"The editors of Surgical Technology International have developed a superb monograph which deserves close attention by not only physicians but also the individuals who are responsible for supporting the economics of medicine." …


Frederick L. Greene, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chairman, Department of Surgery

Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, USA



Zoltan Szabo, Ph.D., F.I.C.S.


Dr. Szabo accomplishments in medical research and education have primarily been in magnified surgery, beginning with microsurgery in 1972 (Reconstructive Neurovascular, Fertility surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology) and subsequently in laparoscopic surgery two decades later (general, gynecology, urology, fetal, and cardiovascular Robotic surgery). He was involved with pioneering work in both modalities including research and development of techniques, teaching methodology, clinical applications, instrumentation and sutures, all of which have become standards in numerous surgical specialties. Established the first multidisciplinary microsurgery training and research laboratory with coworkers and they subsequently published the first teaching manual in 1975 Among other factors “Training the trainers” program was responsible for the rapid dissemination of this new modality. In 1983 conducted a series of microsurgery lectures and workshops in Hungary the first in a series of micro and later in Laparoscopic Educational Mission. In 1991, during the first Advanced Laparoscopic Course at the University of Utah Medical School the systematic suturing technique was introduced by Dr. Szabo, heralding in the second phase of laparoscopic evolution: Advanced Laparoscopy. In 1992 at UC Davis with coworkers created the first successful Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy study on dogs proving its feasibility for clinical application. In 1992 Established and run the first Formal Academic Laparoscopic teaching course as an Associate Director with coworkers at the University of California, Medical School, and Dept. of Surgery which served as a model that many other programs had emulated world wide. He was first to accomplish a successful LIMA to LED anastomosis (22 minutes) in A surviving large animal model using a remote Surgical Robot (Zeus), proving its potential usefulness in cardiac surgery. He was also a principal member of a team which was first to develop direct fetal (fetoscopic) percutaneus-transuterin access and operative techniques at UCSF in a joint project with the University Of Munster, Germany 1993 First Base of the Brain Workshop with University of St. Louis, Medical School, Dept. of Neurosurgery 1993 The first series of Advanced Laparoscopic Workshop in Pecs, Debrecen, Szeged, and subsequently several workshop every year until accepting the invitation of University Szeged Medical School as a Visiting Professor to train the in house residents and interested Clinicians in 2003 an co editing the course Syllabus in 2006. Dr. Szabo has trained thousands of surgeons over the past thirty years worldwide. Organized extensive training programs, workshops in USA, Canada, Singapore, Florence, Caracas, Neuss, Tokyo, New Delhi, Ludhiana, Mumby, Ujvidék, Szeged, Pécs, Debrecen and Budapest. Conducted Advanced Laparoscopic workshops in India in 1996, 2003 and 2004 He has written extensively(13 books), including co-authoring a textbook, editing an annual surgery review book, numerous book chapters and serving on the editorial board of various surgical journals. Dr. Szabo is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, U.S. Section, and he is a honorary member of three prestigious surgical societies: the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Hungarian Gynecological Society, Yugoslav Endoscopic Society, honorary member, and Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (associate member). He is a member of several other surgical organizations and is the founder and Director of the Microsurgery & Operative Endoscopy Training (MOET) Institute in San Francisco, accredited with commendations for educational design from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Previous formal academic affiliations have included with the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, (San Francisco) and the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF) He currently serves on various committees of SAGES and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research work and innovative teaching methodology, including commendations for educational design from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Szabo has always worked with the outstanding pioneers of surgery and their ambitious disciples, seamlessly combining talents, providing leadership, organizational skill and working tirelessly on a global scale, advancing the Science of Magnified Surgery. In Hungary the first educational visit took place in 1983 when Pof. Gal and Prof. Lampe arranged a microsurgical workshop in Debrecen, Prof. Kis the leader of the OTKI arranged a workshop in Budapest. There was a Lecture and workshop in Szeged on the invitation of Prof. Herceg.


Prof. A. Johannes Coburg


Dr. A. Johannes Coburg had his surgical training at Oldenburg, starting 1966, and Hannover.  1969/70 he was research fellow on the field of organ transplantation with Professor Thomas Starzl at Denver. Back to Hannover Medical School, he became senior co-worker with Professor Rudolf Pichlmayr in general surgery and organ transplantation. 1978 he was elected to become head of Surgical Clinic I (General and Vascular Surgery) in the City Hospital Neuss/Rhine, Teaching Hospital of University of Düsseldorf.

His research was confined to transplant immunology, immunosuppression, vascular access surgery, and many various general surgical topics. His thesis (Habilitation) about „Clinical Application of Normovolemic Hemodilution“ (1975), using autologous blood in order to save homologous blood transfusions, was correlated with extended circulatory and coagulation studies in major surgical procedures. For lectures about this topic he was invited by eight American University Hospitals that he visited on a round trip in 1976 (Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, a.o.).
In 1979, he became Professor of Surgery.

His clinical work at Neuss comprised general (visceral), vascular, and thoracic surgery.
In 1990, he established endodcopic surgery in the City Hospital Neuss. From 1991 symposia and workshops for training in endoscopic surgery, under the auspices of German Society of Surgery,  were started to be held twice a year, for 2 days each, throughout 2002, most of which together with Professor Zoltan Szabo as Chief Tutor.

Dr.  Coburg has given 122 written publications and given 168 oral presentations. He is a member of German Society of Surgery since 1972, of German Society of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, of Northern-German, Rhine-Westfalian and Middle-Rhine Society of Surgery. In 2001, he was honored with the Silver Medal of the City of Neuss.

After retirement, he continues teaching at surgical seminars for medical students. He partakes in voyages and river cruises as a ship´s doctor. He is an advisor in medical litigation lawsuits, and helps to foreward the hospice idea.  He is also involved in the article selection process, commissioning key authors and new surgical topics for Surgical Technology International.


Manabu Yamamoto, MD, Ph.D


Manabu Yamamoto, MD PhD, Director and Chairman, Adachi Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Yamamoto started his endoscopic career during the surgical internship in 1985. He did more than 500 procedures per year using flexible endoscopy including UGI, colonoscopy, ERCP, EST, polypectomy, hemostasis and EIS/EVL other than the surgeries. During his fellowship at University of Colorado (1990-1992), he worked closely with Professor Greg Van Stiegmann who pioneered laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This has greatly influenced the future direction of his carrier. Now, he  is one of the leading endoscopic surgeon for both Japanese and American societies.


He also is well known as a director and chief singer of Japanese comedy touch singing/dancing surgeons group called “SAGES Far East” and acts at many meetings in the World. Dr Yamamoto is Board member of Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery as well as the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)



Harry Reich, MD, FACS, FACOG


Dr. Harry Reich is the immediate past president of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) and was honorary chairman of the 2006 AAGL annual meeting.  He is known worldwide as a pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery. His special interest and expertise include total laparoscopic hysterectomy for the large uterus, excision of rectovaginal endometriosis, adhesion surgery, and prevention and management of laparoscopic complications. 


In 1991, Dr. Reich received the Excel Award for extraordinary contributions to laparoscopy from the SLS and is the first non-European honorary member of the European Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy.  He was the director of advanced laparoscopic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City from 1995 to 2000. 


Dr. Reich performed a number of “firsts”, including laparoscopic electrosurgical oophorectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic lymphadenectomy in women (for ovarian c/a) and men (for prostate c/a), laparoscopic rectal resection (for excision of full thickness rectal endometriosis), laparoscopic hysterectomy for cancer, fetoscopic umbilical cord ligation (for an acardiac twin at 19 weeks gestation).


Dr. Reich’s professional memberships include the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (Past President), the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopists  (Past President) and the AAGL.  Currently, Dr. Reich operates internationally at workshops.





Harold Brem, MD


Trained as a general surgeon, Harold Brem, MD FACS is the Chief of the Division of Wound Healing & Regenerative Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola NY.


The Winthrop University Hospital Wound Program focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to improving clinical outcomes for all wound patients as objectively measured by decreased wound area and improved quality of life. As part of this program, Dr. Brem directs an outpatient wound center, a dedicated inpatient wound unit and a research lab.


Dr. Brem's research, funded by the NIH includes a wound-healing laboratory focused on molecular and cellular basis of non-healing wounds, as well as novel delivery systems. His work has focused on all aspects of care including surgical technique, writing protocols, clinical trials, and wound outcomes-related research. He also developed a comprehensive Wound Electronic Medical Record (WEMR).


Additionally, he has focused on the development of standard protocols for treatment of chronic wounds and the integration of multidisciplinary, evidence-based practices for optimal outcomes in non-healing wounds, objectives that serve as the foundation for this conference. Dr. Brem is then author of numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and a recipient of multiple NIH research grants.


His passion for clinical education is apparent in the design of this certificate course. The focus is not just in providing the clinician with the best available scientific information, but rather how they can translate this knowledge into their daily practice.




Steven F. Harwin, M.D., F.A.C.S


Dr. Harwin specializes in surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder including total hip and knee replacement and arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, ACL ligament reconstruction and rotator cuff disorders. All procedures are performed in a minimally invasive fashion.

He is a designer of primary and revision hip and knee prostheses and orthopaedic instruments and devices that are have been implanted in over 1 million patients world-wide, including the Trident, Talon and Restoration PS Total Hip system, the Modular Revision Total Hip system and the Kinemax, Scorpio and Triathlon Total Knee systems.

Dr. Harwin is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee at the Beth Israel Medical Center. He founded and directs The Center for Reconstructive Joint Surgery and has served as director of the New York Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery.

He has extensive operative experience and has performed over 12,000 joint replacements and arthroscopic procedures. He has been named a "Top Surgeon in America", "Best Doctor in America", "Top Orthopaedist in America", "Best Doctor in the New York Metro Area", and a “New York Super Doctor”.

Dr. Harwin is a member of the editorial board of several academic publications, including the Journal of Arthroplasty, Orthopedics and the Journal of Knee Surgery and has contributed more than 150 scientific articles, book chapters, surgical techniques and academic presentations.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Charter Member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Further information about Dr. Harwin can be found on his website www.drharwin.com.




Arnaud Wattiez (France)

Professor, University of Strasbourg
Head of Gynecological Courses at IRCAD


Prof. Arnaud Wattiez is Professor at the University of Strasbourg, where he is gynecological surgeon at the Hautepierre Hospital. He has had the distinction to be awarded for his contributions to international teaching in MIGS, honorary professorships at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Lièges University and the Catholic University of Rome. Since 2004 he has served as Director of Advanced Courses in Gynecological Endoscopy at the Institut de Recherche Contre le Cancer de le Appareil Digestif (IRCAD).

Prof. Wattiez is Chairman of the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery (EAGS) and served as President of ESGE (European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy) between 2008 and 2010.

Member of the Société Française d’Endoscopie Gynécologique (SFEG) and of the Collège National des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens Français (CNGOF), Prof. Wattiez has served as Director of Pedagogy at the International Center of Endoscopic Surgery (CICE) and as an instructor in endoscopic education at Stanford University, California. He was a member of the AAGL Board in 2002. He is also a member of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE), the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and the International Society of Endoscopic Surgery (ISES).

In addition to his devoted work in France, he has been invited by hospitals from around the world to demonstrate and perform gynecologic surgery. Through the great breadth of his commitments to gynecologic practice, research and pedagogy, he maintains his devotion to his patients, to his students and to the process of the development of safe and effective approaches to women’s health worldwide.







Editorial Advisory Board


Mohan C. Airan, M.D., F.A.C.S.,

Chicago, Illinois


Tom Bates, F.R.C.S.
Ashford, UK


Giorgio Brunelli, M.D.
Brescia, Italy


John C. Chiu, M.D., D.Sc, F.R.C.S.
Newbury Park, California


Stephen Chadwick, M.S.,

London, U.K.


Sir Alfred Cuschieri, M.D.,
Ch.M., F.R.C.S. Ed.

Dundee, U.K


Gergely Csáky, M.D., Ph.D.
Debrecen, Hungary


Suresh V. Desphande, MD,
New Delhi, India


Gary A. Fantini, M.D., F.A.C.S.
New York, New York

Michel Gagner, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., F.A.C.S.
New York, New York


István Gál, M.D., Ph.D.
Gyöngyös, Hungary


Kenneth Hansraj, M.D.
New York, New York


Edward R. Howard, M.S.,F.R.C.S.
London, U.K.


W. R. Eric Jamieson, M.D.,F.R.C.S.
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Steven G. Kaali, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
New York, New York


Morris D. Kerstein, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Jonathan Kruskal, Ph.D.
Boston, Massachusetts

James E. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
San Francisco, California


Adolph Lombardi, M.D.
Columbus, Ohio


Paolo Maccharini, M.D.
Hannover, Germany


R. Unnikrishnan Nair, M.D.,F.R.C.S.
Leeds, U.K.


Ernane D. Reis, M.D.
New York, New York


Col. Richard M. Satava, D.,F.A.C.S.
Seattle, Washington


Raghu Savalgi M.D., Ph.D(surg), F.R.C.S.
New Haven CT


Paul S. Strange, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Indianapolis, Indiana


Christof Sohn, M.D.
Heidelberg, Germany