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Meet the people who will awe us by sharing their knowledge, expertise and wonderful stories.

Arnold P. Advincula

Dr. Advincula is the Levine Family Professor, Vice-Chair of Women’s Health & Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital in addition to serving a Division Chief of Gynecologic Specialty Surgery.

Masaaki Andou

Dr. Masaaki Andou began his career as a pelvic surgeon in 1986 and has performed over 8,000 Vaginal Hysterectomy cases before starting laparoscopy. He started performing laparoscopic surgery in 1997. Since then He has performed 8,000 TLH cases and over 13,00 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 16,000 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, Xi`an Jiaotong university and Fudan University.

Dr. Andou has published extensively and 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 some ultra-minimally invasive techniques such as single port surgery, Mini-laparoscopy and NOTES .as well as Robotic oncologic surgery.n.

Art Arellano

Professional Education Director of AAGL, has 25+ years of experience in program design, development, planning, budgeting, marketing, implementation and evaluation. In his current role, he oversees education and compliance for the oldest and largest non-profit in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Art strives to advance the careers of AAGL members by blending creative thinking and solid business principles. His goal is to make 1 + 1 = 11 ... not 2.

Patrick-Yves Badillo

- Professeur à l’Université de Genève (UNIGE) de la Faculté des Sciences de la Société (SdS), UNIGE

- Directeur de Medi@LAB-Genève (Institut des Sciences de la Communication et des Médias), UNIGE

- Directeur de I-Focuss (Institut de Formation Continue de la Faculté SdS )

- Directeur de plusieurs DAS ‒ Diploma of Advanced Studies (Digital Communication etc.)

- Responsable du projet CLIP-H (Communication Language Internet Project in Health) depuis 2015

Jan Baekelandt

Dr Jan Baekelandt qualified as a Medical Doctor (1999) and specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (2004) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He subspecialized as gynaecological oncologist (2004-2006) in Pretoria (South Africa) and Köln (Germany). He currently consults at Imelda Hospital (Bonheiden, Belgium), specializing in gynaecological oncology, and endoscopic and robotic surgery. His research focusses on vNOTES (he has performed more than 800 cases to date) and on frugal innovations in endoscopic surgery.

Isabelle Barthelemy

MD, PhD, Head of Department of oral, maxillofacial and plastic surgery at the Hospital Estaing of Clermont-Ferrand, France.

I’m interested in reconstructive and plastic maxillofacial surgery, lip and palatal clefts, orthognathic surgery. 

Images are really important in our field, pre and post-operative ones or during the surgery.

The maxillofacial team work also for 3 years now on 3

Adrien Bartoli

Adrien Bartoli has held the position of Professor of Computer Science at Université Clermont Auvergne since fall 2009 and is a member of Institut Universitaire de France since fall 2016. He leads the Endoscopy and Computer Vision (ENCOV) research group at Institut Pascal, CNRS, UCA and CHU de Clermont-Ferrand. His main research interests are in computer vision, including image registration and Shape-from-X for rigid and deformable environments, and its application to computer-aided endoscopy.

Andreas Beier

Professional Experience

Since 06/2017 – Product Manager Smart Data, KARL STORZ SE, Tuttlingen

02/2013 – 06/2017 – Product Manager OR1 Integration, KARL STORZ SE, Tuttlingen

11/2006 – 02/2013 – Global Senior Product Manager Departmental Systems, Draeger Andover, MA


Academic Experience

2006 Thesis ‚Product Specifications for an Integrated OR Solution‘, Brainlab AG, Heimstetten

2006 Diploma in Business Administration and Engineering (Industrial Engineering), Pforzheim University

2000 Medical Doctor, University of Heidelberg

Jean Paul Beregi

Prof Beregi graduated from Lille University School of Medicine in Cardiology and Radiology. He carried out his residency in Paris (starting in 1982) and then in Lille since 1988. He became Professor of Radiology in 2000, chairing the cardiovascular department. He is member of various national and international societies, including the CIRSE who he is fellowship. Professor Beregi’s major interests include renal imaging and intervention, aortic dissection, thoracic stentgraft and all new vascular interventional technologies. Since 1st September of 2010, he became Chairman of the Department of Radiology, CHU de Nîmes, Faculté de Médecine de Montpellier-Nîmes. He managed Occitanie area for National Professional Radiology Council and is member of several commissions in HAS (CNEDIMTS and COPIL for «accreditation»). He is membre of the Council of the College of Physicians (Gard).


Revas Botchorichvili

Associated Professor, University  Clermont-Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand , France

Hospital Practitioner  (Consultant) , Department of  Gynecological Surgery  , Estaing University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France 

Director of CICE (International Center of Endoscopic Surgery), Clermont-Ferrand, France 

Sassi Boughizane

Professor of obstetric gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine of Sousse.

Head of the diploma of Endoscopic Surgery in Gynecology.

Head of the department of experimental surgery.

Vice President of the Tunisian Society of Laparoscopic Surgery.

Nicolas Bourdel

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Nicolas Bourdel is a Senior Consultant in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Clermont-Ferrand, France since 2007 (department of surgical gynecology with Pr canis). He received his PhD in computer vision aided surgery from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. His daily and surgical practice is dedicated to advanced laparoscopic procedure in oncology and deep endometriosis. Dr. Bourdel has published numerous papers concerning laparoscopy and the perioperative (and surgical) environment. His main interest his currently computer aided surgery (augmented reality during laparoscopy, with a research team pioneer in this domain). He is also interested in pedagogy for surgical teaching (10 steps project). He held a position of invited scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA (in gynecologic oncology and in the Division of Gastroenterology). He works currently at the teaching center CICE in France ( He has done numerous presentations and lectures on minimally invasive surgery, peritoneal environment, quality of life and computer aided surgery. 

Loic Boussel

- Professor, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.

- Head of the Department of Radiology, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon France.

- Co-head of the Thoracic and Cardio-vascular Team (Team1), CREATIS, CNRS UMR 5220 – INSERM U1206 – Université Lyon 1 – INSA Lyon, France.

Louis Boyer

Responsable du pole Imagerie Diagnostique et Radiologie Interventionnelle

Service de Radiologie de l’ hopital Montpied

Rudi Campo

Rudi Campo is one of the international recognized hysteroscopic surgeons with a major experience in hysteroscopic uterine, reconstructive surgery and hysteroscopic trans endometrial myometrial exploration.

Pauline Chauvet 

M.D., Chef de Clinique in Department of surgical gynecology, CHU Estaing, Clermont-Ferrand. She had a Master Degree in Endoscopy and Computer Vision (ENCoV) research group at Institut Pascal, CNRS, UCA and CHU de Clermont-Ferrand.

Main field of work and interest: minimally invasive techniques in gynecology (gynecologic oncology), clinical research in augmented reality during laparoscopy, and involved in the development of 10 Steps Academy.

Gautier Chêne

Prof. Gautier Chêne, MD, PhD, was trained at university hospital of Clermont-Ferrand, France. 

He is now a surgeon in gynecology at university hospital of Lyon, France.

Bernard Chern

Associate Professor Bernard 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 the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit of the hospital.


Assoc Professor Chern graduated from the Medical School, National University of Singapore in 1987.  He obtained his specialist degrees from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynaecologist of London, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and also Masters of Medicine from NUS, Singapore in 1994.  He was admitted as a Fellow of the Acadamy of Medicine of Singapore in 2004.  In 1996, he was awarded the HMDP MIS Fellowship with Professor Chris Sutton in the United Kingdom, and also with Dr C.Y. Liu at Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

Pierre Clavelou

Le Professeur Pierre CLAVELOU, neurologue, est membre de l’unité INSERM (U1110 NeuroDol), consacrée aux phénomènes douloureux dans une approche translationnelle, fondamentale et clinique, dans l’équipe physiopathogénie des douleurs de l’extrémité céphalique. Il dirige un Centre de Ressources et Recherche consacré à la Sclérose en Plaques, et anime ainsi un réseau ville-hôpital dans cette pathologie, permettant de suivre une cohorte de plus de 1800 patients. Il est enfin Président depuis plusieurs années du congrès de neurologie « Journées de Neurologie de Langue Française ». Il a participé à de nombreux projets de recherche, se traduisant par plus de 180 publications et 15 chapitres de livre.

Il exerce enfin le mandat de Doyen de l’Unité de Formation et de Recherche de Médecine de


Anne Cotten

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- Professor in Radiology : since 1997


- Head of the Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology : since 2001

- Secretary of the ESSR (European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology) : 2003-2007

- President of the ESSR (European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology) : 2010

- Secretary of SIMS (Société d’Imagerie Musculo-Squelettique): 2003-2007

- President of SIMS (Société d’Imagerie Musculo-Squelettique): october 2015- october 2017

- Member of the EXCOM  ISS 2008-2009

- Meetings: local organizer: ESSR in Lille, 2010 - ISS in Paris, 2016

Patrice Crochet

Patrice CROCHET completed his surgical training at the Aix Marseille University, France. He was appointed a consultant gynecologic surgeon at La Conception Hospital-Marseille in 2011 and moved to Montpellier University in 2016. Dr Crochet’s clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive gynecology, with a focus on oncology and endometriosis.

His research interest started in 2008 during a fellowship on surgical education at Imperial College London. His PhD research focused on the use of virtual reality simulators for laparoscopic hysterectomy training. 

Marcel Dahan

Je suis né le 7 juillet 51 à Casablanca et ai fait mes études médicales à Toulouse et au court de différentes mobilités à l’étranger.

J’ai dirigé le service de chirurgie thoracique du CHU de Toulouse de 1988 à 2015, date à laquelle j’ai transmis la chefferie de service à mon Elève le Pr Laurent BROUCHET.

Par ailleurs j’ai été élu au conseil d’administration de la société Française de chirurgie Thoracique et cardiovasculaire en 1999 où j’ai exercé différentes fonctions : notamment vice-président puis président.
Depuis 5 ans je suis président du Conseil National professionnel de chirurgie thoracique et
cardio vasculaire.


J’ai introduit la culture des bases de données avec la mise au point d’Epithor et Epicard qui servent aujourd’hui de modèle en matière d’auto évaluation des pratiques, d’accréditation et de recertification.

C’est à ce titre que je suis là !

Jenny Dankelman

Jenny Dankelman is professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques at the Delft University of Technology (   In 2001 she was awarded the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chair and in 2013 she became Medical Delta professor.


Her research focuses on minimally invasive surgery, needle interventions and endovascular interventions. Her research group cooperates with several hospitals such as Leiden UMC where she holds a part time professorship position, Erasmus MC Rotterdam and the AMC Amsterdam. Her interests and research projects are in the fields of designing novel medical instruments, haptics, training and simulation systems, and patient safety, with the focus on minimally invasive techniques. Recently she started a number of projects to develop affordable multi-functional surgical instruments and an innovative surgical equipment system that allows minimally invasive surgery without the need for a sterile operating room, which is especially relevant to low-resource settings.

Rajesh Devassy

International Course Director

University of Oldenburg, Pius Hospital, Germany

Consultant Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgeon

Director, Devassy’s Centre of excellence in minimal-access surgery

Michele Diana

Surgeon scientist with expertise in minimally-invasive computer-assisted and image-guided surgery applied to the digestive system.

He is currently the Director of the Research Unit on Endo-Laparoscopic procedures at the IHU-Strasbourg Institute of Image-Guided Surgery and the founder of the IHU-SPECTRA unit, focusing on the development of fluorescence-guided surgery. Additionally, he is Associate Practicioner of the Surgical Department of the University Hospital of Strasbourg and Senior Researcher at the IRCAD, Research Institute against Cancer of the Digestive System.

He has authored more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications and several Editorials and book chapters.

Jon Einarsson

Dr. Einarsson is the Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Einarsson is the current President of the AAGL.

Jean-Philippe Estrade

Private practice at advanced laparoscopic and Robotic surgery

(Da Vinci Robot, Intuitive surgical) located in Marseille-France

(Bouchard Clinic and European Hospital)

Jean-Pierre Faure

Professor Department of Digestive Surgery

University of Poitiers Hospitals and Hospital Jean Bernard

Hervé Fernandez

Hervé Fernadez is professor of gynecology obstetric since 1992 and editor of the official review of French College of Gynecology Obstetric (CNGOF).

His focuses are the fields of surgery and specifically infertility surgery, hysteroscopy, vaginal surgery and urogynecology.

He is member of staff of CNGOF.

He published more than 400 papers in the international journals.    

Helder Ferreira

Prof. Dr. Hélder Ferreira, MD, PhD                                                                                                  

Coordinator of Gynecology Minimally Invasive Surgery & Endometriosis Unit in Centro Hospitalar do Porto, University of Porto      

Professor at ICBAS-Medicine School, University of Porto      

Advisory Board of European Society Gynecologic Endoscopy (ESGE)    

Chairman of YEP|ESGE

Invited Faculty at IRCAD|EITS – France, Taiwan, Brazil

Consultant at Hospital da Luz - Porto                                                                             

Secretary-General of Portuguese Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery (SPCMIN)

Researcher in Surgical Sciences Domain, School of Health Sciences,  University of Minho, Braga  

Marie Fidela R. Paraiso

Marie Fidela R. Paraiso, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic, where she also serves as Head of the Center for Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Paraiso holds a joint appointment in the Cleveland Clinic Urological Institute. She specializes in the treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She is also Director of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Center at Lakewood Hospital.

Dr. Paraiso is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, with her expertise including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal surgery and neuromodulation. She is a frequent invited lecturer for local, national and international scientific meetings and has been published in numerous professional publications, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Gynecology, International Urogynecology Journal, OB/GYN Management, European Journal of Gynecologic Oncology, and Review Journal of the Netherlands.

She received her degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as research fellowships in advanced pelvic surgery and advanced endoscopic surgery and urogynecology at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Paraiso’s professional memberships include the International Urogynecologic Association, the International Continence Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, the American Urogynecologic Society and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. She is presently on the Board of Directors of the American Urogynecologic Society and National Advisory Board for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.     

Abraham Fingerhut

Dr. Fingerhut, born in 1939 in New Brunswick New Jersey, USA, received his BA in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and his medical degree from the University of Paris in 1971. He worked in several Parisian hospitals (under the tutelage of renown surgeons such as A Toupet and M Mercadier) before becoming assistant, then chief of service in the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal of Poissy, France in 1987, position he held until 2006. He was named Associate Professor of Surgery. Department of Surgery Louisiana State University Medical Center. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 1993, Associate Professor of the Collège des Médecins des Hôpitaux de Paris in 2000, and holds three Professor DSc (hon) degrees (Medical University of Graz, Austria, University of China, Tai Chung Taiwan and University of Bucharest, Romania).

He is author or co-author of > 750 articles or book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and major textbooks and has participated as speaker, chairman, or organizer in > 950 National and International meetings. As assistant secretary of the French Association for Clinical Research, he was co-author or contributed to the conception and/or publication of some 140 controlled, prospective or retrospective trials or registries run in France in the last 30 years. 

He is or has been on the Editorial board of 22 French and International Journals. He teaches laparoscopic surgery In connection with the EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery)(past president (2011-2013), emergency surgery in connection with the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) (past president 2011-2012), medical writing (in French and in English) for over 30 years and Definitive Surgery Trauma Care (DSTC) courses (founding member) of the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) (past president 1995-1997). He was President of the 14th World Endoscopy Surgery meeting held in Paris June 25-28, 2014. He is honorary member of the American College of Surgeons, International Society of Surgery and American Surgical Association. His current research involves the potential role of indocyanine green fluorescent techniques in the prevention of bile-duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy and intraoperative detection of vascular insufficiency for gastro-intestinal operations with anastomoses.

Last in 1995, as the team doctor, but also as a climber, he accompanied a French expedition to the Himalayas (Baruntse 7280 m). 

Rhona Flin

Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE) is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. Her work examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills. In recognition of her research, she has been awarded Fellowships by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Current projects include product safety culture, managers’ safety leadership and non-technical skills in safety-critical tasks.


Her books include Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008, with O’Connor & Crichton) and Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer on Non-Technical Skills (2015, with Yule and Youngson).

Gary Frishman

MD is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  He is the Program Director for the Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the Associate Division Director for the Division of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Frishman received his undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.  He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Connecticut.  

Dr. Frishman has an active interest in surgery and education.  He has been on the Board of both the AAGL and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine as well as the Fellowship Board for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.  He served as President of both the Society for Reproductive Surgeons and The Council of Gynecologic Excellence and is currently President of the AAGL.  He is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.    He created and ran a LISTSERV for 11 years on topics in minimally invasive surgery for the AAGL.  

Dr. Frishman is a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee within the ACGME.  He is an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to recognition from Brown, he has received teaching awards from national organizations including ACOG, CREOG, and APGO. 

Krzysztof Gałczyński

M.D. , Ph.D. Assistant in 2nd Department of Gynecology Medical University of Lublin (Poland). Main field of work and interest: minimally invasive techniques in gynecology, standardization of laparoscopic procedures. Involved in the development of 10 Steps Academy.

Teodor Grantcharov

Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto

Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety  

Keenan Chair in Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital

Isabel Green

Senior Associate Consultant - Division of Gynecologic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Senior Associate Consultant (Joint Appointment) - Department of Surgery,

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Residency Associate Program Director for Gynecology - Mayo Clinic

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic

Block Leader - Mayo Medical School & Mayo School of Health Sciences,

Mayo Clinic - Intersession, Transition to Residency (Year 4)

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Vincent Gripon

Vincent Gripon (S’10, M’12) is a permanent researcher with IMT-Atlantique (InstitutMines-Télécom),

Brest, France. He obtained his M.S. from École Normale Supérieure of Cachan and his Ph.D. from Télécom

Bretagne.His research interests lie at the intersection of graph signal processing, computer science

and neural networks. He co-authored about 60 papers in the above-mentioned domains, one of which

was awarded best paper.

Patricia Haffner

Since 2015 : Consultant on behalf of AFM42 for health sector

2009-2015 : Pilot-Instructor/tester A380


1979-2015 : Air France Captain pilot

Kathy Huang

Director robotic surgery center 

Director Endometriosis center 

NYU Langone Health 

Lone Hummelshoj

Lone Hummelshoj is a global advocate in endometriosis. She got endometriosis recognised by the European Parliament and secured the implementation of the first (and only) national legislation for referral guidelines to specialist centres for the treatment of endometriosis in Denmark. Lone facilitates worldwide collaboration in endometriosis disease discovery and management among all stakeholders and is the project manager on WERF EPHect.

Marilou Jansen

PHD Student in Pr SCHIJVEN department

Philippe Robert Koninckx

Following a PhD on steroid chemistry, endometriosis and infertility he became full Professor at KULeuven. 

Endoscopic surgery made him in 1996 Visiting Professor in Oxford and Honorary consultant in the UK, in 2003 Visiting Professor in Rome (Università Del Sacro Cuore) and honorary Prof in Moscow. 

Cyril Lafon

Dr. Lafon was recruited by INSERM, Unit 556, in 2002 as a research scientist. He is now research director and head of LabTAU, INSERM Unit 1032. 

Alan Lam

Alan Lam is Associate Professor at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. He is an internationally recognised expert and teacher who has been directing the internationally renowned CARE Master Classes in Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery  at the Northern Clinical School Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre, North Shore Private and the Mater Hospitals since 2000. 

He served as President of the  Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgical Society (AGES) from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the Board of the AAGL, World Endometriosis Society (WES), the International Society Gynecological Endoscopy (ISGE). 

Rudy Leon De Wilde

MD, University of Munster, Germany

PhD, University of Bochum, Germany

Pas-President of the German Society of Gynecological Endoscopy

Pas-President of the European Society of Gynecological Endoscopy

Franklin Loffer

Dr. Loffer was in the private practice of gynecology in Phoenix, Arizona from 1968 to 2008. He was an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Loffer has been active in gynecologic endoscopy and minimally invasive outpatient surgery since 1970.  He is Past President of the AAGL and currently is their Medical Director.  Dr. Loffer has authored over 46 peer review papers and 17 chapters, primarily in the area of gynecologic endoscopy.  He is on the editorial board of 2 journals and is an ad hoc reviewer for 10 medical journals.  He has frequently lectured in the United States and throughout the world and has demonstrated endoscopic surgical procedures in 14 foreign countries. He holds an A.B. and M.D. degree from Stanford University in California.  His residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in gynecological oncology were at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chyi-Long Lee

Professor Lee is currently a Vice-Superintendent in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung branch. He serves as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy(APAGE).

Professor Lee graduated from the Taipei Medical University and received his Ph.D. in Kyorin University, Japan. He specializes in gynecological endoscopic surgery and has been an invited speaker at numerous local and international conferences, also has organized many successful international workshops among Asia-Pacific region and is actively involved in the development and education of minimally invasive surgery.

Alain Luciani

Full Professor – Medical Imaging Department, CHU Henri Mondor, Paris Est University , AP-HP

Research Team : INSERM U955 Equipe 18

Lena Maier-Hein

Lena Maier-Hein received the doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT with distinction in 2009 and conducted her postdoctoral research in the Division of Medical and Biological Informatics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, and at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotics Surgery at Imperial College London. As a full professor and department head at the DKFZ she is currently leading the Division of Computer-assisted Medical Interventions. Her primary research interests are in multi-modal data fusion in the presence of uncertainties, surgical data science and computational biophotonics with a strong focus on clinical translation.


She has received numerous awards, including the Ingrid-zu-Solms Prize 2009/2010, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2013 and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Prize 2017. She is/ has further been (co-) principal investigator on a number of national and international grants including a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant 2014. 

Suketu Mansuria

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Editor-in-Chief of SurgeryU (AAGL's online journal)

Roy Mashiach

Dr Mashiach is vice chair of the Gynecologic Department in Israel’s biggest hospital «Chaim Sheba Medical Center».

He is also a director of Gynecological and Endoscopic training in M.S.R.

Linda Michels

Executive Director

Member, Board of Directors

AAGL (formerly known as The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists)


Ms. Michels first joined the AAGL as an administrator under Dr. Jordan M. Phillips (founder and Chairman of AAGL) until she assumed the role of Executive Director in 2000. Under her leadership and direction, AAGL has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the advancement of minimally invasive gynecology and the premier organization dedicated to the ultimate goal of improving patient care in gynecologic medicine, with a membership extending to 95 countries and over 7,500 members worldwide.


Ms. Michels is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including managing the dedicated office staff, as well as the strategic planning for the future. She serves on the Board of Directors, numerous committees, and sub-committees, and is the Editorial Manager for The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG), the leading source for peer-reviewed research in the field of gynecologic surgery. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS), the most competitive fellowship in the gynecologic specialty, and the Board for the Foundation of the AAGL, the fundraising arm of AAGL that supports continued progress in the field through educational courses, scholarships, and research grants. She also oversees AAGL’s continued global outreach through the Affiliated Societies Program, which encourages the development of other national and local societies all over the world. 

Serge Mordon

Pr. Serge R. Mordon, PhD works in Lille, France for the French National Institute of Health and Medical

Research (INSERM). He is the director of INSERM U 1189  (Image Assisted Laser Therapies Assisted  for Oncology) and the director of the Photomedicine Center (Lille University Hospital).

Shayanti Mukherjee

Dr Shayanti Mukherjee is a Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) John Stocker postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s health theme at the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia. Since 2015, she has extended her knowledge of biomaterials and tissue engineering into the fields of adult stem cell therapy and pelvic floor disorders. Her team has extensively studied Mesenchymal Stem cells from the endometrium and her current research investigates the evaluation of cell-based biomaterial systems for pelvic floor reconstruction surgeries.


Her research encompasses tissue engineering using novel nanobiomaterials, self-assembling peptide hydrogels and melt electrospun 3D bioprinted scaffolds.

Bradley Nelson

MicroRobotics and NanoMedicine: Future Directions in Medical Robotics

Brad Nelson is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zürich. His primary research focus is on micro and nanorobotics with emphasis on applications in biology and medicine. He obtained a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995, then an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1998 before moving to Zürich in 2002.

Jain Nutain

- Director of Vardhman Infertility & Endoscopy Centre, Muzaffarnagar, India.

- Elected Board member of International Society of Gynecological Endoscopy(ISGE) in 2006.

- Nominated for AAGL Board of Trustees in 2008 to represent ASIA PACIFIC REGION

- Member of Governing Council of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) 

- Pioneer of  laparoscopic suturing introduced the new way of the suturing called 1,2,and V., Faculty and co-chair of suturing courses in AAGL.

- Author of seven Text Books of Laparoscopic Surgery which are translated in Spanish & Chinese and are very popular world wide. They are on Laparoscopic suturing, pelvic floor repair and General laparoscopy and a video atlas.

- Live telesurgery relay of laparoscopic surgery to AAGL 46th annual global congress in  Washington DC, USA on 16th November 2017

- Conducts Regular Training Courses and Fellowships and Diploma Courses at her Centre for Endoscopy.  

Claudio Pacchierotti

Claudio is a CNRS Chargé de Recherche (CR2) in the Lagadic group of Rennes, France, since December 2016.

Nicolas Padoy

is an Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg, holding a Chair of Excellence in medical robotics within the ICube laboratory. He leads the research group CAMMA on Computational Analysis and Modeling of Medical Activities.

Resad Pasic

Dr. Pasic is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville. 

He was selected by his peers and awarded the “Best Doctors in America Award” and The Best Surgeons in Louisville award for many years.


Dr. Pasic served as the President of the AAGL and the Board of Directors of the AAGL/SRS Fellowship in MIGS.

For more information about Dr. Pasic please visit his personal web site hosted at

Shailesh Puntambekar

M.S General Surgery

- Director & Consultant Laparoscopic Oncosurgeron - Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, Pune

- Patented the technique of radical hysterectomy “Pune Technique” of Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy

- Conducted India’s First Successful Laparoscopic Assisted Uterine Transplant

- Board Member in AAGL

- 4 Time “Golden Telescope” Award Winner at AAGL

Hervé Rousseau

Professor of Radiology & Interventional Radiology 

and Head of Department of Radiology  

Rangueil University Hospital, Toulouse, France.

Hervé Rousseau, MD, PhD is a pioneer in Interventional Radiology, mainly with the first stents placed in human vessels in Europe, early in 1985. Furthermore he has been on the cutting edge of research and development in vascular interventions, particularly in stent and stent graft development for peripheral vessels, TIPS and aortic diseases.

Giovanni Scambia

- Full Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Catholic University

- Head of the Department of Woman and Child Health, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart- Rome, Italy

- Director of Gynecology and Obstetrics Post Graduate School

- Scientific Director Foundation of Cure and Research Giovanni Paolo II, Campobasso ,Italy

- Member of Consiglio Superiore di Sanità, Department of Health Italy

Marlies Schijven

Full Professor of Surgery, Principal Educator and Principal Investigator

Chair on Simulation, Serious Gaming and Applied Mobile Healthcare

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Program Leader e-Health of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres

Isaie Sibomana

Dr Sibomana Isaie is a senior resident in general surgery at University of Rwanda. Sibomana is more interested in teaching and he is currently enrolling online Masters of surgical sciences at University of Edinburgh. Sibomana wish to expand his knowledge in minimally invasive surgery and to increase advocacy to expand this new technology in Sab-Saharan Africa. 

Celia Texier

Gynecologic resident in Clermont Ferrand, she feels specially concerned by the residents' training and well-being.

Anne-Sophie Van Dalen

I am a medical student (Master Degree) at the University of Amsterdam.

Since June 2016 PhD candidate, at the Department of Surgery at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

And project coordinator of the OR Black Box® (developed by prof. T. Grantcharov) TOPPER – trial, under direct supervision of principal investigator; prof. M.P. Schijven.


For more information; my LinkedIn profile;

And the Black Box Twitter account: @BlackBoxEurope

Jaime Vilaça

Surgeon (full-time) at Hospital da Luz, Portugal

Organization of courses in laparoscopy (basic and advance) 

Coordination of advance hands-on courses in biliary and Hepato-pancreatic minimal invasive approaches

Member of the European Society of Endoscopic Surgery

Member of the International HPB Association

Jean-Emmanuel Villalta

Jean-Emmanuel Villalta has over 27 years of experience concerning aviation safety at Air France airline level.

As flight engineer then Pilot, he has been qualified on Boeing 737, B747, B777 and Airbus A340.

Jean-Emmanuel operational expertise and practical knowledge about Safety Management and Human Factors led to his involvement in Safety teams as flight instructor and during technical survey on B777 maintenance.

Based on his past expertise, Jean-Emmanuel is presently supporting safety initiatives as AFM42 senior consultant. Areas of expertise : Incident and accident analysis as member of Safety team. Identification of lack of human performances. Analysis of flight crew human performances and related training issues.

Healthcare experience : Training sessions for experience feedback and experience sharing taking into account Human Factors. Medical establishments and hospitals concerned : Bourg en Bresse, Le Mans, Dunkerque, HCL Lyon, Autun, Nîmes, Aurillac, Brive, Créteil, CHU Dijon, IPC Marseille, Montreuil, Rodez, Rouen

Juan Diego Villegas

Scientific director

Advanced laparoscopy and pelvic pain center


Pereira, Colombia

Antoine A. Watrelot

Graduated from the university of Grenoble (France) in 1980. He has then been appointed as Red Cross surgeon in Lyon in 1986, He is the head of the CRES(Centre de Recherche et d’Etude de la Stérilité)in Lyon since 1984.

 He is also honorary Consultant of St Bartholomew and Royal London Hospital ( London-UK). 

He has extensively published in the field of Reproductive Surgery,(more than 300 communications and more than 40 papers and book chapters including the mMedical Encyclopedia-EMC) and got three awards in USA (AAGL and SLS) for his publications (2000, 2002, 2006)

His current practice involves IVF and Reproductive and Endoscopic surgery. He has described the technique of Fertiloscopy (1997) and since have performed a great number of live demonstrations of this technique throughout the world.

Dr Watrelot, is member of numerous international scientific societies, he is  also founding member and past Chairman of the MSRM (Mediterranean Society for Reproductive Medicine)(2009-2011) and  past President of ISFT-RS (International Society on fallopian Tube and Reproductive Surgery)(2010)

Dr Watrelot is the immediate past coordinator of the SIG in Reproductive surgery at ESHRE.

He is the President of the FONDAPRO a foundation under the auspices of the Fondation de France

He has  been awarded “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French Republic President (2016)

He is member of the Academie Nationale de Chirurgie –France (2016)

Arnaud Wattiez

Professor, University of Strasbourg 

Head of Gynecological Courses at IRCAD

Lina Williatte

Lina Williatte est professeur de droit à la Faculté de Droit de l’université Catholique de Lille où elle dirige un master 2 en droit de la santé. 

En parallèle elle mène des recherches dans le domaine de la santé numérique. En tant qu’expert spécialisé dans le droit, elle participe aux bureaux restreints de sociétés médicales nationales et internationales, sociétés dans lesquelles elle prend part au processus de promulgation de la norme. A ce titre, elle a été élue en décembre 2017, Vice-Présidente de la Société Française de Télémédecine. 

Lina Williatte est aussi avocate au barreau de Lille. Associée principale de son cabinet elle est spécialisée dans la Santé Numérique, et accompagne les professionnels et industriels de la santé utilisant la technologie pour améliorer les soins médicaux.

George Youngson

George Youngson graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1973. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Child Health in Scotland in June 2009.


His major interests are in surgical education, research into human factors related to surgical performance.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

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Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is a gynecologist-surgeon at the Bégin Military Hospital in Paris. She is specialized in Endometriosis. She completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and robotics at the IRCAD and an executive master in «Management and Health Policies» at Sciences Po Paris.


In 2015, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou created “Info-Endometriosis” and launches the first awareness national campaign in France. In 2017, she received the Medal of the National Order of Merit for her commitment to the recognition of endometriosis as a public health issue.

Errico Zupi

Appointed as Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology on January 2014

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