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2024 AAES Annual Meeting Invited Speakers

UCSF Carol & Orlo H. Clark Distinguished Lecture in Endocrine Surgery
Professor Jad Abumrad
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 am CT
Jad Abumrad is the creator of Radiolab (, More Perfect (, Dolly Parton’s America ( and the Vanishing of Harry Pace (, which collectively are downloaded over 120 million times a year. He's been called a "master of the radio craft" for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Jad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composed much of the music for Radiolab, and in the past has composed music for film, theater and dance.  

Jad has received three Peabody Awards, the highest honor in broadcasting and two DuPont Awards. And in 2011, he received the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.

He’s currently a Distinguished Professor of Research at Vanderbilt University.

MCW Stuart Wilson, M.D. Historical Lecture

Janice Pasieka, MD
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 8:00 am CT

Dr. Janice L Pasieka FRCSC FACS graduated from the University of Western Medical School and did her General Surgery Training at the University of Calgary. She then did two and a half years of Endocrine Surgical Training. The first year was spent in Dr. David Hanley’s lab at the University of Calgary, then a year at the University of Michigan, under the mentorship of Dr. Norman Thompson followed by 6 months at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden with Dr. Bertil Hamberger. She then returned to Calgary and has devoted her clinical practice solely to endocrine surgical diseases. At the Tom Baker Clinic Centre, Dr. Pasieka was the driving force behind the development of a multidisciplinary clinic for Neuroendocrine Tumours as well as the Multidisciplinary Hereditary Endocrine Clinic. She was responsible for the development an American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) accredited fellowship program in Endocrine Surgery that has gone on to train numerous endocrine surgeons world-wide. As City-wide Division Chief of General Surgery, in 2002, Dr. Pasieka implemented a novel way of doing general surgical call for the division that improved patient care and both academic productivity and well-being of the faculty. This ACESS service has gone on to be modified and is now the standard model of call coverage across Canada. She has recently been awarded the Outstanding Clinical Research Award (2019) and the Life-time Achievement Award (2022) from the Department of Surgery. Dr. Pasieka served as Secretary-Treasurer of the AAES and in 2010 she became the first Canadian and second woman to become President. She has served on the Council of the International
Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES), and as Secretary-Treasurer from 2016 -2022. In 2022, Dr. Pasieka became President-elect of the IAES. Dr. Pasieka was the Canadian James IV Traveling Surgical Fellow 2006 and recently was appointed to the James VI Board of Directors. In 2007, the Women’s Executive Network named her as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Dr. Pasieka served as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery. In April 2021, Dr. Pasieka was awarded the prestigious ‘Oliver Cope Meritorious Achievement Award’ from the AAES, in recognition of her substantial contributions to the field of endocrine surgery, becoming the first women and the 10th recipient of this award. Her areas of interests (besides running, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking and snowshoeing with her dog Kocher) evolves around neuroendocrine tumours, adrenal disease, thyroid cancer and the study of surgical outcomes in patients with hyperparathyroidism. To date she has over 160 peer-review publications, is editor of three Endocrine Surgical textbooks and has written over 28 book chapters.

JFK, Dallas, and Parkland Hospital
Stephen Fagin
Monday, April 21, 2024 at 10:15 am CT
Stephen Fagin is Curator of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ( at the site of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas. Since joining the staff in 2000, he has managed the museum's ongoing Oral History Project, and today serves as the institutional historian and content expert, contributing to collections, exhibits, education, and programming initiatives.

The author of Assassination and Commemoration from University of Oklahoma Press (2013, paperback 2019), as well as several articles about the Kennedy assassination, Fagin has been assistant editor of Legacies Dallas History Magazine since 2006. He holds degrees in English and history from Southern Methodist University and an MA in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma.