State of the Art Lectures in Robotic Surgery

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.

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

7:00am-9:00am Moderators: Samay Jain, MD and Farid Ghargozloo, MD
7:00am-7:05am Opening Remarks
Farid Gharagozloo, MD
7:05am-7:20am Robotic Surgery for Giant Hiatal Hernias
Farid Gharagozloo, MD
7:20am-7:35am The Value of Robotics in a New Era of Bundled Payment for Surgery
Robert S. Poston, MD
7:35am-7:50am Complex Robotic Hysterectomy
Mona Orady, MD
7:50am-8:05am Robotic Prostatectomy: The Procedure that Launched Robotic Surgery is Still Leading the Way in Urology
Raju Thomas, MD, FACS, MHA
8:05am-8:20am Integrating Robotic Laparoscopic Technique to Incarcerated Strangulated Internal/Ventral Abdominal Hernia Repair
Russel Martin, MD
8:20am-8:35am Robotic Surgery Simulation
COL Timothy C. Brand, MD
8:35am-8:50am Robotic Bariatric Surgery: What’s the Benefit?
Collin E.M. Brathwaite, MD
8:50am-9:05am Credentialing for Robotic Surgery. How is it Different from What we Currently do?
Jay A. Redan, MD
9:05am-9:20am BREAK
9:05am-9:20am Moderators: Robert S. Poston, MD and Mona Orady, MD
9:20am-11:00am Update in Benign Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
Aileen Caceres, MD, MPH
9:35am-9:50am Complex Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Urinary Reconstruction
Samay Jain, MD
9:50am-10:05am Robotic Esophagectomy
Jelle Ruurda, MD, PhD
10:05am-10:20am Robotic Coronary Bypass Surgery
Robert S. Poston, MD
10:20am–10:35am Robotic Reconstructive Urologic Surgery
Raju Thomas, MD, FACS, MHA
10:35am–10:50am Robotic Sacroculpopexy in the Single Port
Etienne Vincens, MD
10:50am–11:00am State of the Art in Robotic Myomectomy
Mona Orady, MD
12:00pm–1:30pm Moderators: Ghulam Abbas, MD and Douglas N. Brown, MD
12:00pm–12:15pm Robotic Ureteral Reimplantation: How Good is It?
Christina Kim, MD
12:15pm–12:30pm Innovations in Robotic Surgery – What’s Coming Next?
Douglas N. Brown, MD
12:30pm-12:45pm The Minimally Invasive Robotic Vascular Surgery
Petr Stadler, Prof Dr Med
12:45pm-1:00pm Robotic Anatomic Pulmonary Segmentectomy
Ghulam Abbas, MD
1:00pm-1:15pm Robotic Gastroesophageal Valvuloplasty: A New Paradigm for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux
Farid Gharagozloo, MD
1:15pm-1:30pm Surgeon, Bed-Side Surgeon and Team Training in Robotic Surgery: The Example of Urology
Jacques M. Hubert, Prof Dr Med
1:30pm-1:45pm BREAK
1:45pm-3:00pm  Moderators: Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD and Beemen Khalil, MD, MS
1:45pm-2:00pm The Robot and the General Surgeon: A Current Perspective
Beemen N. Khalil, MD, MS
2:00pm-2:15pm Improving Intraoperative Detectiong of Endometriosis: The Role of Firefly Technology in Robotic Surgery
Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD
2:15pm-2:30pm Small, Versatile and Flexible – The Future of Surgical Robots
Amir Szold, MD
2:30pm-2:45pm Remote Proctoring for Robotic Surgery…How we can Expand this Technology Worldwide
Jay A. Redan, MD
2:45pm-2:55pm Q&A
2:55pm-3:00pm Closing Remarks
Mona Orady, MD

Medical Apps: Why? Why Now?
Mobile Medical APPS, The Physician, Developer, Investor and
Silicon Valley San Francisco Perspective (Non-CME)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 9:45am – 10:45am
Mobile apps and the consumerization of medicine have changed the face of healthcare. They have changed the way patients seek out care, the ways and mediums by which practitioners deliver it, and our collective ability to diagnose, affect patient behavior and impact outcomes. These approaches are disrupting every aspect of the industry as we know it. Come to learn about how these trends are affecting healthcare, and join a conversation about what this means for future opportunities in the healthcare industry.

Audience: Physicians, developers, investors and those interested in rapidly changing and disruptive possibilities.


9:45am-9:50am Med Apps Overview
Paul Alan Wetter, MD
9:50am-10:05am A Matter of Innovation Presents:
The Parable of the Four Elephants – Overview
Benjamin Glenn
10:05am-10:20am Building a Digital Health Company
From Seed and Beyond – Overview
Fred Toney
10:20am-10:35am Second Opinion Chaperone
James C. “Butch” Rosser, Jr., MD
10:35am-10:45am Open Discussion


Myriad Genetics Satellite Symposium Luncheon

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 11:00 – 12:00pm
Myriad Genetics Introduces:
Introducing Patients at Risk for Hereditary Cancer: Transforming Care
Across Multiple Specialities to Ensure Optimal Patient Outcomes
Presented by: 
Shari Snow, MD

Dr. Shari Snow is the Section Chief of Gynecology and Robotic Surgery and the Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago, IL. Dr. Snow will be discussing the importance of understanding your patient’s cancer family history and how acting on that information can alter surgical decisions. In addition, she will share her perspective around the need in collaboration of care across multiple specialties now that multiple genes are responsible for multiple cancers.

Inaugural Military Session – Laparoscopy Challenges and Advancement in the Military

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Members of the military are proud to join SLS in furthering the surgical education in laparoscopy for active duty surgeons. Robotic surgery has some of its origins from military research funding and its future lies in bringing telesurgery and robotic surgery to the battlefield. The DOD has its own unique challenges to using robotic surgery though. The faculty chosen will describe the history of robotic surgery in the military, the current status of combat robotic surgery, incorporating robotic surgery in a residency program, and making robot use more efficient in the military. Please join us for the inaugural event. We believe this will be the beginning of a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.

Disclaimer: This is  not an officially sponsored event by the Department of Defense. The views expressed in this session are those of the faculty and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Audience: Physicians, developers, investors and those interested in rapidly changing and disruptive possibilities.


12:00pm-12:05pm Opening Remarks
Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
12:05pm-12:20pm A Chronicle of Robotic Assisted Surgery:
From DARPA to Widespread Clinical Use
COL Timothy C. Brand, MD
12:20pm-12:35pm Development of Robotics as a Platform
for Remote Operation on the Battlefield
MAJ CJ Rosemeyer, DO
12:35pm-12:50pm Training Residents in Robotics
LTC Eric Ahnfield, DO
12:50pm-1:05pm Getting More Robotic Cases Done in a
Residency Program
COL Rober B. Lim, MD


SLS Experts’ Experience and Tips and Tricks in MIS

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Presented by the SIG and International Committee ‘The SLS World Team”

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 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. Individuals interested in becoming part of the SLS World Faculty Team and others will have the opportunity to be educated on the standardized knowledge base and structure that the “SLS MIS Experience” events throughout the word are required to provide. These efforts will help to continue the SLS mission of information and education in the US and around the – The World Mission.

Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
Co-Director: John Morrison, Jr., MD and Mona Orady, MD
Moderator: Thiers Soares Raymundo, MD

1:05pm-1:20pm Endometriosis Mapping and the ECO System
Nash S. Moawad, MD, MS
1:20pm-1:35pm Tips and Tricks to Decrease the Risk of Trocar Site Hernia
Emad Mikhail, MD
1:35pm-1:50pm Urological Complications
Michael W. McDonald, MD
1:50pm-2:05pm How to Reduce Surigcal Pain
Jose Nieves Sosa, MD
2:05pm-2:20pm Difference in Surgical Approach between Adults and Children
Including Complications of Entry
Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA
2:20pm-2:35pm Synchronous Single-Port Access Laparoscopic
Right Hemicolectomy and LAVH/BSO
Jessica Ybanez Morano, MD, MPH
2:35pm-2:50pm Vascular Complications
John E. Morrison Jr., MD
2:50pm-3:05pm Complications: Total Laparoscopic Hysterctomy (TLH)
Ian M. Vasicka, MD
3:05pm-3:20pm Laparoscopic Bowel Complications
Chirstopher G. DuCoin,  MD, MPH
3:20pm-3:35pm Is There a Difference between Vaginal and
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Pelvic Pain: Is it Effective?
Ja Hyun Shin, MD
3:35pm-3:50pm Progress of Urogynocology & Pelvic Reconstruction in
Puerto Rico
Miguel Vazquez Guzman, MD
3:50pm-4:00pm Q&A – Discussion


Establishing a Top MIS Fellowship Training Program & on Getting the Most Out of a Fellowship

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
What is involved in establishing a TOP MIS Fellowship program and how do both the Directors and Fellows get the most from the fellowship experience.
SLS Fellowship graduates have landed some of the most prestigious jobs in MIS. Find out what it takes to start and run a first-class program. Pros and Cons. Best teaching techniques. Best Recruiting and screening.

Audience: Those interested in starting or improving a fellowship program and those interested in becoming fellows or maximizing their fellowship experience.


3:00pm-3:15pm Why Do We Need Surgical Training Fellowships?
Farr R. Nezhat MD, FACOG
Chair SLS Fellowship Committee
SLS Fellowship Director
3:15pm-3:30pm Why Have I Taught and Still Teach
as I Don’t Have To; and What and
How Do I Teach and Why?
Camran Nezhat, SLS, MD, FACOG
Fellowship Director
3:30pm-3:45pm Balancing My Life: How to Work in a High
Volume and Demanding Fellowship and
Avoid Burnout
Ashley Bartalot, MD
3:45pm-4:00pm Q & A



Scholarships for Residents, Fellows-in-Training, Medical Students, Nurses, & Affiliated Medical Personnel

Residents, Fellows-in-Training, Medical Students, Nurses, and Affiliated Medical Personnel MEMBERS of SLS will receive a scholarship of $575.00 towards the full registration fee of $875.00 to Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2017.

Residents, Fellows-in-Training, & Medical Students: To qualify for the discounted membership and scholarship, you must be in training in a U.S. accredited training program or, if outside the U.S., you must be a Resident-in- Training or Fellow-in- Training within the first five years after medical school degree.

All Applicants must submit the following items via the Online Residents/Fellows, Medical Students, Nurse/Technician/Affiliated Medical Personnel Membership Application Form at

  • A statement from applicant seeking membership (50 words or less stating their training status, specialty, current involvement and/or interest in minimally invasive surgery.
  • A statement from the applicant’s Department Chairman, Program Chairman, or Sponsoring Physician (50 words or less, on letterhead with signature) stating the applicant’s training status.

$1,000.00 Cash Award for Michael S. Kavic Best Resident Paper
The recipient will present their paper at the annual conference plus receive a cash prize of $1,000.00!

Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award
Nominated by their program chairperson for demonstrating great skill and promise in laparoscopic, endoscopic, and minimally invasive surgery, Outstanding Residents will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement, membership in the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons for the year of nomination, and discounts and scholarships towards registration for Minimally Invasive Surgery Week/Summit. Visit for details.

Resident / Fellow Meet & Greet with Faculty
The Resident and Fellow Meet and Greet with Faculty will be on Wednesday, September 6th from 4:00pm – 4:35pm. Meet and network with SLS senior faculty and leaders, many of whom are luminaries in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Also come and learn about the many open access and digital resources available to you through SLS.


Bridging the Gap in the World of Medicine
Presented by SLS International Affiliate Societies

Thursday, September 7 | 7:40am – 12:30pm
Friday, September 8 | 7:40am – 10:00am

SLS Ambassador & Director: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD
CME Director & Co-Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
Co-Director: Robert K. Zurawin, MD
Moderator: Flavio Malcher, MD, MSc ALACE/SOBRACIL

This session helps condense some of the experiences of leaders in minimally invasive surgery from SLS and from around the world. Presentations and discussion will involve 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 lectures will be: adhesions, entry techniques, pain, education, complex surgical conditions and complications, all of which are cross-cutting and important to all specialties.

Societies invited to participate in the session include:

  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Cirujanos Endoscopistas (ALACE)
  • Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía General (Mexican Association of General Surgery) (AMCG)
  • Asociatia Romana pentru Chirurgie Endoscopica (ARCE)
  • Brazilian Society of Endometriosis (SBE)
  • European Focused Ultrasound Charitable Society (EUFUS)
  • Federación Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecolgía (FECOLSOG)
  • Global Society of Endometriosis and Pain Surgeons and Global Society of Endoscopic and Pelvic Surgeons (GSEPS)
  • Hungarian Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (HSGE)
  • International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)
  • International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT)
  • International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ISGE)
  • New European Surgical Academy (NESA)
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Minimamente Invasiva e Robótica (SOBRACIL)
  • Saudi Laparoscopic Society
  • Societatea Romana de Chirurgie Minim Invaziva in Ginecologie (SRCMIG)
    (The Romanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology)
  • Society for Gynecologic Laparoscopy of Serbia (UGES)
  • and others

Thursday, September 7

7:40am-7:55am The Death of Surgery (As we Know It)
Amir Szold, MD iSMIT
7:55am-8:10am Fertility after Uterine Artery Embolization
Bruce B. McLucas, MD iSMIT
8:10am-8:25am Urinary Tract Injuries in Gynecology: The Ureter
Charles O. Kim Jr., MD GSEPS
8:25am-8:40am Ultrasound Evaluation Prior to Emergency MIS. How Much
Surgeons Can Assume.
Calin Tiu, MD ARCE
8:40am-8:55am Future of Colorectal Surgery
Armando Melani, MD SOBRACIL
8:55am-9:10am Training in MIS Inguinal Repair
Flavio Malcher, MD, MSc SOBRACIL
9:10am-9:25am Adhesions after Abdominal Surgery
Juan Pablo Pantoja, MD AMCG
9:25am-9:40am Complications Following Laparoscopic
Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Hector Noyola, MD AMCG
9:40am-9:55am Complications of Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Eduardo Moreno-Paguentin, MD AMCG
9:55am-10:00am Q&A – Discussion


10:30am-12:00pm | NESA “What Makes a Good Surgeon”

10:30am-10:35am Introduction
Chairs: Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med, Germany
and Mona Orady, MD, USA
10:35am-10:45am New Frontiers in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Sugery
Camran Nezhat, MD, USA
10:45am-10:55am Practical Education as a Prerequisite to
Ensure Excellence in Surgery
Robert K. Zurawin, MD, USA
10:55am-11:05am The Human Factor Beyond the Robotic Surgeon
Mona Orady, MD, USA
11:05am-11:15am Does Robotic Surgery Improve Human Skills?
Farr R. Nezhat, MD, USA
11:15am-11:25am Are Instruments and Technologies Important
to be a Good Surgeon?
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med, Germany
11:25am-11:35am One and One are More than Two:
The Importance of Interdisciplinarity
Ospan Mynbaev, MD, MSc, PhD, ScD, Russia
11:35am-11:45am Chinese Medicine and How its Culture Influences
and May Improve Our Current Approaches
Nicholas V. Pairaudeau, MD, MB, BS, Canada
11:45am-11:55am Only a Good Person Can be a Good Doctor
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med, Germany
11:55am-12:00pm Discussion
12:00pm-12:15pm Treatment of Vascular Injury in Gynecologic
Laparoscopic Surgery
Prof. Jie Chen Affiliated People’s Hospital of Fuijan
University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
12:15pm-12:30pm Why Sex Hurts? Genito-Pelvic and Vulvovaginal Pain Disorders
Diane Atashroo, MD IPPS

Friday, September 8

7:40am-7:55am Uterine Perforation: May or Must be Treated
Marius Craina, Prof Dr Med SRCMIG
7:55am-8:10am Cosmetic Surgery
Duncan J. Turner, MD GSEPS
8:10am-8:25am Urologist Approach to Frozen Pelvis in Pelvic Surgery
Samay Jain, MD GSEPS
8:25am-8:40am Vulvodynia
Alfredo Nieves, MD IPPS
8:40am-8:55am Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound
Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD EUFUS
8:55am-9:10am Adhesions Update: Does Adhesion Cause Pain?
Should Adhesiolysis be performed?
Francisco J. Garcini, MD GSEPS
9:10am-9:25am Anatomy
Robert K. Zurawin, MD ISGE
9:25am-9:40am Application of Neuro-Modulation in Abdominal and
Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Richard P. Marvel, MD IPPS
9:40am-9:55am Treatment of Sexual Pain Disorders
Mariana Conforto, MD IPPS
9:55am-10:00am Q&A – Discussion

Nezhat Distinguished Lecturer at MISWeek (Non-CME)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 7:30 – 8:00am
Introduction: Carman Nezhat, MD

Yasuhiko (Joseph) Hashimoto
“Robotic Surgery System Solutions”

The Nezhat brothers, Camran, Ceana, and Farr Nezhat, have a passion for medicine, in particular minimally invasive surgery in gynecology, and are luminaries in their field. Their support of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeon’s mission of education and information can be seen not only through their participation in SLS, but also through their teaching, their practices, and their philanthropic efforts. This generous endowment will allow SLS to continue its efforts into the future. In appreciation and recognition of their support and efforts, the SLS Board of Directors voted to name a lecture in honor of the Nezhat Family, which will take place each year at MISWeek. Join us for this year’s distinguished lecture on Robotic Surgery Systems Solutions by Yasuhiko (Joseph) Hashimoto.


AsianAmerican MultiSpecialty Summit 2017

Directors: Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD and Charles H. Koh, MD
Summit Breakout Session: Thursday, September 7 | 3:15pm – 5:00pm
Best of the World Plenary: Friday, September 8 | 9:00am-10:00am
Summit Breakout Session: Friday, September 8 | 1:45pm – 4:30pm

SLS is pleased to announce that this year the AsianAmerican MultiSpecialty Summit will be combined with Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2017!

This summit will involve delegations of leading laparoscopists and minimally invasive surgeons representing organizations and countries in the Pacific Rim, Asia, the Americas, and around the globe and will include breakout sessions on Thursday and Friday afternoon as well as presentations in the Best of the World Plenary Session. The AsianAmerican Summit at MISWeek will provide an opportunity for meaningful educational and cultural exchange among leaders in minimally invasive surgery around the world and attendees.

Thursday September 7 | 3:15pm-5:00pm

Moderators: Kevin El-Hayek, MD
Dominic Chi Chung Foo, MBBS
Emma Patricia Heindel, Dr Med
Demetrius Litwin, MD, MBA

3:15pm- 5:00pm
    3:15pm-3:30pm The Challenges of Laparoscopic Surgery in Low Resource Settings
Ashraf A.M. Bakr, Prof Dr Med – Egypt
    3:30pm-3:45pm Mentor-Mentee Tradition: An Indian Perspective
Nayan Agarwal, MBBS – India
    3:45pm-3:55pm Cultural Presentation: Surgery in Ancient Egypt
Ashraf A.M. Bakr, Prof Dr Med – Egypt
   3:55pm-4:10pm Faecal Incontinence
Dr. Dinesh Shah – India
    4:10pm-4:20pm Cultural Presentation: The PLA General Hospital,
Developing with Chinese Speed

Yuanguang Meng, MD – China
   4:20pm-4:35pm Laparoscopic Cervical Cerclage on Late-Stage
Pregnancy after Failure of Vaginal Cervical Cerclage
Xiaoyan Ying, MD – United States
    3:50pm-4:05pm Clinical Feasibility and Efficacy of Robotic Surgery
Compared with Laparoscopy and Laparotomy
in Ovarian Cancer: Preliminary Results of a Retrospective Study
Yuanguang Meng, MD – China
    4:50pm-5:00pm Cultural Presentation:
The Rising Aerospace Center Hospital

Fengxian Fu, MD – China

Best of the World

Friday, September 8 | 9:00am-10:00am

9:00am-9:15am Mini Laparoscopic Surgery is Still Growing!
Roberto Gallardo, MD
9:15am-9:30am MIS Surgery in Russia
Seda Dzhantukhanova, MD
9:30am-9:45am Approach to Extensive Colonrectal & Gential Urinary Deep Invasive
Endometriosis. “Dancing in the Pelvis”
Thiers Soares Raymundo, MD
9:45am-10:00am Humanistic Care in MRKH Syndrome (The Experience Based on 1000+
Prof. Guangnan Luo

Friday, September 8 | 1:45pm-4:25pm

Joong Sub Choi, Prof Dr Med
Vrunda Desai, MD
Mark M.S. Erian, Prof Dr Med
Takashi Yamada, MD, PhD

1:45pm- 4:25pm MULTISPECIALTY
    1:45pm-2:00pm Minimally Invasive Pancreaticoduodenectomy –
Maximizing Oncologic Outcomes in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Brij Agarwal, Prof Dr Med – India
    2:00pm-2:15pm Training Models in Laparoscopic Surgery –
An African Perspective
Michael Ikechukuwu Nnamonu, MD – Nigeria
    2:15pm-2:30pm What MIS Technique Works Best?
Nicholas V. Pairaudeau, MBBS – Canada
    2:30pm-2:40pm Cultural Presentation: India
Brij Agarwal, Prof Dr Med – India
    2:30pm- 2:40pm Video: Laparoscopic Techniques for Tubal Anastomosis
Song Xu, MD – China
    2:50pm-3:00pm Video: Laparoscopic Techniques for
Resection of Para Abdominal Aortic Lymph Nodes
Jinyi Tong, MD – China
    3:00pm-3:15pm Laparoscopic Floppy Nissen Fundoplication
for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease:
Experience of Beijing Tongren Hospital
Shunlin Ren, MD – China
    3:15pm-3:30pm Minimally Invasive Breast Reconstructive Surgery
Yu Wang, MD – China
    3:30pm-3:40pm Cultural Presentation: The Formosa Taiwan
Prof. Ming-De Haung & Prof. Weu Wang – Taiwan 
    3:40pm-3:55pm Management of Borderline Tumor
Stratification with Single Port Surgery
Julien Bakenga, MD/Phuong Tran Lien – France
    3:54pm-4:10pm Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy –
Safe Minimally Invasive Approach for Improving the Perioperative
Outcome in Obese Patients with Stage 1 Endometrial Cancer
Slavcho Tomov, Prof Dr Med – Bulgaria 
    4:10pm-4:15pm Simultaneous Pregnancy After IVF- ET,
Complicated with Hydrosalpinx: Case Report
Gabor Nemeth, Prof Dr Med – Hungary
   4:15pm-4:25pm Cultural Presentation: Sheshan Big Realm 
Linhai Yu – China 



SIG Committee Updates – Where We Are and Where We Are Going

2017 Updates will be presented by SIG Committees on Thursday and Friday afternoons in Spotlight Presentations or Concurrent Session

Thursday, September 7 | 1:45pm-5:00pm
Friday, September 8 | 1:45pm-4:30pm

Abdominal/ Pelvic Pain/Adhesions
New Algorithms in Evaluating and Treating Pelvic Pain
Mariana Conforto, MD

Abdominal/Pelvic Pain/ Adhesions Update
Kenneth A. Levey, MD, MPH

Update on Bariatric Surgery: Current Procedures, Best Practices
Collin E.M. Brathwaite, MD

Update on Bariatric Surgery
Benjamin Clapp, MD

Laparoscopic Revisions of Failed Bariatric Procedures
Constantine T. Frantzides, MD, PhD

A Multi-Modality Look at Weight Loss
Karen E. Gibbs, MD

Cancer Surgery (MultiSpecialty)
Mini-Invasive Versus Open Surgery for Rectal Cancer: Functional Results
Vincenzo Neri, Prof Dr Med

Core Competencies, Fellowships, Resident & Student Education, Simulation &
Core Competencies Update: The American Board of Surgery and your Hospital
Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA

An Update in the Surgical Management in Bowel Endometriosis 
Farr R. Nezhat, MD

Fibroids/Abnormal Uterine Bleeding/Hysterectomy
Alternative Techniques without Power Morcellation for Tissue Extraction during a Myomectomy
Ashley Bartalot, MD

Sarcoma Threat and What to do for Fibroid or Uterine Extraction
Liselotte Mettler, Prof Dr Med

The Dilemma with Tissue Extraction: A Journey of Discovery 
Craig Sobolewski, MD

GERD, Hepatobiliary Disease & Cholecystectomy 
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Update
James C. Rosser, Jr., MD

Sports Hernia: Pathophysiology and Treatment
Arthur Rawlings, MD, MDiv

Hysteroscopy Rising: Moving to a New Paradigm
Stephen A. Grochmal, MD

MIS Bioethics & Legal Issues
Informed Consent: American Perspective
Arthur Rawlings, MD, MDiv

NOTES, LESS, SPA and Single Port Surgery
Urologic Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Surgery in Japan: Current Status and Future Vision
Prof. Fuminori Sato

Updates on SILS: A Brief Comparison on Hysterectomy, Appendectomy, Colectomy and
Jessica Ybanez Morano, MD, MPH

Pediatric Surgery
Robotic Surgery for Ureteral Reflux
Christina Kim, MD

Tips and Tricks for Laparoscopic Fundoplication in Children 
Mohamed Hassan, MD, PhD

Robotic Surgery
The Impact of Robotic Surgery: The Human Factor
Mona Orady, MD

Technology, Innovation & Surgical Standardizaton
The Right Choice in Technology Counts
Roberto Gallardo, MD

Application of Robotic Surgery: Trends in Technology and Knowing When to Implement Them
Sharona Ross, MD

Cytoeductive Surgery for Genitourinary Malignancies: Indications and Explorations
Eric A. Singer, MD

Women in MIS
“My Faculty Gift: a Neck Tie…”
Bridging the Gap of Women’s Underrepresentation in Surgery
Jessica Ybanez- Morano, MD, MPH


Multidisciplinary Plenary Sessions

Tools and Techniques

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 8:30-9:45am

Tools and Techniques – Computer Assisted Surgery: The World is Definitely Changing

Director: Jay A. Redan, MD
Co-Director: Mona Orady, MD
Binita S. Ashar, MD, MBA
Richard M. Satava, MD
Steven Schwaitzberg, MD

Approaches to surgical procedures have changed over the last 25 years from open, to laparoscopic to now Computer Assisted (a.k.a. Robotic Surgery) Surgery. Not only has this changed the way we approach an operation, but also how our surgical and team skills are acquired and assessed, and how hospitals adopt to these changes. As newer technology is constantly being introduced with evolving laparoscopic and newer computer assisted devices coming into the market, surgeons need to be able to learn and assess the utilization of these tools as they introduce them into their practice.


8:30-8:33am Introduction:
Jay A. Redan, MD
8:33-8:43am New Devices
Jay A. Redan, MD (Summary of New Devices;
Comment on new devices; Set the session and presence)
8:43-9:03am How Does the FDA Evaluate the Safety of Robotic Surgical Devices?
Binita S. Ashar, MD, MBA
9:03-9:23am Collecting & Utilizing Data: How will it Change your Behavior?
Steven Schwaitzberg, MD
9:23-9:33am Training & Credentialing: FRS & CSATS
Richard M. Satava, MD
9:33-9:45am Questions & Discussion

Complications & Outcomes

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 10:30-11:30am

Complications & Outcomes – “My Favorite Surgical Energy and Why I Use It”

Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
Co-Director: Richard M. Satava, MD
Andrew Brill, MD
Samay Jain, MD, and
John E. Morrison, Jr., MD

Session Description:
Modern surgery employs a wide variety of energy sources and devices to cut, coagulate, vaporize and seal tissues in order to accomplish the task at hand. This session will review the basic physics and tissue effects, uses, and limitations of commonly used energy sources in surgery. Understanding how these devices produce their clinical effects and being able to recognize their limitations is critically important to achieving successful outcomes, minimizing complications and enhancing safety of patients and personnel. We will focus on monopolar electrocautery, bipolar, harmonic scalpel, and advanced ultrasonic technologies. We will provide an overview and will discuss strategies to optimize the use of energy sources during surgery to improve surgical care and outcomes. We will discuss management paradigms to prevent, recognize, and treat complications from improper use of these modalities. Video segments and a panel discussion format will be used to demonstrate principles and stimulate discussion.


10:30-10:32 Introduction Opening Statement
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA, Richard M. Satava, MD
10:33-10:37 Video clips of intraoperative Energy Source disasters
Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA, John E. Morrison, Jr., MD
10:38-10:50 Monopolar Electrosurgery- How It works and Why I Use It
John E. Morrison, Jr., MD
10:51-11:03 Bipolar Electrosurgery- How It works and Why I Use It
Andrew Brill, MD
11:04-11:16 Advanced Ultrasonic Energy- How It works and Why I Use It
Samay Jain, MD
11:16-11:29 Panel Discussion/Q&A:
Strategies to optimally apply energy sources clinically
for maximum efficacy and least risk of causing iatrogenic
injury. VIDEO CLIPS of scenarios with a poll as to which
device to use and why/why not.
All Faculty
11:29-11:30 Closing remarks

Surgeon’s Health

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Surgeon’s Health

Director: Phillip P. Shadduck, MD
Co-Director: Michael S. Kavic, MD
Ramon Berguer, MD
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings, MD
Arthur Rawlings, MD, MDiv

Description – Minimally invasive surgeons are vulnerable to positional stresses that can ultimately lead to physical injuries that require physical therapy, surgery and rehabilitation to continue their surgical practice. Likewise, surgeons are exposed to unique emotional stresses that can result in depression and a very real phenomenon of “physician burnout”. Should a surgeon choose to leave their practice, one may wonder what opportunities exist within healthcare that will allow him or her to be productive and emotionally satisfied. This session will address the ergonomics of physical stress during surgery, techniques to minimize and cope with the mental stress facing surgeons and lastly, the opportunities for surgeons to remain productive should they choose to leave their surgical practice.


11:30-11:35am Introduction
Philip P. Shadduck, MD
11:35-11:50am Mental & Emotional Health: Avoiding Burnout
Arthur Rawlings, Md, MDiv
11:50-12:05pm Physical Health & Ergonomics
Ramon Berguer, MD
12:05-12:20pm Transitioning from Surgery: Personal Vignette
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings, MD
12:20-12:30pm Discussion/Q&A

Economics of MIS

Friday, September 8, 2017 | 7:40am-8:40am

Economics of MIS: The Changing Landscape of Global Healthcare

Director: Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA
Co-Director: Linda Steckley, MBA
Guy Orangio, MD
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med

We understand and accept that change is inevitable. At the present time there are significant changes in the delivery and implementation of healthcare nationally and around the world. It is uncertain at this time where all these changes will ultimately take us.

The landscape of healthcare continues to change. In order to adapt to these changes, we must acquire knowledge and awareness of their impact on patient care.

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons has taken a leading role in the development of safety, quality and educational aspects of Minimally Invasive Surgery not only in our country
but also internationally with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

The session Economics of MIS will explore the changing landscape of global healthcare and will provide a forum for discussion with national and international leaders in order to facilitate understanding and adaptation to some of these important changes.


7:40-7:45am Introduction
Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA
7:45-8:05am US Healthcare Dysfunction (Economic Aspects)
Guy Orangio, MD
8:05-8:25am The Changing Landscape of Global Healthcare:
The African Surgical Renaissance
Michael Stark, Prof Dr Med
8:25-8:40am Discussion

SLS Future Technology Session:

Saturday, September 9 | 9:00am -10:30am
Getting to Really Know Yourself – Your Brain and Your Body

Director: Richard M. Satava, MD
Co-Director: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
David Eagleman, PhD
Larry Smarr, PhD

This annual event will introduce new revolutionary science to the medical community, and reveal what is currently in the research labs—those things you don’t know about yet. UC San Diego Supercomputer Center will reveal the next generation’s surgery, “Personalized Surgery,” and Stanford’s Dr. David Eagleman, from the PBS Series “The Brain: The Story of You,” will talk about how the brain works and what that will mean for patients and the industry five to twenty-five years from now. These future technologies will be presented in an entertaining setting.


9:00-9:05am Introduction
Richard M. Satava, MD
9:05-9:50am The Brain: The Story of You
David Eagleman, PhD
9:50-10:30am Quantified Surgery – Personalizing your Surgery
Larry Smarr, PhD