The AAS Membership Committee’s “Membership Spotlight” series – each month in The Academic Surgeon and on the AAS homepage we will introduce you to a member of your association.
Eittel E. Oppenheimer is a staff surgeon at the University of Florida affiliated North Florida/South Georgia VA Medical Center. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Florida. During his fellowship training he focused on his interests in bariatric and anti-reflux surgery. Currently, Dr. Oppenheimer engages in surgical education through simulation training for medical students and residents and leads a weekly journal club.
He only recently joined the Association for Academic Surgery in order become a better surgical educator as he is interested in developing effective clinical educational techniques and wants to engage in clinical outcomes research with surgical trainees. By becoming a member, he looks forward to using the AAS as an adjunct to develop a successful academic career through networking and collaboration. This is evidenced by Dr. Oppenheimer’s ability to give his first national oral presentation at the recent 15th annual Academic Surgical Congress. Finally, he hopes to use his cultural background to increase diversity within the AAS. Eittel is a former indoor volleyball player and still enjoys an active lifestyle by taking part in cross-training, walking his dog, or spending time with his daughter. If you see him at next year’s meeting, be sure to welcome him to the AAS!