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UEMS / EACCME Declaration on Disclosure

In compliance with UEMS/EACCME guidelines, the authors and experts involved in the elaboration of the e-learning activity confirm that they have disclosed any potential conflicts of interest or support that might cause a bias in their presentation.

Professor Jacques Marescaux, WeBSurg Editor in Chief, accepts that WeBSurg is responsible for ensuring that all potential conflicts of interest relevant to the e-learning activity are declared to the learners prior to engaging in it.

Each e-learning activity can only be taken once in a year.

Jacques Marescaux
MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
WebSurg Editor-in-Chief, CME Editor on WebSurg.com
Head of General and Digestive Surgery Department
Université Louis Pasteur
Chairman, IRCAD-EITS
Professor Marescaux is internationally renowned for his surgical experience in minimally invasive surgery. He has extensive experience in endocrine surgery and has developed operative techniques for gastrointestinal diseases. He founded the Institute for Research in Digestive Cancer Surgery (IRCAD) and is Chairman of the European Institute for TeleSurgery (EITS), a specialized school, which trains more than 3000 surgeons annually in laparoscopic surgery. In September 2001, Professor Marescaux performed the first transatlantic robot-assisted operation known as the Lindbergh Operation. On April 2nd 2007, Professor Jacques Marescaux and his team successfully performed the first no scar surgery.

This first human incisionless operation was carried out using a flexible endoscope for transvaginal cholecystectomy in a 30-year-old woman with symptomatic gallstones. This world first was called "operation Anubis".

Professor Marescaux is active in many medical surgical associations including the Royal College of Surgeons (London), European Surgical Association, National Academy of Medicine and the European Society of Tele-Medicine.

Professor Marescaux will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Mehran Anvari
MB BS, PhD, FRCSC, FACS
St. Joseph's hospital - McMaster University
Hamilton, Canada
Professor - General Surgery
He is currently a professor in the department of surgery at McMaster and, since 1999, is also the Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS).
St. Joseph's Healthcare
50 Charlton Avenue East Room G805
Hamilton, ON
L8N 4A6
Canada

Prof. Mehran Anvari received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1983 and a PhD from the University of Adelaide Australia in 1996.

In 1999, Prof. Mehran Anvari spearheaded the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), a McMaster University Centre located at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. CMAS is a centre that develops telemedicine technologies to help Canadian physicians in isolated communities gain better access to the latest medical knowledge, techniques and specialists. Prof. Anvari is currently a professor in the department of surgery at McMaster and since 1999, is also the Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery.

In 2003, Prof. Anvari, at St. Joseph's Healthcare successfully performed the world's first hospital-to-hospital telerobotics-assisted surgery on a patient in North Bay, Ontario, nearly 400 kilometres away from Hamilton.

Prof. M Anvari has a fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Prof. M Anvari has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations nor will he be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical devices products.

Jean-Charles Berthou
MD
Clinique Chirurgicale Mutualiste de la Porte de l'Orient
Lorient, France
Head Department of Surgery - Clinique Chirurgicale Mutualiste de la Porte de l'Orient
3, rue Robert de La Croix - 56324 Lorient Cedex
France

Dr. Jean-Charles Berthou is the Chairman of the Department of Digestive Surgery at the Clinique Chirurgicale Mutualiste. His specialty is in minimally invasive digestive surgery. Dr. JC Berthou is a member of the French Society of Endoscopic Surgery, and of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. His publications include clinical research in the area of laparoscopic management of common bile stones and laparoscopic colectomies. Dr. JC Berthou has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations nor will he be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical devices products.

Bernard Dallemagne
MD
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Dr. Bernard Dallemagne has been the Scientific Director of the IRCAD-EITS Institute in Strasbourg since 2006.
IRCAD-EITS
Hôpitaux Universitaires, 1, place de l'Hôpital
67091 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Before that, Dr. Dallemagne was Head of the Department of Surgery at the Cliniques Saint Joseph, Service de Chirurgie Digestive in Liege, Belgium. Dr. Dallemagne is a pioneer in minimally invasive surgical procedures and a long time practicing surgeon who broke ground when using endoscopic procedures in the field of general surgery. His publications include clinical research in the areas of cholecystectomy, esophagectomy, endoscopic fundoplication, vagotomy, abdominal pain, and pancreatitis. He co-partnered with Professor Jacques Marescaux in performing the first NOTES transvaginal cholecystectomy in April 2007.

Dr. Dallemagne is a prominent member of many international surgical societies including the Belgian Group of Endoscopic Surgery and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other interventional techniques. In 1996, Dr. Dallemagne received the EXCEL award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Dallemagne has no financial affiliations that could affect the content of his presentations.
He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Jean-François Gigot
MD, PhD

Guy Launoy
MD, PhD

Joël Leroy
MD, FRCS
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Colorectal Surgeon
IRCAD-EITS
Hôpitaux Universitaires, 1, place de l'Hôpital
67091 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Professor Joel Leroy has been involved in laparoscopic surgery for his entire medical career. A graduate of the Medical University of Lille, France, Professor Leroy completed his residency in digestive surgery at the University Hospital of Lille. He created and developed the first surgical division of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) specializing in colorectal surgery in 1991. Professor Leroy has standardized various surgical procedures, particularly in the colorectal field. He was appointed Associate Professor of Digestive Surgery at the University of Lille, France, in 1997. In 1998, Professor Leroy was appointed by Professor Jacques Marescaux as Co-Director of the European Institute of TeleSurgery / Institute for Research in the Digestive Cancer (EITS/IRCAD) to develop and teach MIS. He has also played an important role in the field of medical robotics, developing robotically-assisted MIS procedures at the European Institute for TeleSurgery where his contribution was the standardization of the ZEUS® Robotic Surgical System assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Professor Leroy is a member of the National Academy of Surgery, the French Association of Surgery (AFC), the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) and he is currently the Vice-President of the French Society of Endoscopic Surgery.

Professor Leroy has disclosed no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Jeffrey Milsom
MD, FACS
Cornell University
New York, United States
Dr. Jeffrey Milsom is Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery in Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
1315 York Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10021
United States of America

Dr. Milsom holds a national and international reputation in the area of colon and rectal surgery. His research projects include: angiogenesis related to colon cancer; the development of new technologies in laparoscopy colon rectal surgery and abdominal surgery and improving outcomes following colorectal using minimal invasive surgery techniques. Dr. Milsom is extremely involved in the development of new techniques in minimal invasive surgery including the use of robotics and molecular markers in colorectal cancer. Dr. Milsom has held editorial appointments on six journals including Surgical Endoscopy, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, International Journal of Colorectal Diseases, Cancer, Oncology and Annals of Surgery. In addition, Dr. Milsom has been asked to participate in numerous national committees including the Laparoendoscopic Surgical Education Committee as party of the Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Membership Committee of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Milsom is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Didier Mutter
MD, PhD, FACS
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Professor Didier Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS, specializes in minimally invasive digestive surgery. He is co-founder and board member of the Administration Board of the Institute for Research in Digestive Cancer Surgery (IRCAD) and of the European Institute of TeleSurgery (EITS).
IRCAD-EITS
Hôpitaux Universitaires, 1, place de l'Hôpital
67091 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Professor Mutter also teaches general surgery at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and is a member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Professor Mutter has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations.

He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical of medical device products.

Benoît Navez
MD
General Digestive and Urology Department, Hôpital Saint Joseph
Gilly, Belgium
Dr. Benoît Navez’s special interest is digestive surgery which he mainly performs laparoscopically.
He works at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
Avenue Hippocrate, 10
1200 Brussels
Belgium

He is a founding member and General Secretary of the Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery (BGES), a member of the Scientific/Educational Committee and of the Administration Board of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Dr. Navez also holds memberships in various specialized medical associations in Belgium and France. Dr. Navez has performed extensive scientific and clinical research and has published numerous papers. He is a regularly invited speaker to numerous conferences, courses and lectures both nationally and internationally, and he has also organized specialized conferences and symposiums nationally and internationally.

Dr. Navez has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical of medical device products.

Junji Okuda
MD, PhD
Osaka Medical College
Osaka, Japan
Assistant Professor Chief, Section of Minimally invasive Surgery Department of General & Gastroenterological Surgery Osaka Medical College,
Department of General & Gastroenterological Surgery
2-7 Daigakumachi Takatsuki-City,
569-8686 Osaka
Japan

Dr. Junji Okuda is presently Assistant Professor in the Department of General & Gastroenterological Surgery at the Osaka Medical College, Osaka, Japan. He is one of the pioneers of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in Japan, integrating 3D CT imaging in collaboration with radiologists, and has performed many cancer related colorectal surgeries. Dr. Okuda is a member of numerous Japanese surgical gastroenterological and cancer associations. He is a faculty member of the Japan Society of Endoscopic Surgery (JSES) and also organizes minimally invasive surgical groups with Urology and Gynecology Departments of Osaka Medical College. Dr. Okuda conducts annual laparoscopic colorectal surgery seminars in Osaka for international experts. Dr. Okuda has research grants from Ethicon, Tyco, Karl Storz and Olympus. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Francesco Rubino
MD

Michel Vix
MD
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Dr. Michel Vix is co-founder of the Institute for Research in Digestive Cancer Surgery (IRCAD) and a member of the European Institute of TeleSurgery (EITS).
Hôpitaux Universitaires, 1, place de l'Hôpital
67091 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Dr. Vix has extensive experience in general and digestive surgery and is specialized in emergency surgery and morbid obesity. Dr. Vix has participated in the project 'Experimental, Interfacial, Analyses, Retrieval and Clinical Follow-up Studies of Implants and Medical Devices' with Professor Stig Karlsson. He is an elected member of the medical committee of the University Hospital of Strasbourg, and a member of various medical associations, including the Association Française de Chirurgie Endocrinienne and the Société Française de Chirurgie Digestive. Dr. Vix has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Daniel Bacal
MD, FACS
St Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor, United States
Dr. Daniel Bacal, MD, FACS - General surgeon
Dr. Bacal graduated from General Surgery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
St Joseph Mercy Hospital
5301 E HURON RIVER DR
ANN ARBOR, MI 48106
United States of America

Because of his interest in education, research and minimally invasive surgery, he spent a year under the guidance of Professor Jacques Marescaux, at the IRCAD/Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, France. During this year Dr Bacal got involved in multiple projects including new minimally invasive techniques, robotic surgery, telementoring and tele-education, simulators and the use of the Internet for surgical education. His current interests include laparoscopic surgery, obesity, endocrine surgery and digestive surgery. Dr. Bacal is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the SAGES. He has no financial affiliations that would affect the content of his presentations. He will not be discussing any US FDA non-approved uses for pharmaceutical or medical device products.

Gordon MacKinlay
MD, OBE, FRCS