Programme Symposium on Innovation in Surgery

Please note that the programme can be subject to change.


Thursday 22nd February 2024

Hands on laparoscopy course: Preventing complications in colorectal MIS
Course director: Ken Campbell (UK)
Location: Ponderas Acadamic Hospital
Time: 09.00 – 16.00 hrs

19.30 – 20.30 Opening lecture by Christoph Promberger: The Fagaras Mountains – the European Yellowstone and a Carpathian treasure
20.30 – 22.30 Welcome reception with dinner buffet
Location: Radisson Blu Bucharest


Friday 23rd February 2024

Location: Radisson Blu Bucharest

08.30 – 08.45Welcome and introduction – George Hanna (UK), Catalin Copaescu (Romania), Yoav Mintz (Israel)
08.45 – 09.00Short break
Session 1: New technologies for surgical education
Chairs: Manish Chand (UK) , Vasile Bintintan (Romania)
09.00 – 09.15Robotic simulators – Juan Sánchez-Margallo (Spain)
09.15 – 09.30Surgical education – Marius Distler (Germany)
09.30 – 09.45Hands-on courses – Ken Campbell (UK)
09.45 – 10.00Coaching and mentorship – Alice Tsai (UK)
10.00 – 10.15Performance assessment – Pietro Mascagni (Italy)
10.15 – 10.45Discussion – all
10.45 – 11.15Coffee break
Relive surgery session
Chairs: Yoav Mintz (Israel), Victor Tomulescu (Romania)
11.15 – 13.15Robotic oesophagectomy with the DaVinci – Hans Fuchs (Germany)
11.15 – 13.15Robotic oesophagectomy with the Hinotori – Noriyuki Inaki (Japan)
13.15 – 14.45Lunch
Session 2: Optimising ergonomics in MIS
Chairs: Salvador Morales Conde (Spain), Wanda Petz (Italy)
14.45 – 15.00Do surgical ergonomics matter? – Francisco Sánchez-Margallo (Spain)
15.00 – 15.15Is robotic surgery more ergonomic? – Dolores Müller (Germany)
15.15 – 15.30Ergonomics for flexible endoscopy – Luigi Manfredi (UK)
15.30 – 15.45Open or immersive console. What’s best? – Rosa Jiménez-Rodríguez (Spain)
15.45- 16.00Tools for ergonomic assessments – Juan Sánchez-Margallo (Spain)
16.00 – 16.15One size fits all hands? – Ludovica Baldari (Italy)
16.15 – 16.30Discussion – all
16.30 – 17.00Coffee break
Session 3. Clinical impact of robotic technology on surgery
Chairs: Gadi Marom (Israel), Catalin Copaescu (Romania)
17.00 – 17.15Is robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery? – Yoav Mintz (Israel)
17.15 – 17.30Why is robotic assisted AWR preferred? – Victor Radu (Romania)
17.30 – 17.45How robotic assisted surgery pushed the MIS limits in urology – Andrei Nadu (Romania)
17.45 – 18.00Does the robot make it better? The impact of almost 2 decades of robotic surgery in gynaecological oncology – Paul Stanciu (Romania)
18.00 – 18.15The future of thoracic surgery is robotic! – Felix Dobritoiu (Romania)
18.15 – 18.30Discussion – all

19.00 – 21.00 Farewell drinks
Sponsored by the Romanian National Bank
Only accessible when pre-registered
Location: Romanian National Bank


Saturday 24th February 2024

Hands on laparoscopy course: Foregut MIS and fluorescence guided surgery
Course director: Milos Bjelovic (Serbia)
Location: Ponderas Academic Hospital
Time: 09.00 – 16.00 hrs

Hands on Ultrasound course (intraoperative)
Course directors: Calin Tiu (Romania), Andreas Melzer (Germany)
Location: Ponderas Academic Hospital
Time: 09.00 – 16.00 hrs

See you in February 2024 in Bucharest, Romania