Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons | MIS Week 2022

MIS Week 2022

September 7-10, 2022
Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2022
The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
and Louisiana State University (LSU)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Future of MIS


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This page contains conference details and proceedings including educational materials and podcasts of the MISWeek, The #1 MIS Meeting, Minimally Invasive Surgery Week and SLS Annual Meeting. An event taking place September 7-10, MISWeek 2022 is a multispecialty conference presented by the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (fka Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons). Its target audience consists of general surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, pediatric, thoracic surgeons and others interested in laparoscopic, endoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. The Meeting consists of Plenary Sessions; Focused topic updates on multiple clinical problems and applications; Expert review and discussion of surgical videos showing accidents, mishaps, and surprises as well as strategies to prevent them; Deconstruction and discussion of video-taped surgeries performed by master surgeons; Exhibitions; Competitions for Best Papers, Videos, and Scientific Posters; Future Technology Sessions; and General Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, and Multispecialty Scientific Presentations in peer-reviewed abstract sessions. The meeting is open to students, residents, fellows, clinicians and others allied to the field.

Program details will be updated as they become available. Please check back to see what’s new!

Become a member to access the discounted member registration rates plus all the other benefits of membership with SLS. Contact the SLS office at (305) 665-9959 or for details on membership and discounted registration.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR FIRST TIME MEMBERS REGISTERING FOR MISWEEK: First-time members will receive a discounted member fee of $175 for membership for the balance of 2022. Contact for details on how to access this offer.


Surgical Surprises Video Session – When the Unexpected Happens
Submit your video for consideration in the program!

The Surgical Surprises Session will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022. This presentation of surgical videos is carefully curated to showcase unique events happening at surgery, and the recovery actions taken. The value of the presentations is enhanced by comments by an outstanding panel of experts and the audience who are viewing the videos simultaneously. All accepted videos will be presented in person by the author.

Videos should show an unexpected event or complication that occurred during surgery, followed by the corrective action taken to remedy it. During the session the video will be paused so that interaction with the expert panel and the audience occurs to discuss alternative options.

Click here to review submission details/instructions and submit your video.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022


Conference Hotel
The Roosevelt New Orleans – A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Let the good times roll at the rooftop pool, Waldorf Astoria Spa and legendary Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt, New Orleans. Bask in the glow and elegant history of the huge chandeliers in the grand lobby, and relax in your beautifully upscale room or suite.

Experience luxurious Southern hospitality at the historical Roosevelt New Orleans Waldorf Astoria. This landmark hotel is a short walk to the French Quarter, close to New Orleans nightlife, dining and culture, providing an elegant sanctuary in a vibrant Mardi Gras town.

Our discounted room rates are:
Deluxe King or Queen:  $195/night
Queen/Queen Deluxe: $215/night
King Superior: $235/night
Queen/Queen Superior: $255/night

Rates will be honored for conference attendees three days before and three days after the conference, subject to availability. Suites are also available. Contact for prices. Room rates listed do not include applicable state and local taxes, fees, and assessments.

Click here to reserve your room online.

If calling the hotel to make your reservation, be sure to mention that you are attending SLS’s Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2022 to receive our discounted room rates. The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans can be reached via telephone at (504) 335-3138.

Hotel Highlights:

  • Close to the French Quarter, museums, restaurants, and attractions
  • Exclusive Waldorf Astoria Spa
  • Rustic Italian Dining with a modern twist at award-winning Domenica
  • Signature cocktails at the landmark Sazerac Bar
  • Small plates and innovative cocktails at The Fountain Lounge
  • Unique coffee blends, chilled drinks, and freshly baked pastries at Teddy’s Cafe grand lobby coffee lounge
  • Hand-crafted cocktails at the poolside Rooftop Bar.
  • Now featuring PURE Wellness rooms, which are nearly 99.9% allergen-free
  • Seasonal rooftop pool and bar serving cocktails and snacks

• 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 USA Today Reader’s Choice#1 Hotel Bar in the USA
• 2021, 2020, 2019 AAA Impeccable Housekeeping Award
• 2021, 2020, 2019 Gambit’s Best of New Orleans, Best Hotels
• 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards #1 Best Hotel in New Orleans
• 2020 & 2019 New Orleans CityBusiness Reader Rankings Best Hotel
• 2020, 2019 Fortune #1 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S, Hilton Worldwide




at Louisiana State University (LSU)

(there is an additional fee to participate in the courses listed below)

(shuttle service between The Roosevelt Hotel and LSU – 6:45am – 4:30pm)


Suturing Skills Course-Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing – for the Gynecologist, Urologist, and General and Robotic Surgeon
Participants will learn the uses and limitations of laparoscopic suturing. Suturing with two hands ipsilaterally allows the needle to operate in the sagittal plane, while permitting a restful and relaxed attitude of the elbows, forearms and hands. This course equips all attendees with improved suturing skills and insight into applications during surgery. Objectives: 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; apply learned skills in relevant surgical situations across specialties; and the prevention and management of bowel, bladder and ureteral complications by appropriate suture repair. A pre-test and post-test will demonstrate improvement in skills.

Mastering Tools and Techniques in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgical thinking and practice continues to evolve as our collective knowledge base and experience increase. Minimally invasive approaches have expanded the surgical armamentarium. Multiple energy modalities are available to the surgeon ranging from the traditional monopolar, bipolar to ultrasound and advanced tissue sealing bipolar devices. The differences between the energy sources will be described and compared. Participants will have an opportunity to use all of the different modalities and observe their effects. Techniques for safe removal of tissues and retrieval of specimens must be understood and mastered. Skill and indications for endoscopic stent placement for fistula and perforation management, the role of ureteral stents, the use of ICG fluorescence technologies, applications of surgical meshes and the use of suture assist devices will be highlighted. Objectives: Participants will understand the indications, contraindications, benefits and limitations of new techniques and technologies in MIS procedures. Participants will learn the proper technique for tissue extraction and specimen retrieval, the use of energy sources, stents, ICG fluorescence technologies, and the applications and limitations of these techniques in clinical practice, and more.

Minilaparoscopy Hands-on Skills Course
The application of new technologies to minimally invasive abdominal surgery has brought great interest in recent years. A new field of reduced port surgery has come into the surgical scene. Minilaparoscopy (Mini) has stood out as one of the more reproducible techniques amongst the different varieties of reduced port options due to its simplicity, enhanced dexterity, improved visualization, low cost and above all, safety. Less analgesic consumption due to less postoperative pain, early recovery and outstanding cosmesis are features that are hard to be equaled by other techniques. The surgeon must be familiarized with the rationale for this surgical alternative and the equipment needed in order to safely and properly apply the principles of Mini in clinical practice. Objectives: After this course the student will understand the basic principles and science behind Mini, and will be able to identify the instruments and specific surgical techniques to safely apply Mini in clinical scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to develop basic skills necessary for incorporating Mini technologies in their surgical repertoire.


Current Problems in General Surgery – Perspectives from the Experts
Surgical thinking and practice continues to evolve as our collective knowledge base and experience increase. Minimally invasive approaches have expanded the surgical armamentarium. The choices of technique and technologies available for use are also expanding at a time when access to and use of technology must be reconciled against procedural costs and clinical outcomes. The applications, indications and limitations of laparoscopic and robotic solutions in hernia repair, colon resection, surgical treatment of GERD, and the management of pancreatic malignancies will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The work up, management algorithms, technical details and postoperative management will be highlighted. Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will:  Understand the indications, contraindications, benefits and limitations of laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches in the management of conditions commonly encountered in general surgical practice. The appropriate work up, treatment options and management algorithms, surgical techniques and postoperative management in managing inguinal and incisional hernias, lesions of the colon, symptomatic GERD and pancreatic malignancies.



Multidisciplinary Plenary Sessions:

The Source of Surgical Complications: Man, Machine, or Both
Director: Paul G. Toomey, MD; Co-Director: Michael McDonald, MD
Faculty: Jorge Marcet, MD; Allison Wyman, MD

Surgery as a Team Sport: What Makes a Great Team?
Director: Mona Orady, MD; Co-Director: John E. Morrison, Jr., MD
Faculty: Timothy C. Brand, MD; John T. Paige, MD

Didactic Lectures


Best Poster Showcase

Director: Gustavo Stringel, MD, MBA; Co-Director: William E. Kelley, Jr., MD

Concurrent Presentation Sessions

Scientific Papers, Videos, Posters

Global Perspectives in MIS

Presentations by MIS leaders from around the globe.

State of the Art Lectures in Robotic Surgery

Experts share the State of the Art in the application of robotics to their surgical specialties.



Multidisciplinary Plenary Sessions:

Developing and Transferring Skills from Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Working at Home to Coaching and Mentoring
Director: Juan L. Salgado-Morales, MD; Co-Director: George J. Melich, MD
Faculty: Ravi Munver, MD; Shawn MacKenzie, MD

Cross Collaboration in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Why are the Lines Drawn so Straight?
Director: Louise P. King, MD, JD; Co-Director: Ian A. Hodgdon, MD
Faculty: Amelia Jernigan, MD; Kelly Wright, MD

Surgical Surprises Video Session – When the Unexpected Happens

Videos will show an unexpected event or complication that occurred during a real surgical case study, followed by the corrective action taken to remedy it. The presentation will be marked by several video pause intervals when the presenter will interact with the expert panel of surgeons, urologists, and gynecologists, as well as the audience in a lively discussion of alternative options, etc.

Concurrent Presentation Sessions

Scientific Paper, Video, and Poster Presentations

Global Perspectives in MIS

Presentations by MIS leaders from around the globe.

State of the Art Lectures in Robotic Surgery

Experts share their state of the art in the application of robots to their surgical specialties.



Breakfast with the 2022 Excel Award Recipient

Enjoy a sit-down breakfast and presentations by Gustavo L. Carvalho, MD, MSc, MBA, PhD, the recipient of the 2022 Excel Award and Janis Chinnock Wetter, the recipient of the 2022 Janis Chinnock Wetter Award.

Award Presentations

  • Excel Award
  • Janis Chinnock Wetter Award

Future Technology Session with Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker Sam Glassenberg, founder and CEO of Level Ex, presents Game Technology for Remote, Collaborative Medical Training. He will discuss video game introduction into surgical simulation for doctors’ skill development and projections about the future generation of surgical simulation.

Closing Ceremony / Passing the Presidential Gavel

Mona Orady, MD to President-Elect, Paul G. Toomey, MD

* Program is preliminary and subject to change.


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Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2022, The Future of MIS, employs a variety of educational formats including topical general sessions, the presentation of scientific papers, open forums, posters, and original videos.

The increasing complexity of minimally invasive diagnostics and therapy requires a continuous educational process. The exchange of knowledge and expertise among the physicians taking part in this conference contributes to the continuation of excellence in minimally invasive surgery.

Upon completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Increase comprehension of the basic and fundamental principles of laparoscopic, endoscopic, and minimally invasive techniques, enhancing the participant’s understanding of these techniques;
  • Understand the recent advances in laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive techniques;
  • Determine the appropriate use of laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive equipment as part of a treatment plan in the care of patients;
  • Comprehend the developing technologies that will be available in the future to enhance the standard of patient care; and
  • Acquire educational information within the physician’s specialty, which will enhance their professional development and patient care.



In order to provide a high level of continuing medical education for its members, The Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) follows the Essential Areas and Criteria of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education in planning and developing CME activities.

To help as a planning guide SLS has a CME mission statement, which includes the CME purpose, content areas, target audience, and type of activities provided. SLS also identifies the expected results of its CME activity.

SLS identifies the educational needs and desired results for all CME activities.

SLS has an organizational structure that supports our CME activities.

In order to achieve a level of CME excellence for our members, SLS has developed a “Template of Excellence.” This document lists various examples of innovative ideas that SLS utilizes to exceed the basic level of compliance required by the ACCME. SLS looks forward to receiving input from you in order to continue to improve these processes and provide you with a meaningful continuing medical education in minimally invasive surgery.



The Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The SLS designates this live online activity for a maximum of 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.
It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.



Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons

  1. Physician Learners: Participate in MISWeek 2022 and complete the evaluation and CME form components in order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
  2. If you complete all necessary components, the Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons (SLS) will award the associated CME credit to the physician learner claiming credit.

The American Board of Surgery

In addition to above, and in order to have credit reported to the ABS, participants are required to comlete the 3 Month Post Meeting Practice and Improvement Survey. Learner completion data will be reported 30 days of the learner engaging in the activity and completing this requirement.