Preliminary Scientific Programme

  • Wednesday

    September 25th

  • Thursday

    September 26th

  • Friday

    September 27th

  • Saturday

    September 28th

08:30 - 19:00

Pre-Congress Course

Organised by Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria

Telecommunication Endoscopic Center (TelEC), Medical University Pleven


Rainer Kimmig

Jordi Ponce

Grigor Gorchev


Slavcho Tomov

Registration fee will be paid separately from the main conference.


8:30-10:30 Transportation from Sofia to Pleven

10:30-12:30 Training on live tissue and 3D simulators – da Vinci Xi, da Vinci S

12:30-13:30 Lunch, Foyer TelEC

13:30-16:30 Training on live tissue and 3D simulators – da Vinci Xi, da Vinci Si

16:30-17:00 Certification (in the highlights of the last council meeting discussion in Milan 2018)

17:00-19:00 Transportation from Pleven to Sofia

09:00 - 17:00 Training on Simulators & Certification

Proctor: Nina Hudry (France)


Thomas Hebert (France)
Dobromir Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Tsvetomir Ivanov (Bulgaria)

+ Mimics

+ 3D Systems

+ STAN Institute

12:00 - 12:10 Welcome & Opening Ceremony
12:10 - 12:30 Keynote lecture 

Chair: René Verheijen (France)

Past, Present and Future of Surgery - Camran Nezhat (USA)

12:30 - 14:30 Oncology Robotic Surgery Session I:
One Year After LACC Results – What’s  New?

Chairs: Henrik Falconer (Sweden), Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy)

12:30-12:45 SERGS statement - Thomas Ind (UK)

12:45-13:15 LACC group statement after a year -  Pedro Ramirez (USA)

Single-institutional and multi-center oncologic results:

13:15-13:30 Comparative analysis of robot-assisted and abdominal radical hysterectomy for patients with cervical cancer: 10-years experience – Grigor Gorchev (Bulgaria)

13:30-13:45 Single-institutional results – Jan Persson (Sweden)

13:45-14:00 Single-institutional results – Angelo Maggioni (Italy)

14:00-14:30 Round table discussion at the end of the session – take home message

14:30 - 15:30 Industry Symposium I

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15:30 - 16:00
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break/Exhibition
16:00 - 17:30 Benign Robotic Surgery
Session I :Does Robotic Surgery Improve Fertility?

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Philippe Van Trappen (Belgium)

16:00-16:15 Myomectomy – Impact of myomectomy on fertility - Kirsten Hald (Norway)

16:15-16:30 Myomectomy – surgical removal and how to improve fertility - Celine Lönnerfors (Sweden)

16:30-16:45 Endometriosis – impact on fertility - Mikkel Seyer-Hansen (Denmark)

16:45-17:00 Endometriosis – Surgical aspects in relation to endometriosis and how to improve fertility - Camran Nezhat (USA) 

17:00-17:15 Single-port robotic surgery – Vito Cela (Italy)

17:15-17:30 Discussion

17:30 - 18:30 Surgical Surprises

Chairs: Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy, SERGS), Henric Falconer (Sweden, SERGS), Philip Shadduck (USA, SLS), Maurice Chung (USA, SLS), John Morrison (USA, SLS)

18:30 - 19:30 SERGS General Assembly
19:30 - 20:30 Welcome drink

Foyer in front of the main hall

09:00 - 17:00 Training on Simulators & Certification

Proctor: Nina Hudry (France)


Thomas Hebert (France)
Dobromir Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Tsvetomir Ivanov (Bulgaria)

+ Mimics

+ 3D Systems

+ STAN Insitute


08:00 - 09:30 Selected oral communication/videos session

Chairs: Eric Lambaudie (France), Grigor Gorchev (Bulgaria)

09:30 - 10:00
  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee Break/Exhibition
10:00 - 12:00 High Tech in Robotic Surgery

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Rainer Kimmig (Germany), Slavcho Tomov (Bulgaria)

+ 3D videos

+ 3D Surgery Transmission from Pleven-Sofia 


Innovative Minimally invasive surgical approach to the uterus – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) – Live case transmission Pleven-Sofia 

00:00 - 13:00
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Industry Symposium II

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14:00 - 16:15 Oncology Robotic Surgery Session II:
State of the Art

Chairs: Rainer Kimmig (Germany), Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy)

Clinical and oncologic outcomes, current trends in:

14:00-14:15 Nationwide Introduction of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery for Early-Stage Endometrial Cancer – Pernille Tine Jensen (Denmark)

14:15-14:30 Perioperative and survival outcomes of patients with endometrial cancer operated by three surgical approaches – robotic, laparoscopic and open. Ten years experience – Slavcho Tomov (Bulgaria)

14:30-14:45 Robot-assisted surgery for cervical cancer: place of parametrectomy after simple hysterectomy and surgery of reccurences (published and unpublished data) - Eric Lambaudie (France)

14:45-15:00 Robot-assisted sentinel lyph node dissection in gynecologic malignant tumors – Henrik Falconer (Sweden)

New insights in robotics

15:00-15:15 Peritoneal mesometrial resection and TCL - a new surgical strategy in endometrial cancer - Rainer Kimmig (Germany)

15:15-15:30 Robotic multiport surgery versus single site in obese patients with endometrial cancer – Enrico Vizza (Italy)

15:30-15:45 Analysis of Sentinel Lymph Node Pathology, Recurrence, and Survival in Endometrial Cancer:  New Insights - Robert Holloway (USA)

15:45-16:00 Robot-assisted radical trachelectomy - new perspectives - John Boggess (USA) 

16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15 - 16:45
  • 16:15-16:45 Coffee Break/Exhibition
16:45 - 17:25 Benign Robotic Surgery Session II:
Endometriosis and Robotics

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Thomas Hebert (France)

16:45-17:00 Laparoscopy vs robotic surgery for endometriosis - Thomas Hebert (France)

17:00-17:20  Panel discussion:

New insight in the beneficial effect of robotic surgery in endometriosis

How to compare with laparoscopy – is it by looking at operative time, perioperative complications and quality of life? Other measures? Or should we compare?

Five min presentation from each panel members  (20 min): Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Camran Nezhat (USA), Thomas Hebert (France), Philipe van Trappen (Belgium)

17:20-17:25 Take home message at the end of the session

17:25 - 17:55 Selected oral communication / videos session

Chairs: Eric Lambaudie (France), Liliana Mereu (Italy)

20:00 - 22:00 Networking event

The venue to be announced

08:00 - 08:30 Poster Session (e-Posters)

Chairs: Thomas Ind (UK), Thomas Hebert (France)

08:30 - 09:30 “Beyond borders with innovation”

Digital medicine, Robotics and Innovations

Chairs: Nicolas Bourdel (France), Thomas Ind (UK)

8:30-8:45 Future of robotics and beyond - Richard Satava (USA)

8:45-9:00 Big data and surgery: the next digital evolution? - Nicolas Bourdel (France)

9:00-9:15 Future OR - Mateusz Baron (Germany)

9:15-9:30 From Organs-on-chip towards "Patients" on chips- how microphysiological systems can impact modern medicine - Uwe Marx (Germany)

09:30 - 10:00
  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee Break/Exhibition
10:00 - 10:30 Industry Symposium III

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10:30 - 11:00 Industry Symposium IV

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11:00 - 12:15 Benign Robotic Surgery Session III

Chairs: Liliana Mereu (Italy), Philippe Van Trappen (Belgium)

11:00-11:15 Robotic hysterectomy in large and extra large uterus - Mona Orady (USA)

11:15-11:30  Placement of mesh for vaginal vault prolapse – indications, complications and evidence for correct surgical placement -  Alexander Popov (Russia)

11:30- 11:45  How to place the mesh – surgical tips and tricks - Jan Deprest (Belgium)

11:45-12:00  Fundamental of robotic surgery training - Richard Satava (USA)

12:00-12:15  Discussion

12:15 - 12:45 Closing Ceremony

+ Best Abstract/Movie/Poster Awards

+ SERGS 2020 Announcement

+ Closing SERGS President Lecture

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