APAGE Regional Congress 2018, Singapore
28 & 29 June
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH - CHALLENGES & STRATEGIES
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 28 to 30 June 2018.
Our team is excited to bring you this year’s theme “Minimally Invasive Surgery in Reproductive Health - Challenges & Strategies”. 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 Professor Michel Canis, Professor Masaaki Andou and Dr Yoshiaki Ota 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
Prof Masaaki AndoKnow more
Professor MASAAKI Andou (Japan)
Professor MASAAKI Andou graduated from Jichi Medical School, trained in pelvic surgery at Fukuyama National Hospital, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Okayama University. He received his medical license in 1980 and a Doctorate in Medicine in 1997.
Prof Andou began his career as a pelvic surgeon in 1986 and has performed over 7000 vaginal hysterectomy cases before starting laparoscopy. He started performing laparoscopic surgery in 1997. Since then, he has performed 5000 TLH cases and over 1000 retroperitoneal (paraaortic or pelvic) lymphadenectomies for cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer, including the development of a total radical trachelectomy and nerve sparing radical hysterectomy surgery. In total, he has performed over 10000 laparoscopic procedures. He currently holds the position of director at Kurashiki Medical Center, Clinical Professor of Kyoto University, Osaka University, Mie University, Keio University and Thai-German Multidisciplinary Endoscopic Training Center. Additionally, he is a visiting Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beijing Capital University, Xian Jiaotong University and Fudan University.
Prof Andou has published extensively and he is the recipient of 17 awards at annual meeting of AAGL, ISGE, ESGE and SLS. His current interests lie in the field of radical surgery for endometriosis including reconstruction as well as function-preserving oncologic surgery. Recently he has shifted his focus to develop ultra-minimally invasive techniques such as single port surgery, mini-laparoscopy and NOTES, as well as robotic oncologic surgery.
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Professor Michel Canis (France)
Professor Michel Canis graduated with his studies in Medicine and completed his Medical Doctorate Thesis from Faculté de Clermont-Ferrand, France in 1980. He trained in Reproductive Medicine in Gynaecology and Obstetrics under Prof M.A. Bruhat for several years, and is currently the Head of Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital.
Professor Canis has published in hundreds of national and international journals, and also published chapters in several books relating to endometriosis and operative laparoscopy, as well as displayed his endoscopic surgical techniques in video tapes that are still being used in conference presentations or lessons. His clinical interests and specialities in Gynaecologic Surgery include oncology and laparoscopic surgery.
A/Prof Bernard ChernKnow more
A/Prof Bernard Chern
A/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: 28-30 June 2018
Venue: KK Women's and Children's Hospital