Dr. Aurora Pryor is Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Chief of Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook University. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her undergrad degree in engineering and her MD from Duke University. She completed her residency in General Surgery at Duke, followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. She was on the faculty at Duke from 2003-2011. While at Duke, she served as Co-Director of the Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Program at Duke, and as Chief of General Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital. She was associate director of the Duke residency and the Duke MIS/bariatric fellowship program director. She moved to New York in 2011, to join the Stony Brook faculty. In addition to her academic roles, she is director of the Advanced GI/MIS fellowship at Stony Brook. Her clinical practice includes general GI surgery, bariatrics, foregut and hernia. Dr. Pryor’s work has appeared well over 100 publications, and she has co-edited four books. She has given more than 200 presentations worldwide, has received a number of research grants and holds patents for several surgical technologies. Her current research efforts focus on advancing laparoscopic bariatric surgery techniques and outcomes, and on new technology in surgery. She sat on the Executive Council for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) where she chaired the Emerging Technology and Program committees. She is also the President-Elect for the NY chapter of the ASMBS. Dr. Pryor is also the Immediate Past President of SAGES and past chair of their membership, finance and research and career development committees. She is the President-Elect of the Fellowship Council, where she is slated to be President in 2020. She is President the Eastern Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and sits on the General Surgery Board and serves as a Councilor for the American Board of Surgery. She is an Associate Editor for Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery and Bariatric Times.