February 25 - 28, 2015 Red Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
  Join us for the premier meeting of thought leaders and pioneers in minimally invasive surgery.  
Topics: Hernia • Foregut • Colon • Bariatric/Metabolic
Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) Full Agenda
We are in the process of putting together the 2015 MISS program.
The 2014 MISS agenda is found below to give you an idea of topics covered.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Optional Hands-On Workshops

8:15 - 10:15 AM Laparoscopic Suturing Workshop    SOLD OUT!
10:45 - 12:45 PM Endoscopic Interventions Workshop    SOLD OUT!

Colon Program

1:00-1:15 PM Welcome and Introduction
1:15-1:30 PM Essential Anatomy/Relationships/Danger Areas for Laparoscopic Colonic Surgery
Kirk Ludwig, MD
1:30-1:45 PM Room Set-up and Equipment: Options and Requirements
Matthew Albert, MD
1:45-2:00 PM Data Behind Antibiotics, SCIP Measures and Bowel Preps: Does it apply to Laparoscopic Colorectal Patients?
Bradley Davis, MD
2:00-2:15 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
Technical Approaches/Tricks:
2:15-2:30 PM Splenic Flexure Release (video): Inframesocolic, Supramesocolic and Lateral Approaches
John Marks, MD
2:30-2:45 PM Middle Colic Artery (video): Infracolic, Supracolic and Rotational Approaches
Barry Salky, MD
2:45-3:00 PM Small Bowel Positioning and Approach to the IMA/IMV
Bradley Davis, MD
3:00-3:15 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
3:15-3:30PM Refreshment Break
3:30-3:45 PM What is Optimal Nutritional/Immunologic Preparation for the Lap Colorectal Patient? Can we Do Better?
Patricia Sylla, MD
3:45-4:15 PM Ergonomics and Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery: Where are the Problems and Why?
Patricia Sylla, MD
4:15-4:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
4:30-4:45 PM Anatomy, Component Steps and Video Demonstration of a Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer
Kirk Ludwig, MD
4:45-5:00 PM Robotic TME: How and Why?
Vincent Obias, MD
5:00-5:15 PM The Lap TATA Procedure for Low Rectal Cancer: Avoiding Colostomy
John Marks, MD
5:15-5:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
5:30-5:45 PM Refreshment Break
5:45-6:00 PM Single Port Left Colectomy: Is it Doable? How?
Patricia Sylla, MD
6:00-6:15 PM Hand Assisted Left Colectomy: Advantages and Disadvantages
Kirk Ludwig, MD
6:15-6:30 PM How Do We Measure Outcomes In Colorectal Surgery? Are We Looking at the Right Things?
Matthew Albert, MD
6:30-6:45 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
When Bad Things Happen to Good People:
6:45-7:00 PM Videos of Laparoscopic Complications: Recognizing and Addressing Problems
Barry Salky, MD
7:00-7:15 PM Robotic Complications: Videos
Vincent Obias, MD
7:15-7:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
7:30-9:00 PM Chairman's Welcome Reception/Exhibits Open
9:00 PM Adjourn for Evening

Thursday, February 27, 2014

6:30 AM Breakfast/Exhibits
6:30 AM Breakfast Symposium (Non-CME)
OFIRMEV® (acetaminophen) Injection:
Part of a Scheduled Foundational Approach to Multimodal Analgesia for the Perioperative Patient
Faculty: Ovunc Bardakcioglu, MD FACS FASCRS
Sponsored by: Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Colon Program Part 2

Diverticulitis
7:30-7:45 AM Is the Hartmann's Procedure Dead? Data Regarding Observation/Who Should Be Operated On/What Should Be Done?
Kirk Ludwig, MD
7:45-8:00 AM Laparoscopic Washout: How To Do It and On Whom. Data and Tips
Bradley Davis, MD
8:00-8:15 AM Challenges and Complications of Laparoscopic Diverticulitis Surgery: Identify and Avoid
Vince Obias, MD
8:15-8:30 AM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
Future Directions
8:30-8:45 AM Bottom Up Approach to Rectal Surgery
Patricia Sylla, MD
8:45-9:00 AM TAMIS Surgery: Opportunities and Results
Matthew Albert, MD
9:00-9:15 AM Miniature Robots and the Wave of the Future
Dmitry Oleynikov, MD
9:15-9:30 AM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
9:30-10:00 AM Refreshment Break/Exhibits

Hernia Program Part 1

Postoperative Groin Herniorraphy Inguinodynia
10:00-10:15 AM Operative Techniques to Lessen Postop Inguinodynia; What to do with Nerves; Options for Mesh Fixation; Other Tricks
Guy Voeller, MD
10:15-10:30 AM Predicting and Lessening Postop Inguinodynia- There is an App for This!
B. Todd Heniford, MD
10:30-10:45 AM Does Mesh Type and/or Density Matter; Biologic, Biosynthetic, Synthetic?
Yuri Novitsky, MD
10:45-11:00 AM Q&A Panel Discussion
Ventral/Incisional Hernia
11:00-11:15 AM Components Separation-Options: When to Do, How to Do, New Technologies to Decrease Skin Ischemia
Maurice Nahabedian,MD
11:15-11:30 AM Prevention and Treatment of Parastomal Hernias: Can You Prevent in The Long Term? Can You Truly "Cure" Long Term?
Mike Rosen, MD
11:30-11:45 AM Transversus Abdominis Release - What, When, HOW, Why, Results!
Yuri Novitsky, MD
11:45 AM-12:00 PM Q&A Panel Discussion
12:00-1:00 PM Luncheon Symposium (Non-CME)
Leveraging IHMR Data to Predict Outcomes in Hernia Repair
Faculty: B. Todd Heniford, MD
Sponsored by: Ethicon
1:00-1:30 PM Dessert Break Exhibit Hall

Foregut Program Part 1

1:30-1:45 PM Gastroenterologist View of GERD and Who Should and Should Not Go to Surgery
Jack DiPalma, MD
1:45-2:00 PM LINX, Endoscopic Treatment of GERD
Dmitry Oleynikov, M
2:00-2:15 PM Gastroparesis Diagnosis and Treatment
William Richards, MD
2:15-2:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
2:30-2:45 PM Medical treatment for Barrett's Esophagus
Jack DiPalma, MD
2:45-3:00 PM Surgical Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus
William Richards, MD
3:00-3:15 PM Post op complications, Redo Nissen, Robotics
Dmitry Oleynikov, MD
3:15-3:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty
3:30-3:45 PM Refreshment Break/Exhibits

Hernia Program Part 2


Quality in Hernia Repair -You Will Be Judged!
3:45-4:00 PM Predicting and Impacting Quality of Life After Hernia Repair
B. Todd Heniford, MD
4:00-4:15 PM Quality Collaboration-The New Paradigm;
What it Is, What Does It Mean for the Surgeon
Mike Rosen, MD
4:15-4:30 PM The Cost and Prevention of Complications: It's More Than the Money!
B. Todd Heniford, MD
4:30-4:45 PM Q&A Panel Discussion
Various Issues and Techniques In Hernia Repair
4:45-5:00 PM Synthetic versus Biologic Mesh for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction:
The Evidence and Recommendations
Maurice Nahabedian, MD
5:00-5:15 PM Closing the Defect in Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia: Why, When, How and Limitations
Yuri Novitsky, MD
5:15-5:30 PM Use of Synthetic Mesh in the Contaminated Fields: A New Paradigm?
Mike Rosen, MD
5:30-5:45 PM Q&A Panel Discussion

Foregut Program Part 2

6:00 - 6:15 PM Laparoscopic Pancreatic Resections
Nipun Merchant, MD
6:15 - 6:30 PM Small Bowel Enteroscopy and Therapy
Jack DiPalma, MD
6:30 - 6:45 PM Laparoscopic Liver Resections
Nipun Merchant, MD
6:45 - 7:00 PM GIST Tumors
William Richards, MD
7:00 - 7:15 PM Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Dmitry Oleynikov, MD
7:15 - 7:30 PM Q&A/Panel with Faculty

Friday, February 28, 2014

Metabolic/Bariatric Surgery

6:30-7:30 AM Breakfast/Exhibits
The Science
7:30-7:50 AM Gut and Microbiome: Can the Gut Cause Obesity and Diabetes?
Lee Kaplan, MD
7:50-8:10 AM Metabolically Normal and Abnormal Obesity
Sam Klein, MD
8:10-8:40 AM Debate: The Diabetes Goes Away After Metabolic Surgery: How Does that Happen?
Sam Klein, MD & Lee Kaplan, MD
8:40 - 9:00 AM Micronutrient Deficiencies, Hypoglycemia and Neuropathies: Is There a Connection?
Walter Pories, MD
9:00 - 9:20 AM The Role of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Obesity-Related Comorbidity — The Forgotten Target
John Dixon, MD
9:20 - 9:40 AM QandA Panel with Faculty
9:40 - 10:10 AM Refreshment Break/Exhibits
Metabolic and Diabetes Surgery
10:10 - 10:40 AM Keynote Presentation — New AACE Guidelines for Treating Diabetes: Implications for Surgery
Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACN, FACE, ECNU
10:40 - 11:00 AM Ideal Body Weight (BMI) - Fixed or Flexible?
John Dixon, MD
11:00 - 11:20 AM Intense Lifestyle Intervention for Diabetes: Long-Term Results of the Look AHEAD Trial and implications
Robert Kushner, MD
11:20 - 11:40 AM Durability of Metabolic Surgery
Stacy Brethauer, MD
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Metabolic Surgery for Type 1 Diabetes
Philip Schauer, MD
12:00 - 12:20 PM Recent Randomized Controlled Trials
Anita Courcoulas, MD
12:20 - 12:50 PM Panel: How to Affect Appropriate Utilization of Metabolic Surgery
Lee Kaplan, MD; Robert Kushner, MD; Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACN, FACE, ECNU; Philip Schauer, MD; Sam Klein, MD
12:50 - 1:50 PM Lunch Symposium (Non-CME)
Beating the Odds: A Hospital President’s Perspective on Managing the High Economic Costs
associated with Bariatric Surgery Complications
Faculty: Eric Bour, MD, FACS
Sponsored by: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
1:50 - 2:20 PM Dessert Break Exhibit Hall
Quality and Optimizing Outcomes
2:20 - 2:50 PM Debate — Medicare Drops COE Requirement: Good or Bad?
Justin Dimick, MD
Ninh Nguyen, MD
2:50 - 3:10 PM ASMBS POV on Standards, Insurance Recognition and New Volume Standards
Jaime Ponce, MD
3:10 - 3:30 PM Obesity and the Affordable Care Act -- Potential Implications on the Metabolic/Bariatric Surgeon
Christopher R. Gallagher
3:30 - 3:50 PM Longevity, Cost, and Quality of Life After Bariatric Surgery
Bruce Wolfe, MD
3:50 - 4:10 PM Decreasing Readmissions
John Morton, MD
4:10 - 4:25 PM Implementation of Quality Assurance Initiatives that make a Real Difference
James Saxton, JD
4:25 - 4:40 PM Refreshment Break
Videofest: Results and Techniques
4:40 - 5:00 PM Band Conversion to Sleeve
Jaime Ponce, MD
5:00 - 5:20 PM Staple Line Reinforcement vs. Oversewing
Scott Shikora, MD
5:20 - 5:40 PM Robotic Bariatric Surgery for Revisions and Complex Cases
Keith Kim, MD
5:40 - 6:00 PM Managing Leaks, GI Bleeding and Obstructions
Ninh Nguyen, MD
6:00 - 6:20 PM New Insights into Gastrojejunostomy Techniques
Bruce Schirmer, MD
6:20 - 6:40 PM QandA Panel with Faculty

Saturday, March 1, 2014

6:30-7:30 AM Breakfast
Controversies and New Frontiers
7:30 - 7:50 AM New Drug Therapy - Any Role Before and after Surgery?
Sam Klein MD
7:50 - 8:10 AM Maximizing Results of Surgery with Lifestyle Intervention
Robert Kushner, MD
8:10 - 8:30 AM Keys to Long-term Success with Gastric Banding
Christine Ren-Fielding, MD
8:30 - 8:50 AM Newest Bariatric Procedure: the Sleeve Bypass
Daniel Cottam, MD
8:50 - 9:10 AM Reducing Patient & Employee Injuries When Transporting Obese Patients
Walter Pories, MD
9:10 - 9:30 AM Panel: The Future of the Gastric Band
Christine Ren-Fielding, MD; Jaime Ponce, MD; Ken MacDonald, MD
9:30 - 9:45 AM Refreshment Break
9:45 - 10:05 AM Sleeve Gastrectomy Update
Michel Gagner, MD
10:05 - 10:25 AM Rare but Devastating Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Tomasz Rogula, MD
10:25 - 10:45 AM Decision-making for Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Aurora Pryor, MD
10:45 - 11:05 AM Endoscopic Management of Weight Regain - Current Options, Future Directions
Matthew Kroh, MD, FACS
11:05 - 11:25 AM Sicker vs. Bigger: The BMI Chain
Ricardo Cohen, MD
11:25 - 11:45 AM Top 10 Bariatric Surgery Publications of All Time
Philip Schauer, MD
11:45 AM - 12:20 PM Panel: Insurance Company Perspective on Bariatric Surgery and Q&A
Philip Schauer, MD; Charles J. Carlini, MD, JD; Ninh Nguyen, MD
12:20 PM MISS General Sessions Adjourn
Optional Practice Management Program
1:00-6:00 PM Optional Practice Management Program