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Lourdes Physicians Named Fellows of the American College of Surgeons

David A. Berg, MD, FACS, colon and rectal surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
David A. Berg, MD, FACS, colon and rectal surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

David A. Berg, MD, FACS, colon and rectal surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, and Ely M. Sebastian, MD, FACS, transplant surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, were recently named fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  Drs. Berg and Sebastian were two of 1,622 surgeons worldwide to recently become initiated into the ACS Fellowship program.

By meeting the ACS’s stringent requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation “FACS” (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names.

Dr. Berg has practiced surgery at Lourdes since 2011.  Prior to Lourdes, Dr. Berg was in private practice in South Jersey.  Board-certified in Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Berg serves as a clinical assistant professor of Surgery at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He performed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network and his residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital, serving as chief resident.  Dr. Berg earned his medical and bachelor’s degrees from Tufts University in Boston, graduating with honors.

Active on numerous hospital committees, Dr. Berg is currently working on multiple research projects.  His past research has been presented at national scientific meetings and published in medical journals.  Earlier this year, Dr. Berg was named Lourdes physician of the quarter.

Dr. Sebastian has practiced transplant surgery at Lourdes since 2011.  Prior to Lourdes, Dr. Sebastian completed clinical fellowships in multi-organ and kidney-pancreas transplantation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) - Thomas Starzl Transplantation Institute, where he was elected as the senior administrative fellow.  Specializing in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, Dr. Sebastian completed postdoctoral training with the departments of Pharmacology, and General Surgery and Critical Care at UPMC.  Prior to that, Dr. Sebastian was a general surgeon in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Sebastian completed his residency in general surgery at G. Almenara I. Hospital in Lima, Peru, and an internship in medicine at Essalud Hospital in Junin, Peru.  During this time, Dr. Sebastian performed research fellowships in transplantation and minimally invasive surgery at UPMC.  He earned his medical and bachelor’s degrees from Universidad National Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Sebastian’s research has been presented at national scientific meetings and published in medical journals.  He has been recognized for his participation in the First Liver Transplantation in Peru by the Peruvian Medical Society.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.  Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. 

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