FSIE promotes collaboration with surgical colleagues and innovative industry partners from around the world through research, educational courses and fellowship opportunities to advance the field of surgery.
In the past, the cost of promoting this mission was borne by federal grants or support from academic medical institutions. Unfortunately both of these resources are increasingly scarce and difficult to access. The medical industry is an invaluable contributor to education and procedural development but they too are under increasingly tight constraints – both political and financial. This has led to a current situation where funding for innovative research and educational efforts is episodic and unpredictable which, in turn, makes it difficult to achieve the continuity needed to achieve meaningful research or plan educational opportunities.
FSIE, a fully licensed 501 C-3 corporation, offers an opportunity to fund deserving research and education efforts in a non-biased and scientific manner in order to permit predictability and stability in these otherwise challenging times. FSIE commits to managing these funds with a minimum of administrative cost in order to maximize the amounts of money available to the Foundation’s mission.
Financial contributions to the foundation come from surgeons involved in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), appreciative patients, industry interested in supporting education, developing enabling technologies or new procedures, or other entities interested in our mission. The Board of FSIE is composed of recognized leaders in surgery from across the United States. They are fully committed to the mission of FSIE and will ensure its scientific integrity and purpose.
Lee L. Swanström, MD
President, Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education (FSIE)
To maintain the quality of care within today’s environment, surgeons must work vigorously to equip themselves with advanced medical technology and make great efforts in developing competency for curing illnesses without introducing surgical errors. This can only be accomplished through surgical education and research.