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 C. Brand, MD, MS
    Yasser Noureldin, MD
    Jens Rassweiler, Prof Dr Med
    Troy E. Reihsen
    Bradley F. Schwartz, DO
    WISH Surgical Sim Fellow

  • Master Class #2 AM OR PM

    Vertical Zone Suturing 1 – Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing – For the Gynecologist, Urologist, and General and Robotic 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: Luigi Fasolino, MD and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA

    Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
    Crystal Chan, MD

    Lydia Garcia, MD
    Keith Isaacson, MD
    Grace Liu, MD
    Megan Loring, MD

    Juan L. Salgado, MD
    Phillip P. Shadduck, MD

    Mireille D. Truong, MD
    Kelly Wright, 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.


    At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

    • Tie an intracorporeal knot using needle holder and grasper and regular surgical suture
    • Perform the expert knot and use it in continuous suturing
    • Understand the principles of suturing for hysterectomy, bowel repair and bladder repair
    • Use the barbed suture as well as understand the indication for use
    • Perform the sliding (cinch) knot and know the situations for when it is useful


    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: Luigi Fasolino, MD and Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA

    Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
    Crystal Chan, MD

    Lydia Garcia, MD
    Keith Isaacson, MD
    Grace Liu, MD
    Megan Loring, MD

    Juan L. Salgado, MD
    Phillip P. Shadduck, MD

    Mireille D. Truong, MD
    Kelly Wright, MD

SRS Robotic Sessions

Presented by the Society of Robotic Surgeons
Wednesday, August 31 | 7:00am – 3:30pm

The full day robotics program is intended to give an in depth overview of the robotic approach to key procedures, and will feature the world’s robotic experts in the fields of colorectal, endocrine and solid organ, bariatrics, hernias, single site, esophageal and foregut, and gynecology. Attendees can expect to understand how robotics can be integrated into their practice, and practicing robotic surgeons can expect to learn key elements of procedures that will help them to advance their techniques and outcomes.

Director: Keith Kim, MD

Matthew Albert, MD
Conrad Ballecer, MD
Eren Berber, MD
Carlos Galvani, MD
Farid Gharagozloo, MD
Clark Gerhart, MD
Anthony Gonzalez, MD
Gerald Harkins, MD
Mona Orady, MD
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
Michael Pitter, MD
Larry Prabhakar, MD
Stephen Scott, MD
Erik Wilson, MD

7:00am WELCOME
Program Chair: Keith C. Kim, MD, FACS
Videos Showing Trocars/ Docking/ Dissection/ Vascular
Control and Anastomosis (External and Interna-Abdominal
7:05-7:20am Robotic Right Colectomy with Complete Mesocolon Excision
Giuseppe Spinoglio, MD, FACS
7:20-7:35am Left/Sigmoid Colectomy: Indications, Advantages, Technique
(Splenic Flexure Mobilizationand TME Trocar Placement,
Docking, Vascular Control, Anastomosis)
Larry Prabhakar, MD
7:35-7:50am Robotic LAR/ Intersphicteric Dissection for Low
Rectal Cancers
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
7:50-8:00am Fluorescent Technology: Use in Colorectal Surgery
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
8:00-8:15am Robotic Transanal Approach for Endoluminal Surgery
Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
8:15-8:30am Panel Discussion
Giuseppe Spinoglio, MD, FACS, Larry Prabhakar, MD,
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD, Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
8:30-8:45am Break
8:45-9:00am Robotic Hysterectomy: Indications, Advantages,
Limitations, Technique
Gerald Harkins, MD
9:00-9:15am Robotic Assisted Management of Stage IV Endometriosis
Gerald Harkins, MD
9:15-9:30am Robotic Myomectomy: Indications, Advantages,
Limitations, Technique
Michael Pitter, MD
9:30-9:45am Role of Robotics in Complex Gyn Surgery
Mona Orady, MD
9:45-10:00am Panel Discussion
Gerald Harkins, MD, Michael Pitter, MD, Mona Orady, MD
Bariatric Surgery
10:00-10:15am RYGB: Technique and Literature Review
Erik Wilson, MD
10:15-10:30am Sleeve Gastrectomy: Technique and Literature Review
Anthony Gonzalez, MD, FACS
10:30-10:45am Revisional Surgery: Maximizing the Advantages of Robotics
Stephen Scott, MD
10:45-11:00am Panel Discussion
Erik Wilson, MD, Anthony Gonzalez, MD, FACS,
Stephen Scott, MD
11:00-12:00pm Lunch
Hernia – Abdominal Wall
(Video Showing Trocars/ Docking/ Dissection and Repair)
12:00-12:15pm Robotic Ventral Hernia: When, Advantages, How
Clark Gerhart, MD, FACS
12:15-12:30pm Component Separation Technique: When, Advantages, How
Conrad Ballecer, MD
12:30-12:45pm Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair When and How
Clark Gerhart, MD, FACS
12:45-12:55pm Panel Discussion
Clark Gerhart, MD, FACS, Conrad Ballecer, MD
Single Site
12:55-1:10pm Single Site Gallbladder Surgery: Indications and Techniques
Giuseppe Spinoglio, MD, FACS
1:10-1:20pm Cholangiogram vs. ICG in Robotic Single Site:
Technique and Video
Anthony Gonzalez, MD, FACS
1:20-1:30pm Discussion
Anthony Gonzalez, MD, FACS, Giuseppe Spinoglio, MD, FACS
1:30-1:40pm Break
Endocrine/ Solid Organ
1:40-1:55pm Robotic Hepatectomy: Indications, Advantages, Technique
(Trocar Placement, Docking, Vascular Control)
Eren Berber, MD
1:55-2:10pm Right/Left/Bilateral Adrenalectomy: Indications, Advantages,
Limitations Trocars/ Docking/ Dissection
Eren Berber, MD
2:10-2:20pm Discussion
Eren Berber, MD
2:20-2:35pm Robotic AntiReflex Procedures
Farid Gharagozloo, MD, FACS
2:35-2:50pm Robotic Challenging Hiatal and Paraesophageal Surgery,
Redo Nissen Fundoplications
Carlos Galvani, MD
2:50-3:05pm Robotic Achalasia: Heller Myotomy and Redo Heller
Carlos Galvani, MD
3:05-3:20pm Robotic Esophagectomy: Indications, Techniques
Farid Gharagozloo, MD, FACS
3:20-3:30pm Panel Discussion
Farid Gharagozloo, MD, FACS, Carlos Galvani, MD

SRS Hands On Robotic Session

Wednesday, August 31 | 8:00am – 3:00pm
15-minute time slots scheduled from 8:00am-3:00pm

Presented by the Society of Robotic Surgeons (SRS)

The hands-on robotics lab compliments the SRS Robotic session and will provide an opportunity for surgeons interested in robotics to take an immersive experience into all of the aspects of robotic surgery. It will be set up as 5 skill-specific stations designed to demonstrate the advantages of the robotics platform in performing complex tasks as well as to give the surgeons a thorough understanding of all the components that need to be mastered in robotic surgery. First come, first served. Each participant will have a total of 15 minutes to cycle through two of the stations. A sign-up sheet to participate in this hands-on session will be available in the SRS Robotic Session on the day of the event.

Presented by the Society of Robotic Surgeons (SRS), the robotics lab will be led by Dr. Stephen Scott and Dr. Farid Gharagozloo.

Note: For participants interested in a more comprehensive hands-on course, a half-day Master Class which covers laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic simulation skills lab is available. See Master Class 1 above for more details.

SLS Experience

Wednesday, August 31 | 12:00 – 4:00pm

This session condenses the experiences of the experts in the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons in multiple surgical fields. The discussion will involve all the essential surgical related issues that are important and vital for all surgeons that perform minimally invasive surgery.

We would like to invite all SLS members, SIG committee members who share the same vision of the mission of SLS “as a Multidisciplinary Society” AND WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THE SLS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FACULTY IN THE FUTURE AND TO BE THE “SLS WORLD TEAM”

Target Audience: All SIG members, any SLS members interested in becoming involved in training surgeons in laparoscopic techniques.

Course: Creation of a reproducible program that includes multispecialty surgeons experienced in laparoscopy interested in training surgeons in the US and internationally. The program consists of a series of lectures on conditions common to all minimally invasive disciplines. It also includes basic laparoscopic suturing instructions with tips and tricks from the experts. The subjects of the didactic lectures include; adhesions, entry techniques, pain, education, complex surgical conditions and complications. The skills sessions, which are included in stand-alone meetings, are basics of laparoscopic suturing and robotics. The intent is to create a standardized program with a bank of surgeons that are trained and willing to travel in order to educate surgeons.

Objectives: Attendants will be able to be familiar with the COMPLICATIONS, ADHESION, PAIN, AND EDUCATION issues that are in common in multi-specialties. Allow the SIG members and faculties with interest in becoming part of the SLS World Faculty Team to be educated on the STANDANDIZED knowledge base and structure that the “SLS MIS EXPERIENCE” are required to provide future educational SLS mission in the US and around the world…… The World Mission

Director: John Morrison, Jr., MD
Co-Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
Roberto Gallardo, MD
Michael S. Kavic, MD
Louise King, MD, JD
Flavio Malcher Oliveria, MD
Michael W. McDonald, MD
Eduardo F. Moreno Paquentin, MD
Alfredo Nieves, MD
Juan Salgado, MD
Sallie Sarrel, PT ATC DPT
Richard M. Satava, MD
M. Jean Uy-Krok, MD
Paul Alan Wetter, MD
Robert K. Zurawin, MD


12:00-12:05pm Opening Remarks Paul Alan Wetter, MD
12:05-12:20pm Complications: Bowel John Morrison, Jr., MD
12:20-12:35pm Adhesions: Adhesions, SBO,
Lysis and Lessons Learned
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
12:35-12:50pm Pain: GU Endometriosis M. Jean Uy-Krok, MD
12:50-1:05pm Education & Technology:
Louise King, MD, JD
1:05-1:20pm Complications: Urological Michael McDonald, MD
1:20-1:35pm Adhesions: Energy Flavio Malcher, MD
1:35-1:50pm Pain: Myofascial Sallie Sarrel, PT ATC DPT
1:50-2:05pm Education & Technology:
Endovaginal Sonography
Juan Salgado, MD
2:05-2:20pm Break
2:20-2:35pm Complications: Vascular John Morrison, Jr., MD
2:35-2:50pm Adhesions: Lysis Technique Robert K. Zurawin, MD
2:50-3:05pm Chronic Pain Following
Inguinal Hernioplasty
Michael S. Kavic, MD
3:05-3:20pm Complications: Entry Eduardo Moreno Paquentin, MD
3:20-3:35pm Pain: Post Op Alfredo Nieves, MD
3:35-3:50pm Education & Technology:
The Future of Medicine
Richard M. Satava, MD
3:50-4:00pm Q&A- Discussion

Multidisciplinary Plenary Sessions

Economics of MIS

Thursday, September 1 | 8:30am-9:30am

Economics of MIS: The Surgeons Economic Report Card

ALL Physicians, now and in the future, will be “Graded” on how well we take care of our patients.Historically, our “grade” was traditionally by word of mouth. Now, it will be based on factual quality and economic variables. Insurance companies are very concerned about how they spend their money and get the most out of their health care dollar distribution. Hospitals and hospital systems require outcome measurements and rank the doctors on how well they perform their healthcare for patients.

The biggest area of controversy exists around how these measurements are obtained. Who is collecting the data points; self-reported, retrospective chart reviews, outside agencies; and how are the data stratified by severity of illness. Surgeons specifically are pressured on equipment utilization, proof of value, complications and infections; preventable or not.

The plan for this session is to help you understand what is involved in how your Surgical Report Card Grade is compiled. Like it or not these are facts that we all are facing. Education into this process is what is best for everyone to obtain the highest grade possible.

Director: Jay A. Redan, MD
Co-Director: Keith Isaacson, MD

Neil Finkler, MD
Stephen Spring, BA
Stephanie Weilert, MBA

8:30-8:32am Introduction Jay A. Redan, MD, Keith Isaacson, MD
8:32-8:57am Costs Involved in Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery Stephen Spring, BA, Stephanie Weilert, MBA
8:57-9:20am How do you choose a Surgeon to be Part of a clinical Integrated Network? Neil Finkler, MD
9:20-9:30am Q&A

Complications and Outcomes

Thursday, September 1 | 10:15am-11:30am

Complications and Outcomes: Collateral Damage – Side-Effects of Complications


  1. Illustrate proper communication, team mobilization, and crisis management when encountering complications in surgery.
  2. Discuss debriefing, root cause analysis, and learn how to learn and benefit from complications.
  3. Learn about the after-effects of a major complication on the surgeon, team-members, and hospital and how to effectively cope and manage with collateral damage.


  • Interactive clinical vignette followed by a panel discussion consisting of a GYN Surgeon, General Surgeon, Urologist, Anesthesiologist, Psychologist, and hospital administrator revolving around a complex case demonstrating a multidisciplinary approach to management of complications and possible after-effects.
  • Vignette will help demonstrate team communication and mobilization of the team, management of the complication, and then discuss short and long term initially the complication on the Surgeon, Team, Hospital, and Health Care System.
  • Panel will discuss issues related to:
    • Breaking Bad News to the Family and involvement of Risk Management.
    • Psychological Effects on Surgeon, Resident, Anesthesia, Operating Room Team.
    • Proper timing and protocol for Debriefing and Root Cause Analysis.
    • Long Term consequences on Hospital and Management of Risk

Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
Co-Director: Mona Orady, MD

Gynecology: Douglas Brown, MD, Nicholas Pairaudeau, MD, Lynn Sterling, MD
Psychology: Daniel Kuhn, MD
General Surgery: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD
Urology: Timothy C. Brand, MD, MS
Hospital administrator/Risk Management: Sheila Brokenshire, RN, MSN, MHA, MBA & Denetria Harding, BS

Credentialing and Training

Thursday, September 1 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Credentialing and Training: Comments on Maintenance of Certification for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has become a touchstone and source of criticism from members of the internal medicine community, forcing the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to suspend major components of its program. The validity of MOC and the value of its components, and its relevance to clinical practice are concerns shared by a large cross section of surgeons and clinicians in technical disciplines. Others question the ability of MOC or CME activities to enhance patient safety, and improve performance and outcomes. This session will examine current and future trends in MOC and requirements for certification and recertification and their impact on minimally invasive surgery.

Topical Questions:

  • MOC is here to stay in some form or format. How will MOC change in the next 5 years?
  • What criteria are used to tie MOC to clinical practice and performance?
  • What data exists demonstrating that MOC or MOC-CME activities improve performance and patient outcomes?
  • How will or should MOC be tied to credentialing?
  • What methods, if any will be used to assess skill and technical performance?
  • What is the appropriate interval for recertification?
  • How should individuals who do not recertify or who fail to recertify be addressed or dealt with both professionally and within the scope of clinical practice?

Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
Co-Directors: Jessica Ybanez-Morano, MD, MPH, Robert K. Zurawin, MD

Robert D. Fanelli, MD, MHA
Farid Gharagozloo, MD
George Wendel, MD

11:30-11:33am Introduction and brief overview of current MOC requirements
11:33-11:48am Establishing and Maintaining Surgical Competency in Gynecology George Wendel, MD
11:48-12:03am MOC from the Perspective of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Robert D. Fanelli, MD, MHA
12:03-12:15am Standardized Credentialing for Robotic Surgery Farid Gharagozloo, MD
12:15-12:30am Q&A

Tools and Techniques

Friday, September 2 | 7:40am-8:40am

Tools and Techniques: 3-D Printing – Why You Should Care?

There are some revolutions that are truly “game-changing”– meaning their importance can influence every aspect of our lives. The new revolution of 3-D printing, which is a continuation of the information revolution, may be more important to you than the internet. It will certainly become as pervasive as your use of the iPhone, internet or personal computer (combined??). Likewise, 3-D bioprinting – the printing of living tissues – will transform the future of healthcare. These new technologies will be explored, with an emphasis on how 3-D printing will revolutionize the medicine we know today.

Director: Robert M. Sweet, MD
Co-Director: Richard M. Satava, MD

Michael C. McAlpine, PhD
Jay A. Redan, MD
Andrey Suprun

7:40-7:42am Introduction
7:42-8:00am Bioprinting Richard M. Satava, MD
8:00-8:10am 3D Printing of Hernia Mesh Jay A. Redan, MD & Andrey Suprun
8:10-8:30am 3D Printed Dynamic Bioengineering Michael C. McAlpine, PhD
8:30-8:40am Q & A

Breakout Session

Bridging the Gap in the World of Medicine

Thursday, September 1, 7:40am-12:30pm | Friday, September 2, 7:40am-10:00am

Presented by SLS International Affiliate Societies

SLS Ambassador & Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
CME Director & Co-Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
Co-Director: Robert K. Zurawin, MD

This session helps condense some of the experiences of leaders in minimally invasive surgery from SLS and from around the world. The discussion will involve discussion of essential surgically-related issues that are vital topics for all surgeons that perform minimally invasive surgery. The session consists of a series of lectures on conditions common to all minimally invasive disciplines. Themes and topics included in the didactic lectures will include: adhesions, entry techniques, pain, education, complex surgical conditions and complications, all of which are cross-cutting and important to all specialties.

Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirujanos Endoscopistas (ALACE)
Bulgarian Association of Minimally Invasive Surgery (BAMIGS)
Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery (CJMIS)
International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)
International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ISGE)
New European Surgical Academy (NESA)
Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Minimamente Invasiva e Robótica (SOBRACIL)
Brazilian Society of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery (SOBRACIL)
Societatea Romana de Chirurgie Minim Invaziva in Ginecologie (SRCMIG) (The Romanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology)
Ukrainian National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology
and others

Thursday, September 1, 7:40am-12:30pm


Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
Co-Directors: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA & Robert K. Zurawin, MD
Moderator: Antonio Bispo, MD, MBA

Chairs: Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med (Germany)
& Prof Vlad Tica (Romania)
The Needed Practical Education
Robert K. Zurawin, MD
The Human Aspects of Surgical Disciplines
Michael Stark, Prof Dr. Med
Does Robotic Surgery Improve Human Skills?
Farr Nezhat, MD (USA)
Practical and Scientific Relevance of Experimental
and Mathematical Modeling for Surgeons
Ospan Mynbaev, MD, PhD (Russia)
The Usage of the Right Instruments for Optimal Outcome
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med (Germany)
Cultural Differences in Implementing
Doctor-Patient Relations
Nicholas Pairaudeau, MD (Canada)
Achieving mastery: How can Technology Help us?
Robert M. Sweet, MD (USA) & Lee Richstone, MD (USA)
Closing Remarks
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med (Germany) & Prof Vlad Tica (Romania)
9:15-9:30am Technology and the Future: Future of Robotic Surgery –
Where do we go?
Jens Rassweiler, Prof Dr Med
9:30-9:45am Technology and the Future: Ultrasound Diagnosing of
Adhesions and Endometrios
Marius Craina, MD (SRCMIG)
10:15-10:30am Education: Medical Education in China
Xiao Wei Zhang, MD, PhD (CJMIS)
10:30-10:45am Complications: ISGE Guidelines for Safe Abdominal Entry
Bruno Van Herendael, Prof Dr Med (ISGE)
10:45-11:00am Complications: Complications in MIS
Eduardo Moreno-Paquentin, MD
11:00-11:15am Complications: Complications of Mini Laparoscopic Surgery
Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
11:15-11:30am Complications: Is Minilaparoscopy Really Better in the
Prepreritoneal Approach for Hernias?
Gustavo Carvalho, MD, PhD
11:30-11:45am Adhesions: Ventral Hernia Mesh and Abdominal Adhesions
Flavio Malcher, MD (SOBRACIL)
11:45-12:00pm Technology and the Future: New Technologies –
Bariatric Robotic Surgery
Carlos Domene, MD, PhD (SOBRACIL)
12:00-12:15pm Complications: Avoiding Complications during
Complex Endometriosis Procedures
Thiers Soares Raymundo, MD (SOBRACIL)
12:15-12:30pm Complications: Complications and How to Avoid Them
Antonio M. Cury Filho, MD (ALACE & SOBRACIL)


Friday, September 2, 7:40am-10:00am
7:40-7:55am Adhesions: Controversies & Advances in Addressing
Adhesions and SBO: The State of the Art
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
7:55-8:10am Adhesions: Does Adhesion Cause Pain?
Should Adhesiolysis be Performed?
Francisco Garcini, MD
8:10-8:25am Adhesions: Prevention and Management of
Surgical Adhesive Disease
Sarah Cohen, MD
8:25-8:40am Pain: Perioperative Interventions to Reduce Acute and
Chronic Pelvic Pain After Surgery
Erin Carey, MD (IPPS)
8:40-8:55am Pain: Updates in the Neurophysiology of Pelvic Pain
Janelle K. Moulder, MD, MSCR (IPPS)
8:55-9:10am Pain: The Evidence Behind Procedural Interventions
(nerve blocks, neuroablative techniques and neuromodulation)
in Chronic Pelvic Pain
Devon Schuchman, MD (IPPS)
9:10-9:25am Pain: Developments in the Surgical Management for the
Conservative Treatment of Endometriosis and Fertility Preservation
Sarah Fox, MD (IPPS)
9:25-9:40am Technology and the Future: Robotic Assisted and Image Guided
Non Invasive Focused Ultrasound Surgery
Andreas Melzer, MD, DDS (iSMIT)
9:40-9:55am Technology and the Future: Bridging the Gap between
Engineers, Companies and Surgeons
Joris E.N. Jasper, PhD, MSc (iSMIT)
9:55-10:00am Closing Remarks
Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD