World Veterinary Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery Meeting - event details


  • June 28 – 30, 2021
  • Sunday, June 27, 6-8 p.m. – Registration and opening ceremony
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Dinner reception


The C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute
2350 Gillette Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523

Event Description

Bringing together leaders in endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery to exchange ideas and share knowledge. This event encompasses three different simultaneous sessions

  1. Small Animal and Exotic Animal Endoscopy: A. Singh DACVS, ACVS Founding fellow MIS, University of Guelph
  2. Small Animal Arthroscopy Chair: B. Beale, DACVS, ACVS Founding fellow MIS
  3. Equine Endoscopy Chair: D. Hendrickson, DACVS, MS, ACVS Founding fellow MIS, Colorado State University


Keynote Speakers

Steve Rothenberg, MD
Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery
Founder | International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG)

Presentation: Over a Quarter Century of Eliminating Thoracotomies in Infants and Children

Dr. Steve Rothenberg completed medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then spent a year in England doing a fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery prior to returning to the states where he completed a two year Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Rothenberg returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in private practice. Rothenberg was one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG) and is a past president.

Rothenberg was the first Chair of the Pediatric Committee for The Society of American Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and was a member of the Board for six years. Recognized as one of 5280 Magazine’s Top Doctors and was also honored as the SAGES Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy for 2015 at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual scientific meeting on April 15 in Nashville, TN. This award of high merit is given periodically to a physician whose efforts have substantively changed and improved the field of endoscopy.

Rothenberg has authored over 150 publications on minimally invasive surgery in children and has given over 300 lectures on the subject nationally and internationally. He is also an editor for The Journal of Pediatric SurgeryJournal of Laproendoscopic Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery International. Rothenberg has been married to his wife, Susan, for 30 years and has three children Jessica, Catherine, and Zachary. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends most of his free time in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing.

J. Bruce Dunne, PhD
Director | R&D – Medtronic
Minimally Invasive Therapies Group
Tissue Effect Research

Presentation: The Art and Science of Surgical Energy: Principles, Applications and Risks

Learning Objectives:

  1. Basic principles of electricity and applications to electrosurgery
  2. Surgical energy technologies
  3. Variables that impact tissue effect
  4. Best practices to achieve favorable patient outcomes related to surgical energy

Dr. Bruce Dunne obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in marine biology from Herriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, UK. He holds a PhD in physiology from the University of Wales, UK. This included some time in McMurdo base in the Antarctic. He was awarded the Antarctic Service medal by the US Navy and NSF. Spent five years in the Liver Transplant Unit at King’s College Hospital, London, researching preservation and reperfusion injury in liver transplantation. Dunne conducted basic science and clinical studies, including microsurgical techniques for rodent liver transplantation.

Dunne moved to New Orleans in 1996 and set up a transplant research program at Ochsner Hospital. Two years later, he joined the surgical faculty at Tulane Medical School, where he became the Director of Transplant Research, established a laparoscopic skills training lab, directed the general surgery honors course, conducted the first non-human primate liver regeneration study, and taught microsurgical techniques to plastic surgery fellows.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Dunne joined Valleylab, now Medtronic, in Boulder, CO as a Director of R&D (moved as far from the coast and as high as possible!). He built a team of 20 people that form the Tissue Research Group. This has become a core competency of the company, which supports new product development (a major part of FDA submissions), basic research, complaint investigation, data for marketing collateral, surgeon education, and continuous improvement processes.

Gilat Noiman
Director | Global Market Development
Strategic Partnerships, Simulation in Healthcare
3D Systems
Presentation: Surgical Simulation, From Novelty to Standard of Training: The Human Medicine Test Case

Gilat was the crucial member of the simulation team to establish collaboration with Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) to develop The FES Test (Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery). The FES test is the first case where virtual reality simulation is mandated to certify the technical aspects of clinical competency, and is mandated by the ABS (American Board of Surgeons) as a prerequisite for General Surgery Board Exam in North America.

Gilat also works with old and new partners worldwide to further Surgical Simulation adoption, to promote standardized utilization of VR simulators and to help establish proficiency-based credentialing. In this capacity, she is tasked also with identifying and progressing solutions to unmet training needs for surgical and diagnostic dexterity and competency.

Mark Glyde
Mark is Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and leads Murdoch’s orthopedic service. He is an Australian, European, and RCVS registered specialist and Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Glyde is AOVET Asia Pacific Chair and a member of the AOVET International Board. Glyde is well known internationally as a surgeon having presented courses in orthopedics and arthroscopy in USA, Europe, UK, Asia, Latin America, and Australia for over 20 years. Glyde’s main research interests are in fracture and implant biomechanics, effects of osteotomies on stifle joint loading, and injuries in agility and working dogs.