World Veterinary Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery Meeting - event details

Dates: June 28 – 30, 2021
Location: Colorado State University’s Translational Medicine Institute (TMI) – Fort Collins, Colorado – USA
Event description: Bringing together leaders in endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery to exchange ideas and share knowledge.

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Sunday, June 27th, 2021: 6pm – 8pm – Registration and Opening Ceremony

This event encompasses three different simultaneous sessions during the meeting:

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

Speaker Bio:
Steve Rothenberg, MD

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. He returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in private practice. Dr. Rothenberg was one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG) and is a past president.

He was the first Chair of the Pediatric Committee for SAGES (The Society of American Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic Surgeons) and was a member of the Board for six years. Recognized as one of 5280 Magazine’s Top Doctors, & he 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. He 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 Surgery, Journal of Laproendoscopic Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery International. Dr. 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 title: 
    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.

Speaker Bio:
J. Bruce Dunne, PhD

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. Dr. Dunne conducted basic science and clinical studies, including microsurgical techniques for rodent liver transplantation.

Dr. 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, set up laparoscopic skills training lab, directed the general surgery honors course, conducted first non-human primate liver regeneration study and taught microsurgical techniques to plastic surgery fellows.

Following Hurricane Katrina, he 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 title:
    Surgical Simulation, From Novelty to Standard of Training: The Human Medicine Test Case

Speaker Bio:
Gilat Noiman

Gilat was the crucial member of the simulation team to establish collaboration with SAGES  (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) 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.

Michael Lee, DO
Presentation title:
Robotic Assisted Surgery in Urogenital Surgery