David Rattner received an MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1978. He trained as an intern and resident in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1978 to 1985. He was then appointed to the staff of the hospital’s Department of Surgery. In 1999, he became the chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery. He was made professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in 2003. Dr. Rattner has been active in numerous national surgical organizations. He has served as a trustee of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, president of the Boston Surgical Society, governor of the American College of Surgeons, and president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Halsted Society. Dr. Rattner has authored more than 150 original publications and 80 book chapters. He was one of the founding members of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and currently serves on this organization’s board of trustees. Dr. Rattner was a founding member of CIMIT (Center for Innovative Minimally Invasive Therapies). He is co-chair of the SAGES-ASGE Joint Committee on Natural Orifice Trans-lumenal Endoscopic Surgery and is a founding member of NOSCAR (Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment of Research). His areas of research include translumenal gastrointestinal surgery, minimally invasive therapies, and the operating room of the future.