2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Virtual Meeting
15-17 October 2020

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Due to the epidemiological situation in Poland and worldwide and out of concern for your safety, we have decided to change the formula of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. It will still be held on 15-17 October 2020, we are only changing the formula of our meeting for the Virtual Congress. We will make every effort to adjust the substantive program and discussions to the virtual possibilities so that you can participate in the event as fully as possible.

During the Congress you will be able to ask questions using the chat, and the answers will be provided by the invited experts during the discussion time. There will be an opportunity to visit the virtual exhibition of Congress Partners.

All that in order for us to meet, exchange experiences and benefit from expert knowledge from around the world.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend,



Dear Sir/Madam,

due to the great interest in the International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery, organized for the first time in 2018 in Lublin, the Main Board of the Association of Polish Surgeons decided to continue this initiative. On behalf of the Organizational and Scientific Committee, we invite you to participate in the second edition of the congress, which will be held on October 15-17, 2020 in Lublin.


2020 marks a particularly important date for Polish surgeons. It is the 170th anniversary of the birth and the 100th anniversary of the death of Professor Ludwik Rydygier - our compatriot, a great patriot, and also one of the most prominent Polish surgeons, co-creator of modern surgery in the country and worldwide. 140 years ago Professor Ludwik Rydygier was the first in Poland to perform a pyloric exclusion due to gastric cancer. As an excellent operator he introduced new methods of treatment of peptic ulcer disease, he was also the creator of the original method of prostatectomy. Some of the surgical techniques introduced by him (in the field of, inter alia, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics, urology, treatment of stomach and rectal tumors) are still used today. In 1889 Professor Ludwik Rydygier organized the first congress of Polish surgeons from three Partitions, and above all he was the initiator and co-founder of the Association of Polish Surgeons.

Paying homage to Professor Ludwik Rydygier and taking into account the fact that minimally invasive techniques apply not only to general surgery, but also to all surgical disciplines, we have decided to encourage doctors of other specialties to participate in the subsequent edition of Congresses of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Hence the idea to invite also the scientific societies representing specialists in thoracic surgery, urology, gynecology, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, as well as Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Section, Endoscopic Surgery Section and the Section of Videosurgery of the Association of Polish Surgeons to participate in the second edition.

The congress agenda includes interdisciplinary scientific sessions with the participation of eminent experts from around the world, representing all of the above surgical specializations. Several world-known pioneers in the field of minimally invasive techniques have already confirmed their participation in the second edition.

As the Organizers, we make every effort to ensure that the II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2020 meets your substantive expectations with the possibility of establishing professional international cooperation. 

Chairman of the Scientific and Organizational Committees 
for the 2020 II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin

Professor Grzegorz Wallner
National Consultant in the field of General Surgery
Professor Marek Jackowski
President of the Association of Polish Surgeons

Congress under the patronage of the Polish Association of Surgeons


THURSDAY, 15th October 2020

Opening Ceremony with Inaugural Lecture

14.00 – 14.30 Transoral access for NOTES – clinical application - Inaugural lecture by Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)

                                                                  Session 1                                                                  
What can be expected from MIS techniques in Pancreatic Cancer?

Chairmen: prof. Marek Jackowski, prof. Andrzej Budzyński, dr Michał Solecki

14.30 – 14.45  Optimal therapeutic approach to pancreatic surgery -  Prof. Marcus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)
14.45 – 15.00  Pros and cons for MIS in pancreatic surgery - Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
15.00 – 15.15  Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer and MIS techniques - Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, UK)
15.15 – 15.30  What can be expected from robotic surgery in pancreatic cancer? - Prof. James Moser (Massachusetts, USA)
15.30 – 15.45  Pitfalls with minimally invasive surgery for pancreatic cancer - Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland)
15.45 – 16.00  Discussion 

16.00 16.10   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 2

Minimally invasive surgery and rules of EBM – myths and facts

Chairmen: prof. Grzegorz Wallner, prof. Tomasz Skoczylas, prof. Witold Zgodziński


16.10 – 16.25  What can be expected from the MIS techniques in the future? - Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)

16.25 – 16.40  New instruments for intraluminal and transluminal endoscopic surgery - Prof. Karl Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA) 

16.40 – 16.55  The future of image-guided surgery - Augmented and virtual reality in minimally invasive surgery                                                                         - Prof. Luc Soler (Strasbourg, France)

16.55 – 17.10  Based on EBM is there still the place for NOTES in digestive tract surgery - Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)

17.10 – 17.25  Minimally invasive surgery myths and facts on the basis of EBM - Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)

17.25 – 17.40  Discussion

17.40 17.50   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

 Session 3

   VATS approach: Uniportal or Multiportal in Thoracic Surgery?

Chairmen: dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski, prof. Henrik Hansen, prof. Marcin Zieliński


17.50 – 18.10  Uniportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery - Dr Tomas Stupnik (Lubljana, Slovenia)

18.10 – 18.30  Uniportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery - Prof. Diego Gonzalez Rivas (A Coruña, Spain)

18.30 – 18.50  Multiportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery - Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

18.50 – 19.10  Multiportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery - Dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski (Poznań, Poland)

19.10 – 19.35  Discussion

FRIDAY, 16th October 2020

Session 4 

 Stomach and EGJ diseases and minimally invasive surgical approach

Chairmen: prof. Tomasz Rogula, prof. Michał Pędziwiatr, prof. Witold Zgodziński

13.00 – 13.15  Laparoscopic redo antireflux surgery - Prof. Karl Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)

13.15 – 13.30  Therapeutic options in failure after laparoscopic cardiomyotomy for achalasia - Prof. Marco Patti (North Carolina, USA)

13.30 – 13.45  Strategy to avoid MIS complications during redo bariatric surgery - Prof. Tomasz Rogula (Cracow, Poland) 

13.45 – 14.00  MIS techniques in border early gastric cancer lesions - Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)

14.00 – 14.15  Anastomotic leaks in colorectal surgery - difficult cases - Dr Andrzej Kwiatkowski (Warsaw, Poland) - Sponsored                                              lecture (Ethicon)

14.15 – 14.30  Discussion

14.30 14.40   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 5  

 The role of simulation in minimally invasive surgery education

Chairmen: prof.Kamil Torres, dr Michał Solecki, prof. Piotr Trojanowski

14.40 – 15.00  Simulation and telementoring in minimally invasive surgery - Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)

15.00 – 15.20  MIS simulation training impact on clinical outcomes and patient safety - Prof. Kamil Toress (Lublin, Poland)

15.20 – 15.40  Planning reconstructive microsurgery operations using computer techniques - Prof. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin, Poland)

15.40 – 16.00  IndoCyanine green, Applications in Biliary Imaging and Bariatric Surgery – past, present and future - Dr Helmuth Billy                                     (Ventura, USA)

16.00 – 16.15  Discussion

16.15 16.25   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands


Session 6

 Common problems for surgeon, gynecologist and urologist in minimally invasive pelvic surgery

Chairmen: prof. Adam Dziki, prof. Tomasz Rechberger, prof. Piotr Wałęga


16.25 – 16.40  Clinical problems and technical shortcomings in MIS pelvic surgery - Urogynecologist perspective                                                                          - Prof. Menahem Neuman (Galilee, Israel)

16.40 – 16.55  Challenges for vesico – vaginal fistulas treatment using MIS techniques - Prof. Tomasz Rechberger (Lublin, Poland)

16.55 – 17.10  Posterior compartment pelvic disorders: Current status, MIS technological advances and perspectives                                                                 - Prof. Adolf Lukanovic (Lubljana, Slovenia)

17.10 – 17.25  Laparoscopic & robotic ventral rectopexy - Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Pisa, Italy)

17.25 – 17.40  Intraoperative nerve monitoring in improving functional outcomes of rectal surgery - evidence base and how I do it                                          - Prof. Piotr Wałęga (Cracow, Poland)

17.40 – 18.00  Discussion

SATURDAY, 17th October 2020


Session 7

Minimally invasive techniques in GI tract cancer treatment

Chairmen: prof. Tomasz Skoczylas, prof. Michał Pędziwiatr, prof. Piotr Richter

13.00 – 13.15  Indications for open or minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer - Prof. Tomasz Skoczylas (Lublin, Poland)

13.15 – 13.30  MIS esophagectomy in the era of neoadjuvat chemo-radiotherapy - Prof. Jan van Lanschot, (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

13.30 – 13.45  Gastric cancer lymphatic metastases and MIS determinants of radical lymphadenectomy - Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)

13.45 – 14.00  Hepatic anatomy and MIS liver resection possibilities - Prof. Moh’b Abu Hilal (Brescia, Italy)

14.00 – 14.15  Surgical anatomy aspects for MIS total mesocolic excision - Prof. Werner Hohenberger (Erlangen, Germany)

14.15 – 14.30  Discussion

14.30 14.40   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 8


Chairmen: prof. Adam Nogalski, prof. Piotr Myśliwiec, dr Michał Solecki


14.40 – 15.00  Laparoscopy in Blunt Abdominal trauma; for whom, when and why? - Prof. Selman Uranus (Graz, Austria)

15.00 – 15.20  The role of laparoscopy in penetrating abdominal trauma management - Dr Oleh Matsevych (Pretoria RPA)

15.20 – 15.40  Allogenic facial transplantation – what is the future in the context of microsurgery techniques - Prof. Adam Maciejewski                               (Gliwice, Poland)

15.40 – 16.00  IndoCyanine green in colorectal surgery - Prof. Wiesław Tarnowski (Warsaw, Poland)

16.00 – 16.15  Discussion

16.15 16.20   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

 Session 9

Chairmen: prof. Piotr Myśliwiec, dr Michał Solecki, dr Justyna Najs

16.20 – 18.00   Video Session


Foreign speakers

  1.  Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
  2. Dr Helmuth Billy (Ventura, USA)
  3. Prof. Marcus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)   
  4. Prof. Karl Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)
  5. Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, Great Britain)
  6. Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  7. Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)
  8. Prof. Mohammed Abu Hilal (Brescia, Italy)
  9. Prof. Werner Hohenberger (Erlangen, Germany)
  10. Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)
  11. Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)
  12. Prof. Jan van Lanschot (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  13. Prof. Adolf Lukanovic (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  14. Dr Oleh Matsevych (Pretoria, RPA)
  15. Prof. James Moser (Boston, USA)
  16. Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Piza, Italy)
  17. Prof. Menahem Neuman (Western Galilee, Israel)
  18. Prof. Marco Patti  (Chapel Hill, USA)
  19. Prof. Diego Gonzalez Rivas (A Coruña, Spain)
  20. Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)
  21. Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)
  22. Prof. Luc Soler (Strasburg, France)
  23. Dr Tomas Stupnik (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  24. Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)  
  25. Prof. Selman Uranüs (Graz, Austria)

Polish speakers

  1. Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland)
  2. Dr Andrzej Kwiatkowski (Warsaw, Poland)
  3. Prof. Adam Maciejewski (Gliwice, Poland)
  4. Dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski (Poznań, Poland)
  5. Prof. Tomasz Rechberger (Lublin, Poland)
  6. Prof. Tomasz Rogula (Cracow, Poland)
  7. Prof. Tomasz Skoczylas (Lublin, Poland)
  8. Prof. Wiesław Tarnowski (Warsaw, Poland)
  9. Prof. Kamil Toress (Lublin, Poland)
  10. Prof. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin, Poland)
  11. Prof. Piotr Wałęga (Cracow, Poland)

Video session

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of the sessions of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery will be a video session, which will start on Saturday, 17.10.2020 at 16.20 and it will be a presentation of submitted original works of the Congress Participants.

We encourage you to submit works in the following thematic categories:

  • Surgery of morbid obesity
  • Techniques and methods of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases
  • Colorectal surgery - new surgical methods and techniques
  • Minimally invasive surgery in organ cancers
  • Complications in minimally invasive surgery
  • Laparoscopy in emergency surgery
  • Surgery using minimally invasive techniques: gastrointestinal tract, endocrine surgery, thorax, pelvis minor

Submitted films must be original works. They cannot be previously published or presented at other scientific conferences.

The films should be submitted only electronically, by sending the material to the given e-mail address (chmi@czelej.com.pl), through one of the popular systems for transferring larger files (e.g. Wetransfer.com), by entering "Video Session - CHMI 2020 Congress" in the message content.

The deadline for submitting films for the video session is the 1st of October, 2020.

Detailed regulations are available at the link here Please refer to its contents.
By participating in the Video Session, you accept the provisions of the Regulations.

Congress FEE

Participation fees of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Scroll down for our price schedule.

  1. Regular participant 
    Registration till September 15th  - 50 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 90 Euro (inc. VAT)
  2. Doctors during their specialization course
    Registration till September 15th - 25 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 40 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Please provide your current workplace address in the “Specialization course location” field of the registration form.
  3. Students of Medicine - Free Registration
    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.

The language of lectures - English

The Congress fee includes:

  • Participation in online lectures
  • Participation in live discussions
  • Congress-related materials in electronic version
  • Participation certificate
  • Access to virtual exhibitors' stands
  • Access to recordings of lectures after the Congress

Only persons who are entitled to issue prescriptions, students of medicine and persons who trade with medical products may take part in the Congress.

Patronage and Committee of Honour

Honorary Patronage

Honorary Patronage
of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

Committee of Honour

Rector of Medical University of Lublin
Prof. dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Drop

The Lubelskie Province Governor
Lech Sprawka

Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodship
Jaroslaw Stawiarski

The President of Lublin
Dr Krzysztof Żuk


Media patronage

Technical Partner



The Organizer declares that this event is virtual and in accordance with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice. Organizer cannot apply for a Certificate in accordance with the above mentioned Code. However, the Organizer declares that he made every possible effort to ensure that the Event complied with the standards adopted in this Code.

About - summary 2018

It is the first event of this type in Central and Eastern Europe.

We kindly invite you to the second edition of the Congress.

During the first edition of the Congress:

  • registered over 700 participants from Poland and other European countries
  • lectures have been given by over 30 well-known and respected surgeons
  • during the lectures discussed issues extremely important for doctors, but also affecting the quality of treatment in Poland, e.g.: techniques and methods of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases, minimally invasive surgery in organ tumors, surgeries utilizing minimally invasive techniques, pathological obesity surgery.
  • doctors participated in video sessions, workshops and training courses

Event Organizers

Main Organizer:

Feliks Skubiszewski Foundation for the Advancement of Surgery

ul. Stanisława Staszica 16, 20-081 Lublin, Poland

Organizer and Congress management:

Czelej Publishing Company

ul. Skrajna 12-14, 20-802 Lublin, Poland


Contact information for exhibitors and sponsors:

Przemysław Blicharz

e-mail: przemek.blicharz@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 119

Patryk Reszko

e-mail: patryk.reszko@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 099

Contact information for participants:

Łukasz Nowak

e-mail: lukasz.nowak@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 105

Oktawiusz Ofiarski

e-mail: oktawiusz.ofiarski@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 911 212