Joseph B. Petelin, MD, FACS, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and received his doctorate in 1976. He completed his surgical residency at the same institution in 1981, and subsequently was appointed to the clinical faculty of the University in the same year. He has been certified and twice re-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is currently a member, in good standing, of the American College of Surgeons. Petelin’s undergraduate work in physics and his interest in computer science has been influential in shaping his career path since that time. In the late 1980s, he spent considerable time teaching the principles and application of laser technology to surgeons around the United States. This activity proved to be the platform from which the current renaissance of laparoscopic surgery would emerge. It was during this time that Petelin and other pioneers in the filed of laparoscopic surgery developed many of the techniques that are used around the world.

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