Jo Buyske

Jo Buyske

Class of 1977


Jo Buyske Dr. Jo Buyske is the Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery, and she is the Director of Evaluation there. She is also a director of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and sits on the Executive Committee of the board of SCORE, the Surgical Council on Resident Education.


Dr. Buyske’s major focus, in addition to exam development, is on resident education, standards in training and beyond including flexible training pathways and re-entry , and international relationships in surgery.

Dr. Buyske was chief of surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System for 10 years. She continues at Penn as an adjunct professor of surgery, and has a clinical appointment as a staff surgeon at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Administration, as well as at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she volunteers on the emergency surgical service. In addition, Dr. Buyske volunteers as a surgeon several weeks a year in resource-limited countries, most recently in Haiti and Nepal.

Jo Buyske

She received her surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and received her MD degree from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She majored in English Literature at
Cornell University, where she received her undergraduate degree.

She is a member of many surgical societies, and is a past-president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). She has won numerous mentoring awards, has been named as a Top Doc in Philadelphia and nationally, and has been featured in a Lifetime documentary on women doctors. She has given well over 100 invited lectures, and has published extensively.

Dr. Buyske lives in Philadelphia, has four teenage children, is an avid farm to table cook and diner, and is a lifelong runner.

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