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The American College of Cryosurgery will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and methodology for cryosurgery and related basic sciences. 



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About the American College of Cryosurgery


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The American College of Cryosurgery (ACC) was founded in 1977.  The ACC serves to promote the highest possible standards in clinical practice, continuing education and  research in cryosurgery.  The ACC also maintaing a strong committment to  promoting and encouraging public interest in cryotherapy . By providing a scientific forum for the exchange of ideas and methodology for cryosurgery and related  sciences, the ACC strives to foster advancements in cryomedicine and ablative therapies.

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ACC Board of Directors 

Aaron E. Katz, MD (President)
Dr. Aaron E. Katz is currently Chairman of Urology at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Katz is also recognized as an expert in the field of prostate cryosurgery. In the early 1990’s, he began using cryosurgery to treat prostate cancers. His pioneer work in advancing the technology helped Medicare approve of this therapy for treating radiation-recurrent tumors. Dr. Katz has trained hundreds of urologists in the United States and Europe to perform cryosurgery in their hospital. In the field of cryosurgery Dr. Katz has published numerous articles, written chapters for medical textbooks, and directed courses at both regional and national levels. To date, Dr. Katz has published over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has written 4 chapters for Urologic textbooks. He is the author of two recently published books: “The Definitive Guide to Prostate cancer” and ‘Dr. Katz’s Guide to Prostate Health: From Conventional to Holistic’’. He has been the host of a radio program called “Katz’s Corner” on WABC radio in New York City and he has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He has been in listed as one of New York’s Best Doctors r the past 8 years. 

John G. Baust, Ph.D. (Past President)
Dr. John G. Baust is the UNESCO Professor and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Technology (IBT) at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The IBT is a multidisciplinary research program in translational cryomedicine focused in cryogenic engineering, cryoablative strategies in cardiovascular disease and cancer therapy and cell/tissue cryopreservation.  In 2010 Dr. Baust was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology.  He is  President of the American College of Cryosurgery, a member of the American Urological Association Best Practices Panel on Cryotherapy of Localized Prostate Cancer, Editor-in Chief of the journal Biopreservation & Biobanking, Past President of the international Society for Cryobiology, U.S. Delegate  and Commission President of the International Institute of Refrigeration and has served as Chair of an international multi-Society Committee on Best Practices in Cryopreservation.  He has authored or co-authored more than 500 peer reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts, holds dozens of patents in cryomedicine and serves on numerous grant review panels.  In 2007 he co-edited the CRC text Advances in Biopreservation.  Dr. Baust has also served President and CEO of Cryomedical Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMSI) and BioLife Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS).

Board Members

Neil K. Sanghvi, MD (Vice President)
First Coast Heart & Vascular, PLLC, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Daniel B. Rukstalis, MD (Secretary)
Professor Surgical Sciences, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

John M. Baust, PhD (Treasurer)
President and Lead Scientist, CPSI Biotech, Owego, NY
Jamie Landman, MD (President-Elect)
Dept. of Urology, University of California Irvine School of Medicine
William Abramavits, MD   
Dermatology Treatment & Research Center, Dallas, TX

Boaz Avitall, MD, PhD   
Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Illinois Chicago

Sharon Evans, PhD   
Dept. of Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Robert Griffin, PhD
Dept. of Radiation Oncology, University of Arkansas, Health Science Center

Michael Sabel, MD
Dept. of Surgical Oncology, University of Michigan Comp. Cancer Ctr.
Inderbir S. Gill, MD, MCh.    
Catherine and Joseph Aresty Dept. of Urology, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Damian Greene, MD    
University of Sunderland

Marie Molnar-Hammond   
ChemImage Corp.

Yoed Rabin, D.Sc. 
Dr. Yoed Rabin is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA. Before joining CMU, Dr. Rabin held faculty positions at the Division of Surgical Oncology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA (1994-1996), at the Department of Human Oncology at the Allegheny University of Health Sciences (1996-1998), and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology (1997-2000). Dr. Rabin received his B.Sc. (1989) and M.Sc. (1991) from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and his D.Sc. (1994) from the Technion. Dr. Rabin has a broad range of research interests in the area of energy modalities in biology and medicine, including cryosurgery, cryopreservation, hyperthermia, thermal ablation, and thermal regulation in biological systems. Dr. Rabin has developed several devices and techniques for experimental cryosurgery and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Rabin is committed to integrating cutting-edge technology with cryosurgery practice, with the example of developing computation tools for modeling the evolution of cancer growth, real-time thermal analyses, surgical planning, clinical training, and mdical education.

John C. Bischof, Ph.D.
Dr. John Bischof is a Distinguished McKnight university Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and Urology at the University of Minnesota.  he obtained a B.S. in Bioengineering from U.C. Berkeley (UCB) in 1987, an M.S. from UCB and U.C. San Francisco in 1989, and a Ph.D. in mechanical Engineering from UCB in 1992.  After a Post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, he joined the University of Minnesota in 1993. Professor Bischof is an author on numerous peer-reviewed publications; has several patents and numerous best paper, young investigator and society Fellow awards for his work in bioheat and mass transfer with an emphasis in cryosurgery and thermal therapy.

Founding Members
Gloria F. Graham, MD
Dr. Gloria Graham was a founder and past-president of the American College of Cryosurgery and was one of a group of  women involved in the creation of the Women's Dermatological Society and is co-founder of the Country Doctor Museum.  She was an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine from 2001-2004 and then returned to private practice in Morehead City, NC.  She has held over 100 professional appointments, written over 100 publications and has received many honors and awards, including the Rose Hirschler Award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Practitioner of the Year in 1999 , the Evert C. Fox Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2001, and Distinguished Achievement Award at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2007.

Andrew A. Gage, MD
Dr. Andrew Gage is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Heart Association.  Dr. Gage has served as president of six separate professional societies though his career.  He has authored numerous publications and book chapters. His pioneering work in cryosurgery for the treatment of various cancers has guided much of the research in modern cryotherapy.


Join us April 14-18, 2015 at the Annual Meeting for the Society for Thermal Medicine in Orlando, Florida. The American College of Cryosurgery will be participating in the program, promoting the continued advancements of thermal therapies and cryosurgical approaches in medicine and research.

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