Mechanism Of Hepatic Reglycogenation On Outcome Of Liver Transplantation”
Gallie Surgical Scientist Program, University of Toronto

1991-95 Ph.D.: “The Role Of Platelets In Hepatic Allograft Preservation-Reperfusion Injury”
Gallie Surgical Scientist Program, University of Toronto

1997 Elective Fellow, Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

1997-99 Fellow, Pediatric Surgery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan

1999-02 Assistant Professor, Pediatric and Fetal Surgery,
Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Principle Investigator – Fetal Hepatocellular Gene Therapy
Supervisor – PhD Fellow Dr M. Hassan

2002-03 Faculty Dept of Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric and Neonatal Minimally Invasive Surgery
Nemours Children’s Clinic and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

2004-2010 Faculty, University of Florida, Jacksonville
Obesity surgery and Pediatric surgery

2013-2016 Tenet Florida Physician’s Services
Boca Raton, Florida

2004- JSAPA.
Neonatal, Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery
Bariatric Surgery

OBESITY SURGERY TRAINING AND APPOINTMENTS:

1994-5 Open VB Gastroplasty – Residency training, Toronto, ON
1990-06 754 fundoplications (Nissen, Thal, Toupet, Boix, Belsey IV, Pearson)
2003 SAGES/IPEG course on bariatric surgery, L.A., CA
2003 IPEG Committee on Ethics And Research – IPEG Guidelines for Surgical Treatment of Clinically Severely Obese Adolescents
2003 Proctored for laparoscopic RYG Bypass surgery – Dr Jawad, Ocala, FL
2003 Certified for LAP-Band® Bariatric Surgery, Chicago, IL
2004 Proctored for LAP-Band® surgery – Dr Grossbard, Zephyrhills, FL
2004 Preceptored for LAG Band surgery – Dr Grossbard, Memorial Hosp.
2004 Proctored for laparoscopic RYG Bypass surgery – Dr Wizman, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2004 APSA (American Pediatric Surgical Association) special session on adolescent bariatric surgery
2005 ASBS (American Society for Bariatric Surgery) Member
2004 US Surgical Course on Bariatric Surgery Reimbursement
2005 Advanced Seminar for Major Lap-Band® Programs – Inamed Health, San Jose, PR
2006 Designated SRC Centers of Excellence (recertified Feb. 2010)
2006 Inamed Advanced Course on Lap-Band® management – Orlando, FL
2006 LIFT program for Lap-Band Practices – Inamed Health, Kiawah Island, SC
2007 ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons) Pediatric Committee Member
2008 Allergan Faculty Member for Lap-Band® proctorship of new surgeons
2008 Appointment as Bariatric Medical Director for Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
2009 Appointed to Allergan Council for the Advancement of Bariatrics
2008- Faculty for Advanced Course in Bariatrics and Total Care Forum
2009 Appointed to Allergan Executive Committee
2010 Appointed to Ethicon-Endosurgery Clinic Expert Panel
2009-10 Proctor Covidien Course on Single Incision Minimally Invasive Surgery
2008- Reverse Proctor Allergan Medical, Inc. Over 100 Physicians/staff trained
2010 Consultant/Proctor, Olympus Medical LESS Surgery
2011 Consultant, Obalon Inc.
2014 Apollo Endosurgery Overstitch certification
2013 Faculty University of Vermont Dept of Surgery
2014 Faculty Florida Atlantic University Dept of Medicine
2015 Advisory Board Apollo Endosurgery Orbera
2015 Certified on both Orbera and Reshape Intragastric Balloon Systems
2016 LINX antireflux system training certified
2017 Obalon Balloon Certified

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES:

Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach, FL
Esthetica Surgicenter, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

MEDICAL REGISTRATION:

1988- South African Medical and Dental Council – 1988
1990 ECFMG + TOEFL
1990-2001 Medical License Ontario, Canada (CPSO) – Reg. No: 64254
1990-97 Canadian Medical Protection Society
1991/97 Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification (ATLS)
1995 Permanent ECFMG validation
1996 LMCC (Canadian Equivalent to USMLE)
1996 FRCS(c) in General Surgery
1997 OHIP Billing Number (Ontario, Canada)
1997-99 Michigan Medical License and Controlled Substance License #069828
1999-2004 Tennessee State Medical License #MD 031893
1999- DEA #BC6500210
2001 FRCS(c) in Pediatric Surgery
2002- Florida State Medical License ME85894
2002 Certified for LAP-BAND® Bariatric Surgery
2007 Center of Excellence Surgeon, ASMBS, Renewed 2010
2011 Georgia State Medical License 67551
2014 CARE Centers for Advanced Research Excellence Tenet committee member

DEGREES, HONORS AND AWARDS:

University: 1986 J. H. Louw Prize for General Surgery
J. H. Louw Prize for Paediatric Surgery
1987 MBChB (MD Degree) University of Cape Town

Post Graduate: 1989 FCS (SA) General Surgery Part I (Fellowship Examination)
1990 ECFMG and TOEFL (re-certification 1996) passed
MCCEE passed (Canadian Licensing Examination)
1992 Canadian Technical Skills Certificate in General Surgery
Tovee Award – Best Research Presentation by a Surgical Resident
Alan Wu Award – Best Clinical Poster Institute of Medical Science Annual Scientific Day
1993 Physicians Services Incorporated Award – Best Canadian Resident Research Paper in 1992
1994 Physicians Services Incorporated Award – Best Canadian Resident Research Paper in 1993
1995 Ph.D. Degree Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
A.W. Harrison Resident Teaching Award
1996 LMCC (Canadian equivalent to USMLE)
FRCS(c) Canadian Fellowship Degree in General Surgery
1997 ATLS re-certification, ACLS certification
1998 American Board of Surgery (General Surgery) (MOC recertified November, 2012) Cert #43062
2001 Canadian Boards in Pediatric Surgery
2001 American Board of Pediatric Surgery (MOC recertified Sept 2016) Cert #839
2004 Certified for LAP-BAND® Bariatric Surgery
2008 Certified for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
2011 Certified Imbricated LapBand, Duke Course Dr Portenier
2012 Covidien Masters in Bariatric Surgery Certified

FELLOWS TRAINED:

2000 Dr Mohamed Hassan (University of Zagazig, Egypt), Ph.D. Thesis
Comparative Study Of Laparoscopic Versus Open Fundoplication In One Institution Over A 3 Year Period
2007- Proctor, South University School of Physician’s Assistants
2007 Proctor, University of North Florida Masters Program in Nutrition
2010- Proctor, Nova Southeast University PA Program Jacksonville, FL
2011 Proctor, University of North Florida Masters Dietician Program
2013 Jennifer Richards MPH Graduate Adolescent obesity co-morbidity

GRANTS and TRIALS:

1991 Canadian Liver Foundation Scholarship for Study in Liver Disease
1992-93 Canadian Liver Foundation Fellowship (Ranked No. 1 in Canada)
1993 Norman Stuart Robertson Fellowship
1993 University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowship
1999-04 VUMC Surgical Sciences five-year start-up funding
2000 Egyptian Universities Government Grant
2001 Egyptian Universities Government Grant
2001 NIH RO1 Grant (1R01HD/DK41218-01)
2001 Pediatric Surgery Investigator: “The Study of Amniotic Fluid Exchange in Gastroschisis Pregnancies” – Funded VUMC Grant
2001 VUMC Multidisciplinary Grant: “In utero robotic closure of spina bifida defects in fetal sheep”
2001 Consultant on NIH grant: “Mechanisms of Lung Inflammation Following Discrete Hepatic Injury” Dr W. Chapman Principal Investigator
2002 Nemours Research Grant: “Telephone Follow-Up After Minor Surgical Procedures”
2007 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band®) as a treatment for morbid obesity in adolescents.
2008 External Medical Director APEX Study of AP Lap-Band® device.
2009 A Prospective, international multi-center study of clinical outcomes and healthcare resource utilization associated with the treatment of obesity using the Lap-Band® AP Adjustable Gastric Banding System (HERO Study)
2010 A Multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Sanctura XR 60 mg daily versus placebo in obese (BMI>35KG/M2) female OAB patients.
2011 A Dual Center prospective comparison of Lap Band versus Imbricated Lap Band.
2012 FDA Safety and Efficacy Trial Obalon, Inc.
2017 Study on Use of Intragastric Balloons in Obese Adolescents
2017 Study on Closed Group Management of Disruptive Physicians

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP:

University: SHAWCO (Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organization)
Executive Committee – 1986-87 (African Township Health Clinic Program)

Medical: SAMDC (Medical License with South African Medical and Dental Council)
RCPSC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)
CPSO (Medical License with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario)
OMA (Ontario Medical Association)
CMPA (Canadian Medical Protective Association)
Cumberland Pediatric Foundation
IPEG (International Pediatric Endosurgery Group)
SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons)
Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
The Nashville Surgical Society
APSA (American Pediatric Surgery Association) inductee 2006
ASMBS (American Society for Bariatric Surgery)
ASMBS Committee for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
SRC Centers of Excellence – Member
Duval County Medical Society Member
Florida Medical Association Member
WOFAPS World Organization of Pediatric Surgeons Speaker
Palm Beach Pediatric Society

EDITORIAL BOARDS:

2000-03 Pediatric Endosurgery & Innovative Techniques (IPEG)
2002-2010 IPEG Committees on Research and Standards
2008- SOARD Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases Reviewer
2012- ASMBS Adolescent Bariatric Committee

PUBLICATIONS:

1) THESIS DEFENCES:

1992 – Master of Science Thesis oral defense and PhD conversion – The influence and mechanism of hepatic reglycogenation on outcome of liver transplantation.

1995 – Doctoral Thesis oral defense – The role of platelets in hepatic allograft preservation-reperfusion injury.

2002 – Doctoral Thesis Supervisor – Comparative Study Of Laparoscopic Versus Open Fundoplication In One Institution Over A 3 Year Period. Dr Mohamed Hassan (University of Zagazig, Egypt).

2013 – MPH Thesis Supervisor – Child/adolescent obesity and undiagnosed comorbidities: A case series study in bariatric medicine. Jennifer Richards (University of North Florida)

2) BOOK CHAPTERS:

1980 – ‘English Alive’ collection of essays and poetry.

1989/91 – Section on ‘Traumatic Injury of the Diaphragm – Diagnosis and Management’ in University of Cape Town Trauma Hand book ed. J.D. Knottenbelt.

1991 – Section on ‘Use of Short-acting Muscle Relaxants in Acute Management of Ventilated Head Injured Patients’ in University of Cape Town Trauma Hand book ed. J.D. Knottenbelt.

1995 – The role of platelets in hepatic allograft preservation-reperfusion injury. Doctoral Thesis. R. Cywes. University of Toronto.

1998 – Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease).Cywes R, Harmon CM, Coran AG. In: Pediatric Surgery and Urology: Longterm Outcomes, Stringer et al (eds). WB Saunders Co., London.

2001 – Ulcerative Colitis In Children. Cywes R, Coran AG. In: Textbook of Paediatric Surgery, Gupta D.K. et al (eds). IAPS.

2001 – Crohn’s Disease In Children. Cywes R, Coran AG. In: Textbook of Paediatric Surgery, Gupta D.K. et al (eds). IAPS.

2009 – Practical Problems in Pediatric Surgery. Cywes R. In: Practical Problems in Pediatric Surgery An Atlas and Mind Maps, Keilani R, Carachi R, Gupta DK, et al (eds). Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing, LTD, St Louis, USA.

2017 – Understanding and Treating the Cause of Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Cywes R. In: Diabetes Unpacked, Harcombe and Harcombe, (eds). Columbus Publishing, UK.

3) PAPERS:

A method for sequential biopsies of rat liver in an isolated perfused system. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Liver 1992; 12: 69-72.

Rapid donor liver nutritional enhancement in a large animal model. R. Cywes, P.D. Greig, G.R. Morgan, P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Hepatology 1992; 16: 1271-1279.

Effect of intraportal glucose infusion on hepatic glycogen content and degradation, and outcome of liver transplantation. R. Cywes, P.D. Greig, J.R. Sanabria, P-A. Clavien, G.A. Levy, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Ann Surg 1992; 216: 235-247.

Recent results of elective open cholecystectomy in a North American and an European centre. Comparison of complications and risk factors. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, G. Mentha, F. Borst, L. Buhler, B. Roche, R. Cywes, R. Tsibshirani, A. Rhoner, S.M. Strasberg. Ann Surg 1992; 216: 618-626.

Laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy: a matched study. J.R. Sanabria, P-A. Clavien, R. Cywes, S.M. Strasberg. Can J Surg. 1993; 36(4): 330-6.

Multiple intrahepatic cholesterol stones. J.R. Sanabria, P-A. Clavien, R. Cywes, S.M. Strasberg. Can J Surg. 1993; 36(3): 255-60.

Lymphocyte adherence in the reperfused rat liver: Mechanisms and effects. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, G.A. Levy, S.M. Strasberg. Hepatology 1993; 17: 131-142.

Prediction of the outcome of transplantation in man by platelet adherence in donor liver allografts. Evidence of the importance of prepreservation injury. R. Cywes, J.B.M. Mullen, M. A. Stratis, P.D. Greig, P.R.C. Harvey, G.A. Levy, S.M. Strasberg. Transplantation 1993; 56: 316-323.

Evidence for the existence of a transmissible agent of cold preservation injury. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, A. Upadhaya, R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Transplantation 1993; 56: 44-53.

Role of platelets in hepatic allograft preservation injury in the rat. R. Cywes, M.A. Packham, L. Tietze, J.R. Sanabria, P.R.C. Harvey, M.J. Phillips, S.M. Strasberg. Hepatology 1993; 18: 635-647.

The influence of prostaglandin E1 on platelet adherence and injury in preserved rat liver allografts. R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, M.A. Packham, R.G. Cameron, S.M. Strasberg. Liver Transpl Surg. 1996; 2(1): 23-36.

CT of bowel and mesenteric trauma in children. P.J. Strouse, B.J. Close, K.W. Marshall, R. Cywes. RadioGraphics 1999; 19: 1237-1250.

In vivo visualization of pyloric mucosal hypertrophy in infants with hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: is there an etiologic role? M. Hernanz-Schulman, L.H. Lowe, J. Johnson, R. Perez, Jr, L.E. Scheker , S.M. Stein, W.W. Neblett, B.W. Polk, R. Cywes, R.M. Heller. Am J Roentgenol. 2001; 177(4): 843-8.

Laparoscopic versus open splenectomy in the pediatric population – A contemporary single center experience. V.S. Reddy, H.H. Phan, J.B. Pietsch, W.W. Neblett, W.M. Morgan, R. Cywes, J.A. O’Neill, G.W. Holcomb. Am Surg 2001; 67(9): 859-63; discussion 863-4.

Laparoscopic pyloromyotomy. S.E. Harris, R. Cywes. Pediatric Endosurgery & Innovative Techniques 2002; 5(4): 405-11.

Robotic endoscopic repair of spina bifida in utero. O. Aaronson, N. Tulipan, H. Sundell, J. Bruner, G. Davis, W. Richards, R. Cywes. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2002 Feb;36(2):85-9.

Sporadic aplasia cutis congenita: Case report and literature review. L.L. Fagan, P.A. Harris, A.G. Coran, R. Cywes. Pediatr Surg Int 2002 Sep;18(5-6):545-7.

Interim outcomes report of adjustable gastric banding in 402 adolescents at a single center. R. Cywes, J. C. DeBord, K. Overstreet, S. R. Hill. SOARD abstract 2010.

Is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding better than laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for surgical treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease? R. Cywes, J. C. DeBord. SOARD abstract 2010.

Early outcomes comparison of the advance platform (AP) Lap-Band System versus the Realize-C Gastric Band System. Robert Cywes, Jody C. DeBord. SOARD abstract 2010.

Re-operation in failed Roux-en-Y gastric Bypass and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty – not a good idea. R. Cywes. SOARD abstract 2010.

Effect of adjustable gastric banding on changes in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and quality of life. Woodman G, Cywes R, Billy H, Montgomery K, Cornell C, Okerson T; APEX Study Group. Curr Med Res Opin. 2012 Apr;28(4):581-9. Epub 2012 Mar 12.
Interim results at 48 weeks of LAP-BAND AP experience (APEX) study: prospective, multicenter, open-label longitudinal patient observational study. Cywes R, Bhoyrul S, Billy H, Ponce J, Okerson T, Oefelein MG; APEX Study Group. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Sep 17.
Safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-y gastric bypass is superior to gastric banding in the management of morbidly obese patients: a response. Bhoyrul S, Dixon J, Fielding G, Ren Fielding C, Patterson E, Grossbard L, Shayani V, Bessler M, Voellinger D, Billy H, Cywes R, Ehrlich TB, Jones DB, Watkins BM, Ponce J, Brengman M, Schroder G. Patient Saf Surg. 2009 Jul 28;3(1):17.
Clinical Algorithms for Identifying and Managing Complications of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS; Jeffrey W. Allen, MD, FACS; Sunil Bhoyrul, MD, FACS, FRCS(Eng); Helmuth T. Billy, MD, FACS; Robert Cywes, MD, PhD; Emma J. Patterson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Christine J. Ren-Fielding, MD, FACS; and
Vafa Shayani, MD, FACS. Bariatric Times November 2013.

4) ORAL PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES:

1991 (abstract – oral presentation) – Utilization of liver allograft glycogen during preservation, implantation and early reperfusion in man. R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, P-A. Clavien, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the European Society for Organ Transplantation Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, Oct 1991.

1991 (oral presentation) – Nutritional protection of the transplanted liver. R. Cywes. Presented at the Canadian Research Residents Conference, Montreal, Canada June 1991.

1991 (abstract – oral presentation) – Glycogen supplementation and utilization during hepatic allograft retrieval and preservation. R. Cywes. Presented at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons and Residents, Toronto, Canada, June 1991.

1991 (abstract – oral presentation) – The mechanism of lymphocyte adherence in the reperfused rat liver allograft and its relation to the duration of cold ischaemia. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, R. Cywes, G.A. Levy, P.D. Greig, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the AASLD Congress, Chicago, USA, Nov 1991.

1992 (abstract – oral presentation) – A randomized controlled trial of the effect of intraportal glucose infusions during the donor operation on hepatic glycogen concentration and outcome of liver transplantation. R. Cywes and S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association in Palm Springs, USA, April 1992.

1992 (oral presentation) – The role of polymerase chain reaction in detecting HBV and its relevance in aetiological linkage of HBV to hepatocellular carcinoma. R. Cywes. Presented at the Toronto Clinical Biochemistry Research Day, Toronto, Canada, February 1992.

1992 (manuscript – oral presentation) – The role of nutritional enhancement in the transplanted liver. R. Cywes. Presented at the 1992 Galie-Bateman Residents’ Research Competition, Toronto, Canada, May 1992 – awarded prize for the Best Manuscript Submitted.

1992 (abstract – oral presentation) – Effect of donor allograft nutritional status enhancement in clinical liver transplantation. R. Cywes. Presented at the Critical Care Symposium, Toronto, Canada, May 1992.

1992 (abstract – oral presentation) – Effect of intraportal glucose infusion on hepatic glycogen content and degradation, and outcome of liver transplantation. R. Cywes, P.D. Greig, J.R. Sanabria, G.A. Levy, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, May 1992 – awarded Tovee prize for best oral presentation of 1992.

1992 (abstract – oral presentation) – Recent results of elective open cholecystectomy in a North American and an European centre. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, G. Mentha, F. Borst, L. Buhler, B. Roche, R. Cywes, R. Tsibshirani, A. Rhoner, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at world association of HPB Surgery congress, Hong Kong, June 1992.

1992 (oral presentation) – Prepreservation injury results in platelet adherence in donor livers which is predictive of outcome of transplantation in man. R. Cywes. Presented at Multiorgan Transplant Conference, Toronto, Dec 1992.

1993 (abstract – oral presentation) – The role of platelets in hepatic allograft preservation injury in the rat. R. Cywes, M.A. Packham, L. Tietze, J.R. Sanabria, P.R.C. Harvey, M.J. Phillips, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at Society for Organ Sharing Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, July 1993.

1993 (abstract – oral presentation) – The influence of prostaglandin E1 on platelet adherence and injury in preserved rat liver allografts. R. Cywes, M.A. Packham, J.R. Sanabria, P.R.C. Harvey, G.A. Levy, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, June 1993.

1993 September – moderator of session on current research at the Canadian Liver Foundation Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

1994 (abstract – oral presentation) – Lazaroid U74389G and intralipid protect against liver preservation-reperfusion injury by different mechanisms. R. Cywes, L. Tietze, L. Fung, M.J. Phillips, G.A. Levy. Presented at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons meeting, Chicago, USA June 1994.

1998 (abtract – oral presentation) – Comparative outcomes analysis of the straight endorectal pull-through procedure (ERPT) and the ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA). R.Cywes, A.G. Coran. Presented at the International Congress of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatrics, Cape Town, South Africa, February 1998.

1998 (oral presentation) – Long-gap esophageal atresia: case presentation and management discussion. R. Cywes, A.G. Coran. American Academy of Pediatrics, San Franscisco, CA, October 1998.

2000 (abstract – oral presentation) – Trends in reimbursement for minimally invasive surgery vs open surgery in pediatric surgery. Planning for the future. R. Cywes. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG), Atlanta, GA, March 2000.

2000 (abstract – oral presentation) – Thoracoscopic repair of left posterolateral congenital diaphragmatic hernia. M.J. Arca, R. Cywes, D.C. Barnhart, D.H. Teitelbaum, J.L. Lelli. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG), Atlanta, GA, March 2000.

2000 (Invited Guest Speaker) – Pediatric minimally invasive surgery. R. Cywes. Southern Radiology, Nashville, TN, October 2000.

2001 (abstract – oral presentation) – Laparoscopic versus open splenectomy in the pediatric population – A contemporary single center experience. V.S. Reddy, H.H. Phan, J.B. Pietsch, W.W. Neblett, W.M. Morgan, R. Cywes, J.A. O’Neill, G.W. Holcomb. South-Eastern Surgical Society, New Orleans, MS, Feb 2001.

2001 – (abstract – submitted for oral presentation) – Comparative risk of wrap dysfunction between laparoscopic and open fundoplication at one institution over a three year period. R. Cywes, M.E. Hassan, W.W. Neblett, J.B. Pietsch, W.M. Morgan, J.A. O’Neill, A.A. El-Ekiabi, G.W. Holcomb. AAP, San Francisco 2001.

2001 (Invited Guest Speaker) – Minimally invasive surgery in neonates. R. Cywes. National Conference of Neonatal Nursing. Nashville, TN May 2001.

2002 (Invited Guest Speaker) – Robotic minimally invasive pediatric and fetal surgery. R. Cywes. Scientific Forum on Fetal Surgery, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. New Orleans, LA Jan 2002.

2002 Minimally invasive repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernias in neonates (“Minimal invasive chirurgie der congenitalen zweerchfellhernie in neugeborenen”). S. Scholz, R. Cywes. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie mit der DGKIC. Munich, Germany May 2002.

2003 (Invited Guest Speaker) – Minimally invasive surgery in neonates. R. Cywes. National Conference of Neonatal Nursing. Jacksonville, FL April 2003.

2003 (Invited Guest Speaker) – (1) Pediatric Bariatric Surgery
(2) When does a pediatrician need a minimally invasive pediatric surgeon? Nemours Conference for Florida Pediatricians, Amelia Island, FL July 2003.

2004 (Invited Guest Speaker) – Risk Management and Obesity Surgery. FPIC Florida Conference. Orlando, FL.

2005 Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds Citywide (Invited Guest Speaker) – PCO management in obesity. Jacksonville, FL.

2006 (Invited Speaker) Adolescent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery – Symbion Conference, Beavercreek, CO Feb. 2006

2008 (Invited Guest Speaker) Adolescent Obesity – CMSA Conference, Orlando, FL June 2008.

2008 (Invited Speaker) New techniques and technology in weight loss surgery. Sarasota, FASCA. FL July 2008.

2008, 2009, 2010 (Faculty and Guest Lecturer) Total Care Forum. Santa Barbara, CA. January.

2009 (Invited Speaker and Faculty) – Gastric Banding Summit (1) Adolescent weight loss surgery; and (2) The Future of Bariatric Surgery. Orlando, FL November 2009.

2009 (Faculty Presentation) – Adolescent Bariatric Surgery and Future Concepts in Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Summit. Orlando, FL. November 2009.

2010 (Guest Lecturer) – Childhood Obesity. Bariatric Symnposium. Alegant Health. Omaha, NE. April 2010.

2010 (abstract – oral presentation) – Interim outcomes report of adjustable gastric banding in 402 adolescents at a single center. R. Cywes, J. C. DeBord, K. Overstreet, S. R. Hill. ASMBS Conference, Las Vegas, NV. June 2010.

2010 (Faculty Lecture) Advanced Course in Bariatric Surgery and Keynote Speaker with Sugar Ray Leonard – “Knockout Obesity”. ASMBS. Las Vegas, NV. June 2010.

2010 (abstract – oral presentation) – Is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding better than laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for surgical treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease? R. Cywes, J. C. DeBord. ASMBS Conference, Las Vegas, NV. June 2010.

2010 (Guest Lecture) – Childhood Obesity and Surgery. Sunshine State Conference, Florida Chapter of Nurse Practitioners. Daytona, FL. July 2010.

2010 (Invited Speaker) – Adolescent Obesity. R. Cywes. International Pediatrics Association Conference (IPA) Johannesburg, South Africa. August 2010.

2010 (Invited Speaker) – Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity Surgery. R Cywes.WOFAPS Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa. August 2010.

2011 (Invited Speaker) – Crural Repair Panel Discussion -I prefer an anterior crucial repair; Band Erosions – I offer re-banding after erosion; Band in Adolescents – What does a pediatric band program look like, Gastric Band Summit, Miami Florida, March 2011.

2011 (Faculty) – IH Adolescents Postgraduate Course – Surgical Options: What are they and What is the Rationale; ASMBS Conference, Orlando, FL June 2011.

2011 (Faculty) – (1) I Prefer an anterior crucial repair with my bands; (2) Struggling LAGP Patients: Is there a role for the dietitian; ASMBS Conference, Orlando, FL June 2011

2011 (Invited Speaker) – Single Site Lapband surgery (including plication); Olympus Sponsored Talk; ASMBS Conference, Orlando, FL June 2011

2012 (Keynote Speaker) – New Frontiers in Bariatric Surgery. Alegant Health Bariatric Symposium. Omaha NE, May, 2012.

2012 (Invited Faculty and Expert Panel Member) – Pediatric Obesity and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. CIP (Consensus in Pediatrics) Conference, Moscow, Russia May 2012.

2012 – 2016 (Invited Speaker) – Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity. R. Cywes. University of North Florida, Dept of Health and Epidemiology. Jacksonville, FL. July 2012 ongoing annual lecture.

2012 (Invited Speaker) – Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. R. Cywes. WOFAPS Conference of the Americas. Cartagena, Colombia. August 2012.

2013 (Guest Lecture) – Childhood Obesity and Surgery. Palm Beach County Chapter of Nurse Practitioners. West Palm Beach, FL. July 2013.

2013 (Guest Lecture) – Childhood Obesity and Surgery. Palm Beach County Chapter of Physician’s Assistants. West Palm Beach, FL. Nov 2013.

2014 (Guest Lecture) – Childhood Obesity Management. Palm Beach Pediatric Society. West Palm Beach, FL. Jan 2014.

2014 (Invited Speaker) – Diagnosis and Management of GI disorders associated with Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatric Cardiac Symposium. PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. April 2014.

2014 (Guest Lecture) -Obesity: Facts and Beliefs. Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference Grand Cayman. Nov 2014.

2015 (Invited Faculty) – LCHF Health Convention Cape Town South Africa. 2 talks: (a) Carbohydrate Addiction (b) LCHF in Adolescents including bariatric surgery. Feb 2015.

5) POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

1990 (abstract – poster) – Effect of cold preservation on lymphocyte adherence in the perfused rat liver. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, R. Cywes, G.A. Levy, P.D. Greig, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the AASLD Congress, Chicago, USA, Nov 1990.

1991 (abstract – poster) – The role of nutritional enhancement in the transplanted liver. R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the European Society for Organ Transplantation Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, Oct 1991.

1991 (abstract – poster) – Glycogen repletion and metabolism during porcine hepatic allograft retrieval and preservation. R. Cywes, P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, P.D. Greig, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the AASLD Congress, Chicago, USA, Nov 1991.

1992 (abstract – poster) – Diffusion of substances into cholesterol gallstones. J.R. Sanabria, R. Cywes, G.A. Upadhya, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at the Gastroenterology Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, May 1992.

1992 (abstract – poster) – Glycogen supplementation and utilization during hepatic allograft retrieval and preservation. R. Cywes. Presented at the Annual Scientific Day of the Institute of Medical Science, Toronto, Canada, May 1992. Awarded Alan Wu Award for best poster presentation of 1992.

1992 (abstract – poster) – Evidence for the existence of a soluble mediator of cold preservation injury. P-A. Clavien, J.R. Sanabria, A. Upadhaya, R. Cywes, P.R.C. Harvey, S.M. Strasberg. Presented at AASLD Congress, Chicago, USA, Nov 1992.

2000 (abstract – poster) – Successful prenatal transplantation of adult mouse hepatocytes into fetal mice: A potential model for prenatal treatment of hepatic enzymopathies. R. Cywes, K. Tsuchiya, M. Summar. Presented at American Society of Human Genetics meeting, Philadelphia, USA, Oct 2000.

2002 (abstract – poster) – Robotic endoscopic repair of spina bifida: sheep model. O. Aaronson, N. Tulipan, H. Sundell, J. Bruner, G. Davis, W. Richards, R. Cywes. Presented at Scientific Forum on Fetal Surgery, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. New Orleans, LA Jan 2002.

2002 (abstract – poster) – Etiology of fundoplication failure following laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. R. Cywes, M.E. Hassan, A.A. El-Ekiabi, G.W. Holcomb III. Presented at AAP, Boston, MA Oct 2002.

2002 (abstract – poster) – Quality of life and parental satisfaction following open versus laparoscopic fundoplication. R. Cywes, M.E. Hassan, G.W. Holcomb III. Presented at AAP, Boston, MA Oct 2002.

2006 (abstract – poster) – Thorascopic Approach to transdiaphragmatic Resection of Retroperitoneal and Thoraco-abdominal Tumors. R. Messiner, R.Cywes. Accepted for poster presentation, SAGES. Dallas, TX 2006.

2009 (abstract – poster) – Resolution of Gastroesophagial Reflux Disease with the Lap-Band®. APEX study group, Presented at the 2009 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C. Oct. 2009.

2010 (abstract – Poster) – Early outcomes comparison of the advance platform (AP) Lap-Band System versus the Realize-C Gastric Band System. Robert Cywes, Jody C. DeBord. ASMBS Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2010.

2010 (abstract – Poster) – Re-operation in failed Roux-en-Y gastric Bypass and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty – not a good idea. R. Cywes. ASMBS Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2010.

2010 (abstract – Poster) – Patient reported resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) after adjustable gastric banding-1 year Interim Results of LAP-BAND AP® EXperience (APEX) Study: A Prospective, Multi-center, Open-Label Longitudinal Patient Observational Study. Robert Cywes, Helmuth Billy, Kevin Montgomery, George Woodman, Michael G. Oefelein and The APEX Study Group. ASMBS Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2010.

2012 (abstract – Poster) – Banded greater curve gastric placation as a rescue option for complications following adjustable gastric banding. Billy HT, Cywes R. ASMBS Conference San Diego, CA 2012

2012 (abstract – Poster) – Effects of adjustable gastric banding after 2.5 years – an interim report from the APEX study. Woodman G, Cywes R, Liu C, Bhoyrul S, Cornell C, Okerson T. ASMBS Conference San Diego, CA 2012

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