James “Butch” Rosser, Jr. MD, FACS, also known as “Dr. Butch,” is a practicing physician and general surgeon with a special interest in diseases of the esophagus and stomach. His broad clinical expertise has a special focus on utilizing minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approaches to cure patients of chronic heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. He has been an internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive surgery for more than 20 years.
Dr. Rosser has also been a pioneer in telemedicine, the remote care of a patient using computers and video screens. He helped define the remote control of a surgery, called telementoring, from great distances. The first missions were in Detroit and then extended to the military in Hawaii. In 2000, he organized and produced the first globally televised telementoring mission on the debut of the Discovery Health Channel from Yale University to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was first to telementor a removal of a gallbladder in a mobile surgery unit in the jungles of Ecuador and missions in Africa.
He has given more than 350 invited lectures around the world, written over 50 peer reviewed articles, more than 16 chapters in books currently in print and authored 11 digital books. Dr. Rosser is currently Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Central Florida and has held similar academic appointments at Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. He has served as the Treasurer, Vice President, President and board member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.