Dr. Filipi is Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Filipi has served as president of the American Hernia Society and editor of the Journal Hernia. He has published 105 peer reviewed articles and 51 book chapters. He has been the inventor on over 15 patents and 5 years ago became medical director of SafeStitch Medical Inc. He continues to see patients one day a week and devotes his remaining time to research and humanitarian initiatives. His primary interests are intra-luminal surgery for the correction of gastroesophageal reflux disease and obesity, Barrett’s esophagus mucosal excision and the non-profit organizations Hernia Repair for the Underserved and Diabetes and Chronic Disease Improvement International.