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AAGL Highly Anticipated Address by Dr. Carla Pugh and Live Streamed Surgeries Attract Thousands!

 For Immediate Release: 11/3/2020

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeons (MIGS) from around the world await the opening day of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists’ (AAGL) 49th Annual Virtual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS), November 6-14, 2020. AAGL’s Congress, the premier scientific conference for gynecologic surgeons from around the world, offers high-quality education and cutting-edge best practices in MIGS.

Notable highlights catching such pronounced attention include a record-breaking eighteen live surgeries streamed in high definition and a keynote address by Dr. Carla Pugh the internationally recognized, highly acclaimed, researcher and educator whose groundbreaking innovations are dramatically reshaping how physicians learn to practice medicine.

MIG surgeons globally are virtually flocking to this year’s Congress to view more live surgeries than ever presented historically at an AAGL Congress. Immediate translation allows renowned, expert MIG surgeons from around the world to instruct in their native language during surgery while being simultaneously translated. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for learning,” says Scientific Program Chair, Dr. Ted T.M. Lee. “We are removing language barriers, cost and time limitations which allows us to extend our reach and equip more minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons throughout the world than ever before.”

Attendees are looking forward to Live Surgery 8: Laparoscopic Nerve-Sparing Radical Hysterectomy with No-Look, No-Touch Technique, by expert surgeon Dr. Hiroyuki Kanao from the Cancer Institute of JFCR in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Kanao and his team will present on Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00pm-7:00pm (PT). “Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy includes several steps that can lead to cancer cell spillage. With the goal of ensuring the safety and advantages of laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early-stage cervical cancer, we have incorporated into the procedure specific measures aimed at preventing cancer cell spillage from occurring (No-look no-touch technique). We conducted a retrospective study in which we assessed both the technical feasibility and oncologic outcomes of our laparoscopic radical hysterectomy procedure in comparison to those of open surgery, and our results indicate that TLRH incorporating specific measures aimed at preventing cancer cell spillage is a reliable alternative to RH. We feel our live surgery, which demonstrates the procedure step-by-step, will be of special interest to the attendees of AAGL,” Hiroyuki Kanao, MD.

Another particularly awaited presentation is Live Surgery 10: Severe and Deep Endometriosis TLH by the brilliant Dr. Humberto Jose Dionisi from the Clinica y Maternidad del Sol in Cordoba, Argentina. Dr. Dionisi and his team will present live streaming on Wednesday, November 11, 8:00am-9:00am (PT). “Deep endometriosis surgery is one of the most challenging,” says Dr. Dionisi. “During the procedure we will show the tips and tricks to perform a hysterectomy in a patient with endometriosis. We will teach the anatomy recovery and exposure, and the systematic approach to dissecting the pelvic sidewall, where the premise is to change from the difficult to the easy way.”

A pivotal live surgery attendees do not want to miss is Live Surgery 13: Laparoscopic Colposacropexy by the highly respected Dr. Pere N. Barri of Hospital Universitario Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain. According to Dr. Barri, “Laparoscopic Colposacropexy is the gold standard procedure for pelvic floor repair but it is not yet the most widespread approach. The standardization of the technique and good long-term outcomes must encourage pelvic surgeons towards a major choice in favor of minimally invasive colposacropexy. The AAGL Virtual Congress is a great platform to spread this message around the world.” Dr. Barri and his team will be performing live streaming on Friday, November 13, 5:00am-6:00am (PT).

Additional live streamed surgeries that will be presented include:

Live Surgery 1: Laparoscopic Transabdominal Cerclage by Dr. Alex Ades, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Live Surgery 2: Gynecologic Oncology – Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy by Dr. Shailesh P Puntambekar, Galaxy Hospital, Pune, India

Live Surgery 3: Laparoscopic Management of Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis with or without Hysterectomy by Dr. Ted T.M. Lee, Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Live Surgery 4: Laparoscopic/Robotic Excision of Severe Pelvic Sidewall and Pouch of Douglas Endometriosis by Dr. Alan M. Lam, Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Live Surgery 5: Laparoscopy-Assisted Resection of Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis by Dr. Shuzhong Yao, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Live Surgery 6: Natural Orifice Sacrocolpopexy by Dr. Juan Liu, Third Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Live Surgery 7: Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Excision of Severe Endometriosis +/- Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy by Dr. Felix Chan, Macquarie University Hospital, NSW, NSW, Australia

Live Surgery 9: Endometriosis Surgery by Laparoscopy by Dr. William Kondo, CEAGIC – NAÇOES HOSPITAL, CURITIBA, Brazil

Live Surgery 11: Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Fibroid Uterus- Strategic Approach by Dr. Filipa Beja Osorio, Hospital da Luz Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Live Surgery 12: vNOTES Hysterectomy by Dr. Jan Baekelandt, Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium

Live Surgery 14: Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Modified Radical Hysterectomy with Bilateral Pelvic Lymphadenectomy by Dr. Dwight Dae-Hoon Im, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Live Surgery 15: Laparoscopic Extraperitoneal Paraaortic Lymphadenectomy by Dr. Masaaki Andou, Kurashiki Medical Ctr, Kurashiki-Shi, Japan

Live Surgery 16: Laparoscopic High Para-Aortic Lymph Node Dissection by Dr. William Lin, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan

Live Surgery 17: Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy and SLN Biopsy by Dr. Audrey Tieko Tsunoda, Hospital Erasto Gaertner, Curitiba PR, Brazil

Live Surgery 18: Laparoscopic Treatment of Deep Endometriosis Involving the Lateral and Posterior Compartment by Dr. Mario Malzoni, National Center for Endometriosis, Avellino, Italy

Another tremendous highlight that is attracting worldwide MIGS attention is the AAGL Congress keynote address by Carla Pugh, MD, PhD. Dr. Pugh is the first surgeon in the United States to obtain a PhD in Education. She is internationally recognized in academia and industry for her research on the use of sensors, motion tracking, simulation technology and a variety of other approaches to quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills. Her aim is to use technology to change the face of medical and surgical education. Currently, more than 100 medical and nursing schools use one of Dr. Pugh’s sensor-enabled training tools for their students. In 2011, President Obama presented Dr. Pugh with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and she was recently inducted into the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Pugh is also recognized for her high impact TEDMED presentation in 2014 relating to haptics in healthcare.

Dr. Pugh’s highly anticipated presentation will address the effective development of haptic skills during medical education to produce better techniques and patient outcomes. Attendees will learn how clinical educators collaborate with their engineering partners to design simulation technologies and identify the steps involved in bringing a surgical innovation from concept to commercial use for surgical training and information exchange.

AAGL Global Congress live sessions begin virtually on November 6 with thoughtful time consideration for a worldwide audience. For registration and to view the full, nine day scientific program visit the  AAGL Global Congress webpage.

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AAGL is an international professional medical association of laparoscopic surgeons and the global leader in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. AAGL’s mission is to elevate the quality and safety of health care for women through excellence in clinical practice, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. Since 1971, the AAGL has educated the world’s finest surgeons and facilitated a global exchange of information regarding gynecological breakthroughs and best practices to improve women’s health worldwide. Find out more about the AAGL at:

For more information, please contact Linda Michels, Executive Director, AAGL, at 714-503-6204 or

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