"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, MD, FACS

Chairman, Department of Surgery

Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, USA



Zoltan Szabo, PhD., FICS


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.

Manabu Yamamoto, MD, PhD


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, FACS


Trained as a general surgeon, Harold Brem, MD FACS is the Chief, Division of Wound Healing & Regenerative Medicine, Department of Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health in Newark, New Jersey.


His center employs a systematic approach to wound healing where clinical decisions are based on the microbiology of each patient’s wound tissue. The wound center then uses this information to develop a multifaceted treatment plan, employing regenerative medicine therapies to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.


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, MD, FACS


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, MD, (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.




Michael A. Mont, MD


Director of Joint Arthroplasty Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Lenox Hill Hospital Northwell Health New York, New York


Dr. Mont is an orthopaedic surgeon with extensive experience in lower extremity joint preservation and replacement.  Dr. Mont completed medical school at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and fellowship training in reconstructive surgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he specialized in complex total joint revisions and actively participated in different clinical research studies in the area of total joint replacement. Throughout his career, he has performed over 15,000 joint replacements, as well as a countless number of other surgical procedures.  Most recently, Dr. Mont served as Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedics at Cleveland Clinic.  Currently, Dr. Mont is the System Chief of Joint Reconstruction and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Northwell Health, Lenox Hill Hospital. He also remains adjunct staff at Cleveland Clinic.


Dr. Mont is actively involved in a number of NIH, PCORI, and industry funded studies at his home institution, Lenox Hill, as well as part of larger collaborations throughout the country.  Although he is world-renown for managing certain pathologies, such as osteonecrosis, his clinical and research focuses expand the depth and breadth of orthopaedics.  To date, he has published over 900 peer-reviewed manuscripts, on topics ranging from healthcare economics, non-operative osteoarthritis management, new operative technologies, biological therapies, and many others. 

In addition to being an Editor for Surgical Technologies International, Dr. Mont also serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Arthroplasty, and is an Editor or serves on the Editorial Board for: Orthopedics, Journal of Knee Surgery, Annals of Translational Medicine, and others.  Dr. Mont is also a prominent member of the Hip and Knee Societies, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon (AAOS), and the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).




Roberto C.M. Bergamaschi, MD, PhD, FRCS (Engl), FASCRS, FACS

New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, New York, NY, USA


Roberto Bergamaschi was born in Sicily and grew up in Milan, Italy where he obtained his MD degree. Dr. Bergamaschi completed his surgery residency at Strasbourg University, France and at Middlesex Hospital, in London, where he obtained his FRCS (Engl.). Bergamaschi continued his training in colorectal surgery at NTNU (Norwegian Uni of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway under Professor Helge Myrvold. Bergamaschi defended his PhD in colorectal cancer at Bergen University, Norway under the guidance of professor Odd Søreide in 1995. His PhD dissertation was included by Commander Colonel Basil A. Pruitt, MD in the reference file used by the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, 2322 Harney Road, Fort Sam, Houston, TX, USA on November 8, 1995. Bergamaschi was appointed as associate professor, then elevated to full professor and student clerkship director at Bergen University in 1997. 


Dr. Bergamaschi obtained his FASCRS in San Diego in 2001 and moved to the United States of America in 2003 to become director of the MIS Center and program director of the MIS fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, as well as professor of surgery at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. After obtaining his FACS in New Orleans in 2004, Dr. Bergamaschi accepted the Indru Khubchandani Endowed Chair in colorectal surgery at Penn State University in 2005. Bergamaschi was appointed as associate editor of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, official journal of the ASCRS in 2007.


In 2008 Bergamaschi accepted a position as tenured professor and chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, NY.  The EAES (European Association of Endoscopic Surgery) nominated Bergamaschi chairman of the Education and Training Committee in 2012. In 2013 Bergamaschi was nominated fellow of the American Surgical Association (ASA).


In 2017 Dr. Bergamaschi accepted a position as chief of the Section of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center and Professor of Surgery with Tenure at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.




Michael T. Manley, FRSA, PhD


Dr. Michael Manley graduated with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 1973.  He was a faculty member in the Bioengineering Department at that institution from 1971 through 1976, teaching graduate courses and bioengineering research techniques.  In 1976, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials in the Biomedical Engineering Department, Medical School, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa.  His research in orthopaedics and rehabilitation engineering led to patents and products which continue to be used in that country.

Dr. Manley and his family moved to the USA in January 1980 where he became an Associate Professor in Orthopaedics, Medical School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was appointed to the additional position of Director of Bioengineering Research at Stony Brook in 1982.  In that year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK). He became Chairman, Department of Musculoskeletal Research at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio in July 1984 where he remained until he was appointed Vice President, Science and Technology, Osteonics Corporation in September 1987.  In 1994 he became Chief Scientific Advisor to Stryker Orthopaedics and continued in that role until December 2016.  In January 2017, he created a new consulting company Michael T. Manley FRSA, PhD, LLC and is an advisor in orthopaedics sciences and clinical studies to companies in the US and Europe.


Dr. Manley has published widely in orthopaedic biomaterials and biomechanics.  He was closely involved with the development of new biomaterials such as hydroxylapatite and implant bearing technologies. He is co-editor of books on hydroxylapatite coatings published in the US, France and Japan.  He is active in implant design technologies and an author in a broad range of clinical studies in large databases to attempt to determine the effect of surgical variables and other factors on the outcomes of hip and knee replacement.   He is a member of various scientific associations including the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.







Editorial Advisory Board


Mohan C. Airan, MD, FACS, FACMQ
Chicago, Illinois


Alessandro Santo Bortone, MD, PhD, FESC, FAHA,
Bari, Italy


Tom Bates, FRCS
Ashford, UK


John C. Chiu, MD, DSc,

Newbury Park, California


Stephen Chadwick, MS,

London, U.K.


A. J. Coburg, MD

Neuss, Germany


Sir Alfred Cuschieri, MD, ChM,

Dundee, U.K


Gergely Csáky, MD, PhD
Debrecen, Hungary


Suresh V. Desphande, MD
New Delhi, India

Gary A. Fantini, MD, FACS
New York, New York


Michel Gagner, MD, FRCSC, FACS
New York, New York


Kenneth Hansraj, MD
New York, New York


W. R. Eric Jamieson, MD, FRCS
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Steven G. Kaali, MD, FACOG
New York, New York


James D Kondrup, MD, FACOG
Binghampton, New York


Jonathan Kruskal, PhD
Boston, Massachusetts


James E. Lewis, MD, FACOG
San Francisco, California


Adolph Lombardi, MD
Columbus, Ohio

R. Unnikrishnan Nair, MD,

Leeds, U.K.


Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS
Celebration, FL


Ernane D. Reis, MD
New York, New York


Col. Richard M. Satava, MD,

Seattle, Washington


Raghu Savalgi MD, PhD(surg),

New Haven, CT


Christof Sohn, MD
Heidelberg, Germany


Nipun Sodhi, MD

Queens, New York


Paul S. Strange, MD, FACS
Indianapolis, Indiana


Kevin Y. Woo, PhD, RN,

Kingston, Ontario, Canada