Invited Speakers

Frank Pfeffer
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen
University of Bergen
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Professor Frank Pfeffer is a Colorectal Surgeon and an expert in colorectal cancer. Presently he is working as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway since 2006. Professor Pfeffer is German and did his initial training at the University Hospitals in Tübingen, Rostock and Freiburg. He was the clinical lead and senior surgeon of the Colorectal Unit at Haukeland University Hospital from 2007 to 2018.  

He started his academic career in Germany by studying endocrine function after pancreas transplantation and pancreatic resection. He had special interest in chronic wounds and developed a documentation system and built up a collaboration of wound care centers (wound net).  

Since 2009 he is full Professor of Surgery (Professor II, 20%) at the Department of Surgical Sciences, at the University of Bergen, Norway and since 2017 full Professor of Surgery (Professor I, 50%). Since 2007 he is member of the Norwegian Gastrointestinal Cancer Group (colorectal) dealing with quality control and national guidelines. His clinical interests include rectal cancer staging and management particularly early rectal cancer, low rectal cancer, advanced and recurrent disease. Since 2011 he has a special focus on right sided colon cancer with D3 lymphadenectomy and vascular anatomy of the right colon. He has published on all these topics and is a national authority. He organized and coordinated numerous international meetings in particular the “Nordic Early Rectal Cancer Conference” in Bergen. His current main research interest is colorectal cancer.
Kay Uehara
Division of Surgical Oncology
Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya
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M.D. Nagoya University
Ph. D. Graduate School, Nagoya University  
Society of Surgical Oncology
European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
Japan Surgical Society
Japanese Society of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Japanese Society of Gastroenterology
Japan Society of Coloproctology
Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery
Japan Robotic Surgery Society
Japan Society of Clinical Oncology
Japanese Gastroenterological Association
Japan Surgical Association
Japanese College of Surgeons
Member of the JSCCR guidelines committee  
1. Surgery for primary colorectal cancer
Surgery for rectal cancer
Laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer
Robotic surgery for rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer

2. Treatment for recurrent colorectal cancer
Extended surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for locally recurrent rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for resectable liver metastases
Conversion chemotherapy for unresectable liver metastases
Richard Kim
Moffitt Cancer Center
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Current Position:
Associate Member
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Section Chief of GI Medical Oncology
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Medical Oncology Resident Site Director
Department of Oncologic Science
Moffitt Cancer Center

Current Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor
Department of Oncologic Sciences
College of Medicine
University of South Florida

Professional Association Memberships
2005 – Present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
2006 – 2010 Member, Ohio State Medical Association
2007 – Present Member, Southwest Oncology Group
2013 – 2018 Medical Advisory Committee, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
2013 – Present Member, Hoosier Oncology Group

Moffitt Cancer Center
2011 – Present Member, Protocol Monitoring Committee (monthly)
2011 – Present Member, Fellowship Search Committee
2011 Member, GI Endoscopist Search Committee
2013 – Present Member, Fellowship Evaluation Committee (semi-annual)
2013 – 2017 Editorial Board Member, Cancer Control
2013 Member, GI Surgical Oncologist Search Committee
2013 Member, Research Transformation Trials and Studies Initiative Task Force
2014 – Present Medical Oncology Resident Site Director
2014 – 2015 Member, FLASCO (Florida American Society of Clinical Oncology) program committee
2014 – 2015 Member, Research and Academic Career Committee
2014 – 2016 Medical Director GI Medical Oncology
2014 – 2018 Vice Chair, Protocol Monitoring Committee
2016 Reviewer Junior Faculty Research Award Reviewer
2016 Member- Clinic Operations Group Meeting
2016 – Present Member - Promotion and Tenure Committee
2017 Co- Chair of Hepatobiliary Symposium: Multidisciplinary Management of CRC metastasis- current practice and Future Perspectives
2018 – Present Member, Research and Academic Career Committee
2018 – Present Chair, Protocol Monitoring Committee
2019 Co- Chair of CME event - Controversies in the Management of Rectal Cancer: From Total Neoadjuvant to Non-Operative Management Other Institutions:
2010 Member, Scientific Review Committee (Cleveland Clinic)

Guowei Kim
National University Hospital
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Dr Kim Guowei graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2007. He did his surgical residency at the National University Hospital, Singapore, and served as Chief Resident. He completed his general surgical training in 2016, obtaining the required qualifications of MRCSEd, MMed (General Surgery) and FRCSEd and did his clinical and research fellowship at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea, in 2019, mastering laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastric cancer. He obtained his Masters in Clinical Investigation (MCI) in 2019 from NUS and also holds an appointment as Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, since 2014. He was awarded the NUS “Dean’s Excellence Award” for teaching and education in 2017.

He has authored and presented multiple publications, including presenting at Obesity Week/ASMBS 2014, during which he received the “Top 15 posters” award. He was also awarded the “Best Poster Award” at the 5th NCIS Annual Research Meeting in 2018 and the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the 29th Congress of the Korean Society of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition & International Symposium in 2019. He has also served as an instructor at endoscopic and surgical workshops locally as well as in Malaysia and Bangladesh.

He is currently working as a Consultant Surgeon in the Upper Gastrointestinal Division in National University Hospital, Singapore, with a special interest in Upper gastrointestinal surgery (including esophageal and gastric cancer), metabolic and bariatric surgery, minimally invasive and robotic surgery and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

Yukihide Kanemitsu
National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo
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Current position:
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan
Chair of Colorectal Cancer Study Group of JCOG (Japan Clinical Oncology Group)

Positions held:
・1990 M.D. Nagoya University School of Medicine// Passed the examination of Japanese National Board in May, 1990
・1990-1992 Intern in Medicine, Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital, Mie
・1992-1995 Junior Staff in Surgery, Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital, Mie
・1995-1997 Resident, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo
・1997-1999 Graduate School at Nagoya University School of Medicine, Aichi
・1999-2013 Staff in Gastroenterological Surgery, Aichi Cancer Center
・2013- Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division, National Cancer Center, Tokyo

Simon Law
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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MBBChir (Cantab), MS (HK), PhD (HK), MA, FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM, FACS.  

Simon Law is Cheung Kung-Hai Professor in Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Chair Professor and Chief of Esophageal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at The University of Hong Kong.  

Professor Law is a council member of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, and past president of the Hong Kong Society of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons. Notably for international collaborations, he is a member of the World Wide Esophageal Cancer Collaboration, the Esophagectomy Complications Consensus Group, and a member drafting the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society recommendations for esophagectomy. He is the co-chairman of the Education Committee of the International Society of Diseases of the Esophagus. He is an honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association as well as the European Surgical Association.  

He has concentrated his experience and research in both benign and malignant foregut disorders. He has published over 300 manuscripts and book chapters. He is associate editor of Diseases of the Esophagus, and is / has been member of the editorial board in 15 other journals. He has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on over 300 occasions.

Yukinori Kurokawa
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
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Post-graduate Career
2007-2010 Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Osaka National Hospital, Osaka, Japan
2010-2020 Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
2020-present Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

International Experiences
1996 Externship medical student, US Navy Hospital in Yokosuka, USA
Medical student rotation, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA
2003 Visiting Observer, Division of Liver and GI Transplant, University of Miami, Florida, USA
Honorary Observer, Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK

2002 Special Research Scholarship (DC2), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
2015 Nishi Memorial Award, Japan Gastric Cancer Association
2017 Mitsuru Sasako Award, Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG)
Japan Digestive Disease Week (JDDW) Rising Star Award
Associate Editor of Gastric Cancer
Fellow of American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Active Member
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Active Member

Hyunsuk Suh
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Hyunsuk Suh, MD is an assistant professor of surgery specialized in endocrine surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. He has matriculated from the Johns Hopkins School of medicine and received surgical residency training at the Boston University Medical Center followed by an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. He then pursued a robotic endocrine surgery fellowship at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, Korea. He is interested in all endocrine related diseases, molecular and optical diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and minimally invasive surgeries. His practice includes hidden scar robotic thyroid and lymph node dissections as well as minimally invasive/robotic adrenal surgeries for benign and malignant disease processes.

Brian K. P. GOH
Singapore general hospital
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Professor Brian K. P. Goh is presently Director of Solid Organ Transplant at the Singhealth-Duke NUS Transplant center and Surgical Director of the SGH Pancreato-biliary Clinic. He underwent advanced fellowship training in both HPB surgery at Singapore General Hospital and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons accredited abdominal organ transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas) fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Presently, he is the only surgeon in Singapore accredited to perform liver, kidney and pancreas transplantations.

He is an experienced subspecialty surgeon having performed over 1200 major HPB/transplant surgeries since completing surgical training and become a board-certified surgeon. Dr Goh is presently one of the key developers and leaders of minimally invasive HPB surgery in Southeast Asia. He is also a pioneer of the application of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery technology for HPB surgery in the region. He has personally performed close to 500 major minimally-invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) HPB/transplant surgerical procedures including over 100 robotic HPB operations. He is widely recognized as an expert in the region and is frequently invited to speak on and to proctor HPB surgeons keen to embark on robotic and laparoscopic HPB surgery in Southeast Asia. He has personally tutored or proctored numerous local and regional HPB surgical specialists in dozens of laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgical procedures.

Dr Goh has a Master of Science in research and is active in both clinical and translational research. He has held over SGD 50 million in grant funding as PI or CoI and has authored or co-authored over 240 PubMed indexed articles. He has a H index of 45 and his academic work has been cited close to 6000 times. Dr Goh is frequently invited to share his clinical and research expertise and has delivered close to 200 scientific presentations at international scientific meetings. He has also received several international awards in recognition for his contributions to the field

Rong Liu
The First Medical Center of Chinese PLA General Hospital
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Education and Professional Career
Former Lanzhou Medical College, School of Clinical Medicine Bachelor 1981-1986

  Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Master, Doctor 1990-1995

  Department of HPB Surgery, Department of HPB Surgical Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 1995-present

Award and Honors
National Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class) 2014 "Foundation and Clinical Application of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Minimally Invasive Surgical System"

Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award (First Class) 2013 "Research and Promotion of Application of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques"  

Working in the front line of the clinical and scientific research for 36 years. Prof. Liu established the integrated HPB invasive surgical system and innovated various types of HPB surgeries. Prof. Liu has performed more than 10000 cases of HPB surgery, including over 5000 cases of complex minimally invasive surgery. Up to March 2020, more than 4000 cases of robotic HPB surgery had been performed by his team, ranking the first in terms of the total number in the world. Prof. Liu held "Beijing International Minimally Invasive Surgery Forum" every year, which attracted experts from various developed countries and regions to visit and learn.

William Tzu-Liang Chen
China Medical University Hospital Taichung
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Current Position
Superintendent, China Medical University Hospital at Hsin-Chu
Zhu Bei City, Hsin-Chu Province, Taiwan
Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
China Medical University, Taichung City, Taiwan

Member, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
Board Member, Endo-laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia
Board Member, Asia-Pacific Endo-laparoscopic Surgeons
Board Member, Asian Endoscopic Task Force

Dr. William Tzu-Liang Chen is currently the Superintendent of China Medical University Hospital Hsin-Chu. After earning his medical degree in Taiwan, he completed a research fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Utilizing his training and clinical experiences, he has made notable contributions to literature regarding cutting edge techniques of colorectal minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Chen is also a charismatic speaker who has been invited to present at over many international conferences. Along with serving as a clinician and researcher, Dr. Chen is currently the superintendent of China Medical University Hospital at Hsinchu, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at China Medical University.  

Chung-Ngai Tang
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Hong Kong

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Current Appointments
• Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery , Consultant Surgeon, Chief of Service, Department of Surgery, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
• Director of Minimal Access Surgery Training Centre (MASTC)
• Director of HKEC Training Centre for Healthcare & Clinical Technology
• Deputy Hospital Chief Executive of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
• Clinical Stream Coordinator (Surgical), Hong Kong East Cluster
• Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
• Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (The University of Hong Kong)
• Council member & Chairmen of Robotic Subcommittee of International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery (ILLS)
• Founding President of the Hong Kong Society of Robotic Surgery (HKSRS)
• Past President of Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA)
• President-elect of Asia-Pacific Association of Robotic Surgeons (APARS)

Consultant Surgeon / Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery / Chief of Service (Surgery)
• Pioneer of MAS Hepatobiliary Surgery in HK, performed the first laparoscopic Whipple operation in HK in 2006, the first Robotic-assisted liver resection & Whipple operation in HK in 2009
• The first qualified Robotic General Surgeon in HK, accumulated personal experience more than 700 cases of Robotic-assisted hepatobiliary surgery / general surgery since 2009.
• Published extensively on MAS HPB surgery with more than 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journal / book chapter, and delivered about 200 invited lectures on laparoscopic and robot-assisted HPB surgery in local and international symposia

Director of Minimal Access Surgery Training Centre (MASTC)
• Organized training workshops for local / regional doctors and nurses, and more than 20000 healthcare professionals were benefited. Both basic and advanced laparoscopic (General surgery / Urology) surgery courses were recognized as mandatory trainings by College of Surgeons of HK since 2010
• Piloted MAS Competence Assessment Model to ensure staff competency in PYNEH, later rolled out and adopted by HA COC (Surgery) and College of Surgeons of HK in 2010
• Director of numerous International Symposia (IESS, HPB-MAS, Asia-CRSA, CRSA, Endocrine/H&N Surgery and IASGO HK Chapter)
• Co-director of Robotic HPB & Upper GI Training Program conducted in Grosetto, Italy since 2011
•International Faculty of the biggest MAS training Centre in the world (IRCAD/EITS of Strasbourg, France) since 2010, performed more than 100 live surgery demonstrations since 2010.
•Faculty of International Consensus Meeting: Morioka (ILLS) 2014, Paris (WCES/Robotic General Surgery) 2014, Singapore (Robotic HPB Surgery) 2018 & Miami (IG-MIPR) 2019

Shin-E Wang
Taipei Veterans General Hospital

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Dr. Shin-E Wang was graduated from National Yang Ming University in 2002, and completed her surgical residency at Taipei Veterans General Hospital from 2002 to 2007. She is currently working as an associate professor and attending surgeon in the division of General Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang Ming University. Her major interests include minimal invasive surgery including robotic and laparoscopic surgery, pancreas surgery and pancreas transplant. Her team is very actively involved in minimal invasive surgery, especially robotic Whipple operation (more than 290 RPD cases) and pancreas transplant (more than 155 cases). She was the experts committee member in International Evidence-Based Guidelines for Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Resection 2019 (IG-MIPR 2019), held at Miami.

Academic and Hospital Appointments
2009-present: Attending Surgeon, Division of General Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
2019-present: Associate Professor of Surgery, National Yang Ming University

Association Appointments
2015-2018: Councilor of Taiwan Pancreas Society
2015 – 2018:Director (理事) of Taiwan Pancreas Society

Award and Honor
2017 Copper Award of Symbol of national Quality, Safety and Quality(SNQ國家品質標章銅獎) - "胰臟移植; Pancreas Transplant"
2018 Award in Excellent Video Presentation of Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association
2019 Award in Excellent Video Presentation of Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association
2019 Award in Excellent Teaching, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
2019 Copper Award of Symbol of national Quality, Safety and Quality (SNQ國家品質標章銅獎) - "微創機器手臂輔助胰臟手術-"胰"大手術小傷口; Minimally Invasive Robotic Pancreatic Surgery - Small Wound for Major Pancreatic Surgery "

Yutaro Kato
Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University

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1986-1992 Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo

1992 Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1993 Resident, 2 affiliated hospitals
1995 Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1996 Clinical Fellow, Department of Transplant Immunology, Kyoto University
1997 Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1999 Staff Surgeon, Tokyo Denryoku Hospital
2003 Clinical Fellow, Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
2004 Clinical Fellow, St. James’s Hospital, Leeds University, Leeds, UK
2005 Staff Surgeon, Tachikawa Hospital, Tokyo
2007 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, International University of Health and Welfare Mita Hospital, Tokyo
2010 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University
2018.4-Present Professor, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University

Chucheep Sahakitrungruang
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,

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Institut Montsouris, Paris, France
Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
St.Vincent Hospital, Catholic University, Suwon, South Korea
6/2011 Robotic Surgery Training (da Vinci Surgical System Training)
CUHK Jockey Club Minimal Invasive Surgical Skills Centre, Hong Kong, China

Professor of Surgery, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Director of Colorectal Surgery Division, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

1. ASCRS International Fellowship Award of 2007/8, International Council of Coloproctology, The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, USA.
2. Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 2018, Philippines
3. Outstanding Teaching Award 2019, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Chih-Kun Huang
China Medical University Hospital

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Dr. Chih-Kun Huang is the superintendent of Body science and Metabolic disorders International Medical Center (BMIMC),China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan and the founding chairman of International Excellence Federation for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery (IEF), a non-profit medical organization formed to provide a resourceful network for bariatric and metabolic surgery institutes. After receiving his medical degree from Kaohsiung Medical University in 1995, Dr. Huang completed full surgical training in Taiwan, and then he devoted to minimally invasive surgery and Bariatric surgery since 15 years ago.

Till now,he has performed more than 5000 operations for severe obesity and diabetes, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, loop duodenojejunal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy, proximal jejunal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banded plication et al. He performed the world first case of single incision trans-umbilical laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in 2008, the first case of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banded plication in 2009, and then developed a novel metabolic surgery “Loop duodenojejunostomy bypass with sleeve gastrectomy" in 2011.

Dr. Huang is also involved in research and education, having authored over 80 peer-reviewed professional journal articles, 6 books, and numerous textbook chapters, and trained more than 90 international fellows. He was the first surgeon to be accredited by SRC as the International Center of Excellence (ICE) for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery in the Asia Pacific region.

Davide Lomanto
National University Health System

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Prof. Lomanto graduated with Magna cum Laude in Medicine & Surgery in 1983, at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy. He completed his General Surgery Training in 1992 and PhD in Gastrointestinal Surgery in 1990 at the same University. He is currently Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore; Director Minimally Invasive Surgical Centre (MISC), National University Hospital (NUH); Director KTP Advanced Surgery Training Centre (ASTC), NUS. He is Secretary-General and Past-President of the Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of ASIA (ELSA), founding member and Advisory President Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS). founding member and Past-President Asia-Pacific Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Society (APMBSS); President Asia Endoscopic Task Force (AETF). He is Secretary General and Treasurer of the International Federation of the Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES). He has more than 150 publications in international peer-reviewed surgical journals, more then 25 Chapters in surgical books. He is Editor of 6 Surgical Books. He has been awarded several Honorary Membership among them: Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg (FRCS Edin hon) and several Endolaparoscopic Surgery Societies from Japan (JSES), India (IAGES), Indonesia (PBEI, PERHERI), Philippines (PCS, PALES) and Thailand (RCST). He serves as Managing Editor of Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery, Associate Editor of Hernia Journal and International Editorial Member Surgical Endoscopy and Asian Journal of Surgery. He was knighthood by the Italian Government on 26 December 2009.

Eren Berber
Cleveland Clinic

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Current Position
Staff Surgeon
Professor of Surgery Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Center for Endocrine Surgery
Departments of General Surgery and Endocrine Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
Director, Neuroendocrine and Adrenal Center
Director, Robotic Endocrine Surgery
Director, Laparoscopic Liver Tumor Ablation Program
Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Program
Local director, SAGES Fundomentals of Surgical Energy (FUSE) Training and Testing Program
Quality Officer, Endocrine Surgery Department

Editorships and Editorial Board Memberships
Editorial Board Member for Surgical Laparoscopy and
Endoscopy – 2007 to date
Editorial Board Member for Endocrine Web – 2009 to 2015
Editorial Board Member for Journal of Surgical Oncology
- 2012 to date
- Endocrine Section Editor, 2015 to date
Editorial Board Member for Videoendocrinology, 2013 to date
Current Surgery Reports, Robotic Surgery Section Editor - 2015 to date
Gland Surgery : 2017 to date

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons - 2008 to date
American College of Surgeons (ACS) – Fellow - 2009 to date
Member of Video Education Committee 2015 to date
American Hepatopancreotobiliary Association (AHPBA) Member of Research Committee - 2008 to 2014
Member of Surgical Innovations Committee-2014 to 2017
Member of Ultrasound Committee-2013 to date.
American Thyroid Association -
Program Committee: 2011 to 2014
Surgical Affairs Committee 2014 to 2017
Finance Committee 2017-2020
Central Surgical Association - 2008 to date
Cleveland Surgical Society - 2006 to date
Clinical Robotic Surgery Association - 2012 to date
Past President (2015)
Board Member 2015 to date
Committee Member, Education Committee
Committee Chair, Membership Committee
Society of the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) - 2003 to date
Member of Educational Resources Committee 2009 to 2016
Member of Research Committee 2009 to 2014
Member of FUSE committee 2017 to date
Member of HPB committee 2017 to 2019
Member of Robotics Committee 2015 to 2018

Society of Robotic surgery (SRS): Board member 2017 to date

Micaela Piccoli
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Modena,

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Micaela Piccoli was born in Rome on the 23rd of April 1967. In 1991 she graduated with first class honours. The 11st November 1996 she completed her surgical training at the General Surgery Department of the University of Modena and she obtained a General Surgery Specialty. During this period, she interested, above all, in Laparoscopic Surgery attending numerous qualified schools in Italy and abroad. From then on, she continues to be interested, above all, in all abdominal laparoscopic surgery but she begins to take a particular interest in endocrine and robotic surgery. From 2008 she is the Chief of Endocrine Surgery Unit in the OCSAE (Ospedale Civile Sant'Agostino Estense) of Modena Italy. From April 2015 she is the Head of General, Emergency Surgery and New Technologies Unit in the same Hospital. She is the Director of the Italian Mini-invasive School, organized from ACOI (Italian Hospital Surgeons Association).
She is the author of numerous publications about topics of General Surgery with special interest in Laparoscopic, Endocrine and Robotics Surgery. She performs routinely, in Italy and abroad, tutoring and proctoring regarding advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
John Martinie
Carolinas Medical Center

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Dr. John Martinie currently holds the position of Professor of Surgery, Division of HPB Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, a 1000-bed academic teaching hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently completed his general surgery training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Martinie then served 4 years in the United States Air Force as a general surgeon and completed two tours of duty in the Middle East and Central Asia in support of combat operations. He then completed a fellowship in Transplantation and HPB surgery at McGill University and the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Montreal, Quebec. He spent two years on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, as an Assistant Professor, where he initially began developing his experience in both laparoscopic and robotic hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures. He performed his first robotic procedures in 2006, including distal pancreatectomies and hepaticojejunostomies. He was recruited to Carolinas Medical Center in 2007, joining Dr. David Iannitti, with the goal of building one of the pre-eminent HPB Surgical Fellowships in North America. He now has over 14 years’ experience in robotic liver, pancreas, and biliary procedures, over 1000 cases, and one of the largest single-surgeon experiences in the world. His primary roles in his position are clinical care for patients, and training of surgical residents, and HPB fellows, and the last 3 fellows have each completed their 2-year fellowship with over 140 robotic procedures, and 450 HPB cases overall. Dr. Martinie also devotes a significant portion of his time teaching and mentoring other fully-trained general and HPB surgeons in robotic HPB procedures. He has had over 250 surgeons visit Carolinas Medical Center to directly observe live cases, and he has personally proctored well over 200 surgeons. He teaches advanced robotic HPB courses for Intuitive Surgical at their dedicated training facilities, in Atlanta Georgia, Sunnyvale California, and Houston Texas, as well as other courses. As part of a very active group of 5 HPB surgeons, as well as fellows, residents, and research assistants, he has numerous publications, book chapters, and videos, many of which are primarily concerned with robotic HPB surgery. Most recently, Dr. Martinie has begun a new, one-year robotic HPB fellowship designed specifically for surgeons who have already completed a formalized HPB or Surgical Oncology fellowship, with the aim of expanding the field of experienced surgeons outside of North America who perform advanced robotic HPB procedures.
Jaideep Raj Rao
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

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Dr. Jaideep Raj Rao is the senior consultant surgeon at JR surgery at Mount Elizabeth Novena hospital, Singapore and specializes is Minimal Access & Robotic surgery, Bariatric& Metabolic surgery, Gastrointestinal surgery, Oncology surgery & Hernia and Complex abdominal wall reconstruction.
Dr. Rao completed his basic and advanced surgical training in Tan Tock Seng Hospital & Singapore General Hospital, Singapore. He was awarded the National Healthcare Human and Manpower Development Plan fellowship by the ministry of health in 2007 in advance Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery. Dr. Rao completed his fellowship in Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul National university Bundang Hospital,Korea in 2008.
He was the Senior Consultant & Head of Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric & Minimal Access Surgery and Director of the Bariatric surgery program at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for the last 10 years before founding JR surgery.
He is also a Visiting Consultant at
1)    Tan Tock Seng Hospital
2)    Changi General Hospital
3)    Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
4)    KK women’s & Children Hospital
Dr. Rao is also one of the founding members & Ex-president of the Obesity and metabolic surgery society of Singapore (OMSSS), President of the Singapore Hernia Society and member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, board of Governors of the Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA), and executive council member of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society and Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore.
He has been conferred the distinction of International honorary member of the
1)    Korean Laparoscopic Surgery Society
2)    Chilean Surgical Society
3)    Peruvian Surgical Society
Dr. Rao is actively involved in clinical research and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. He was also involved in teaching and was a core faculty of the Surgical Residency programme in Singapore. In addition, he was a Clinical Teacher at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of medicine.