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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 4th to 6Th July 2017.
Our team is excited to bring you this year’s theme “Overcoming Difficulties in Challenging Surgeries”. 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 Masaaki Andou and Professor Michel Canis 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 an animal and cadaver workshop which is suitable for the basic to the advanced laparoscopist. This intimate setting will allow for interactive demonstration and discussion with world-renowned faculty. Delegates can hone and expand their surgical skills via hands-on lab sessions and exposure to the latest surgical innovations.
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
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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 Rudi CAMPO
Professor Campo obtained his medical qualification (MD) in 1983 at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and gained his board certification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He initiated the University ART program and has been working in the department of microsurgery until 1990. Since 1990 he joined the Leuven Institute for Fertility and Embryology (LIFE) group in Belgium as a clinical director where he took on the responsibility for the IVF lab and the ambulatory reproductive surgical unit. In addition, he also serves the IVF lab at the ZOL hospital in Genk, Belgium.
Professor Campo is an internationally recognized hysteroscopic surgeon with major experience in hysteroscopic uterine reconstructive surgery and hysteroscopic trans-endometrial myometrial exploration. His current research interests are in the field of reproductive assisted technologies, endoscopic surgery, training and education.
Professor Campo is committee member to numerous European societies. He is the standing committee for training and assessment of the EBCOG, European Board & College Obstetrics and Gynaecology, President elected of the ESGE European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and member of the special task force ART in developing countries and SIG reproductive surgery of the ESHRE European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Furthermore he is one of the founders of The European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery to encourage the exchange of clinical experience, scientific thoughts and investigation among gynaecological endoscopists and practitioners, to establish an apolitical body for scientific research and standardization.
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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.
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Associate Professor Alan Lam (Australia)
Associate Professor Alan Lam is one of Australia’s best known gynaecologists for his expertise in endoscopic treatment of endometriosis, pelvic floor prolapse, hysterectomy and myomectomy.
He is an internationally recognised expert and teacher who has been invited to lecture and demonstrate surgery at numerous international and national scientific conferences and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and Asia over the 24 years.
A/Prof Lam holds an academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney where he lectures and teaches medical students on endometriosis and pelvic pain. He is also a Visiting Consultant to Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private, The Mater and St. George Private Hospitals.
A/Prof Lam has been directing the internationally renowned CARE Master Classes in Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery since 2000. This program is based at the Northern Clinical School Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre, North Shore Private and the Mater Hospitals. It has attracted hundreds of participants from around Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe, North America and is accredited by RANZCOG.
A/Prof Lam currently serves on the Board of the World Endometriosis Society (WES) and the International Society Gynecological Endoscopy (ISGE). He served as President of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgical Society (AGES) between 2007-2011. He was the first Australian Gynaecologist to be elected to the Board of the American Association of Gyncological Laparoscopists (2008-2009).
He is a regular reviewer for several major scientific journals including Human Reproduction, the Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery, the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gynaecological Surgery, and the Australian New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Hysteroscopy Workshop Hands-On with Prof. Rudi Campo
Date: 6 July 2017
Venue: Academia, 20 College Road
Basic to Intermediate Laparoscopy Workshop Hands-On with A/Prof Yen Chih-Feng
Date: 6 July 2017
Venue: Academia, 20 College Road