Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin
27-29 September 2018

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Dear Colleagues,

constant development of technology and imaging techniques, shift in standards of surgical procedures, increased use of ERAS protocols, robotization, attempts to minimize perioperative trauma, mandatory application of EBM principles, increasing quality of treatment and patient safety - are all main issues affecting the development of modern surgery at the end of the second decade of the XXI century.  

At the same time, we are in the process of summarizing the first 30 years of implementing minimally invasive techniques in surgery. It is also a great time to analyze the level of expertise of minimally invasive surgery in Poland with respect to world trends. The First Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin, taking place from September 27th-29th, 2018 will be an opportunity to review and exchange opinions between Polish surgeons and prominent experts from all around the globe.

To meet the expectations of the society of Minimally Invasive Surgeons in Poland, we have adopted the idea of a joint meeting of members of the Videosurgery Section, Section of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Section of Endoscopic Surgery of the Polish Association of Surgeons. On behalf of Prof. Marek Jackowski, Prof. Maciej Michalik, Dr. Jacek Sobocki and us, we would like to invite you and all the members of the Polish Association of Surgeons, as well as doctors of other surgical specialties to participate in the First Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery, organized by the Polish Association of Surgeons.

At the congress, during the eight plenary sessions, video sessions, sponsored sessions, workshops and training sessions for in-training residents, we will have the opportunity get acquainted with the latest developments in science and to exchange our opinions about problematic clinical issues in minimally invasive surgery.  We will be receiving both Polish and foreign experts. The Center for the Meeting of Cultures, a building that emanates with the architectural trends of the 21st century seemed to be the perfect venue.

Lublin will also be the perfect meeting place for the 3rd Polish Ordinaries and General Clinic Surgery Managers Conference, which will take place just before the Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery on September 27th, 2018 (

We hope that both the level of expertise of the earlier mentioned events, as well as your stay in Lublin will meet your expectations, result in unforgettable memories, deepen the bonds of friendship and give you an opportunity to experience the multicultural character of Lublin and the picturesque Roztocze and Lubelskie regions.


Prof. Grzegorz Wallner
Past President of the Polish Association of Surgeons,
National Consultant in the field of General Surgery,
Chairman of the Scientific Committee
of the Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin

Prof. Krzysztof Paśnik
President of the Polish Association of Surgeons,
Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin


Challenges of the 21st Century Surgery – opportunities and limitations

  • Prof. Richard Satava (Seattle, USA): The future of robotic surgery
  • Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA): Potential directions for the development of surgery – artificial intelligence?
  • Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Portland, USA): What are the perspectives for the NOTES approach in GI tract surgery?
  • Prof. Michael Gagner (Montreal, Canada): Update on Magnets in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Prof. David Rattner (Boston, USA): Evidence based surgery from the perspective of the minimally invasive surgery expert

Morbid obesity surgery

  • Prof. Richardo Cohen (São Paulo, Brazil): Bariatric surgery – tips, tricks and technical aspects
  • Dr hab. Piotr Myśliwiec (Bialystok, Poland): Indications for surgical treatment – primary procedures in metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • Dr Tomasz Rogula (Cleveland, USA): New minimally invasive technologies in morbid obesity therapy
  • Prof. Krzysztof Paśnik (Warsaw, Poland): Morbid obesity surgery in Poland

Colorectal surgery – new minimally invasive methods and techniques

  • Prof. Jaap Bonier (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Laparoscopic or open surgery for colon cancer – is there still a controversy?
  • Dr Juriaan Tuynma(Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Transanal or traditional laparoscopic TME for rectal cancer – where we are.
  • Dr Richard Whelan (New York, USA): Surgical treatment of diverticulitis – current policy
  • Prof. Marek Jackowski (Torun, Poland): Polish experience in taTME surgery
  • Dr Sławomir Marecik (Chicago, USA): Robotic colorectal surgery – where we are?

Methods and techniques of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases

  • Prof. Marco Patti (Chappel Hill, USA): Modern approach to GERD therapy
  • Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan): ESD procedures in esophageal malignant lesions
  • Dr Leon Moons (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Barrett’s esophagus – which procedure in metaplasia, dysplasia and early cancer?
  • Dr Krzysztof Zinkiewicz (Lublin, Poland): POEM or laparoscopic Heller’s procedure in patients with achalasia?

Minimally invasive surgery in GI tract cancers

  • Prof. Miguel Cuesta (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Anatomical and technical aspects of minimally invasive esophagectomy. Open or minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer?
  • Prof. Harushi Udagawa (Tokyo, Japan): Transthoracic or transhiatal videoasisted esophagectomy in the era of standard preoperative chemoradiotherapy for esophageal cancers
  • Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan): Why should MIS techniques be the standard in gastric cancer therapy
  • Prof. Han-Kwang Yang (Seoul, Korea): Robotic gastric cancer surgery
  • Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy): Laparoscopic surgery in liver malignant lesions therapy
  • Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland): Laparoscopic pancreatic resection – exceptional or standard surgical procedures?

Complications in minimally invasive surgery

  • Prof. Maciej Michalik (Olsztyn, Poland): Surgeon’s experience as an independent risk factor in minimally invasive surgery?
  • Prof. Almantas Maleckas (Kaunus, Lithuania): How to avoid the complications in laparoscopic surgery – pros and cons?
  • Prof. Miguel Cuesta (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Complications and pitfalls in esophageal and gastric surgery
  • Liver and pancreatic surgery complications
  • Dr Tomasz Rogula (Cleveland, USA): Management of complications in morbid obesity surgery

Interdisciplinary training in minimally invasive techniques and skills in surgery

  • Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA): What is the future of laparoscopic education in the United States
  • Prof. Almantas Maleckas (Kaunus, Lithuania): What are the perspectives and how to create the minimally invasive surgery training system common for European Union countries residents?
  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Meyer (Hannover, Germany): Education and training system of German residents in minimally invasive surgery
  • Dr Tomasz Rogula (Cleveland, USA): Fundamentals in laparoscopic morbid surgery – expert’s advices for Polish residents
  • Prof. Grzegorz Wallner (Lublin, Poland): Challenges of minimally invasive surgery education from the Polish perspective
  • Dr Michał Janik (Warsaw, Poland): How to improve the residents skills in laparoscopic surgery? Perspective form resident’s practice

The language of lectures - English


Foreign speakers

  • Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
  • Prof. Jaap Bonier (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Richardo Cohen (Sao Paulo, Brasil)
  • Prof. Miguel Cuesta (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Michael Gagner (Montreal, Canada)
  • Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Prof. Almantas Maleckas (Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • Dr Sławomir Marecik (Chicago, USA)
  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Meyer (Hannower, Germany)
  • Dr Leon Moon (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Marco Patti (Chappel Hill, USA)
  • Prof. David Rattner (Boston, USA)
  • Dr Tomasz Rogula (Cleveland, USA)
  • Prof. Richard Satava (Seattle, USA)
  • Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)
  • Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Portland, USA)
  • Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokio, Japan)
  • Dr Juriaan Tuynman (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Harushi Udagawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr Richard Whelan (Nowy Jork, USA)
  • Prof. Han-Kwang Yang (Seoul, South Korea)

Polish speakers

  • Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland)
  • Prof. Marek Jackowski (Toruń, Poland)
  • Dr Michał Janik (Warszawa, Poland)
  • Prof. Maciej Michalik (Olsztyn, Poland)
  • Dr Piotr Myśliwiec (Białystok, Poland)
  • Prof. Krzysztof Paśnik (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Prof. Grzegorz Wallner (Lublin, Poland)
  • Dr Krzysztof Zinkiewicz (Lublin, Poland)

Congress FEE

Participation fees of the Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Scroll down for our price schedule.

  1. Members of the Polish Association of Surgeons
    Registration till May 1st - 450 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration from May 2nd till September 1st  - 550 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 1st - 700 PLN (inc. VAT)
  2. Regular participant (practitioners who are not members of  the Association of Polish Surgeons)
    Registration till May 1st - 500 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration from May 2nd till September 1st  - 600 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 1st - 700 PLN (inc. VAT)
  3. Doctors during their specialization course
    Flat registration charge - 250 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Please provide your current workplace address in the “Specialization course location” field of the registration form.
  4. Students of Medicine
    Flat registration charge - 50 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Please provide enter your student’s ID no. in the registration form. Please take your student’s ID with you, as it will be required to finish the registration process.
  5. Social arrangement
    Flat registration charge for all participants – PLN 250 (inc. VAT)
    The arrangement is planned for Friday, September 28th, 2018.

The language of lectures - English

Please note! The fees include the participation charge for 3rd Forum of Hospital Ward Managers.
Please use the registration form to state if you are willing to participate in the aforesaid event.
We need this information to prepare additional materials for you

The Congress fee includes:

  • Participation in lectures
  • Entry fee of the 3rd Forum of Hospital Ward Managers 
  • Congress-related materials
  • Participation certificate
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Entry to the official inauguration event of the Congress (September 27th, 2018)
  • Entry to the pharmaceutical industry exhibition

Participation charge does not include accommodation.
Information concerning available hotels that provide discounts for Congress participants - in the section ACCOMMODATION.

Entry to the exhibition of pharmaceutical companies is limited to persons who are entitled to issue prescriptions and persons who trade with medical products. Due to safety concerns the organizers are required to enforce ID presentation at this point.


Dear Sirs,

There is the possibility to get individual reservation of rooms in the aforementioned hotels, after quoting the headword CHIRURGIA. The rooms will be available till the dates listed below, or as per availability limitations:

List of hotels in the vicinity of conference venue and the special prices for participants of the event:


Al. Racławickie 12

20-037 Lublin

Distance from the CSK -> 280 m (3-minute walk)

  • Single room (breakfast included) – special price for participants  -> PLN 290 (inc. VAT)
  • Double room (breakfast included) – special price for participants  -> PLN 328 (inc. VAT)

Subject to availability.

Parking – PLN 34/day

In order to book a room contact the hotel directly, quoting the headword, at:



IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 56

20-002 Lublin

Distance from the CSK -> 650 m (8-minute walk)

  • Economy Single single room - special price for participants -> PLN 300  (inc. VAT)
  • Economy Double for single person use* - special price for participants -> PLN 300  (inc. VAT)
  • Standard Double double room for single use*- special price for participants -> PLN 340 (inc. VAT)

*surcharge for second person: PLN 40

Rooms available till August 31, 2018, subject to availability limitations.

In order to book a room contact the hotel directly, quoting the headword, at:

Tel. 81 4466100



Hotel Victoria Lublin

20-016 Lublin

ul. Narutowicza 58/60

Distance from the CSK -> 1000 m (13-minute walk, 4-minute drive)

  • Single room (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 160 (inc. VAT)
  • Standard double room (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 220 (inc. VAT)
  • Komfort double room (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 260 (inc. VAT)

Rooms available till August 31, 2018, subject to availability limitations.

Parking - PLN 28/day

In order to book a room contact the hotel directly, quoting the headword, at:

Tel. 81 532 70 11



Hotel Wieniawski

ul. Sądowa 6

20-027 Lublin

Distance from the CSK -> 450 m (6-minute walk)

  • Classic single room  (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 240 (inc. VAT)
  • Comfort  single room  (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 290 (inc. VAT)
  • Classic double room (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 280 (inc. VAT)
  • Comfort double room (breakfast included) - special price for participants -> PLN 330 (inc. VAT)

Rooms available till August 26, 2018, subject to availability limitations.

Parking – PLN 35/day (50 m away from the hotel, the PKO parking lot PKO)

In order to book a room contact the hotel directly, quoting the headword, at:

Tel. 81 45 99 200; +48 515 595 507



Guestrooms at the Dormitories of the Medical University of Lublin

Distance from the CSK -> ca. 2.5 km (10 minute driving)

Details of the respective dormitories are included in the annex – click here

Price does not include breakfast. The prices are without VAT at applicable rate (8%).

Rooms available till September 14, 2018, subject to availability limitations.

Date / Venue

Congress date:

September 27th-29th, 2018

Congress venue:

Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin

The Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin is the largest cultural institution in this part of Europe. The heart of the building, designed by Boleslaw Stelmach, is the Opera Hall equipped with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and stage equipment. The building’s five levels house conference rooms, over 1200 sqm. of exhibition area and and creative space for meetings, workshops, culinary presentations, design and physical activity. Skywalks and a two-level terrace bring the guest closer to nature and provide a way to relax.


Scientific Committee

    Scientific Committee of the Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Committee Chair - Prof. Grzegorz Wallner, MD, National Consultant in the field of General Surgery, Past President of the Polish Association of Surgeons

Committee Chair - Prof. Krzysztof Paśnik, MD, President of the Polish Association of Surgeons


Committee Co-Chair - Prof. Marek Jackowski, MD, Elect President of the Polish Association of Surgeons

Committee Co-Chair - Prof. Maciej Michalik, MD, Vice-President of the Polish Association of Surgeons

Committee Co-Chair - Dr Jacek Sobocki, MD, President of the Endoscopic Surgery Section, Polish Association of Surgeons

Members of the Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Andrzej Budzyński, II Department of the General Surgery - The Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Adam Dziki, The Secretary-General of the Polish Association of Surgeons
  • Dr Tomasz Rogula, The Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

Walk around Lublin

We will begin our walk at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures
The 5-storey high Opera House with over 1200 square meters of usable area is at the core of the building, designed by Bolesław Stelmach. Two-storey high roofs and rooftop walking paths invite visitors. Apart from the cityscape they offer, the rooftops also house beehives kept by the Urban Art Apiary.

The Saxon Garden
The oldest city park in Lublin, founded in 1837 according to design by engineer Feliks Bieczyński and arranged in English style. In February 2012 its thorough revitalization was initialized, which ended in 2013. One of the most beautiful locations for walks in Lublin.

The Soldier’s House at ul. Żwirki i Wigury 6
Built between 1924 and 1928. It was built with use of bricks from the demolished Orthodox Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sobor, which once stood at the Litewski Square. The celebrative opening of the Soldier’s House took place in 1933. After Second World War it housed, among others, an Operetta House and a cinema. Today it houses the Garrison Public Prosecutor’s Office, a military club and a library.

Building of the Towarzystwo Kredytowe Ziemskie [Landlords’ Bank Society] at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 43
Built between 1874 and 1876, designed by Julian Ankiewicz, it was considered the most beautiful building in the city. What is worth noting are the original window and door frames, and the relief-covered entry door. On the second floor we find a classicist fireplace, made of Szydłowiec marble, and also a 19th century decorative furnace. Today the building houses the Regional Court in Lublin.

Morski Family Palace at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 62
Built in the 2nd half of 18th century. In 1864 Robert Moritz and Alexander McLeod located their small factory of agricultural tools there. After 1917 the building housed the Merchants’ Club. After the war, in 1944 it briefly housed the “Pszczółka” radio station.

Lublinianka Hotel – former building of the Bank of Lublin Industrialists at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 56
Designed by Gustaw Landau Gutenger and built in 1900 this majestic building has two interesting elevations – one at Krakowskie Przedmieście and one at Kołłątaja. The corner is decorated with a dome with lantern. During the Second World War the building served as the German House. In 1951 the State Treasury arranged a hotel there.

Three Palaces - Litewski Square
Czartoryski Palace
The baroque Palace of Czartoryski Family was designed at the turn of 17th and 18th century by the famous Flemish architect, Tylman of Gameren. In 1911 a square was added where a roller skating rink was constructed, and later a cinema. The palace was largely destroyed during the Second World War. After renovation it regained its baroque style. Today it houses the Lublin Scientific Society and the Lublin Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. 

Lubomirski Palace (Former Radziwiłł Palace)
The Lubomirski Palace is located at the Litewski square, between the Czartoryski Palace and the Government Palace. It dates back to 16th century, and its present form is the result of the 1829 UMCS Political Science Faculty.

The Lublin Government Palace (also known as the Voivodeship Committee palace, or Governor’s palace)
In the second half of 19th century the Lubomirski palace, seat of the Lublin regional government ceased to be sufficient for the growing office. The new palace was designed in an eclectic style. The building survived in almost unchanged condition. It now houses the UMCS Faculty of Psychology.

The Cracow Gate [Brama Krakowska]
The Cracow Gate was butli the 14th century, as part of town walls. Its name comes from the historic route that led from Cracow, through Lublin and further north to Vilnius. The octagonal, plastered tower was built in 16th century. The structure is covered with a baroque helm roof with a SAR /Stanislaus Augustus Rex/ monogram and the date 1782, which are the result of rebuilding works carried out by Dominik Merlini. The current appearance of the gate is the result of conservation and construction works of 1959-64, when its historic appearance was restored and the interiors adopted for the needs of the Museum of the History of Lublin.

The Old Town
The Old Town enchants mainly with its privacy. The historic walls house many historic monuments from different ages. The Crown Tribunal, the Parish Church Square, the Old Theatre… Renascence town houses of Konopnicowie or Lobomelscy families attract special attention with their rich details.

The Town Gate [Brama Grodzka]
Used to guard a passage in the town walls. It also connected the Christian and the Jewish town, and was thus frequently named the “Jewish Gate”. At the end of 18th century the Ordering (Boni Ordinis) Committee ordering its rebuilding in classicist stile and its defensive functions were removed. This is reminded by the date: MDCCLXXXV and the SAR (Stanislaus Augustus Rex – King Stanisław August) monogram, visible from the side of Old Town.

End of tour: The Lublin Castle
Built on the Castle Hill by Kasimir the Great in the 1st half of 14th century the gothic castle was ruined during the wars of late 17th century and demolished in 18th century. Only the 13th century, Roman style Keep, the gothic Holy Trinity chapel and a fragment of gothic tower, the so called Jewish tower remained. The current, neo-gothic complex was constructed between 1824 and 1826 as a prison, used by Russian and Austrian occupation forces, and later by the Polish and Polish People’s Republic authorities, until 1954.

What is also worth visiting:

Open Air Village Museum
The Open Air Village Museum in Lublin with its picturesque location in the valley of Czechówka River is one of the biggest open air museums in Poland. The exhibition is divided in the following sectors: Lublin Upland, Vistula Valley, Podlasie, Bug Valley, Roztocze Highland, mansion and the provincial town of Central Europe. It also has two wooden temples: a Greek-Catholic and a Roman Catholic church.

UMCS Botanical Garden
The garden is situated in the Valley of Czechówka River. Currently the garden collection includes over 1600 species of trees and bushes, over 3300 green, soil-planted plants and some 1600 greenhouse species. The gentry mansion that was carefully rebuilt inside the garden belonged, in the second half of 18th century, to Jan Nepomucen Kościuszko, uncle of Tadeusz Kościuszko.

Majdanek State Museum
Founded in autumn of 1944, in the former German concentration camp that was active from October 1941 till July 1944. The museum includes prisoner barracks, crematory, guard towers, museum exhibitions, a mausoleum and the Monument to Martyrdom and Struggle.

Cefarm Pharmacy Museum in Lublin
Since 1988 the museum is located in a town house at ul. Grodzka 5a. The interior of former pharmacy is recreated with 19th century furniture, cabinets full of old pharmaceutical containers and scales, and also cans, flasks and blankets.

Juliusz Osterwa Theatre
One of the oldest theaters in Poland. The building designed by Karol Kozłowski was built in just 2 years from 1886, exclusively for funds raised publically. It was built by “Citizens of Lublin – for themselves” on the initiative of Lublin intelligentsia, industrialists, merchants and landlords.

Former Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva
The synagogue, together with the whole Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva complex was built in 1930. Apart from the religious functions the synagogue acted as a lecturing hall for over 200 students of the yeshiva. The synagogue was officially re-opened after renovation on February 11th, 2007.

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Contact information for exhibitors and sponsors:

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Przemysław Blicharz


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Patryk Reszko


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Contact information for participants:

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Oktawiusz Ofiarski


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Contact - organisational matters:

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