Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons | EuroAmerican Multispecialty Summit VII

EuroAmerican Multispecialty Summit VII

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This Summit, held every two years, with delegations of leading laparoscopists representing organizations and countries in Europe and the Americas provides a meaningful educational and cultural exchange with thought leaders in minimally invasive surgery. A similar Summit is held on alternate years for Pacific Rim countries. Summits are also open to surgeons in all specialties wishing to learn about current trends. Plan on attending this year’s extraordinary event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort®, Orlando, Florida, USA.

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2015

ORLANDO, FL 32820 



• Registration Opens:  October 13, 2014
• Early Bird Registration Discount Ends:  December 11, 2014
• Online Registrations Closes:  January 28, 2015
• Make your hotel reservations by:   January 12, 2015
• Resident Scholarship Application Deadline: January 5, 2015


• View and download the brochure here
• Faculty Biographies and Index
• Faculty Presentations

Preliminary Program

Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
Keith Isaacson, MD
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD MBA
Farr Nezhat, MD
Mona Orady, MD
Jay A. Redan, MD
Richard M. Satava, MD
Phillip P. Shadduck, MD
Robert M. Sweet, MD
Jessica Ybanez-Morano, MD MPH

Paul Alan Wetter, MD

Michael S. Kavic, MD
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med

  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm Conference Registration Open
    5:00 – 5:15 Opening Entertainment
    5:15 – 5:20 Paul Alan Wetter, MD, Chairman
    5:20 – 5:30 Delegation Introductions: Organizing Committee Chairs
    Michael S. Kavic, MD and Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med
    5:30 – 5:45 Cultural Presentation: The Development of MIS in
    Eastern Europe
    Calin Tiu, MD, PhD • Romania
    5:45 – 6:00 Cultural Presentation: Life Lessons from Guatemala
    Roberto Gallardo Diaz, MD • Guatemala
    6:00 – 7:00 pm WELCOME RECEPTION
  • 7:00 am – 1:00 pm Conference Registration Open
    7:00 – 7:30 am Complimentary Coffee and Bakery Items
    7:30 – 7:45 am OPENING REMARKS
    Paul Alan Wetter, MD • Chairman
    7:45 – 8:45 am MULTISPECIALTY
    Moderators • Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD,
    MBA and Mona Orady, MD
    7:45 – 8:00 A Comparison Single Port Surgery vs Minilaparoscopic
    Roberto Gallardo Diaz, MD • Guatemala
    8:00 – 8:15 Safety in the OR and “The Surgical Check List,” Help
    or Hindrance. Are We Missing Something?
    Nicholas V. Pairaudeau, MD • Canada
    8:15 – 8:30 Surgical Education in Europe and the USA: Compare
    and Contrast
    Georgios Tsoulfas, MD, PhD • Greece
    8:30 – 8:45 Cultural Presentation: Bulgaria – A Country with
    Ancient History & Rich Culture
    Prof Slavcho Tomov, Prof Dr Med  • Bulgaria
    8:45 – 9:00 am “Improve the Outcomes for Six Million Surgical
    Patients – ORReady”

    Paul Alan Wetter, MD
    9:00 – 10:15 am GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • William E. Kelley, MD and Jay A. Redan, MD
    9:00 – 9:15 Evidence Based Minilaparoscopy. Can Cheaper
    Really be Better?
    Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD • Brazil
    9:15 – 9:30 Laparoscopic Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Middle of a
    World Economic Crisis: Does it Make Sense?
    Georgios Tsoulfas, MD, PhD • Greece
    9:30 – 9:45 Cultural Presentation: Romania
    Eugen Tarcoveanu, Prof Dr Med • Romania
    9:45 – 10:00 Minilaparoscopic Surgery for Every Day Surgery
    Pros and Cons
    Roberto Gallardo Diaz, MD • Guatemala
    10:00 – 10:15 Experience of the Main Public Center of Bariatric
    Surgery in Mexico
    Juan Gonzalez Machuca, MD • Mexico
    10:15 – 10:30 am BREAK
    10:30 – 11:15 am GYNECOLOGY
    Moderators • Jessica Ybanez Morano, MD, MPH
    and Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med
    10:30 – 10:45 The Particularities of Laparoscopic Interventions
    During Pregnancy
    Marius Lucian Craina, MD, PhD • Romania
    10:45 – 11:00 Laparoscopic Management of Post-Operative
    Bleeding in Gynaecology
    Hany Habeeb, FRCOG • United Kingdom
    11:00 – 11:15 The Surgical Treatment of Ureteral Endometriosis:
    A Review of the Literature and Our Experience
    Claudio Peixoto Crispi, Jr., MD • Brazil
    11:15 am – 12:00 pm UROLOGY
    Moderators • Richard M. Satava, MD and Robert
    M. Sweet, MD
    11:15 – 11:30 Is Surgical Treatment always Necessary for Patients
    with Endometriosis and LUT?
    Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
    11:30 – 11:45 Robotic Surgery in Brazil: Cost, Learning, and Future
    of Robotic Surgery
    Mauricio G. Rubinstein, MD, PhD • Brazil
    11:45 – 12:00 Cultural Presentation: Corfu: The Island of Phaecon
    Nikolaos Zavras, MD, PhD • Greece
    12:00 – 1:00 pm GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • Phillip P. Shadduck, MD and Michael S.
    Kavic, MD
    12:00 – 12:15 Robotic Surgery in Mexico
    Ariel Martínez Oñate, MD • Mexico
    12:15 – 12:30 10 Years of Eras in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
    (Up to 1000 Laparoscopic Procedures)
    Gianluca Garulli, MD • Italy
    12:30 – 12:45 Transabdominal Preperitoneal (TAPP) Approach in the
    Management of Obturator Hernia
    Radu Moldovanu, MD, PhD • France
    12:45 – 1:00 Cultural Presentation: Colombia – Kingdom of
    Magic Realism
    Uriel Ovido Cardona, MD • Colombia
    1:00 – 1:30 pm MID-DAY BREAK
    2:00 – 4:00 pm TOUR OF NICHOLSON CENTER
    (Pre-Registration Required)
    1:30 – 5:30 pm SPANISH SESSION
    Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD, Director; Jimmy
    Castañeda, MD, Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD, Juan
    Salgado, MD and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA, Co-Directors
    1:30 – 1:50 Entrenamiento Endoscópico en Latinoamérica
    MIS training in Latin America
    Jorge Carrillo, MD • USA
    1:50 – 2:10 Histerectomía Vaginal en la Páctica Actual
    Vaginal Hysterectomy: Current Practice
    Miguel Cáceres, MD • Panamá
    2:10 – 2:30 Consideraciones Actuales en Miomectomía
    Myomectomy: Current Isues
    José D. López-Jaramillo, MD • Colombia
    2:30 – 3:20 Panel: Histerectomia Laparoscopia en Latinoamerica
    Laparoscopic Hysterectomy In Latin America
    Moderador/ Moderator: Jimmy Castañeda, MD •

    Panelistas/Panelists: Miguel Cáceres, MD • Panamá,
    Juan Salgado, MD • Puerto Rico Juan Carlos Ramírez,
    MD • Colombia, and Juan Diego Villegas, MD • Colombia
    3:20 – 3:40 Break
    3:40 – 4:00 Manejo de Teratomas por Laparoscopia
    Laparoscopic Approach to Benign Ovarian Teratomas
    Juan Carlos Ramírez, MD • Colombia
    4:00 – 4:20 Manejo Quirúrgico del Endometrioma
    Surgical Management of Ovarian Endometrioma
    Kelmy Jurado, MD • Ecuador
    4:20 – 4:40 Enfoque Diagnóstico de Endometriosis del Tabique Vaginal
    Recto-Vaginal Septum Endometriosis: Diagnostic Approach
    Juan Salgado, MD • Puerto Rico
    4:40 – 5:00 Manejo Quirúrgico en Dolor Pélvico Crónico
    Chronic Pelvic Pain: Surgical Treatment
    Jorge F. Carrillo, MD • USA
    5:00 – 5:30 Panel: Miomectomia Y Morcelacion
    Myomectomy and Morcelation
    Moderador/ Moderator: José D. López-Jaramillo,
    MD • Colombia
    Panelistas/ Panelists: Jimmy Castañeda, MD •
    Colombia, Kelmy Jurado, MD • Ecuador, and Juan
    Ramírez, MD • Colombia
    6:15 – 9:30 pm SLS Social Event with Faculty: SLS’s Passport
    to the World
    *Tickets Required
  • 7:00 am – 1:00 pm Conference Registration Open
    7:00 – 7:30 am Complimentary Coffee and Bakery Items
    7:30 – 8:30 am MULTISPECIALTY
    Moderators • William E. Kelley, MD and Jessica
    Ybanez-Morano, MD, MPH
    7:30 – 7:45 Serious Games as Training Tools in Laparoscopic Surgery
    Calin Tiu, MD, PhD • Romania
    7:45 – 8:00 The Crisis of Obesity in Saudi Arabia
    Naif A. AlEnazi, MD • Saudi Arabia
    8:00 – 8:15 The Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Curriculum –
    an Update
    Richard M. Satava, MD • USA
    8:15 – 8:30 Cultural Presentation: Greece: Still Standing!
    Georgios Tsoulfas, MD, PhD • Greece
    8:30 – 9:30 am GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA and
    Jay A. Redan, MD
    8:30 – 8:45 Inguinal Hernia – TAP versus TEP Approach
    Ionut-Bogdan Diaconescu, MD, PhD • Romania
    8:45 – 9:00 Emergency Laparoscopic Surgery – Acute
    Appendicitis – Severe Destructive Forms with Peritonitis
    Dalibor Panuska, MD • Slovakia
    9:00 – 9:15 Laparoscopic Surgery of Colon: A Report of 1000 Cases
    Andrea Lucchi, MD • Italy
    9:15 – 9:30 Cultural Presentation: The Oracle of Delphi
    Evangelos P. Misiakos, MD • Greece
    9:30 – 10:15 am ROBOTIC SURGERY
    Moderators • Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA and
    Robert M. Sweet, MD
    9:30 – 9:45 Robotic Surgery and Health Systems in Countries
    with Emerging Economies. Is it Possible?
    David Valadez-Caballero, MD • Mexico
    9:45 – 10:00 Robotic Vascular Surgery – 310 Cases
    Petr Stadler, MD, Prof Dr Med • Czech Republic
    10:00 – 10:15 Cultural Presentation: MIS in the Brazilian Public
    Health System: New Scenario with 50 Million New
    Antonio Bispo, MD, MBA • Brazil
    10:15 – 10:30 am BREAK
    10:30 – 11:30 pm GYNECOLOGY
    Moderators • Keith Isaacson, MD and Charles H. Koh, MD
    10:30 – 10:45 The Impact of Robot-assisted Surgery on the Treatment of
    Endometrial Cancer
    Slavcho Tomov, Prof Dr Med • Bulgaria
    10:45 – 11:00 6-year Experience in Robot-assisted Radical
    Hysterectomy and Open Surgery in the Treatment
    of Cervical Cancer: Comparative Analysis
    Grigor Angelov Gortchev, Prof Dr Med • Bulgaria
    PRESENTED BY: Dr. Todor Ivanov Dimitrov
    11:00 – 11:15 MIS Hysterectomy Approach Achieved in the Majority of
    Cases for Benign Gynecology: Vaginal Hysterectomy
    Revisited and Single-Site Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
    A 5-year Retrospective Study
    Jessia Ybanez Morano, MD, MPH • USA
    11:15 – 11:30 Cultural Presentation: Romanian Places, Customs
    and Traditions
    Marius Lucian Craina, MD, PhD • Romania
    11:30 am – 12:15 pm GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • Michael S. Kavic, MD and Phillip P. Shadduck, MD
    11:30 – 11:45 Risks and Benefits of Ultra Low Laparoscopic Rectal Resection
    Lukas Sakra, MD, PhD • Czech Republic
    11:45 – 12:00 Hernia: Why do I prefer TEP?
    Flavio Malcher Oliveira, MD • Brazil
    12:00 – 12:15 Cultural Presentation: The History and Culture of Shenzhen
    BaoYang Lou, MD
    12:15 – 1:00 pm MULTISPECIALTY
    Moderators • Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD and
    Richard M. Satava, MD
    12:15 – 12:30 Complicated Appendicitis in Pregnancy
    Uriel Ovido Cardona, MD • Colombia
    12:30 – 12:45 Surgical Management of Abdominal Cystic Lympangioma
    Eugen Tarcoveanu, Prof Dr Med • Romania
    12:45 – 1:00 Generalized Peritonitis Treatment by Laparoscopy
    Juan Carlos Valencia, Dr Med • Colombia
    1:00 – 1:45 pm MID DAY BREAK
    1:45 – 2:00 pm DELEGATES MEETING
    COMPLICATIONS – To Err is Human, To Correct
    is Master Surgeon – Now How ##!!** Do I Get Out
    of This?

    Charles H. Koh, MD, Director; Gustavo Stringel, MD,
    MBA, Co-Director

    Panel: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD, Michael S. Kavic, MD,
    William E. Kelley, MD, Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA,
    Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med, Farr Nezhat, MD,
    Jay A. Redan, MD, Phillip P. Shadduck, MD, Robert M. Sweet, MD
  • 7:00 am – 1:00 pm Conference Registration Open
    7:00 – 7:30 am Complimentary Coffee and Bakery Items
    7:30 – 8:15 am MULTISPECIALTY
    Moderators • Farr Nezhat, MD and Robert M. Sweet, MD
    7:30 – 7:45 Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) as a Directed
    Energy Source for Tumor Ablation
    Gary Onik, MD • USA
    7:45 – 8:00 Common Laparoscopic Prodedures in Pediatric Patients
    Nikolaos Zavras, MD, PhD • Greece
    8:00 – 8:15 Cultural Presentation: The Past and Present of
    Hungarian Surgery
    Gyorgy Lazar, Prof Dr Med • Hungary
    8:15 – 9:15 am GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • Jay A. Redan, MD and Phillip P. Shadduck, MD
    8:15 – 8:30 Laparoscopic Approach in the Treatment of Colorectal
    Cancer: 15 Years of Experience in a Single Center of
    General Surgery
    Vincenzo Neri, Prof Dr Med • Italy
    8:30 – 8:45 Long Term Results of Laparoscopic Surgery for Ulcerative
    Gyorgy Lazar, Prof Dr Med • Hungary
    8:45 – 9:00 Secrets of Safe Mini-Laparoscopic/Needlescopic
    Selman Uranues, Prof Dr Med • Austria
    9:00 – 9:15 Cultural Presentation: Cali, “la sucursal del cielo”
    Juan Carlos Valencia, Dr Med • Colombia
    9:15 – 10:15 am GYNECOLOGY
    Moderators • Keith Isaacson, MD and Mona Orady, MD
    9:15 – 9:30 Post-Surgical Pain
    Juan Diego Villegas Echeverri, MD • Colombia
    9:30 – 9:45 Is Endometrioma Surgery by Laparoscopy Still Feasible?
    Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med • Germany
    9:45 – 10:00 Turkish Experience of Robotic Surgery for Gynecologic
    Mete Gungor, Prof Dr Med • Turkey
    10:00 – 10:15 Cultural Presentation: Mayan Culture and it’s
    Transcendence to the Present Time
    Alan Martinez Salas, MD • Mexico
    10:15 – 10:30 am BREAK
    10:30 – 11:30 pm MULTISPECIALTY
    Moderators • Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA and
    Jessica Ybanez-Morano,

    MD, MPH
    10:30 – 10:45 Laparoscopic Treatment of Small Bowel Obstruction:
    When And How
    Selman Uranues, MD, Prof Dr Med • Austria
    10:45 – 11:00 Post-Graduation Course in Laparoscopic Surgery –
    Eighteen Years of Continuous Experience in Brazil
    Miguel Prestes Nácul, Prof Dr Med • Brazil
    11:00 – 11:15 Cultural Presentation: Slovak Republic
    Dalibor Panuska, MD • Slovakia
    11:15 am – 12:15 pm GENERAL SURGERY
    Moderators • Michael S. Kavic, MD and
    Richard M. Satava, MD
    11:15 – 11:30 Current Trends in Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
    Evangelos P. Misiakos, MD • Greece
    11:30 – 11:45 Laparoscopic Approach in Adrenalectomies –
    First 300 Cases
    Mircea Beuran, Prof Dr Med • Romania
    11:45 – 12:00 Minilaparoscopy and the Minimally Invasive Hybrid
    Surgical Techniques
    Eduardo Moreno-Paquentin, MD • Mexico
    12:00 – 12:15 Cultural Presentation: History of Emergency Clinical
    Hospital Bucharest – Third Emergency Hospital in
    the World
    Ionut-Bogdan Diaconescu, MD, PhD • Romania
    12:15 – 1:00 pm GYNECOLOGY
    Moderators • Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD and
    Farr Nezhat, MD
    12:15 – 12:30 Tips and Tricks for Robotic Myomectomy
    Mona Orady, MD • USA
    12:30 – 12:45 Uterosacral Vaginal Vault Suspension
    Jessica Feranec, MD • USA
    12:45 – 1:00 4-Stage Approach of the Gynecologist
    Massimiliano Marziali, MD, PhD • Italy
    1:00 – 1:05 pm Closing Remarks
    Michael S. Kavic, MD


  • Mini Lap Event: Big Operations with Mini Instruments

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 •  7:30 am – 2:45 pm

    Attend an informal discussion about the use and advantages of mini laparoscopy instrumentation. As a part of this event, we will have a variety of instrumentation to allow attendees participate hands-on as well as live cases, videos, and discussion with industry representatives about the latest instrumentation on the market. Transportation to/from the Nicholson Center from/to Disney’s Contemporary Resort included. (NON CME – CME credit is not awarded for this activity.) 

    • No additional charge to attend this event with your paid registration for the EuroAmerican MultiSpecialty Summit VII. Sign up on your Summit registration form.
     Fee to attend ONLY Mini Lap Event: Big Operations with Mini Instruments: $450 Click here to register to attend ONLY this event


    6:45 am Meet at West Side Bus Pickup/1st Floor of the Contemporary
    (Convention Center South)
    7:00 am Transportation to Nicholson Center
    7:30 – 7:45 am Welcome and Faculty Introductions
    Jay A. Redan, MD
    7:45 – 8:00 am Evolution of Mini Instruments, the Paradigm Shift with
    Patient Benefit and Improved Satisfaction Scores

    Charles H. Koh, MD; Steven McCarus, MD
    8:00 – 8:30 am Types of Mini Instruments, Advantages and Limitations
    Eduardo F. Moreno-Paquentin, MD; Gustavo Carvalho, MD PhD
    8:30 – 9:00 am Hands-on with Companies and Inanimate Model/Suture Trainers
    Charles H. Koh, MD
    9:00 – 9:15 am Break
    9:15 – 9:45 am Seven 3-minute Videos:
    Hysterectomy Charles H. Koh, MD; Steven McCarus, MD
    GB Gustavo Carvalho, MD PhD
    Nissen Gustavo Stringel, MD MBA
    Adhesiolysis Maurice K. Chung, RPh MD
    Appy Roberto Gallardo, MD
    Suture Demo Charles H. Koh, MD
    Diagnostic Laparoscopy Jay A. Redan, MD
    9:45 – 10:30 am Is Training Different with Mini vs Maxi vs Robot vs Single Site?
    5-minute per person presentations
    (Debate) Fact vs Hype
    10:30 – 11:00 am Companies to showcase their products
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Live Case from Celebration OR
    Steven McCarus, MD and/or Jay A. Redan, MD
    12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
    12:30 – 2:00 pm Live Lab
    Insertion trocars, hemostasis, suture, dissect, organ removal (2-3
    docs/animal/cadaver), use of different instrumentation from multiple
    2:00 – 2:30 pm Debrief/Suggestions for Improvement
    2:45 pm Transportation to Contemporary
  • Tour of the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 • 2:00 – 4:00pm

    Attendance is limited. Sign up at registration.

    The Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement (NCSA) exists to transform healthcare by uniting the efforts of researchers, entrepreneurs, health care companies and physicians to meet the needs of patients and society. The NCSA achieves this by developing, incubating and accelerating next generation surgical knowledge, technology, and techniques to the global community

    Tour Schedule

    2:00 pm Meet at West Side Bus Pickup/1st Floor of the Contemporary
    (Convention Center South)
    2:15 pm Transportation to Nicholson Center
    2:30 pm Tour of Nicholson Center
    4:00 pm Transportation to the Contemporary
  • SLS Social Event: Passport to the World

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 • 6:15 – 9:30pm

    Tickets Required
    ADULTS: $135  •  CHILDREN (4-11 years old): $53

    SLS’ special event takes up in search of the Living Seas Pavilion, a journey into ocean’s mysteries and its effects on our ecology and a close up view of a tropical reef community. The Living Seas is contained in a 185,000-square-foot structure under a single roof. The pavilion also includes the 264-seat Coral Reef Restaurant with viewing windows fifty feet long and eight feet high, giving guests still another panoramic view of the Caribbean reef as they dine. You will dine on a wonderful buffet dinner while serenaded by musical entertainment.

    After dinner, your journey will take you through many cities with your final destination at the Terrace des Fleuers. Here your sweet surprise is a private dessert event overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. The experience concludes with the premier nightime spectacular at Epcot®, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. This grand finale to your evening will encompass the entire World Showcase and the skies above as the fiery glow of torches and sky-piercing lasers reflect on the lagoon, while the boom of thunderous fireworks echoes atop.

    The evening includes your choice of beer, wine and sodas, buffet dinner, desserts and coffee, entertainment, and transportation to and from Epcot® from the Disney Contemporary Resort®.

    So, don’t forget your passports and join us for this most wonderful evening as you travel with SLS’ Passport to the World!

    Schedule of Events

    6:15 pm Meet at West Side Bus Pickup/1st Floor of the Contemporary
    (Convention Center South)
    6:30 pm Transportation to the Living Seas Pavilion at Epcot Center
    7:00 pm Dinner
    8:15 pm Desserts, coffee and fireworks – Terrace des Fleurs
    9:15 pm Transportation to Contemporary

Supplemental Information

Hotel and Reservation Information

Rising majestically between the shores of Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Contemporary Resort® immerses you in a world of modern art and landmark architecture as sleek monorails silently glide through the center of the stunning atrium lobby.

You’ll enjoy the distinctive style of oversized guest rooms and suites, most with dramatic lakefront or theme park views, along with a marina, health club, tennis center and an expansive pool area. For a truly memorable dining experience, the award-winning California Grill offers breathtaking views of Cinderella’s Castle from high atop the hotel. And, you’re just a short stroll or monorail ride away from all the sights and sounds of the Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®.

Use our direct link to reserve your room online and receive our discounted room rates. If you prefer to call or fax your reservation, be sure to mention that you are attending SLS’ EuroAmerican MultiSpecialty Summit to ensure that you receive our discounted room rate.

Reservations at Disney Resort properties include transportation to and from Orlando International Airport via Disney’s Magical Express. Disney’s Magical Express Transportation helps you reach your meeting destination stress-free and focused. Disney’s Magical Express picks you up and takes you from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort hotel, while their luggage service delivers your bags from the plane to your room. Departing is also a breeze with their Resort Airline Check-in Service and return transportation to the Orlando International Airport.

Discounted Room Rate: $245/night, single or double occupancy (plus tax)

The final date to receive our discounted room rate is January 12, 2015.
Make your reservations early to ensure that you receive this special rate!

• Click here to reserve your room online.
• Reservations Telephone: +1 (407) 824-3869
• Reservations Fax: +1 (407) 824-3738

Destination Information

Orlando is the epicenter of fun and excitement, as more than 95 attractions keep tourists coming back for more. Take the mix of legendary theme parks, spectacular museums, 168 golf courses, world-class entertainment and blockbuster rides and attractions, and you’ve got unlimited choices for everyone to enjoy. No matter where you’re coming from, Orlando is the perfect choice for domestic or international travel.

Nowhere else in the world will you find seven incredible theme parks, three water parks, and more than 80 other attractions offering astronauts to zoos and everything in between. And we mean everything! You would need to stay for 67 days just to experience all of Orlando’s attractions! And don’t forget about world-class shopping and bargains galore at nine local malls and four outlet centers. Of course, with all of that activity, you’re bound to work up an appetite, and Orlando’s dinner theaters and other fantastic family friendly restaurants are serving up hot, hearty meals.

In addition to taxi, shuttle and limousine service to anywhere in the Greater Orlando area, the following services give you even more transportation options. International Drive’s convenient “I-Ride” Trolley ( has 78 convenient stops scheduled every 20 minutes, making it easy to reach the Orange County Convention Center, hotels, restaurants and shopping destinations. Downtown Lymmo is a state-of-the-art, three-mile, dedicated-lane bus system in downtown Orlando available free-of-charge. Lynx is an extensive public transportation system, serving Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Consider Orlando your home away from home. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you vacation here year after year, Orlando is the perfect destination.

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Travel Information

For negotiated airline discount rates contact Steve at The Store For Travel, toll free at 1.800.284.2538. Outside the United States call 305.251.6331. E-mail: Please be sure to mention you are attending the SLS conference in Orlando, Florida.

For those attending the conference who require special assistance (accessibility, dietary, etc.), please contact SLS no later than January 28, 2015, with special requests.

Cancellation Policy

Full registration fees are refundable if registrant cancels before January 14, 2015. An administrative fee of $150 will be deducted from fees for cancellations postmarked or received by fax or e-mail on or after January 15, 2015 through January 29, 2015. Refund requests will not be considered after this date, including visa denial refunds. All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by SLS, attention Lauren Frede, by the appropriate dates. Refunds will be processed within 6 to 8 weeks after the conference.

No refunds will be made after January 29, 2015

Visa Information – Click here

Conference Credit Hours

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.