Dr. Lee Swanstrom of The Oregon Clinic Receives Prestigious National Award for Lifetime Achievement

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Oregon Clinic is pleased to announce that Lee Swanstrom, M.D. has recently received the George Berci Lifetime Achievement award, from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr. Swanstrom is a surgeon with The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS), and received the award at the Surgical Spring Week Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on April 15, 2015. The George Berci award is the highest honor SAGES bestows. It is granted only to those who innovate in the field of endoscopic surgery, which may be of a scientific, technological or educational nature.

"In particular this award was very meaningful for me, given Dr. George Berci is a signature surgical innovator and a lifetime friend and mentor," Dr. Swanstrom said.

SAGES represents more than 7,000 surgeons from every state and over 50 countries. The organization was founded in 1981 to support academic, clinical and research achievement in gastrointestinal endoscopic surgery.

In addition to heading GMIS at The Oregon Clinic, Dr. Swanstrom is president and founder of the non-profit Foundation for Surgical Innovation & Education, an organization that supports quality in research and education in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Swanstrom is a director on the American Board of Surgery and he is past president of SAGES and the Fellowship Council. He is director of Providence Health System’s Complex GI and Foregut Surgery Postgraduate Fellowship Programs in Portland, Ore., and Director of the Innovations Fellowship program at the Institutes des Hopitaux Universitaires of the University of Strasbourg, France. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Ore.

Alongside his contributions to education, Dr. Swanstrom has published over 300 scientific papers and 50 book chapters. He is the editor of two major surgical textbooks, including Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, a leading laparoscopic textbook today. His research focuses on technology assessment and new procedure development, which has resulted in 13 patents.

Dr. Swanstrom practices at The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Providence Portland Cancer Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Suite 6N60, in Portland. To request an appointment, patients and referring physicians may click here or call 503-281-0561. 


The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing a worldwide community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health.