Dr. Edgar Staren is the former Professor of Surgery, Vice President and Executive Director for Cancer Services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Deputy Director for Clinical Affairs of its Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Staren is a graduate of Loyola University School of Medicine and received his general surgery training and surgical oncology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospitals. Additional graduate education included a PhD in immunology/microbiology from Rush and an MBA from Benedictine University. After his training, Dr. Staren remained as a faculty member at Rush and held positions as Professor of General Surgery, Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum, and Associate Dean for Medical Student Programs. He subsequently was recruited as Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the Medical College of Ohio and Medical Director of the MCO Cancer Institute. From 2005-2014, Dr. Staren held positions as SVP and Chief Medical Officer, Western Regional Medical Center CEO, and CEO of CTCA Medicine and Science. From 2014-2016 he held positions as CEO of Ashion PMed Management as well as President of one of its subsidiary companies, Ashion Advanced Individual Medicine, outgrowths of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Dr. Staren is a member of numerous academic organizations and is a Past President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Rush Surgical Society and the Toledo Surgical Society. Dr. Staren has been an advocate for enhanced use of minimal access, image-guided procedures for most of his career and was part of the original group that developed many of the hands-on courses for the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society and has been regularly listed in “Best Doctor’s in America” and “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer”. He has published nearly 300 scientific works including more than 150 manuscripts, 80+ abstracts, 45 book chapters, and 12 books. He has given more than 200 visiting professorships or lectures.