Dr Stefanidis is a professor of surgery with tenure, the Vice Chair of education, and Chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery of the department of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He also serves as the surgical director of our American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute (ACS-AEI), and directs education and simulation research in the department. At the national level, he is president of the Association for Surgical Education, serves on the board of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the Institute for Surgical Excellence, and an associate member of the ACS Academy of Master Educators.
He is past chair of the research and development committee of the ACS-AEI and chair of the research committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is founding editor is chief of Global Surgical Education the Journal of the Association for Surgical Education. He has a strong interest in improving surgical training and optimizing surgical performance using simulation, has obtained several competitive research grants, and has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters.