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Dr. Alverdy is the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery and Executive Vice-Chair of the department of surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr Alverdy has an active clinical practice in gastrointestinal surgery focusing on minimally invasive surgery of the foregut. Dr Alverdy runs an active basic science laboratory where he studies the molecular pathogenesis of serious infections that develop following surgery including gut-derived sepsis of the critically ill, anastomotic leak and the role of the microbiome in each. He has been continuously RO1 funded by the NIH for this area of investigation and currently holds an RO1 and R21 grant. Dr Alverdy is the immediate past president of the Surgical Infection Society North America.