Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons | Faculty Biographies and Index

Faculty Biographies and Index


Dr. Naif Alenazi, is a Saudi Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon at Prince Mohammed bin abdulaziz hospital – Saudi Arabia – Riyadh. He received a Canadian fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Minimal Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, which is the largest weight loss surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. He has dedicated his professional career to the treatment of morbid obesity. Furthermore, he is involved in training residents and fellows on advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery and has held many administrative positions during his career in Saudi Arabia. He is member of many surgical societies. Current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgical procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes.


Prof. Mircea Beuran is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgery Department at the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest. Currently, he is also the Head of Surgery Department in Emergency Hospital Bucharest.

He graduated from the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest in 1980 and since 1982 is working in the Surgery Department of Emergency Clinical Hospital Bucharest. He has been a doctor in medicine since 1999.

Since September 2007 Prof Beuran is an accredited Professor of Surgery at the International School of Surgical Oncology affiliated IASGO and also as Supervisor for Doctoral Studies at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest.

Prof. Mircea Beuran is chief of the Romanian Society of Surgery and Chief Editor of the Romanian journal „Chirurgia”. He is also a member of the board of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.


Dr. Antonio Bispo received his medical degree from Federal University of Bahia, his surgical training from Holy House of Mercy of Rio de Janeiro and completed his Master’s Degree in Health Management at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has served as Head of Medical Services of Rio 2016 Olympic Committee.

Dr. Bispo is member of Brazilian College of Surgeons, full member of Brazilian Digestive Surgery College, media editor of the Brazilian College of Surgeons magazine and media editor of Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery magazine.

He was President of Brazilian Society of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery (SOBRACIL) for 3 years, is its current treasurer. Dr. Bispo is also current Executive Director of Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (ALACE) and member of SLS International Advisory Board.

And above all, is the father of Guilherme and Catarina, two blessed gifts of God.


Uriel Cardona was born in the city of Cali, the epicentre of the Colombian southwest and known worldwide as the capital of Salsa, a tropical dance of Latin America. After finishing secondary school he attended the University of Valley where he obtained a degree in Chemistry with a thesis on synthesis of Ruthenium compounds II with ligands phosphorus derivatives. After that, he conducted research interning at the University of De Paul in Chicago studying quantum computational models of inorganic molecules. Simultaneously he was an undergraduate in Medicine and Surgery until 1998. He worked four years as a doctor in the emergency room at several clinics in Cali before starting his residency in General Surgery at the University of the Valley and getting his degree in 2009. In 2013 Dr. Cardona performed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Institut Jacques Perisat of Curitiba, Brazil. Currently he works as a Laparoscopist Surgeon in the Saludcoop and Farallones Clinics of the city of Cali. His research work on Microbiology of appendicitis, choledocholithiasis complicated, Neurolysis Celiac deferred and anastomosis in patients with peritonitis have been presented at various national and international congresses in the past 2 years.


Dr. Carrillo received his medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá-Colombia (South America). He completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital in 2012. In 2014 he completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) through the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) at the University of Rochester. His training was complemented with an emphasis in assessing and managing patients with chronic pelvic pain conditions. Dr. Carrillo currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is faculty of the MIGS Fellowship, takes care of a large population of chronic pelvic pain patients and serves as a gynecologic surgical consultant at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His interests are in chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, abdominopelvic neuropathies, minimally invasive procedures and techniques, abdomino pelvic anatomy, resident education and simulation in laparoscopic skills.


Born in Recife, Brazil (1965), Dr. Carvalho graduated in 1990. After 4 years residency, he moved to Tokyo-JAPAN with a scholarship awarded by the Japanese government and continued his masters at Keio University, working as a clinical and research fellow of Liver Transplantation and Laparoscopic Surgery. After finishing his PhD, he began as a surgeon and lecturer at Pernambuco University (1998), where he became, by contest, professor of Surgery (2005). In 2000 he developed a new Brazilian intragastric balloon for obesity with a better technique for simpler, faster and safer insertion and removal. Dr. Carvalho is also recognized for his works in advanced laparoscopy, especially in anti-reflux, re-do surgery and minilaparoscopy, a technique learned from Dr. Goh in Singapore (1998). After modifying the original technique into what is now called Clipless Minilaparoscopy. Dr. Carvalho set up a new standard for minilaparoscopic surgery, using the NEW Low Friction mini instruments, now widespread in Latin America and Asia.


Dr. Jimmy Castañeda is a gynecologist specializing in Reproductive Medicine and Minimally Invasive Surgery, residing in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. He has been a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive surgery in Colombia since 1993. He is Professor of Military University New Granada, in Bogotá, since 1996. He was head of program specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics and Head of Gynecology Service of the Central Military Hospital. Currently he is the Coordinator of Sexual and Reproductive Health in the University. He is Professor of Reproductive Medicine Fellow of the University Foundation Sanitas.

Dr. Jimmy Castañeda was President of the Colombian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, FECOLSOG (2008-2010) and currently heads the Department of Education FECOLSOG. He is also Secretary of the Colombian section ACOG, District of Florida, current President of the Iberoamerican Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy and Imaging, SIAEGI and Coordinator of Gynaecological Endoscopy Committee of the American Federation of Gynaecological Endoscopy, FLASOG.


Dr. Chung is a graduate of Northeastern University College Pharmacy in Boston, MA. He received his medical training from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his post-graduate OB/GYN residency training at Albany Medical Center in NY. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He is Board Certified in General OB/GYN and FPMRS. He received the certification from the Accreditation Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy (A.C.G.E.) of A.A.G.L. in 1996 as an Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgeon.

He is a clinical professor of OB/GYN at the University of Toledo’s School of Medicine and in the Marietta College Physician’s Assistant Program. He is an adjunct professor of pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio. He is the President of the Midwest Regional Center for Endometriosis, Chronic Pelvic Pain, and Bladder Control and of the Alliance for Women’s Health Inc. in Lima, Ohio. His focus interests and research in the last 20 years have been in advanced laparoendoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, urogynecology, the treatment of chronic pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, pudendal nerve dysfunction, endometriosis, and interstitial cystitis. He performed the first urinary continence TVT procedure in China (2000).

Dr. Chung was the President of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) in 2011, and also of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) in 2012. He is the current SLS Vice President and the SLS Ambassador of Affiliated Societies. He was also a two term Board Member of the International Society of Gynecology Endoscopy (ISGE) and is now an Advisory Board Member of AAGL and ISGE. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Global Society of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Surgeons and the Global Society of Endoscopic and Pelvic Surgeons (GSEPS). He serves as Surgery Chair and a member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee of Lima Memorial Hospital in Ohio. Dr. Chung is a visiting professor at Peking Medical University in Beijing, Xi’an Medical University in Xi’an, and Bei Hua Medical University in the Jilin Province of China. He is also an Advisory Board Committee Member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).

Dr. Chung serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, as well as the Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery.


Marius Lucian Craina, MD PhD, graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara (UMFT) in 1990. He began his residency in 1992 and became Assistant Professor the same year at the University Clinic of Ob/Gyn “Bega” Timisoara. He took his specialty exam in 1995. From September 1994 – April 1995 he prepared for Gynecologic Laparoscopic surgery under Professor Wallwiener at Frauenklinik Heidelberg, Germany. He specialized in classic and laparoscopic surgery. He has performed over 5000 laparoscopic interventions comprising the whole spectrum, over 2500 classic surgeries, and over 1000 cesarean sections perfecting and developing c- section techniques. In 2000 he became Lector and since 2008, Associate Professor. Marius Craina is the OB/Gyn Department Director at UMFT. From 2007-2009he was Medical Director of the Emergency County Hospital Timisoara and since June 2014 Manager of the institution. He is Prime-Vice-President of the Romanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology, president elect for four years beginning with 2015.


Dr. Cláudio Crispi Jr received his medical degree from University of Grande Rio at Rio de Janeiro. He received his gynecological and obstetrics training/residency from State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and completed his postgraduate education in Gynecological Endoscopy from Fernandes Figueira Institute (IFF). Presently, Dr. Crispi Jr is a Collaborator Professor of Gynecology at Grande Rio University.

Dr. Crispi Jr’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and Robotic surgery) and gynecological endoscopy.

Dr. Crispi Jr is Member of the Rio de Janeiro Gynecological and Obstetrics Society, Member of the Brazilian Federation of Gynecological and Obstetrics Associations and Member of the Brazilian Endometriosis Society.


Dr. Bogdan Diaconescu is Assistant Professor to Anatomy Department at the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest. He graduated from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest in 2003 and has been working in the Surgery Department of Emergency Clinical Hospital Bucharest since 2006. He is currently a surgeon at the Emergency Hospital Bucharest.

Dr. Diaconescu is member of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.


Dr. Feranec is a board-certified urogynecologist and AAGL fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon at the Urogynecology Center for Women at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. She is a current faculty member for FSU and UCF medical schools as well as faculty for the AAGL minimally invasive gynecology fellowship at Florida Hospital. Her practice involves a multidisciplinary team approach to complex pelvic floor disorders including recurrent and multi-compartment prolapse, mesh complications and chronic pelvic pain.


Dr. Gallardo was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1959. He graduated from the School of Medicine of Francisco Marroquin University, with full residence in General Surgery at the Social Security General Hospital in Guatemala, where he served for 13 years.

He began in Laparoscopic Surgery back in 1991 and, as many surgeons at the beginning of the Laparoscopic Surgery era, was in very different places sharing experiences and knowledge with the leaders at that time here in North America and South America as well.

Dr. Gallardo was President of ALACE, which is the Latin-American Endoscopic Surgery
Association, President of FECCAP which is the Federation of Association of Surgery of Central America and Panama, and President of the Guatemalan Surgical Society practicing in Guatemala City where he is part of the Department of Surgery of Sanatorio Nuestra del Pilar, which is part of the Private Care Centers of Guatemala.

He was also the Secretary of the Editorial Committee of the Guatemalan Surgical Journal and is a member of many Surgical Societies in Latin America. Dr. Gallardo was part of the
Board of IFSES, and also serves as International Delegate of the International Advisory Board of the SLS.

Dr. Gallardo is one of the leaders in Latin America for the development of Mini Laparoscopic Surgery and he has been giving courses of Mini Laparoscopic Surgery in many countries of Latin America and founded the Mini Invasive Surgical Group of Guatemala.


Gianluca Garulli was born on 18 June 1962 in Bologna, Italy. He enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Bologna, and graduated in April 1989. In June 1994 he graduated with honors from the School of Specialization in General Surgery. From June 1995 to March 2006 he worked as attending physician. From 2002 to 2007 he was head of the Division of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the Infermi Hospital in Rimini, and from February 2007 to present he has been head physician of the Dept. of General Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the hospitals of Riccione. From April 1990 to December 2013 he has performed and/or assisted in more than 10.000 abdominal, thoracic and vascular procedures. He has been a certified member of the Italian Society of Hospital Surgeons since 1990. He has been a certified member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons since 1994.


Dr Gonzalez recieved his medical degree from Universidad La Salle in 2007 and completed his Specialty of General Surgery in the Health Department of the Federal District in Mexico City. Since his residency he has had training in minimal invasive surgery, advance laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

He has published scientific papers in medical journals and presented different topics at National and International conferences. Currently he is finishing his fellowship in Bariatric Surgery. He is an active member of many scientific societies including ACS, SAGES, SLS, ASMBS, IFSO and others.


Prof. Grigor Gortchev, MD, PhD, DSc is a physician with specialties in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology and Surgery. Prof. Gortchev is Honorary Rector of Medical University – Pleven and Head of the Gynecologic Clinic at University Hospital. Prof. Gortchev implemented advanced technologies by establishing Telecommunication Endoscopic Centre with experimental operating room at Medical University – Pleven. Prof. Gortchev is the first certified console surgeon in robotic surgery. He has performed the first in Eastern Europe robot-assisted operation of a woman with uterine cervical carcinoma preserving her child-bearing functions. Apart from introducing robot-assisted surgery in gynecology in Bulgaria, he also implemented the application of HIFU technologies (high-intensity focused ultrasound) in the treatment of solid tumors.

He is Board member of Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery (SERGS) and co-founder of South Eastern European Robotic Society (SEERS). He is author of 5 monographs and 429 articles in scientific journals in the country and abroad.


Dr Gungor completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ankara University Hospital. He has worked in the same hospital until 2009. He has been in Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 1999 for Gynecologic Oncology fellowship. He specializes in gynecologic oncology and advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery; including endoscopic cancer surgery, endoscopic resection of deep and rectal endometriosis and large myomectomies. He has given many lectures at national and international meetings and organized many courses on endoscopic and cancer surgery.
Dr Gungor has been the chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Acibadem University, School of Medicine since 2010 and also the director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology department in Acibadem Maslak Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey.


Hany Habeeb, FRCOG qualified in Cairo in 1987 and did his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and gynaecology was commenced in Egypt beginning in 1990 and was completed in the UK 1995-2007. He has been a consultant gynaecologist since 2007. Dr. Habeeb’s special interests include minimal access surgery, colposcopy and gynaecological ultrasound. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Keith Isaacson was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University with honors in biology in 1979 and attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Isaacson finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. He then finished a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and general Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Isaacson was the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991 until 2001. In the fall of 2001, he left to open a center for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and infertility at Newton Wellesley Hospital. He is currently director of the residency and fellowship for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and infertility. Dr Isaacson is the Co-Director of the Center for Gynepathology Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Isaacson is the immediate past president of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons as well as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy (AAGL). He is the current president of the AAGL/SRS Fellowship and was recently elected to the board of Directors of the SLS.


Dra. Jurado was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she has lived most of her life. She completed the majority of her studies at The Catholic University School of Medicine where she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Medicine and Surgery. She also studied at The Guayaquil University receiving a Degree in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Following she moved to Chile where she studied Infertility and Reproduction at The Maternal and Child Research Institute, IDIMI (Instituto de Investigacion Materno Infantil) of The University of Chile, located at the San Borja Arriaran Hospital in Santiago, Chile. She later returned to Ecuador to work at The Reproduction and Infertility Department of The Gynecological and Obstetrical Hospital Enrique C. Sotomayor. She is currently working with this institution and is a member of The Laparoscopic Service. Additionally, Dra. Jurado is a Professor and Chair of Gynecology at the Guayaquil University Medicine Faculty.


Dr. Michael Kavic is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University. A graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Kavic completed a surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery. Dr. Kavic is a founding member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and of the American Hernia Society. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society, Association of Academic Surgeons, American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES), The Central Surgical Association, and the European Endoscopic Association of Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Kavic has been inducted as an Honorary Fellow of Le College International des Chirurgiens (The International College of Surgeons).

Dr. Kavic is Editor-in-Chief of JSLS, the peer-review journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, which is indexed and abstracted in Index Medicus and MEDLINE and is included in the MEDLARS system. He authored the textbook, “Laparoscopic Hernia Repair” and is the senior editor of “Prevention and Management of Laparoendoscopic Complications.” He has written and published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and editorials.

Dr. Kavic has lectured nationally and internationally on laparoscopic surgery. He was the 1997 President of SLS and the 2005 President of the American Hernia Society. Dr. Kavic was the recipient of the 2005 SLS Excel Award. More recently, SLS honored Dr. Kavic by naming the SLS Best Resident Paper Award the “Michael S. Kavic Best Resident Paper.”


Dr. William E. Kelley, Jr. is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, and completed his general surgery internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1978. He was a Fellow of the American Cancer Society at MCV (1975-1976), and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Boston University in 1980. Since that time, he has been in private practice with Richmond Surgical in Richmond, Virginia. He is Director of General Surgery for the Center for Surgical Innovation at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

Dr. Kelley has been active internationally in the field of postgraduate surgeon education in minimally invasive surgery since 1990. He has contributed over 200 papers and presentations in the fields of surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, image-guided breast surgery, and robot-assisted surgery, and textbook chapters in laparoscopic antireflux, colon and spleen surgery. He is an editor of the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, a Past President and 12-year past-member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.


Dr. Koh obtained his medical degree from the University of Singapore and Board certification from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, England. He is currently the co-director of the Milwaukee Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Reproductive Specialty Center. He is the a Past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (2009). He received the 2009 Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.

Dr. Koh specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and assisted reproduction. He is a pioneer in advanced laparoscopic surgery for tubal anastomosis and endometriosis and has lectured and performed live surgery on this internationally. He also pioneered a special technique and equipment for laparoscopic hysterectomy called the “Koh System for Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy” and invented instruments for laparoscopic suturing and microsurgery.


Raymond J. Lanzafame, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S. is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Laser Surgery. He received a Bachelor of Science with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University, an M.D. from George Washington University, and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of the University of Rochester.

He holds 24 organizational memberships including: Society of University Surgeons, SAGES, and Central Surgical Association. He is Editor-in-Chief of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, on Editorial Boards for General Surgery News, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (JSLS), Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and Lasers in Medical Science. He is past president of the Upstate Chapter American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He delivered testimony on device regulation, participates national panels on lasers, laser safety (ANSI z136.3 1996, 2005, 2011, and is SSC3 Chair for the 2016 revision) credentialing, laparoscopy, managed care, performs medicolegal and biotech consulting, is consultant to the General and Plastic Surgery Devices and Medical Devices Advisory Committee panels of FDA-CDRH.

Publications include over 240 papers and 3 textbooks. He received numerous awards, has 8 Who’s Who listings, was Vice President for Medical Affairs at Lakeside Memorial Hospital (2004-2006), is President Emeritus of NAALT, is Board member, Past-President and Scientific Program Chair of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and Director of CME for ASLMS and SLS. His research interests include laser-tissue interactions, host tumor immunity, wound healing, photobiomodulation, photodynamic therapy, biomaterials, adhesion prevention, medical device and product development and testing, technology assessment, clinical outcomes, and education.


Dr. György Lázár took his general medical degree in 1985 at University of Szeged, Hungary. He took his professional surgery exam in 1989 and was awarded his PhD in 1994, and DSc degree in 2013. He has been the head of the Department of Surgery in University of Szeged since 2004.

He has attended several study trips (Harvard Medical University, Boston, Technische Universität, Munich, Universität Erlangen, Universität Cologne, and the University of Nottingham).

His research fields are the following: septic shock, microcirculation in different gastrointestinal disorders, Barrett’s esophagus, minimally invasive and oncological surgery. Professor Lázár’s 179 scientific articles have been published in learned journals, their citation is 650 without self-citation, and cumulated impact factor is 137.1
He is a member of several Hungarian and international scientific societies, (SLS, EAES, ESSO, ISDE, IASGO, European Shock Society). Prof. Lázár is the president of the Hungarian Surgical Society (from 2013 to 2015).


José Duván López Jaramillo was born in Belalcázar Caldas. He graduated in Medicine in 1998 at the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. In 2005 he received the title of Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin. In 2007 he applies and performs as a Fellow of Especialista en Cirugía Ginecológica Laparoscópica en la Universidad CES de Medellín, motivated by the benefits of this surgical technique. Since then he is dedicated to the practice of Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit in Unidad de Cirugía Ginecológica Laparoscópica Avanzada y Dolor Pélvico en la Clínica Comfamiliar en Pereira Colombia. Currently Dr. Jaramillo is the coordinator of Endoscopic Surgery of Federación Colombiana de Sociedades de Ginecología y Obstetricia -FECOLSOG- and service coordinator Gynecology and Obstetrics in Clínica Comfamiliar.


Dr. Bao Yang Lou MD is Chief physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Director of the Endoscopy Training Base of the Health Ministry, and expert group member of clinical application of gynaecological endoscopic technology in Quangdong Province. She has engaged in obstetrical and gynecological clinical and teaching for 26 years, was the first group of “four level gynecological endoscopic diagnosis and treatment technology” experts, specializing in gynecologic laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment technology, especially in the application of laparoscopic surgery for gynaecological tumors and infertility. She is a standing member of the editorial board of the Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery and successively directly finished 2 scientific research projects. Dr. Yang has published over 20 medical papers. She was awarded the first prize of the Municipal Scientific and Technological Progress Award and was also awarded the first year “Women’s Leading Science and Technology Innovation” prize in Quangdong Province and “Woman Pace-Setter” in Quangdong Province, “National May 1 Labor Medal”.


Dr. Andrea Lucchi received his medical degree and his surgical training from Università degli Studi di Bologna and completed his research fellowship in General Surgery at Scuola di Specializzazione in Chirurgia Generale, Università degli Studi Bologna, Bologna, Italy. He works as general surgeon at Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale della Romagna (National Health System), General and Thoracic Surgery Unit, Ceccarini Hospital, Riccione (RN), Italy
Dr. Lucchi’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy surgery), endocrine surgery, laparoscopic ventral and inguinal hernia repair. He is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of SICOB (Italian society for bariatric surgery).


Dr. Flavio Malcher graduated Medical School at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1997. He did his General Residency at Clementino Fraga Filho University Hospital – UFRJ and went on to do his Minimally Invasive Residency at Graffree Guinle University Hospital – UniRio.
Dr. Malcher is currently Associate Surgeon at Gaffree Guinle University Hospital – State Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UniRio).

He is the General Secretary of Sobracil and Past President of SBH (Brazilian Hernia Society).


Dr. Martínez Oñate graduated from the Escuela Mexicana de Medicina, Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Mexico. He did his residency in General Surgery 1980 -1984, and a 1 year Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at Hospital General, Centro Médico.

Nacional, Mexico City. Dr. Martínez Oñate was appointed staff surgeon at this hospital in 1984. In 1992 he was called to chair the operating room at the largest private hospital in Mexico City, H. Angeles del Pedregal at the time when Minimally Invasive Surgery was taking off.

He presented his first papers on Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy in 1992 and was appointed Professor of Surgery at his Alma Mater in 1998. In November 2013 he was part of the first group of General Surgeons from Hospital Ángeles del Pedregal to be trained in Robotic Surgery at the Memorial Hermann Hospital, in Houston TX with Dr. Eric Wilson. On December 4, 2013 he performed the first General Surgery procedure with the robot at Hospital Ángeles del Pedregal, Mexico City Mexico.


Dr. Alan de Jesús Martínez Salas, graduated from Facultad Mexicana de Medicina de la Universidad La Salle, Mexico City, Mexico. He is currently working in Community Service as a Research Assistant, in Lung Transplant, specifically in Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion at the Experimental Surgery Department at the “Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias Ismael Cosio Villegas”, Mexico City, Mexico. Martínez Salas speaks three languages, Spanish, English and French. He has presented several posters and oral presentations in International and National Summits and Congress, the latest being in 2013, at the Medical Student Program of the American College of Surgeons, entitled “Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy: Molecular Analysis in Mexico”.


Dr. Massimiliano Marziali earned his Certificate di Maturità Scientifica in 1990 and his degree in Medicine at “La Sapienza” University in Rome in 1997. He then went on to his specialty in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the “Tor Vergata” University in Rome in 2002 and his Fellowship in 2006. He studied for his PhD in Surgical Sciences at the University of Tor Vergata and did the Surgical Stage in the USA at Stanford University Center for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery (chair Prof Carman Nezhat) between 2002 and 2004.

Presently Dr Marziali is working as an assistant at Tor Vergata University Hospital. His focus is the treatment of endometriosis between surgical and medical therapy and mini-invasive treatment of gynaecological benign diseases.

Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med, MD, PhD

Professor Dr. Med. Liselotte Mettler was born in Vienna, Austria. From 1959-1981 she did her medical studies, doctorate, medical specialist training in Obstetrics – Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, habilitation, and professorship in Tübingen, Vienna and Kiel.

Her main fields of activity are Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecological Endoscopy and Gynaecological Endocrinology. Prof. Mettler is actively participating in many societies and organizations. She has written over 700 publications, 20 books and 4 textbooks. The last one of 2013 with the Kiel School of Gynecological Endoscopy entitled “PRACTICAL MANUAL OF LAPAROSCOPIC AND HYSTEROSCOPIC SURGERY”.

Since 2008 she is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Honorary Patron of the Kiel School of Gynecological Endoscopy and Reproductive Medicine and Lecturer at the German Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City, UAE.

She is ex-president of the German and European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy, served on the Board of AAGL and was Excel award receiver of SLS. She is president of the forth-coming 16th World Congress of Human Reproduction in Berlin, March 18-21, 2015.


Evangelos Misiakos is Associate Professor in General Surgery with special interest in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He received his medical degrees from the University of Athens School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency in Laikon Univerity Hospital, in Athens, Greece, in 1997. In the years following he has been a Research Associate in Transplantation Surgery at the Liver & GI Transplant Unit, at the Univerity of Miami, FL (1997-2000). During this period he had the opportunity to attend Laparoscopic Surgery in Baptist Hospital of Miami. Since 2002 he is an attending surgeon at the 3rd Department of Surgery in Attikon University Hospital, in Athens, Greece. He is performing General Surgery, and during the last few years he introduced the laparoscopic approach in several areas of surgery, such as in hernia surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Misiakos is a member in several scientific societies, such as the International Society of Surgery, the Greek Association of Laparoscopic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He has currently published 87 articles in peer review journals and 6 chapters in books, and has performed more than 75 presentations in International Congresses.


Dr. Radu Moldovanu is a general surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive surgery. His areas of expertise are colorectal, abdominal wall and oncologic surgery.

He has over 15 years of experience in surgical practice and over 10 years in the field of medical teaching and clinical research. He is fellow of International Society of Surgery, EAES and French Society of Surgery. He accomplished his PhD-thesis in 2007.

He graduated from the University of Medicine Iasi, Romania, in 1996, and the residency in general surgery, in 2002. From 2000 until 2010 he worked as Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Since 2010 he is working in France, as senior surgeon at St. Mary Clinic in Cambrai. He is also an Associate Lecturer of University of Medicine Iasi, Romania.

Dr. Moldovanu has published numerous journal papers and book chapters. He is founder and editor in chief of the first Romanian online surgical journal – Journal of Surgery.


Dr. Eduardo Moreno Paquentin was born in Mexico City in 1962. He obtained his Medical Degree from Universidad La Salle in 1986 and did his General Surgery training at the National Medical Center in Mexico City, graduating in 1992. Following a Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester in 1994, where he worked in Dr. Heidi Nelson´s service and laboratory, he was appointed as Special Project Associate in the same institute. Dr. Moreno-Paquentin became Associate Professor of Surgery in 1997 at the Regional Medical Center No. 1 in Mexico City, where he spend 2 years. In 1998 he was accepted as Staff Surgeon at the American British Cowdray Hospital in Mexico City, where he became Associate Professor of Surgery in 2008 and is still fulfilling this academic appointment, being elected President of the its Medical Association in 2011.

In 2012 Dr. Moreno Paquentin joined a special training in Minilaparoscopic techniques under the tuition of Dr. Gustavo Carvalho, at the IRCAD-Brasil. From then on Dr. Moreno-Paquentin has adopted minilaparoscopy as his favored minimally invasive technique, and he is actually performing most of his regular procedures using this surgical alternative in which he has gained great confidence and experience.

He has been part of the Board of Governors of the Mexican Association of General Surgery since 2005, becoming General Secretary in 2013 and is appointed to be the president of the Scientific Committee of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery for the 2015 Annual Congress.
Dr. Moreno-Paquentin is a very active man performing different sports on regular basis. He is a consistent runner, loves to ride bicycles, playing golf and snow skiing. He has two lovely daughters –Andrea and Fernanda- whom are his main motive in life.


Dr. Miguel Prestes Nácul received his medical degree from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and his surgical and research training at Hospital de Clinicas from Porto Alegre. He has served as Attending Surgeon in Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre, Hospital Moinhos de Vento and Hospital Parque Belém;

Dr. Miguel’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery, hernia surgery, product development and training in endoscopic surgery. He serves as instructor to surgery residents and MIS fellows as Professor of post-graduate program in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Positivo University, Curitiba, PR and in CETREX in Brasilia, DF. He is the Coordinator of the post graduate course in Minimally Invasive Surgery Institute of Education and Research Hospital Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, RS. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally.

He is a Member of the Brazilian College of Digestive Surgery (CBCD), Brazilian College of Surgeons (CBC) and Brazilian Society of Videosurgery. He is also member of the editorial Board of the Brazilian Journal of Videoendoscopic Surgery. In 2014, he completed the Masters in Clinical Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.


Dr. Neri was born in Bari, Italy, on 15th March, 1946 and graduated in 1970 in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Bari where he carried out a great part of his academic activity. He is full Professor of General Surgery, Director of the Department of Surgical Sciences and Director of the Division of General Surgery at the Medical School of the University of Foggia, Polyclinic.

He was President of the Course of Degree of Medicine and Surgery, University of Foggia, from 1996 to 2002. He was Director of the Residency School of General Surgery in 2001/2002, and from 2008/2009 to today. He obtained the Diploma of “Maitrise Universitaire en Pedagogie des Sciences de la Santè” at the Universitè Paris – Nord Bobigny. He had responsibility of the adjournment of the didactic methodology of the teaching of General Surgery in the Course of Degree of Medicine and Surgery and in the Residency School of General Surgery of the University of Foggia.

In the pedagogical field he has published the results of research on the actual role of the physical semeiotic in the teaching of medicine, on the evaluation of the clinical competence with the “Objective Structured Clinical Examination”, regarding the validity of the admission examination of the students to the Course of Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Since 1990, he periodically frequents the “Service de Chirurgie Digestive” of the Hospital Beaujon of Clichy, Universitè Paris – VII, directed first by Prof. F. Feketè and by Prof. J. Belghiti.

He has authored more than 330 scientific papers and edited both national and international journals on the topic of sovramesocolic region surgery. The actual subject of research, object of publications, is: Hepato-biliary-pancreatic diseases.

Prof. Neri is member of SLS, NESA, SIC, AISP, EPC, IAP and IHPBA.


Dr. Farr R. Nezhat is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist and world-renowned authority in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of gynecological cancers and complex benign conditions such as uterine fibroids, pelvic masses and severe and multi-organ endometriosis. He is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Adjunct Professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Division and Fellowship in and Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Robotics in the Robotics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospitals and the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital.

He and his brothers were pioneers in developing advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques and establishing evidence-based protocols for management and treatment of different pelvic disorders such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts and uterine myoma. Recognizing the impact of minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of gynecologic cancer, Dr. Nezhat completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, enabling him to continue his unwavering dedication to improving the outcomes for women with gynecological malignancies. His main areas of interest and research include early detection and treatment of early and advanced ovarian cancer as well as cancer arising in endometriosis. He has been prolific in publishing his work on this and other subjects, authoring and co-authoring over 200 medical and scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and has lectured at national and international symposia. For years, he has directed a minimally-invasive surgery fellowship training program, helping young gynecologists to become specially qualified to perform the new techniques.


Dr. Mona Orady currently serves as Director of Robotic Surgery Education at the Cleveland Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology & Women’s Health Institute. She has been actively involved with educational activities surrounding the advancement of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, holding positions within several societies. She previously spent three years as a Senior Staff Physician in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She is a member of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Robotic Surgery and was faculty for the AAGL accredited Minimally Invasive Gynecology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. After completing a B.Sc. from McMaster University and an M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, she completed her residency in OB/GYN at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Board Certified from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2007, she is a current a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was trained in Robotic Surgery in 2008 completing more than 700 complex cases to date. Her research focus is benign hysterectomy and robotic surgery applications.


Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau has been an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in practice since 1976. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United Kingdom, Kings College Hospital, London University and transferred to The University of Toronto in 1973. He passed his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, in Canada in 1976. He took up his specialist practice at North York General Hospital, where he still has a very busy practice of both Gynecology and Obstetrics, teaching, mentoring, as well as striving to be innovative in practice. He travels extensively, particularly in China, where he has visited from the North to the South, where he has been involved in teaching and demonstrating his skills in his specialty. He has become a member of the Norman Bethune Society that contributes to medical learning in this vast and populous country. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology section, as well as an active member of the SLS , which is an organization based out of Florida in the USA.

One of his present interests is in safety, innovation, learning and efficiency in the operating room, and he is very actively involved in furthering the future of modern technology to make surgery safer, with reductions in not only mortality, complications, but making the environment of the operating room more conducive to improvements on how we as health personal perform.


Dalibor Panuska, MD graduated as a general medical doctor in 1987 from Comenius University Bratislava. He began his career in the general surgery department. In 1991 he succesfully graduated as 1st degree general surgeon and in 1996 completed his surgical graduation / 2nd degree general surgery. Since 1993 his focus has been mainly in laparoscopic and mininvasive surgery.

One of the pioneers of advanced laparoscopic day surgery in Slovakia, he had worked part time from 2005-2013 in Gynpor – Day Surgery Center Ltd. in Sliac . From 2008-2010 he worked as the head surgeon in the General Surgery Department of the General Hospital Ziar nad Hronom. Subsequently he operated in Czech republic as the head surgeon in the General Surgery Department of the County Hospital Uherske Hradiste from 2011-2013. Finally in 2014 he is back in Zvolen, where he started his surgical career 27 years ago. Dr. Panuska is currently Head Surgeon in General Surgery Department, Hospital Zvolen AGEL Inc.

He took part in surgical courses, workshops and short study stays in Finland, Great Britain, Germany and Czech Republic . He has presented several lectures and papers at local Slovak and Czech Republic meetings and congresses . He has regularly presented his lectures at international congresses in France, Portugal, Great Britain, USA, Czech Republic and Polland since 2000.

Dr. Panuska is a member of the Slovak Surgical Society, Endoscopic Section of Slovak Surgical Society, European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), European Hernia Society (EHS), Slovak Association of Day Surgery, Czech Surgical Society and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).


Dr. Ramirez-Mejia is a laparoscopic gynecologist. He works as head of the section of gynecological endoscopy in Clínica del Country in Bogotá.

He is a postgraduate professor at Universidad El Bosque and at Universidad del Rosario.

Dr. Ramirez-Mejia is a member of the American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists and of the Global Society of Endometriosis as well as the secretary for Columbia for Sociedad Iberoamericana De Endoscopia Ginecologica E Imagenologia (SIAEGI).


Dr. Redan is the Medical Director for Minimally Invasive General Surgery at Florida Hospital-Celebration Health, in Celebration, Florida, USA. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine. Dr Redan received his medical degree from and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He has recently recertified for the third time from the American Board of Surgery. He retired from the US Army and US Army National Guard as a Major. Dr Redan is the current President for the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Charter member of the Society of Robotic Surgery and member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is on the editorial staff of the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Surgical Endoscopy,, and the Journal of Robotic Surgery. He is a frequent lecturer and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has been performing laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures since the infancy of this specialty. Starting with laparoscopic cholecystectomy and diagnostic laparoscopy for trauma in 1989, he has participated in the growth of the specialty as it is now the standard of care for multiple surgical procedures. Dr. Redan has also been involved with the development of Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery (HALS), Natural Orifice Surgery (NOTES) as well as teaching, preceptoring and new product testing.

An area of great interest has been the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic abdominal and pelvic pain; especially as it relates to colo-rectal surgery. Dr. Redan strongly believes in the liberal use of laparoscopy to provide patients with “photodiagnostics” that allow them to see exactly what the problem inside their abdomen. He also is a strong advocate for an opioid reduction task force to reduce opioid adverse events in the peri-operative period.

Additionally, as new technology evolves there is an increasing need for “team education” as it relates to the integration of endoscopy and laparoscopy in the Operating Room. As more specialized equipment continues to overlap into the Operating Room environment, our educational process needs to change to help develop safer Operating Rooms which is also a passion of Dr. Redan.


Dr. Mauricio Rubinstein received his medical degree and his surgical training from State University of Rio de Janeiro and completed his research fellowship in Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. He has served as Head of the Departments of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery and Laparoscopy at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State and as Chief of the Robotic Department of Brazilian Society of Videosurgery (SOBRACIL).

Dr. Rubinstein’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and Robotic surgery). He is a consulting editor for Brazilian Journal of Urology and Associate editor of Urology for the Brazilian Journal of Videoendoscopic Surgery.

Dr. Rubinstein is Member of the Brazilian Society of Urology, Member of the International Society of Endourology, Member of the American Urological Association and Member of the Brazilian College of Surgeons.


Dr. Sakra graduated from the Medical School of Charles University, Hradec Králové in 1994. He acquired senior residency in general surgery in 2002, based on senior board certification. In 2006 he received his PhD degree in Surgery at Masaryk University, Brno. He has held his current position as a head surgeon at the Department of Surgery, Pardubice Hospital, Czech Republic since 1994. He has been Vice-Chairman for Research and Science of the Department of Surgery, Pardubice University since 2003.

His main fields of specialization include general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, gastroenterology and therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Sakra’s professional memberships include Czech Society of Surgery, Czech Society of Gastroenterology, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery- SLS and European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques- EAES.


Dr Juan L Salgado was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico (UCCEM) in 1985. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at the Caguas Regional Hospital in 1989. He is an Associate Professor of the Department of OB-GYN at UCCEM. He has been in private practice since 1989. He is an international speaker in endometriosis and laparoscopy. At the present time he is working in a sonographic preoperative staging for deep infiltrating endometriosis. Dr. Salgado has also recently coauthored Chapter 5 “Laparoscopic Excision of Endometriosis” with Rebecca Rossener, Luiz Fernando Piña Carvalho and Mauricio S. Abrao in the Atlas of Single Port, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Surgery.


Richard M. Satava, MD, FACS, is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle).

Prior positions include Professor of Surgery at Yale University, military appointment as Professor of Surgery (USUHS) Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Senior Science Advisor at US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, MD. Undergraduate training was Johns Hopkins University, medical school at Hahnemann University of Philadelphia, internship at Cleveland Clinic, surgical residency at Mayo Clinic with a Master of Surgical Research. During 23 years of military surgery he has been an active flight surgeon, an Army astronaut candidate, MASH surgeon for the Grenada Invasion, and a hospital commander during Desert Storm, all the while continuing clinical surgical practice.

He has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is on numerous committees of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is past-president of many surgical societies, on the editorial board of numerous surgical and scientific journals, and active in numerous engineering societies. He has been continuously active in surgical education and surgical research, with more than 200 publications and book chapters in diverse areas of advanced surgical technology, including Surgery in the Space Environment, Video and 3-D imaging, Architecture for the Next Generation of Healthcare, Plasma Medicine, Telepresence Surgery, Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation, and Objective Assessment of Surgical Competence and Training.


Dr. Phillip Shadduck received his medical degree from UCLA and his surgical training and research fellowship at Duke University. He has served as Division Chief, General Surgery, Durham Regional Hospital; Attending Surgeon, Durham VA Medical Center; Attending Surgeon, North Carolina Specialty Hospital, and Assistant Consulting Professor of Surgery,
Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Shadduck’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery, hernia surgery, and product development. He serves as instructor to surgery residents, MIS fellows, medical students, FNP students, and PA students. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and member of numerous professional societies. He is a JSLS Editorial Board member and guest editor for Surgical Endoscopy, Hernia, and JACS. Dr. Shadduck serves on the SLS Board of Directors, scientific program and course faculty, and several committees.


A Prof. Petr Stadler, M.D., Ph.D. is the Head Department of Vascular Surgery, Na Homolce Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. He was certified as a console surgeon for the da Vinci surgical system in August, 2005 at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Stadler is a member of the Czech Association of Cardiovascular Surgery, the ESVS, the ISMICS, the SRS and a founding member of the International Endovascular and Laparoscopic Society. He has also received a few prestigious honors from the Czech Association of Cardiovascular Surgery for the best publications in 2004 and 2006, the Letter of Appreciation from Korean Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons in May 2008, the prize of the Czech Society of Angiology for the publication in the year 2007 and the best audiovisual presentation in 2009 in USA (ISMICS) and in 2013 in USA (SCVS).

He has performed robot-assisted vascular operations in South Korea, Russia, Poland and India.


Dr. Gustavo Stringel earned his medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He completed his surgical training at the Gallie Program at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Stringel is a tenured Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at New York Medical College, Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma and Surgeon in Chief at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

Dr. Stringel is Board Certified in Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.
He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC).

He is a past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and an Excel award recipient.


Dr. Rob Sweet received his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After a urology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003, he became Attending Physician/Acting Assistant Professor of Urology and held a 2-year Health Policy Scholarship focused on Simulation Sciences from the American Foundation for Urological Diseases (AFUD). In 2004 Dr. Sweet co-founded the Institute for Surgical and Interventional Simulation (ISIS) at the University of Washington. He currently holds the positions of Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Minnesota, and is Director of the Medical School’s Simulation Programs and the Kidney Stone Program. He is the Principal Investigator of numerous simulation research and development projects including the University of Minnesota MedSim Combat Casualty Training Consortium.

At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sweet practices Urology with a focus on robotics and endourology with a clinical emphasis on kidney stones and diseases of the prostate. He has built an Institute that is actively engaged in funded simulation projects including the development of a human tissue property database, advanced real time and predictive modeling of human tissue and tool interactions, creation of virtual reality, hybrid and anaplastology medical simulation models, multi-institutional validation studies of simulation-based curriculum, and delivery systems for the dissemination of simulation technologies. He has leadership positions in the area of simulation and education within the American College of Surgeons, the Endourological Society, and the American Urological Association. He is Immediate Past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.


Dr. Eugen Tarcoveanu is Professor of Surgery of University of Medicine Iasi, Romania and member of Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences. His areas of interest are: colorectal, liver and oncologic surgery. He is strongly involved in the development of minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopic surgical training. He is one of the pioneers of the laparoscopic surgery in Romania and actively participated in its development of in Romania.

Dr. Tarcoveanu was head of the Department of Surgery of University of Medicine Iasi for over 10 years and also vice-rector of the University of Medicine Iasi.

He has published numerous journal papers and books and is co-founder and editor in chief of the first Romanian online surgical journal – Journal of Surgery.

Dr. Tarcoveanu was honored with numerous prizes and honors: Honoris Causa Doctor of University of Medicine Chisinau, EUROCANCER Prize Paris, and Opera Omnia Prize of Romanian Council of Scientific Research.


Doctor Calin Tiu graduated from the University of Medicine in Bucharest in 1987. He is a senior surgeon and chief of surgery at Municipal Hospital Campina, Romania. He performs laparoscopic surgery, diagnostic ultrasound, upper endoscopy and colonoscopy.

In 1998 Dr Tiu established Medis Foundation, nongovernmental entity acting as medical education provider and research institution. He coordinated different work packages assumed by Medis in several European Research Projects in branches like FP7, Life Long Learning, and Erasmus acquiring expertise in Valorisation of Research. In 2009 Dr Tiu was awarded by SLS for international contribution in medical education.

Founder member of the former European Association of Study of Acute Abdominal Pain (1996), Member and Past President of Society for Medical Innovation and Technology – SMIT, Treasurer of the Romanian Association for Endoscopic Surgery – ARCE, Member of Technology Commission of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery – EAES and recent Chairman of the Winter Meeting of EAES, Dr Calin Tiu is a an enthusiastic member of SLS since 2005.


Professor Slavcho Tomov, MD, PhD, DSc is physician specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Oncology. He is a professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Rector of Medical University – Pleven, Bulgaria. He has completed specialization courses in laparoscopic and gynecological surgery at Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany; in gynecologic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, Groupe Hospitalier Cochin, Paris; in laparoscopic and gynecological surgery, International School for Pelvic Surgery in Köln, Germany. Prof. Tomov is certified console surgeon for operating with da Vinci robotic system after completed specialization course at IRCAD-EITS, Strasbourg, France. His fields of professional research interest are surgical treatment of malignant and benign tumors of the female genital organs; laparoscopic surgery; robotic gynecological surgery. Prof. Tomov is a member of European Association for Transluminal Surgery (EATS); European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO); Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery (SERGS); Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS); South Eastern European Robotic Surgery Society (SEERSS).


Dr. Georgios Tsoulfas received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as a transplant research fellowship at the Starzl Transplant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a two-year transplantation surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and then joined the Division of Solid Organ Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. He has currently moved back to Greece, where he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. He has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed Journals and in PubMed, as well as 17 book chapters. He is a reviewer for 15 International Journal and on the Editorial Board of several others.

His main areas of interest include primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies and their multimodal management.


Dr. Uranues is Professor and Head of the Section for Surgical Research in the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He has acquired an international reputation based on his expertise in minimally invasive surgery, as well as visceral traumatology and acute care surgery. His early interest in surgical research coincided with the dawn of the age of laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery and he was one of its early advocates, proceeding from experimental studies to ever more demanding clinical applications with ever smaller instruments and increasingly sophisticated techniques, including virtual reality and robotics. Alert as always to innovations, a current focus of Dr. Uranues’s interest is reduced port and endoscopic hybrid surgery, which has the potential to further decrease the surgical trauma for a significant number of procedures.


David Valadez Caballero MD received his medical degree from National Autonomous University of Mexico at the Westhill University, followed by residency training at Mexico City General Hospital, Fellowship in Endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the ABC Medical Center – Methodist Healthcare network. He was certified as a Robotic Surgeon at the Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, TX.

Dr. Valadez Caballero served on the faculty of National Autonomous University of Mexico, as an Associate Professor and Professor of Surgery. In l979 he was Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the High Specialty Regional Hospital Zumpango (HRHZ) and now serves as a Medical Director of the same Institution. He is Professor and Chair of first fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery in Mexico at the HRHZ.

He has been member of a number of national and international societies, including American College of Surgeon, Society for Endoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeons, Robotic Surgery Association.
David Valadez-Caballero, MD research interests include training, education based in simulation, Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery in the field of robotics.


Juan Carlos Valencia S. was born in Buga (Colombia) in 1973. He received his medical degree from University Of Cauca in Popayan (Colombia) in 1999 and completed his General Surgery residency at The University of Valle in Cali (Colombia) from 2005 to 2009. He received training in 2009 in Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Daicin Foundation of Buenos Aires (Argentina) directed by Dr. Mariano Gimenez. He works as an Emergency Surgeon and Intensive Care in Cali Colombia, at Farallones Clinic and SaludCoop Clinic. He is the head of his own business services that provides Minimally Invasive Surgery, called New Surg. He is also founding partner of a company called VAC Miniinvasiva, dedicated to providing surgical services. He is currently the chief of surgery at at Farallones Clinic in Cali. In the past few years Dr. Valencia with his team, has developed techniques of minimally invasive surgery, such as Laparoscopic pericardial window for 2 ports of 5 millimeters, cholecystectomy and appendectomy with reduced ports and the “Cali Technique” for laparoscopic approach. In 2014 he received special mention for his scientific presentation at MIS Week 2014 at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, called “Trocar-less Laparoscopic Appendectomy, A Simple and Inexpensive Method”.

In 2014 he completed his training in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Jacques Perissat Institute and Positive University in Curitiba, Brazil.

He is member of the Colombian Association of Surgery, Latinoamerican Federation of Surgery, European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, Iberoamerican Society of Interventionism (SIDI) and The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), as well as of The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).


Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri was born in Pereira (Colombia), the heart of coffee growing region in the country. After finishing high school with honors, he moved to Bogota, graduating as a doctor at Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. After the compulsory social service, he returned to Bogotá where he completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency and graduated with Honors and as best resident of his promotion from the Hospital Universitario Lorencita Villegas de Santos – Universidad del Rosario. In 1998 he returned to his hometown and has been living in Pereira since then, with his wife and his two kids.

Early in his practice, Dr. Villegas realized that chronic pelvic pain patients didn´t have adequate medical care, not only in his city but in the entire country. So, in 2004, he applied and completed a fellowship at C. Paul Perry´s Pelvic Pain Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Coming back from Alabama, he started ALGIA, the Advanced Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira, where he´s been taking care of patients from all over Colombia and other places in Latin America.
In May 2012, Dr Villegas was elected as president of FECOLSOG, the Colombian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In January 2013, Dr Villegas-Echeverri was elected as Secretary of the IPPS (International Pelvic Pain Society) Board of Directors for a period of one year, after which he will ascend annually to Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past President.

Since 2001, he has been the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira. As well, currently he is the Director of ALGIA, the Advanced Gynecological Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center also at Clínica Comfamiliar. Algia has developed not only a focused care center, but a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain with Universidad CES to address the concern that most graduating residents in obstetrics and gynecology were not fully trained in modern MIS techniques and Pelvic Pain.

He is a recurrent speaker in multiple national and international conferences and has published in different medical journals and textbooks nationwide.


Dr. Paul Alan Wetter graduated from The University of Miami School of Medicine in 1975 and is Professor Emeritus of that institution. He is founder of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), now in its 25th year and is currently Chairman of SLS. Professor Wetter is also founder of ORReady, the world initiative to improve surgical outcomes, He is considered the single individual who has done the most to promote education and understanding of Minimally Invasive Surgery worldwide.”

As one of the first surgeons to champion advanced laparoscopic surgery, he is a social and education entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Wetter brought together multiple surgical specialties to start a new type of medical multi-specialty society, to form SLS, which has become the largest of its kind in the world with over 4,000 active members. He established the AsianAmerican and EuroAmerican MIS Summits, through which he has put high-quality educational and resource materials into the hands of all surgeons and hospitals worldwide.

He is the co-founder and Managing Editor of the Medical Journal, JSLS, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, which has had a meteoric rise to the top 1% of over 10,000. He pioneered Open-Access Medical Publication, and spearheaded the publication of the first of their kind open-access, online medical textbooks, which can be used at the bedside, in the office, library, and OR and have built-in language translation for worldwide utilization.

He is also founder of ORReady, the world initiative to improve surgical outcomes, which has 21 organizations in five continents participating and is linked with the World Health Organization GIEESC committee on which he serves.

Dr. Wetter has received honors in many countries for his sharing of ideas about MIS around the world, which influenced the rapid rise of MIS. The driving source for his work is the lofty goal of giving every budding and experienced practitioner in the world an opportunity to contribute and learn. Dr. Wetter truly has mastered the art of collaboration and Open Access in medical education worldwide.


Dr. Jessica Ybanez-Morano practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in Steubenville, Ohio at the Trinity Health System. She is the Director for The Pedestal for Women’s Health at Trinity. She specializes in reduced site gynecologic laparoscopic surgical techniques, especially focused with single-site laparoscopic surgeries for benign gynecologic pathologies.

Dr. Ybanez-Morano is doubly boarded with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physician Executives. She maintains academic clinical assistant professorship affiliations with West Virginia University School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Liberty University Physician Assistant Program and Marietta College Physician Assistant Program.

She graduated her dual degrees MD and MPH from West Virginia University and the Johns Hopkins University. She is a Fellow in the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives.


Dr. Zavras Nikolaos graduated from the Medical School of Athens in 1983. He completed his paediatric surgical specialty in 1993 and he was awarded his PhD in 1991. He is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery in the 3rd Department of Surgery of Athens University, in “ATTIKON” Hospital.

He completed a subspecialty in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 1995. He has attended the activities of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit in Brompton Royal Hospital and pediatric laparoscopic surgery in Leeds Infirmary Hospital.

His research field includes pediatric urology, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. Dr. Zavras has 31 studies published in PubMed and Scholar Google, with approximately 185 citations. He is member of the Greek Association of Pediatric Surgeons, European Association of Pediatric Surgeons and European Society of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgeons. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Association of Pediatric Surgery.