Dr. Velanovich is currently the Director of General Surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He also chairs the Vivian Clark Reeves/Joy McCann Culverhouse for Digestive Disorders and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Velanovich received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his surgical residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in California as well as Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington. From 1987 to 1996,he served his country on active duty as a major in the United States Army, Medical Corps., where he received numerous awards. His research interests focus on benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and minimally invasive surgery, with emphasis on quality of life and outcomes.