31st International EAES Congress | Roma, Italy | 20 - 23 June 2023


All masterclasses will take place on Tuesday and Friday, 20th and 23rd June 2023. Participation only possible in combination with registration for the core congress. For prices, check the registration page.

Tuesday 20th June 2023

MC1 Ta-TME: Transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
Course director: Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
Room: Corsia C

09.30 – 16.45 hrs

09:30 – 10:00      Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:05      Course outline & objectives – Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:05 – 10:25      An overview of rectal cancer surgery; current evidence – Georgios Peros (Switzerland)
10:25 – 10:45      Rationale, indications, and benefits of ta-TME – Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:45 – 11:05      The perfect operation: operative room setup, devices, and instruments – Frédéric Ris (Switzerland)
11:05 – 11:25      The perfect operation: surgical technique step by step – Marta Penna (UK)
11:25 – 11:45      The less than perfect operation: pitfalls and complications – Jurriaan Tuynman (The Netherlands)
11:45 – 12:00      Discussion – all faculty

12:00 – 13:10      Lunch break

13:10 – 13:30      Pelvic anatomy revisited / pelvic nerve preservation – Isacco Montroni (Italy)
13:30 – 13:50      Beyond cancer: other indications for the transanal approach – Roel Hompes (The Netherlands)
13:50 – 14:10      Unedited videos – all faculty
14:10 – 14:30      Optimal use and interpretation of fluorescence angiography – Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
14:30 – 14:50      Transanal transection and single-stapled anastomosis – Antonino Spinelli (Italy)
14:50 – 15:10      Unedited videos – all faculty

15:10 – 15:40      Coffee break

15:40 – 16:00      Introducing ta-TME at home: advice and tricks of the trade – Patricia Sylla (USA)
16:00 – 16:20      Discussion – all you ever wanted to ask! – all faculty
16:20 – 16:30      Course evaluation
16:30 – 16:45      Closure

The surgical management of rectal cancer is evolving. Among the new surgical approaches, transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) addresses the anatomical limitations of the bony confines of the pelvis, bulky tumor, and fatty mesorectum. However, guidance is required to ensure safe implementation and to avoid the pitfalls and major morbidity encountered by the early adopters of taTME. This course participates to an educational framework towards an optimal introduction of a taTME programme.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the surgical indications and limits of performing a transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
  • Recall the operative room set up and patient positioning, the recommended instruments and surgical devices
  • Recognise the anatomical landmarks of pelvic surgery and describe the key surgical steps of a transanal total mesorectal excision for cancer
  • Know the most common technical pitfalls and how to troubleshoot them
  • Know the common surgical complications, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
  • Describe the requirements to start a transanal total mesorectal excision programme at their institution
  • Be optimally prepared to participate to a practical ta-TME course

MC2 EAES Research Talent Academy
Course director: Sheraz Markar (UK)
Room: Corsia D


10.00 – 10.10     Introduction – Tan Arulampalam (UK)
10.10 – 10.30     Writing for publication – Stavros Antoniou (Greece)
10.30 – 10.50     Getting research funding – Suzanne Gisbertz (The Netherlands)
10.50 – 11.10     Collaboration with industry in research – Alan Karthikesalingam (UK)
11.10 – 11.30     Building a research programme – George Hanna (UK)
11.30 – 11.50     Establishing a research network in 2022 – Delia Cortés Guiral (Spain)
11.50 – 12.10     The young academic surgical career – Sheraz Markar (UK)
12.10 – 12.20      Concluding remarks and questions

12.20 – 13.15      Lunch

MC4 Fluorescence Guided Surgery – are we there yet? Sponsored by Diagnostic Green
Course directors: Luigi Boni (Italy), Manish Chand (UK), Michele Diana (France), Mahdi Al-Taher (The Netherlands), Silvia Quaresima (Italy), Debby Keller (USA), Juan Alberto Sánchez Margallo (Spain)
Room: S10
Half day (afternoon)

14:00 – 14:20      General principles, dose and timing – Ludovica Baldari (Italy)
14:20 – 14:40      Presentation of key findings from the EAES consensus – Elisa Cassinotti (Italy)
14:40 – 15:00      Clinical Trial Status, EssentiAL, AVOID, IntAct, others – Debby Keller (USA)
15:00 – 15:20      Moving from consensus to guidelines and increased surgeon adoption – Luigi Boni (Italy)
15:20 – 15:40      Fluorescence 2.0: software, hardware, fluorophores, education – Michele Diana (France)
15:40 – 16:00      What’s next for perfusion evaluation – Mahdi Al-Taher (The Netherlands)

16:00 – 16:15      Coffee Break

16:15 – 16:30      The role of intraoperative fluorescence imaging for perfusion assessments – Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
16:30 – 16:50      Fluorescence guided lymph node dissection in gastric cancer: new standard? – Silvia Quaresima (Italy)
16:50 – 17:10      Fluorescence guided liver resections – Luca Aldrghetti (Italy)
17:10 – 17:30      Fluorescence for cancer detection: where do we stand? –  Alex Vahrmeijer (The Netherlands)

Friday 23rd June 2023

MC5 Artificial Intelligence – sponsored by Asensus
Bring your own laptop
Masterclass directors: Felix Nickel (Germany), Chen Sagiv (Israel), Pietro Mascagni (Italy)
Faculty: Ronan Cahill (Ireland), Pieter de Backer (Belgium), Martin Wagner (Germany), Roi Anteby (Israel), Young-Woo Kim (Korea), Vinkle Srivastav (France), Deepak Alapatt (France), Joël Lavanchy (France)
09.00 – 18.00 hrs
Room: S08

Session 1: Surgery 4.0 / Digital surgery
09:00 – 09.30 Tactile internet in surgery – Martin Wagner (Germany)
09:30 – 10.00 Surgical robotics as a key platform – Pieter de Backer (Belgium)
10:00 – 10.30 AI in surgery: State of the art – Roi Anteby (Israel) (remote)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

Session 2: AI fundamentals
11:00 – 11.30 Intro to coding – Vinkle Srivastav (France)
11:30 – 12.00 Intro to ML and DL – Chen Sagiv (Israel)
12:00 – 12.30 Intro to CV – Deepak Alapatt (France)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

Session 3: Surgical AI
13:30 – 14.00 Annotation – Joël Lavanchy (France)
14:00 – 14.30 Applications – Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
14:30 – 15.00 Clinical translation – Pietro Mascagni (Italy)
15:00 – 15.30 Ethical, cultural, and educational considerations – Young-Woo Kim (Korea)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

Session 4: Hands on
16.00 – 18.00 hrs – more info will follow

MC6 How to become a successful innovator: medical device innovation boot camp (by Technology committee)
Course directors: Kiyokazu Nakajima (Japan), Paul Barach (USA), Yoav Mintz (Israel)
Morning 08:30 – 14:00 hrs
Room: S09

08:30 – 08:40 Introduction – Kiyokazu Nakajima (Japan)
08:40 – 08:50 Ice breaker at each table
08:50 – 09:10 The process of innovation – Yoav Mintz (Israel)
09:10 – 09:30 Rapid prototyping – Stefania Marconi (Italy)
09:30 – 09:50 Device usability assessment – Paul Barach (USA)
09:50 – 10:20 Special talk 1 “My failure stories” – Amir Szold (Israel)
10:20 – 10:50 Round table session 1: Kiyokazu Nakajima and 4 facilitators

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:30 Ethical implications in innovation – Young-Woo Kim (Korea)
11:30 – 12:00 Special talk 2 “Testimonies from founder and CEO of OVESCO” – Marc Schurr (Germany)
12:00 – 12:30 Round table session 2: True case studies – Paul Barach and 4 facilitators
12:30 – 12:50 Pitch session – 5-min presentation from each table
12:50 – 13:30 Wrap up and next steps – Paul Barach (USA)

13:30 – 14:00 Lunch

The round table faculty:
Manish Chand (UK)
Michele Diana (France)
Luigi Manfredi (UK)
Tim Horeman (The Netherlands)
Stefania Marconi (Italy)
Marc Schurr (Germany)
Amir Szold (Israel)

PLEASE NOTE: participants to the course should read and view the supplemental material prior to the course. This material will be made available in due time and in a timely manner.

The EAES Innovation Boot camp 2023 is a half-day hands-on masterclass structured to
help participants quickly improve their innovative thinking while immersing themselves
in rigorous, collaborative, action-learning activities that will help them practice new
innovation skills on real clinical opportunities.
You will learn principles central to innovation directly from seasoned instructors: problem
discovery, ideation, user innovation, customer sense-making, and more. You will hear
from entrepreneurs, investors, and other diverse and international ecosystems.

The Boot camp will provide participants with:
• Lectures from seasoned, experienced innovators who will present real-world issues
and scenarios. A mix of on-site and pre-recorded presentations.
• Round table innovation training sessions with experienced innovation practitioners.
You will get a deep look into other healthcare systems, challenges, and innovations
from selecting a problem, developing a superior solution, and building a
sustainable business model together, (max. 5 participants per table)
• Strategic storytelling how to present ideas and gain stakeholder and financial
support. You’ll get insight into how these different features affect healthcare
innovation in a range of locations.

MC7 Surgical Performance Academy – achieving mastery in surgical practice (by Research committee)
Masterclass director: Thanjakumar Arulampalam (UK)
08.30 – 15.00
Room: S10
A training day with Paul Barach (USA), Debbie Gooch (UK) and Ben Tipney (UK)

Goals of the course:
Surgical performance requires training in psychomotor skills and team management after many years acquiring surgical knowledge. It has become clear that many high reliability organisations and teams are successful because of the application of human factors principles which help translate technical and non technical skills into everyday practice. With this understanding the journey from competence to mastery has started. This innovative masterclass course addresses these important topics and helps enhance patient safety and mitigate against physician burnout in the workplace while enhancing service delivery and financial outcomes.

08.30   Introductions
08.30   Human factors principles and learning to manage complexity in the operating room
09.30   Teams and mental model in healthcare and how to address critical staffing challenges in operating room
10.00   Coffee
10.20   Let’s watch a video
11.30   Psychological safety and staff wellness in our workplace
12.30   Working Lunch
13.30   Tools for mitigation
14.30   Discussion & Feedback – The Journey must continue and be sustainable
15.00   Close


The delegates will leave the course with the following learning:

  • An understanding on the impact of Human Factors in healthcare
  • Ensuring Patient Safety in the Surgical Environment
  • Operational and Strategic Decision Making in the Perioperative Setting
  • How to facilitate optimal Teamworking
  • An understanding of the importance of Psychological Safety and civility
  • Key concepts in Patient Safety
  • Develop tools for optimising performance, maximizing efficiency, turnaround time and scheduling in surgery

Elements of the masterclass will include:

  • Targeted lectures
  • Workshop readings
  • Reflective questions
  • Engagement role playing and simulation exercises using clinical vignettes
  • Annotated high impact reference list of core books and articles for further learning

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