Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons | Courses and Sessions

Courses and Sessions

Master Classes

  • Master Class #1 AM OR PM

    Hands on Laparoscopic/Robotic/Endoscopic Simulation Skills Laboratory

    Same program available AM or PM

    AM: 7:00am – 11:00am: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    PM: 12:00pm – 4:00pm: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    This Master’s Class is for minimally invasive surgeons of all skill levels. Participants will have the opportunity to have 4 hours of proctored hands on skills training in laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic skills as they rotate through a variety of state-of-the-art virtual reality and physical model training stations. Opportunities to learn and practice basic, intermediate and advanced skills will be offered.


    • Develop hand-eye coordination for laparoscopic surgery
    • Develop hand-eye coordination for robotic surgery
    • Develop hand-eye coordination for endoscopic surgery
    • Enhance MIS suturing and knot-tying skills
    • Develop knowledge of available trainers for maintaining and further development of skills
    • Exposure to surgical simulation activities that are known to decrease surgical errors

    Director: Robert M. Sweet, MD
    Co-Director: Jay A. Redan, MD

    Timothy Brand, MD
    Sanket Chauhan, MD
    Troy E. Reihsen
    Bradley F. Schwartz, DO

  • Master Class #2 AM OR PM

    “Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing – for the Gynecologist, Urologist, and General Surgeon

    “The Vertical Zone –The Next Level beyond Triangulation”

    Same program available AM or PM

    AM: 7:00am-11:00am: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    PM: 12:00pm-4:00pm: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


    PARTICIPANTS will learn the uses and limitations of laparoscopic suturing with the ‘Triangulation’ algorithm. For gynecologists closing the myomectomy incision and vagina transversely, urologists anastomosing urethra to bladder, uretero-ureterostomy, surgeons closing colon and rectum transversely – the needle needs to move in the sagittal plane, not the side to side or coronal plane of the triangulation style. The ‘Vertical Zone’ describes our technique of suturing with two hands ipsilaterally that allows the needle to operate in the sagittal plane, while permitting a restful and relaxed attitude of the elbows, forearms and hands.

    In numerous courses nationally and internationally this algorithm has allowed over 90% of participants to succeed in tying an intracorporeal knot under 3 minutes after 2 hours of training. This reflects the efficacy or our algorithm and the low faculty to trainee ratio.

    With excellent fidelity, the relative hand positions and movements are immediately transferable from the trainer to the O.R. This course equips all attendees with improved suturing skills and insight into applications during surgery.


    Course participants will be better able to:

    Understand ergonomics, theory and rationale for reproducible and efficient laparoscopic suturing

    • Learn port positions, instruments and tips to minimize fulcrum and maximize efficiency
    • Perform interrupted suturing, continuous suturing, cinch knotting
    • Application of skills learned in relevant surgical situations across specialties.
    • Prevention and management of bowel, bladder and ureteral complications by appropriate suture repair

    Pre-test and post-test to demonstrate improvement in skills

    Director: Charles H. Koh, MD
    Co-Directors: Phillip Shadduck, MD and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA

    Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
    Crystal Chan, MD

    Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
    Luigi Fasolino, MD
    Dobie Giles, MD
    Keith B. Isaacson, MD
    Jamie Kroft, MD
    Grace Liu, MD
    Nash S. Moawad, MD, MS
    Juan L. Salgado, MD
    Michelle Plasky, RN
    Mireille Truong, MD


    AM Class PM Class Description
    7:00 12:00 Introduction, Orientation
    and Description
    of Lab Process
    7:15 12:15 Pre-Test: Intracorporeal
    Knot Tying. Cut
    off time 3 minutes
    7:30 12:30 Needle introduction, Ergonomics,
    Theory of the Vertical Zone;
    demo: Drill A
    8:00 1:00 Practice Drill A
    8:20 1:20 Demo: Drill B
    8:30 1:30 Practice Drill B
    9:00 2:00 Lecture – surgical videos.
    Expert knot
    9:30 2:30 Practice expert knotting
    10:00-10:15 3:00-3:15 Review Drill B
    10:15-10:30 3:15-3:30 Post-test of ‘B’ knotting
    10:30-11:00 3:30-4:00 Continuous and cinch, barbed
    suture, or review
    11:00 4:00 Sign evaluations before leaving
  • Master Class #2 EXPERT

    Special Expert Course in Laparoscopic and Mini Laparoscopic Suturing for Vertical Zone Graduates

    PM: 12:00pm-4:00pm: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    *** Only for those having completed morning MC #2 AM or previous Vertical Zone Course in last 2 years. (Must be verifiable by SLS or other attendance list)


    This course allows those proficient in the Vertical Zone algorithm to apply and expand their skills with simulated organ specimen, use of smaller sutures and also 3mm. ‘mini’ suturing instruments. Limited to 2 persons per station with instructor.

    The expert Laparoscopic surgeon has to be able to treat problems occurring in bowel, urinary, ductal, vascular and other areas that arise during the course of advanced procedures irrespective of specialty, and this course is tailored in that direction.


    Rotate stations to perform various tasks

    12:00 – 1:00pm
    Macroneedle holder and ultramicro 3mm. needle holder
    Exercises on suture PAD
    Review smiley, expert knotting, and continuous suturing
    2/0, 3/0, 4/0 suture

    1:00 – 4:00 rotate stations:

    1. Vaginal cuff or bladder tissue
      Repair interrupted and continuous 2/0 vicryl CT1, 3/0 Vicryl SH
    2. Use bowel specimen – excise disc. Repair interrupted and continuous.
      3/0 suture – SH needle. Vicryl or PDS
      Use 3mm. mini and Ultramicro 3mm. needle holder
    3. TIE small tubular structure – simulate uterine artery, common bile duct. Cinch or surgeon
      Ureteral anastomosis – 4/0 – 6/0 suture. Use mini/Ultramicro instruments
    4. Use bleeding vena
      Interrupted repair with 6/0 suture

    Director: Charles H. Koh, MD
    Co-Directors: Phillip Shadduck, MD and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA

    Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
    Crystal Chan, MD

    Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
    Luigi Fasolino, MD
    Dobie Giles, MD
    Keith B. Isaacson, MD
    Jamie Kroft, MD
    Grace Liu, MD
    Nash S. Moawad, MD, MS
    Juan L. Salgado, MD
    Michelle Plasky, RN
    Mireille Truong, MD


State of the Art Lectures

Wednesday, Sept. 2 | 7:00am – 3:00pm

Director: Farid Gharagozloo, MD CRSA, SRS
Co-Director: Mona Orady, MD

Robotics represents yet another revolution in the application of minimally invasive techniques to surgery. While conventional video endoscopic techniques were revolutionary in their own right, they were hampered by limited instrument maneuverability and two-dimensional visualization. These technological shortcomings took away the wrist-like motion of the human hand and the depth perception of human eyes and necessitated the design of “new procedures” which were adapted to the technology. Robotics by virtue of wrist-like instrument maneuverability and three-dimensional visualization has returned the advantages of the human wrist and eyes to the field of minimally invasive surgery. For the first time in the history of minimally invasive surgery, operations which were designed to be performed by open incisions can be replicated using minimal access techniques.

A series of brief presentations by experts in the field will outline the State of the Art in the application of robotics to the specific field in surgery. These lectures will help the attendee to develop a critical eye and assist them in the adoption of robotics into their practice.

7:00 – 9:00am Moderators:
Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD RAMSES
Farid Gharagozloo, MD CRSA, SRS
7:00 – 7:05am Opening Remarks
Farid Gharagozloo, MD CRSA, SRS
7:05 – 7:20am Advanced Robotic Technology for Complex Pulmonary
Resection – Philosophy, Feasibility and Outcomes
Mark R. Dylewski, MD CRSA, SRS
7:20 – 7:35am Incorporating New Advanced
Technologies in Robotic Urology
Vladamir Mouraviev, MD, PhD
7:35 – 7:50am State of the Art: Embracing the Community with
Robotics and Technology – The Drive for Men’s Health
Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD RAMSES
7:50 – 8:05am Status Update of Robotics in Bariatric Surgery
Keith C. Kim, MD CRSA, SRS
8:05 – 8:20am State of the Art in Robotic Mediastinal Surgery
Richard Lazzaro, MD
8:20 – 8:35am Robotic Treatment of Endometriosis
Antonio R. Garguilo, MD
8:35 – 8:50am Update on Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery
Richard Satava, MD iSMIT
8:50 – 9:05am
Kidney Disorders: How Can Virtual Reality
Improve Robotic Learning?
Jacques Hubert, Prof Dr Med
9:05 – 9:20am Break
Tabia Alrasheed, MD
Tamer Ghanem, MD, PhD
9:20 – 9:35am The Untold Economic Advantages of Robotic
Robert Poston, MD
9:35 – 9:50am

Michael C. Pitter, MD, PA SRS

9:50 – 10:05am
Advanced Applications of HPB Robotic Surgery

Francesco Bianco, MD CRSA

10:05 – 10:20am Techniques of Nerve-Sparing and Potency Outcomes
Following Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
Mauricio Rubenstein, MD, PhD SOBRACIL
10:20 – 10:35am Use of Telementoring Robotics to Enable Primary
Care to do Population Based Screening for GERD
James C. “Butch” Rosser, Jr., MD
10:35 – 10:50am New Robotic Laparoscopy Procedure for Hiatal
Hernias and GERD
Farid Gharagozloo, MD CRSA, SRS
10:50 – 11:00am Q & A
11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote Lecture
Accountable Care: A Perspective From Both
Physicians and Industry
James C. “Butch” Rosser, Jr., MD
Edward Zurawin
11:00-11:15 Light Refreshments
11:15-12:00 Keynote Lecture
12:00 – 12:05pm
Highlights of the FDA Workshop on
Robotically-Assisted Surgical Devices
Jay A. Redan, MD
12:05 – 1:30pm Moderators:
Richard Lazzaro, MD
Michael C. Pitter, MD, PA
12:05 – 12:20pm State of the Art in Robotics: Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery
Tabia Alrasheed, MD RAMSES
12:20 – 12:35pm State of the Art Robotics: Single-Site Robotic
Gynecologic Surgery
Douglas Brown, MD
12:35 – 12:50pm What is New in Robotic Cardiac Surgery?
Eric J. Lehr, MD, PhD
12:50 – 1:05pm TBA
1:05 – 1:20pm State of the Art in Anesthesia
Brian Ross, PhD, MD
1:20 – 1:35pm
State of the Art in Myomectomy
Antonio Gargiulo, MD
1:35 – 1:50pm Break
1:50 – 3:00pm Moderators:
Mona Orady, MD
Brian Ross, PhD, MD
1:50 – 2:05pm Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal
Cancer: A Paradigm Shift
Tamer Ghanem, MD, PhD
2:05 – 2:20pm Robotic-Assisted Radical Parametrectomy in
Patients with Malignant Gynecological Tumors
Grigor Gortchev, MD
2:20 – 2:35pm Role of Robotics in Pulmonary Resection
Patrick Ross, MD, PhD
2:35 – 2:50pm The European Telesurgical System with
Force Feedback – Updates
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med NESA
2:50 – 2:55pm Q & A
2:55 – 3:00pm Closing Remarks
Mona Orady, MD

Multidisciplinary Plenary Sessions

Complications and Outcomes

Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 8:30am-9:45am

Complications and Outcomes
Pre-emptive Strike: Avoiding Complications and Improving Outcomes

1. Discuss methods of pre-emptively and preventing complications during surgical procedures by creating a scheme or mindset that can help someone predict or anticipate the increased possibility of complications in order to avoid them.
2. Learn how to manage and effectively mobilize the team once a complication occurs in order to efficiently and safely manage the complication.
3. Demonstrate management of common complications in commonly performed minimally invasive surgical procedures.

• Interactive panel discussion consisting of a GYN Surgeon, General Surgeon, Urologist, and Anesthesiologist revolving around a Complex Clinical Vignette with multidisciplinary approach to care
• Case scenario will be presented by Moderator and surgeons will walk through pre-operative preparation, discussion of prediction and risk factors for complications, anticipation and preparation for problems in perioperative and intra-operative period
• Discussion will then be directed towards avoidance of complication initially and then as complications unfold discussion will move towards Mobilization of the Team, and Management of the complication
• General Surgeon to discuss possibilities of Bowel Burn or Trochar Injury
• Urologist to discuss possibility of ureter or bladder injury
• Gynecologist to discuss possibility of uncontrolled bleeding or vascular injury
• Videos for illustration will be provided by the board or from prior surgical surprises session (do not include in brochure & website description)
• Debriefing for 10-15 min at the end of the vignette will occur

Director: Mona Orady, MD
Co-Directors: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA & Robert M. Sweet, MD

Gynecology: Douglas Brown, MD
General Surgery: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
John Morrison, MD
Anesthesia: Brian Ross, MD, PhD
Urology: Robert M. Sweet, MD

Tools and Techniques

Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 10:30-11:30am

Tools and Techniques
Benign and Malignant Tissue Extraction–Controversies and Recommendations 

The importance of safe tissue extraction was recently brought into national focus by the FDA review and action regarding uterine power morcellators.  Similar concerns have arisen and lessons have been learned in other minimally invasive surgical disciplines.  This session will review the recent power morcellator controversy, historical background, current review of the science, and contemporary recommendations for the safe extraction of benign and malignant tissues.

Director: Phillip Shadduck, MD
Co-Directors: Farr Nezhat, MD & Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA  
Antonio Cury, MD
Keith Isaacson, MD
Ceana Nezhat, MD
Jens Rassweiler, Prof Dr. Med


10:30-10:32am Introduction
Farr Nezhat, MD Phillip Shadduck, MD
and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA
10:32-10:45am Power Morcellation – Clinical History,
Current Controversy, and FDA Review
Keith Isaacson, MD
10:45-10:58am Lessons from Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal
Cancer Surgery – Preventing Port Site Mets
Antonio Cury, MD
10:58-11:11am Lessons from Urologic Oncology – Tissue
Retrieval after Radical Nephrectomy &
Jens Rassweiler, Prof Dr Med
11:10-11:25am The Sobering World of Tissue Extraction
Ceana Nezhat, MD
11:25-11:30am Discussion/Q&A

Credentialing and Training

Thursday, September 3, 2105 | 11:30-12:30 pm

Credentialing and Training: The Surgeon’s Guide to the Literature Galaxy Evaluating the Literature – Why it Matters for my Practice

The backbone of medical practice is valid evidence in the form of publications; however Cochrane database (which reviews the quality of medical publications) indicates that less than 20% of published medical literature meets the requirements for valid evidence. This session looks at how to evaluate the literature if you want to do a research project, if you want to take your research to a product, and most important, how to determine whether the article you are reading to improve your practice really contains valid evidence. Case reports will be used as examples of correct and poor publications.

Director: Richard M. Satava, MD
Co-Director: Michael S. Kavic, MD

Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH
Douglas E. Ott, MD, MBA


11:30-11:35am Introduction – Michael S. Kavic, MD &
Richard M. Satava, MD
11:35-11:50am Fundamentals of Research for Health
Care Professionals
Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH
11:50am-12:05pm Commericalization – Hamlet as a
Peer Reviewer
Douglas E. Ott, MD, MBA
12:05-12:20pm Literature According to the Surgeon or
How to Determine Whether an Article
Contains Valid Evidence to Improve
Michael S. Kavic, MD
12:20-12:30pm Discussion/Q&A

Economics of MIS

Friday, September 4, 2015 | 7:40am-8:40am

Economics of MIS: Health Care Quality: Addressing the Debate between Three Sides of the Health Care Cost Issue

The ever evolving way that surgery is practiced around the world continues to challenge the medical community as to what is the most cost effective and economically responsible way to deliver surgical care. From the origins of surgery through the 1980’s, open procedures were the only choice. Now we have open, laparoscopic, robotic, ablations, natural orifice, single port, and endoluminal choices.

Part of our decision making process in choosing what will be best for our patients is can the technology we have, be affordable and compensated weighing out the advantages/disadvantages and ultimately the surgical outcome.

In this session we will hear from a Surgical Educator and Hospital Administrator, Vice President of Health Economics & Outcomes Research of Industry, and a Wall Street strategist about how they think all of these decisions can be made to optimize financially sound decisions while providing excellent patient care.

Director: Jay A. Redan, MD
Co-Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA

Gerald M. Fried, MD, CM, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS
Edward W. Archibald Professor & Chairman, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University

David Macarios
VP Health Economics & Outcomes Research

David H. Roman
Goldman Sachs


8:40-8:45am Introduction – Jay A. Redan, MD &
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
8:45-9:00am Surgical Educator and Hospital
Administrator Perspective
Gerald M. Fried, MD, CM, FRCSC,
9:00-9:15am Wall Street Strategist Perspective
David H. Roman
9:15-9:30am Industry Perspective
David Macarios
9:30-9:40am Discussion/Q&A

Breakout Session

Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Session

Thursday, Sept 3, 2015 | 7:40am-12:30pm

International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ISGE), Societatea Romana de Chirurgie Minim Invaziva In Ginecologie (SRCMIG) (The Romanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology)

Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis remains one of the most interesting and dynamic challenges in gynecology. Its manifestations are incredibly diverse—from the tiny peritoneal implant to complete destruction of adnexal architecture to even more rare and bizarre locations such as subcutaneous tissue and the lung. Its relationship to pain symptoms and management strategies are equally diverse and constantly changing. In this session, drawing on faculty from the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) and The Romanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology (SRCMIG), we address updates in understanding of endometriosis, from how it relates to fertility to how we measure outcomes to how we determine severity to practical tips for surgical excision in the endoscopic environment.

Director: Matthew Siedhoff, MD, MSCR
Co-Directors: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD, Maurius Craina, MD and Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH

Sawsan As-Sanie, MD
Erin T. Carey, MD, MSCR
Jinghe Lang, MD
Kenneth Levey, MD
Janelle Moulder, MD
Bruno J. van Herendael, Prof Dr Med
Xiaowei Zhang, Prof Dr Med


7:40-7:50am Introduction
Maurice Chung, RPh, MD
7:50-8:15am Treatment of Endometriosis in China
ZhengYu Zhang, Prof Dr Med
8:15-8:40am Treatment of Endometriosis
Related Infertility in China
Xiaowei Zhang, Prof Dr Med
8:40-9:05am Measuring And Reporting Pain after
Endometriosis Surgery: How Well Are
We Doing and How Do We Determine
Whether Our Interventions Work?
Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH
9:05-9:30am Diagnostic Performance of Imaging Methods
in Predicting Endometriosis Intraoperative
Marius Craina, MD
9:30-9:55am Pain Mechanisms in Endometriosis:
Understanding the Neurobiology of
Chronic Pain to Enhance Patient Care
Sawsan As-Sanie, MD
9:55-10:00am Q&A
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-10:55am Avoiding “Shotgun” Treatment: New
thoughts on Endometriosis-Associated
Pelvic Pain
Kenneth Levey, MD
10:55-11:20am The “Para’s,” “Retro’s,” and “Pre’s”:
Using the Oncologic Spaces to Excise
Deeply Infiltrating Endometriosis
Matthew Siedhoff, MD
11:20-11:45am What’s New in Medical Therapies for
Erin Carey, MD, MSCR
11:45am-12:10pm Quantification of Endometriosis
Bruno J. van Herendael, Prof Dr Med
12:10-12:30pm The Role of Appendectomy in
Endometriosis Resection
Matthew Siedhoff, MD, MSCR

What Makes a Good Surgeon?

Friday, September 4, 2015 | 7:30am-9:15am


What Makes a Good Surgeon?

Surgical conferences deal usually with surgical methods, instruments, complications and their prevention. Rarely is the focus on the individuals holding the scalpel and looking through the ocular, their drive to become surgeons, their backgrounds, characters, response to stress and human approach. Various methods were developed for evaluation of candidates before being accepted to medical schools. Are there ways to evaluate graduates wishing to become surgeons before starting their training?

In this session leading and experienced surgeons from different disciplines will describe their own personal experience, what made them to what they are, what do they believe are the needed personal characteristics to become surgeons, how to deal with the daily problems of such demanding profession and how to live with the unavoidable stress which accompanies the surgeon’s daily work.

Session Director: Michael Stark, MD
Oktay Kadayifci, Prof Dr Med
Daniel Kuhn, MD
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med
Farr Nezhat, MD
Robert K. Zurawin, MD


7:40-7:55am Becoming an Optimal Surgeon – What is Involved?
Robert K. Zurawin, MD
7:55-8:10am Prerequisites to Becoming an Optimal Surgeon
Farr Nezhat, MD
8:10-8:20am Does Cultural Background Influence Surgical
Oktay Kadayifci, Prof Dr Med
8:20-8:30am Only a Good Person Can Become a Good Surgeon –
The Human Aspects of the Surgical Disciplines
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med
8:30-8:45am Can Stress be Avoided and/or Treated?
Daniel Kuhn, MD
8:45-8:55am Know your Instruments before Starting
to Use Them
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med
8:55-9:15am Conclusion and discussion
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med &
Robert K. Zurawin, MD

Pan American Session

Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 8:00am-12:00pm

PAN AMERICAN SESSION Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirujanos Endoscopistas (ALACE), La Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Laparoscópica (AMCE), Federación Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecolgía (FECOLSOG), Sociedade Brasileira de Videocirugia (SOBRACIL)

Advanced Technologies & Challenging Situations!

This Pan-American Session brings together international thought leaders from ALACE (Latin America), AMCE (Mexico), FECOLSOG (Colombia), SOBRACIL (Brazil), and SLS, to share their perspectives on how best to practice in developing countries with limited medical and financial resources. The session will be truly Pan-American, with speakers representing Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the mainland US. Topics will include “What’s next in MIS”, “When bad situations happen to good surgeons”, “Safe use of energy”, and “Robotic surgery and high technology adoption in limited resource environments”. Presentation formats will include interactive debates/rebuttals, slides, and videos.

The primary objective of the Pan-American Session is to demonstrate how it is possible to treat challenging situations and complex patients with high quality despite a limitation of resources.

Director: Antonio Bispo, MD, PhD (Brazil)
Co-Directors: Eduardo Moreno Paquentin, MD (Mexico) & Juan Salgado, MD(Puerto Rico)

Antonio Cury, MD (Brazil)
Carlos Domene, MD (Brazil)
Pedro Escobar, MD (Puerto Rico)
Roberto Gallardo, MD (Guatemala)
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA (USA)
Ariel Martinez Onate, MD (Mexico)
Jens Rassweiler, Prof Dr Med (Germany)
Mauricio Rubinstein, MD, PhD (Brazil)
Thiers Soares, MD (Brazil)
Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA (USA)
Robert M. Sweet, MD (USA)


What’s Next in MIS: Robotics, Single Port, or Mini?
Moderator: Juan Salgado, MD
Co-Moderator: Mauricio Rubinstein, MD, PhD

8:00-8:08am Minilaparoscopy, Less is More
Roberto Gallardo, MD
8:08-8:16am Single Port is Here to Stay
Diego Camacho, MD
8:16-8:24am Robotics, Worth the Cost
Carlos Domene, MD
8:24-8:32am Traditional Laparoscopy, Still the
Gold Standard
Antonio Cury, MD
8:32-8:34am Rebuttal
Roberto Gallardo, MD
8:34-8:36am Rebuttal
Pedro Escobar, MD
8:36-8:38am Rebuttal
Carlos Domene, MD
8:38-8:40am Rebuttal
Antonio Cury, MD
8:40-9:00am Discussion

When Bad Situations Happen to Good Surgeons
Moderator: Thiers Soares, MD
Co-Moderator: Diego Camacho, MD

9:00-9:10am Access Injuries
Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA
9:10-9:20am Ureteral Injuries
Mauricio Rubinstein, MD, PhD
Emergency Surgery for
Perforated Diverticulitis

Eduardo Moreno Paquentin, MD

9:30-9:40am Stapler Failure in Anastomosis
Antonio Cury, MD
9:40-10:00am Discussion
10:00-10:30am BREAK

Safe Use of Energy
Moderator: Eduardo Moreno Paquentin, MD
Co-Moderator: Robert M. Sweet, MD

10:30-10:38am Principles of Surgical Energy
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
10:38-10:46am Bipolar Sealers
Juan Salgado, MD
10:46-10:54am Ultrasonic / Harmonic
Thiers Soares, MD
10:54-11:02am Alternatives to Energy for Hemostasis
Gustavo Guitmann, MD
11:02-11:04am Rebuttal
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
11:04-11:06am Rebuttal
Juan Salgado, MD
11:06-11:08am Rebuttal
Thiers Soares, MD
11:08-11:10am Rebuttal
11:10-11:30am Discussion

Robotic Surgery & High Technology Adoption in Limited Resource Environments
Moderator: Antonio Bispo, MD, PhD
Co-Moderator: ens Rassweiler, Prof Dr Med

11:30-11:40am Brazilian Experience
Carlos Domene, MD
11:40-11:50am Mexican Experience
Ariel Martinez Onate, MD
11:50am-12:00pm Discussion

Robotic Microsurgery

Friday, September 4, 2015 | 10:30am-12:15pm


Robotic Microsurgery

Since its inception in the early 2000’s, robotic assistance with microsurgical procedures continues to expand. The magnification, three dimensional visualization, and surgical control offered by robotic assisted systems has led to its integration into microsurgical procedures. The addition of robotic assistance may allow an improvement in outcomes similar to when the operating microscope was introduced in microsurgery. Though the use of robotics in microsurgery is still in its early phases, initial findings are encouraging. This session covers robotic microsurgical procedures and techniques in various specialties such as plastics & reconstructive surgery, and urology.

Taiba Alrasheed MD
Andrew McCullough, MD
Parviz Kavoussi, MD
Tung Shu, MD

Moderators: Parviz Kavoussi, MD & Andrew McCullough, MD

10:30am-10:55am Robotic Microsurgery in Plastics &
Reconstructive Surgery
Taiba Alrasheed, MD
10:55am-11:20am Robotic Microsurgery for Varicoceles
& Vasectomy Reversals
Andrew McCullough, MD
11:20am-11:45am Robotic Assisted Microsurgical Vasectomy
Reversal – The Surgeons’ Advantage
Parviz Kavoussi, MD
11:45am-12:10pm Robotic Microsurgery for Varicoceles
Tung Shu, MD
12:10pm-12:15pm Discussion/Q&A

Abdominal Wall Hernia

Friday, September 4, 2015 | 1:45-2:45pm


Abdominal Wall Hernia
This joint panel presents the first combined session of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the American Hernia Society. It focuses on common hernia issues faced by surgeons from many disciplines.

Session Director:
Benjamin K. Poulose, MD, MPH

Gina Adrales, MD, MPH
Eric Pauli, MD
Melissa Phillips-LaPinska, MD
Ajita Prabhu, MD

Michael S. Kavic, MD

1:45pm-1:50pm Introduction
Benjamin K. Poulose, MD, MPH
1:50pm-2:00pm Safe Laparoscopy in the Face of
Hernias and Meshes
Gina Adrales, MD, MPH
2:00pm-2:10pm Single Port Laparoscopy: Cosmesis
versus Risk of Hernia Formation
Melissa Phillips-LaPinska, MD
2:10pm-2:20pm Hernia Prophylaxis: An Ounce of
Prevention is Worth a Pound of Repair
Eric Pauli, MD
2:20pm-2:30pm Laparoscopic Robotic Ventral Hernia
Repair: Intraperitoneal or
Retromuscular Repair?
Ajita Prabhu, MD
2:30pm-2:35pm The Americas Hernia Society Quality
Collaborative: Getting More from a
Surgical Society
Benjamin K. Poulose, MD, MPH
2:35pm-2:45pm Panel Discussion