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September 2020 - Volume 1 - Issue 1

  • Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
  • 2691-3593

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Annals of Surgery. 1(1):e002, September 2020.



Welcome to Annals of Surgery Open:  Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches.  


Since 1885, Annals of Surgery has been the premier peer-reviewed medical journal of surgical sciences and practice.  For decades Annals has been the leader in terms of publishing the highest quality papers with the greatest impact across all aspects of surgery.  The current explosion of medical knowledge has reached the point where Annals of Surgery has been overwhelmed with excellent content and can no longer publish all of the great papers that are submitted.  In addition, the world has changed with the demand for rapid open access publication into the surgical literature is now expected.

Considering these factors, Annals of Surgery and our publisher, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams + Wilkins has created an alternative mechanism for publication to meet these demands.  Annals of Surgery Open: Perspectives on Surgical History, Education, and Clinical Approaches  is an open-access, peer-reviewed, international journal which, although reporting on all areas of surgery, will focus primarily on interesting and important education and historical perspectives.  We hope that this journal will complement the original Annals of Surgery and allow for our message and impact to be more widely disseminated.  We encourage you to consider submitting your best work.

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Editor-in-Chief
Annals of Surgery
Annals of Surgery Open


Meet the Editors

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe received his MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as the Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School since 2011. He served as the Associate Editor of Annals of Surgery from 2006-2011 and has been the Editor-in-Chief since July 2011.


​Justin Barr, MD, PhD
Associate Editor

Dr. Justin Barr as born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, He graduated in 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  After working as a historian for the military, he matriculated to Yale University, earning his PhD in history in 2015.  He was simultaneously enrolled in medical school at the University of Virginia, also graduating in 2015.  While currently a resident in general surgery at Duke University, he has continued to publish on the history of surgery, including his recent book, Of Life and Limb:  Surgical Repair of the Arteries in War and Peace, 1880-1960.  Justin anticipates shepherding innovative historical scholarship to readers of Annals of Surgery Open.  


Luke Funk, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Editor

Dr. Luke M. Funk is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Chief of General Surgery at the William S. Middleton VA. He is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon and leads a health-services research program focused on improving medical and surgical care for patients with obesity. His research is funded by the Veterans Health Administration, National Institutes of Health and American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS), Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the Society of University Surgery (SUS). He is currently an Associate Editor for Annals of Surgery Open and is on the editorial boards for Annals of Surgery, The American Journal of Surgery, and the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife (Dr. Elizabeth Funk), attending UW sporting events with his sons (Logan age 8; Chase age 6), and struggling on the golf course.


​Brigitte K. Smith, MD
Associate Editor

Dr. Brigitte Smith is an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship, and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah.  She grew up in Wisconsin and completed both medical school and the integrated vascular surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Brigitte's clinical practice is broad and encompasses comprehensive vascular care for all major arterial and venous conditions, with a particular interest in Nutcracker and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.  Her academic focus is in surgical education, including competency-based medical education and evaluation of educational programs with particular attention to educational metrics that predict patient care outcomes in practice.  Brigitte is married with two beautiful children (2-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl), all of whom enjoy hiking, skiing, boating and live music.