Robert J. Fitzgibbons, MD, FACS is the Harry E. Stuckenhoff Professor and Chairman of the department of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. For over three decades, his clinical and research efforts have focused on minimally invasive surgery especially as it relates to the management of abdominal wall hernias. He has performed thousands of hernia repairs and has made over 400 national and international presentations primarily on minimally invasive surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is the author of over 300 scholarly publications, including co-editor in Chief of journal “Hernia: The World Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery”. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he is currently the medical director of surgery and anesthesia for the CHI Health Clinic, a network of 15 acute care hospitals and the university practice plan.