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New SLS President

Dr. Robert Zurawin, Appointed 25th President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)

October 16, 2017 (Houston, TX) — The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, an organization focused on multi-specialty minimally invasive medicine, has chosen Dr. Robert Zurawin, a gynecological surgeon and adjunct associate professor at Baylor University College of Medicine, to become its 25th president. Dr. Zurawin is an international consultant who trains surgeons in minimally invasive surgery, and whose goal is to expand the medical society’s reach.

One of the themes of Dr. Zurawin’s presidential year is “More Collaboration Among Our Members,” targeting additional specialties and reaching deeper with their current membership with the goal of expanding less invasive surgical procedures, both in the U.S. and internationally, including a new venture in the Pacific Rim.

“This organization is a close-knit collaborative society with a unified goal that is significant in medicine today due to its multispecialty focus,” says Zurawin.“ The society educates surgeons to become proficient in minimally invasive surgery—the least invasive—so that patients benefit. For that reason and others I’m honored to become SLS’ 25th president.”

While at Baylor, Dr. Zurawin created the first fellowships in Minimally Invasive Surgery and also in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and served as chief of both divisions. He has more than 40 years of experience in medicine and advanced minimally invasive surgery. Besides serving as SLS president, he is the current CEO of The Texas Institute for Gynecological Research and Education, which counsels medical device companies and start-ups. While at Baylor, Dr. Zurawin created the fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and the fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Zurawin specializes in minimally invasive surgery, with particular interest in uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and alternative procedures to hysterectomy, as well as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Zurawin continues to teach robotic surgery.

“SLS members chose Dr. Zurawin as the new president of SLS because of his passion to do good,” said Paul Wetter, chairman of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. “We look forward to a year of fascinating discussions about developments in gynecological, as well as other approaches to surgery, so we can improve our surgical training and serve our membership in even better ways.”

Dr. Zurawin received his medical degree and completed his residency at Baylor University College of Medicine, graduating with honors. He worked throughout his education, including dissecting corneas from cadavers for use in transplants, working as a prison physician at the Texas

Department of Corrections, and performing pre-operative histories and physicals for the Urology Department. He reports that his favorite job was playing the piano in clubs in support of his education.

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of multi-specialty surgeons, including general surgery, urology, OB-GYN and others, SLS advocates for minimally invasive surgery and improved surgical outcomes for all these specialties. It is a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of over 5,000 surgeons. See the SLS Web site at

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