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Dear meeting attendees,

The upcoming meeting in Houston is ON, and we encourage our meeting registrants to continue their plans to attend. The health and safety of our meeting attendees is our top priority, and we continue to monitor/discuss the evolving situation daily based on CDC and WHO recommendations. We encourage you to remain calm and follow the CDC recommendation to routinely wash your hands.


Saturday Sunday Monday

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Registration: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Industry Drop-off: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Faculty Dinner: 7:00 PM

Chairman's Message

On behalf of the board of the directors, it's a pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Annual Surgical Disruptive Technology Summit in association with the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the McGovern Medical School. We are proud of the contribution of the faculty, industry leaders, support staff and attendees. I want to thank our board of directors for providing all their input with speakers, sponsors, ideas and content.

For those who have attended in the past, participants know that the Summit is designed to be a different type to surgical meeting. If should be a place where industry and providers can have an open dialogue about the innovation of surgical technology and surgical practice. The agenda is structured to allow for all participants to engage in the discussion. Industry participants are welcome and encouraged to voice their opinions right next to surgeons and physicians. We want to foster comments, questions, and debate from everyone who has a reasoned viewpoint of how surgery is going to change in the next 5 to 10 years. In order to further foster this open discussion, we have moved the meeting into one single room filled with the speakers, attendees and industry booths. This is set up in hopes of creating cross talk between the surgical specialties that could lead to new adoption of techniques from one specialty to another. Both days are committed to looking at technology that makes minimally invasive interventions better and more minimally invasive. And of course as in the past, we have our surgical innovation dinner on Sunday night and social event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Monday night.

So once again, welcome to the Summit and please speak up and have fun.

Erik Wilson

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Industry Setup: 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast: 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sessions: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Innovation Dinner: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

7:15 - 8:30 AM
8:00 - 9:20 AM

Technology in Surgical Training and Education

This session will explore issues associated with integrating digital technology into surgical practice, evaluating the potential advantages and drawbacks of training and education with digital platforms.

8:00 - 8:10 AM

Opening Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Erik Wilson
8:10 - 8:20 AM

Managing intraoperative emergencies during rapid growth in digital surgical technology: how do we respond when something goes wrong?

Dr. David Earle
8:20 - 8:30 AM

The evolution of training in the era of intelligent surgery

Ms. Darla Hutton
8:30 - 8:40 AM

Changing surgical training with real time digital analysis

Dr. Jean Nehme
8:40 - 8:50 AM

Immersive simulation for surgical training

Dr. Roger De La Torre
8:50 - 9:00 AM

The evolution of surgical training in a digital surgery future

Mr. Jason Shields
9:00 - 9:20 AM

Panel Discussion

9:20 - 9:50 AM
Snack break / visit exhibits
10:00 - 11:45 AM

Surgery, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Analysis

This session will focus on the changes that artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality can make in the practice of surgery and advanced procedures.

9:50 - 10:00 AM

Artificial intelligence in surgical analysis

Dr. Ozanan Meireles
10:00 - 10:10 AM

Crowd sourcing versus machine learning in data analytics of surgery

Dr. Julio Teixeira
10:10 - 10:20 AM

What's the potential of machine learning in robotic surgery

Mr. Pablo Garcia Kilroy
10:20 - 10:30 AM

Use of automated performance metrics in surgery

Dr. Andrew Hung
10:30 - 10:40 AM

Reimagining the surgical debrief: a real-world use case for computer vision in surgery

Dr. Tamir Wolf
10:40 - 10:50 AM

Applying AI and machine learning in intelligent surgery

Dr. Jamie Wong
10:50 - 11:00 AM

Combining AR, AI and clinician collaboration to change the surgical paradigm

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram
11:00 - 11:10 AM

Machine learning analysis of colonic neoplasms

Mr. Andrew Conrad
11:10 - 11:20 AM

Advanced image processing for data analytics

Dr. Peter Kim
11:20 - 11:45 AM

Panel Discussion

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Panel Discussion

The evolution of robotic surgery

Dr. Frederic Moll is a medical device developer and entrepreneur who has been involved the development of surgical robotic platforms for 25 years. He has been a founder of three robotics companies including Intuitive, Hansen, and Auris. His latest company of Auris Health was recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson last year and he is now the Chief Development Officer of J&J, as well as participating on several boards of companies focused on surgical innovation. He has a unique perspective on the process of surgical innovation he is willing to share during the Summit.

Dr. Fred Moll
1:00 - 2:15 PM

Healthcare Innovation From the Investors View

This panel lead by Mr. Glenn Snyder, Medical Technology Leader from Deloitte will discuss the views of those investing in the healthcare space on innovative devices and products with a particular focus on surgical and procedural technology.


Glen Snyder
Dennis McWilliams
Darren Sherman
Mike Clouthier

2:15 - 2:35 PM
Snack break / visit exhibits
2:35 - 5:30 PM

Digital Surgical Platforms: State of the Technology

These sessions will evaluate new to market and potential digital surgical platforms which argue to become the new way we will operate and perform advanced procedures over the next 5 to 10 years.

2:35 - 2:45 PM

Single port robotic platforms: what procedures need this technology?

Dr. Surena Matin and Dr. John Davis
2:45 - 2:55 PM

Multiport and endolumenal robots: a roadmap of intelligent interventions

Dr. Daniel Oh
2:55 - 3:05 PM

Combined endolumenal and percutaneous robotic approaches

Mr. Josh DeFonzo
3:05 - 3:15 PM

Robotic minilaparoscopy with 3 mm ports

Dr. Amit Trivedi
3:15 - 3:25 PM

Changing the value proposition in robotic surgery

Dr. Dana Portenier
3:25 - 3:35 PM

Robotic multiport modular arm systems vs. table mounted systems: Is one better than another?

Dr. Erik Wilson
3:35 - 3:45 PM

The elephant in the room

Mr. Harel Gadot
3:45 - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion

4:00 - 4:10 PM

Handheld digital instruments: putting a robot in your hand

Dr. Amir Szold
4:10 - 4:20 PM

The technical skills barrier

Mr. Harel Gadot
4:20 - 4:30 PM

High resolution digital external surgical microscopes: perspective of a neurosurgeon

Dr. Spiros Blackburn
4:30 - 4:40 PM

Robotic CELS: combined endolumenal and laparoscopic surgery

Dr. Sam Atallah
4:40 - 4:50 PM

Endolumenal robotic platforms: when, where and how?

Dr. Todd Wilson
4:50 - 5:00 PM

The road to autonomous surgical robots: what will it take?

Dr. Peter Kim
5:00 - 5:30 PM

Panel Discussion

6:30 - 7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Innovation Dinner: Surgical Robotics: The Next 5 Years

The surgical innovation dinner this year will again focus on the changes in robotic platforms over the next several years. Many of the companies growing and driving into this space are represented on a panel as has occured in past years of the Summit. Developers will discuss the potential growth of surgical digital platforms and what are the key concepts to driving better surgery in an open forum with active participation by the audience.

Companies: Activ, Auris, CMR, ColubrisMX, Human Xtensions, Medrobotics, Medtronic, Intuitive, Transenterix, Verb.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Breakfast: 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sessions: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Industry Breakdown: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo: 6:45 PM

7:15 - 8:30 AM
8:00 - 9:00 AM

The Great Stapler Debate

Many laparoscopic staplers are now available to surgeons. Most surgeons have a favourite. Why do they? Is it habit? Is it price? Is it ergonomics? Is it staple line formation? Is it all or these or none? Each panelist will in one slide present their case for their favourite stapler and then an open discussion will take place.


Dr. Shinil Shah
Dr. Helmuth Billy
Dr. Philip Leggett
Dr. Rachel Moore
Dr. Erik Wilson
Dr. Jon Thompson

9:00 - 10:15 AM

An Innovators M&M

This session is a new twist on a regular event in the life of surgeons: the morbidity and mortality conference. M&M is an open forum were a surgeon discusses a complication that occurred from a surgical case with colleagues, analyzing it with an honest view to try to determine what could have been done better to improve the outcome. This M&M is no different but the surgeons are replaced by innovators and the complication is not from a surgery but from a company and its devices. We will hear the cases, looking at past decisions and learning in hopes of making better results in device development in the future. Each panelist will present a company or device followed by feedback from the audience.


Dr. Fred Moll: Hansen Sensei Robot
Dr. Roger De La Torre: Satiety TOGA procedure
Mr. Vernon Vincent: ReShape Lifesciences, Inc.
Mr. Mike Clouthier: HET
Dr. Tripp Buckley: Endostim

10:15 - 10:35 AM
Snack break / visit exhibits
10:35 - 11:50 AM

Endolumenal Procedures Session

This session will look at changes in advanced endolumenal procedures and devices with a discussion on how endolumenal surgery growing and changing.

10:35 - 10:45 AM

Beyond POEM: endolumenal per oral pyloromyotomy

Dr. Dan Guerron
10:45 - 10:55 AM

Single use endoscopy: it's time to believe the hype

Mr. Jens Kemp
10:55 - 11:05 AM

The endolumenal vacuum sponge: commercial product or handmade on the back table?

Dr. Steven Leeds
11:05 - 11:15 AM

Duodenal mucosal resurfacing: ablation techniques for metabolic effects?

Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh
11:15 - 11:25 AM

Replacing surgery with endoscopy: combined bowel and gastric endolumenal interventions

Dr. Manoel Galvao
11:25 - 11:35 AM

Endolumenal topical devices for the stomach and intestine: devices or drugs?

Dr. Michelle Cao
11:35 - 11:50 AM

Panel Discussion

11:50 - 12:50 PM

Lunch Panel Discussion

Another new society for new procedures? Really? Why?

This lunch panel discussion will examine the common recurring phenomenon of new organizations being formed in response to new technology and procedures being developed. Many ask the question of "why do I need to go to another meeting and join another society?" Why do these organizations keep cropping up? We will ask the panelists who are leaders in both new and old societies to help us understand if this is a helpful process or simply a distracting waste of time.


Dr. Tripp Buckley, American Foregut Society
Dr. Manoel Galvao, Endolumenal Surgery of Advanced Procedures
Dr. Rachel Moore, Association for Bariatric Endoscopy
Dr. Jaime Ponce, American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Dr. Erik Wilson, Clinical Robotic Surgery Association

12:50 - 1:50 PM

Research Gaps Session

This session is focused on looking at the best data available between a commonly considered gold standard and a growing newer procedure that has the potential to become the new gold standard. Often in order for that to happen, research has to been done to convince us all to accept the new procedure. What are the necessary research trials? The session will be moderated by Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh to look at two large esophageal topics this year: antireflux procedures and achalasia procedures.

12:50 - 1:20 PM

Antireflux procedures: endolumenal hybrid surgery vs laparoscopic surgery

Dr. Glen Ihde and Dr. John Lipham
12:50 - 1:20 PM

Achalasia management: Heller myotomy vs POEM

Dr. Tripp Buckley and Dr. Stavros Stavropoulos
1:50 - 2:10 PM
Snack break / visit exhibits
2:10 - 3:40 PM

Bariatric Procedures Session

With the obesity epidemic being the modern scourge of the United States and the majority of the world, bariatric interventions have a large future, warranting discussion and debate about what is changing in managing the disease.

2:10 - 2:20 PM

Endolumenal gastric plication for the treatment of weight regain following gastric bypass

Dr. Pichamol Jirapinyo
2:20 - 2:30 PM

Barrett's and bariatrics: does it really matter?

Dr. Tripp Buckley
2:30 - 2:40 PM

The roux is dead; long live the looped bariatric procedure

Dr. Helmuth Billy
2:40 - 2:50 PM

The real threat to bariatric devices and procedures? the pharmacology pipeline

Dr. Deborah Horn
2:50 - 3:00 PM

Adjustable gastric banding in 2025

Mr. Vernon Vincent
3:00 - 3:10 PM

Fullsense: esophageal stenting for weight loss

Dr. Randal Baker
3:10 - 3:20 PM

The bariclip: does a clamp on the stomach make sense?

Dr. Caetano Marchesini
3:20 - 3:30 PM

The gastric vest as a novel weight loss procedure: Where does it fit with lapband?

Dr. Jaime Ponce
3:30 - 3:50 PM

Panel Discussion

3:50 - 5:20 PM

SDTS Innovation Competition

This session is an innovation competition designed to provide a forum for smaller companies to showcase their original concepts and technological advancements in surgical device and procedures. These new ideas will be presented and then analyzed by a group of peers and possible investors. Winner of the competition will be broadcast on the Summit's website and social media outlets.

5:45 PM
Houston Light Rail: Meet at 5:45 PM in the hotel lobby
6:45 PM
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo starts at 6:45 PM

Hosted By
McGovern Medical School