Dr. Aurora is Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery at Stony Brook. 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. Moving to New York in 2011, she now serves as Vice Chair of Surgery, Chief of Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook. She is also director of the Advanced GI/MIS/Bariatric fellowship at Stony Brook. Her clinical practice includes bariatrics, general GI surgery, foregut and hernia. Her initial roles in the ASMBS were on the Program and Emerging Technology committees, both of which she eventually served on as chair. In those positions, she worked on several papers on the incorporation of new technologies into practice. Taking that one step further, she testified in front of the FDA on behalf of ASMBS. She now serves on the Executive Council as a Council person at Large. In that role she provides oversight for Emerging Technologies, Membership, and the Obesity Prevention committees. She is also co-chair of the General and Foregut Surgery committee. Outside of ASMBS, Dr. Pryor’s work has appeared in more than 80 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. Dr. Pryor is the past chair of the SAGES research and career development committee. She serves on the governing board of SAGES as Treasurer and also chairs the Membership and Finance Committees. She is the SAGES representative to the Fellowship Council Board where she serves as Secretary/Treasurer. She is an Associate Editor for Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Subject Editor for Bariatric and Foregut for Surgical Endoscopy and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery and Bariatric Times. Her clinical care focuses on individualized treatment options of patients with gastroesophageal diseases, obesity and hernia. She offers a range of laparoscopic, endoscopic and traditional surgical approaches. She is actively engaged in several FDA trials and offers the latest available treatment options to her patients.