SingHealth Duke-NUS Gynae Surgery Summit in Conjunction with APAGE Regional Congress 2019, Singapore
23 - 27 July 2019
CONTROVERSIES IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
from the Conference Chairs
A/Prof Bernard Chern
Dr Cynthia Kew
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This annual event is organized by the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in collaboration with SingHealth Duke-NUS OBGYN Academic Clinical Programme and the Asia-Pacific Association of Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy (APAGE). This Congress will be held from 23 - 27 July 2019.
Our team is excited to bring you this year’s theme “Controversies in Minimally Invasive Surgery”. As the field of minimally invasive surgery advances, we often challenge ourselves to more complicated cases such as in cases of large uteri, frozen pelvis from endometriosis, severe adhesions from previous surgery and advanced pelvic cancers.
This year, we are honoured to have Dr Kim Tae Joong and Dr Sun Ching-Hsien performing live surgeries. There will also be a series of key lectures delivered by experts from around the region. The congress acts as a platform for experts and delegates to exchange their experience on techniques and approaches in challenging surgeries. There will be a showcase of latest medical and surgical innovations that can help us overcome these difficult situations.
The main congress will be followed by a hysteroscopy workshop which is suitable for the basic to the advanced laparoscopist. The workshop is open for expert and novice hysteroscopists who want to update their knowledge and skills in conventional hysteroscopy as well as learn about the application of new technologies. Delegates will experience hands-on training in diagnostic and mechanical operative hysteroscopy and endometrial resection.
We thank our industry partners who generously continue to support us in making this a successful event. We hope that this congress will present an opportunity for delegates to learn, forge relationships and enjoy what Singapore has to offer!
We look forward to personally meeting you here.
A/Prof Bernard Chern
Key Surgeons/ Chief Instructors
Assoc Prof KIM Tae JoongKnow more
Assoc Prof KIM Tae Joong (South Korea)
Tae Joong Kim is an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Samsung Medical Center (SMC) and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr Kim earned his Medical Degree from Seoul National University in 1997, and completed an internship and an Ob/Gyn residency at SMC in 2002. After his mandatory military duty of three years as an officer in the army, he completed a Gyn Onc fellowship at SMC where he currently practice. He is the first surgeon to start doing single-port laparoscopy, NOTES and single-site da Vinci surgery in Korea. His expertise has been globally recognized and he has been invited to many different countries to perform live surgeries and promote minimally invasive surgery (MIS). He has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-review manuscripts in the field of gynecologic oncology as well as MIS.
• 1990-1992: Premedical school, Seoul National University College of Natural Science
• 1992-1997: M.D., Seoul National University College of Medicine
• 2000-2006: MSc., Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine (SKKU SM), Postgraduate
• School, Samsung Medical Center (SMC)
• 2013-2015: PhD., Ulsan University College of Medicine, Postgraduate school, Asan Medical Center (AMC)
Current Activities in MIS Societies
• 2015 July~ Chair, Education committee, Asian Society of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery (ASGRS)
• 2016 Nov~ Board, Asia-Pacific Gynecologic Endoscopic Training Group (APGET)
• 2017 Mar~ Director, SILS, Scientific program committee, APAGE
• 2018 Jan~ Board, International collaboration, Society of Korean Robot Gynecologic Surgery (SKRGS)
• 2018 Jan~ Board, Scientific committee, Korean Society of Single-Port Surgery
Dr SUN Ching HsienKnow more
Dr SUN Ching Hsien (Taiwan)
Dr Sun graduated from Department of Medicine, Medical College, National Taiwan University. He has pursued a fellowship in Department of Gynaecologic Oncology, New York University Hospital, New York City, USA.
Dr Sun is the current Medical Deputy Superintendent, and Director of the Center of Gynecologic Minimal Invasive Surgery, Lucina Women and Children Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Dr Sun is also the Director of TAMIG (Taiwan Association of Minimal Invasive Gynecologic Surgery).
Dr Sun specialises in Gynaecologic Endoscopic Surgery and Gynaecologic Oncology with a special interest in Advanced Gynaecologic Endoscopy Surgery.
Dr Sun is also a member of APAGE and the founding member of APGET.
Assoc Prof Bernard ChernKnow more
Assoc Prof Bernard Chern
Assoc Prof Chern is the Chairman of Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital. He is also the Head and Senior Consultant of both the Department of O&G and the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit of the hospital. He graduated from medical School at National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1987. He obtained his specialist degrees from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in London, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and also Masters of Medicine from NUS, Singapore in 1994. He was subsequently admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2004. In 1996, A/Professor Chern was awarded the HMDP MIS Fellowship with Professor Chris Sutton in the United Kingdom and with Dr C.Y. Liu at Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
His professional appointments include:
- • Chairman, OBGYN-ACP, SingHealth-Duke-NUS Academic Medicine Partnership
- • Member, Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) for Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- • Programme Director (O&G), SingHealth Residency Programme from Apr 2010 – Jun 2016
- • President College of O&G from 2011- 2013
- • OBGYN Program Leader, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
- • Member, Advisory Board, Asia-Pacific Association of Gynecologic Endoscopy (APAGE)
- • Board of Trustee, (Asia-Pacific Representative), American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) from 2014 - 2015
A/Professor Chern is an active member in the international circle of MIS Societies. He has been a faculty member at numerous international scientific conferences over the years, including AAGL, APAGE, AGES, ISGE, ESGE, and has been a regular invited speaker at these meetings.
In 2010, he organised the Annual Congress of APAGE in Singapore for the first time. This has helped to bridge ties between South East Asian countries and other Asian counterparts. APAGE Regional Congress has subsequently been held for 7 consecutive years in Singapore.
In addition, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed local and international journals. He is also actively involved in training and education and is a surgical skill instructor at various regional Asia-Pacific conferences and workshops.
Date: 23-24 July 2019
Venue: KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Major OT
Price: SGD 450 (includes main congress pass)
Main Congress and Live Surgeries
Date: 25-26 July 2019
Venue: KK Women's and Children's Hospital & Sofitel, Sentosa
Price: SGD 300
Date: 27 July 2019
Venue: Academia, 20 College Road
Price: SGD 800 (includes main congress pass)