Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons | Special Lectures

Special Lectures

Excel Award Winner


William E. Kelley, Jr., MD

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 was in private practice with the Richmond Surgical Group, Richmond VA until his retirement in October, 2017. He was 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 performed the first robot-assisted surgical procedure in the United States following FDA approval. Dr. Kelley 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 of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and 12-year past-member of the Board of Trustees of the SLS.

Honorary Chairs


Jixiang Wu, MD

DR. JIXIANG WU is a chief physician, professor and doctoral supervisor. He graduated from the medical department of Beijing Medical University in 1983 and went on to the University of Pittsburgh as a visiting scholar from 2001 to 2002.

He performed the first kidney transplant, the first allogeneic orthotopic liver transplantation, the first laparoscopic small liver cancer radical surgery and airless abdominal laparoscopic surgery for gastric and colorectal cancer successively in Beijing Anzhen Hospital.

Dr. Wu was previously the Director of General Surgery, Endoscopy Training Center of Beijing Anzhen Hospital, and Director of Beijing Tongren Hospital. Currently, he is the Director of the Surgery Center, General Surgery Department, Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Center of Beijing Tongren Hospital and Director of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Research Center of Capital Medical University.

During his tenure in Beijing Tongren Hospital, Professor Jixiang Wu innovatively improved the operation mode of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication surgery, introducing an airless abdomen device, 3D laparoscopic, intraoperative esophageal manometry, and short pine Nissen surgery, etc. reducing the operation time, intraoperative bleeding, postoperative complications and recurrence. Academically, he is Deputy Chief Editor of the Chinese Journal of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Deputy Chief Editor of Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery, on the editorial board of Chinese Journal of General Surgery, Clinical Medicine of China, Chinese Journal of Medical Guide and China Medicine.

He has undertaken the research projects of the Capital Medical Development Research Fund, such as “Clinical study of CK20, CD44 and micro metastasis in patients undergoing laparoscopic radical resection of colorectal cancer”, “Clinical Study of Suspension Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Cancer”, ” Development and Clinical Research of Airless Abdominal Laparoscopic Device” and the National Natural Science Foundation of China “The study of decoy receptor 3 small interfering RNA inhibits the growth and metastasis of colon cancer cells” . More than 60 papers have been published.


Thiers Soares Raymundo, MD, PhD

Dr. Thiers Soares Raymundo is currently Chief of Gynecologic Endoscopy Section, Cardoso Fontes Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Gynecologic Endoscopy Section of Pedro Ernesto University Hospital, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also Professor of Gynecologic Endoscopy Postgraduate Course, Suprema University/Instituto Crispi, Minas Gerais, Brazil and is in charge of the simulation lab. He is the current President of the Brazilian Society of Videosurgery and Robotic – Rio de Janeiro Section, 2020/21. In 2016 he became a Senior Medical Advisor for Shenzen Luohu Hospital Group, Shenzen, China.

Dr. Thiers Soares Raymundo is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and Global Society of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain (GSEPS). He is also a member of the first Team of Robotic Surgery in Gynecology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nezhat Family Lecturer


Camran Nezhat, MD

Camran Nezhat, M.D. has been called the father of modern-day surgery for inventing and pioneering video-assisted endoscopy. His developments have revolutionized surgery, and he has been the first to perform many of the most advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures. Early on he advocated and proved that the majority of the open procedures of the time could be performed via minimally invasive techniques. By doing so, he opened the door for surgeons all over the world to advance the field of minimally invasive surgery and help their patients.

As the original proponent for minimally invasive surgery, he has declared that wherever in the body a cavity exists or can be created minimally invasive surgery is possible and probably preferable, the limiting factors are the skill and experience of the surgeon and the availability of proper instrumentations.