February 22, 2024

5:00 pm CST
to 8:00 pm CST
7:00 pm CST
to 9:00 pm CST
Welcome Reception

February 23, 2024

7:00 am CST
to 6:00 pm CST
7:45 am CST
to 5:00 pm CST
6:00 pm CST
to 8:30 pm CST
Innovation Dinner
7:00 am CST
to 8:15 am CST
7:15 am CST
to 7:25 am CST
Opening Welcome and Introductions: Christopher Schlachta & Erik Wilson
7:25 am CST
to 11:50 am CST
The Digital Surgery Landscape

These sessions will explore issues associated with integrating digital technology into surgical practice, evaluating the potential advantages and drawbacks of training and education with digital platforms as well as the changes digital analysis, augmented reality and machine learning can make in the operating room. Multiple sessions and panel discussions will include the following topics:


Postoperative and Intraoperative Navigation Tools

Objective Performance Indicators and Digital Gestures

Telementoring, Telepresence, and Telesurgery

Digital Enhancement of Operating Theater and Surgical Efficiency

Simulation and Digital Training Techniques

Regulation in Artificial Intelligence

7:25 am CST
to 7:35 am CST
2023: a monumental year for technological innovation in review – Filippo FIlicori
7:35 am CST
to 8:25 am CST
Postoperative and Intraoperative Navigation Tools Moderators: Teodor Grantcharov, Tony Jarc

Imanol Luengo: Unlocking the power of surgical video 7 min

Jocelyn Barker: Accelerating and scaling AI model deployment for surgical video analysis 7 min

Ozanan Meireles: SAGES CVS challenge 7 min

Nobuyoshi Takeshita: Deep learning-based anatomical image recognition models in laparoscopic surgery 7 min

Mahdi Azizian: New frontiers in edge computing, Nvidia’s perspective 7 min

Panel Discussion 15 min

8:25 am CST
to 9:10 am CST
Video Capture Approaches and Annotations, Telementoring, Telepresence, and Telesurgery Moderators:, Daniel Donoho, Oz Meireles

Natalie Holger: Theator intraoperative assistance 7 min

Nadine Haram: Unlocking breakthroughs in surgical excellence through OR video data 7 min

Margaux Masson: Enhancing medical research: applying AI in surgical video analysis 7 min

Dennis Fowler: Is it (finally) time for Remote Surgery? 7 min

Panel Discussion 15 min

9:10 am CST
to 9:55 am CST
Objective Performance Indicators and Digital Gestures Moderators: Gretchen Purcell Jackson, Filippo Filicori

Dani Kiyasseh: Decoding surgery with artificial intelligence 7 min

Anthony Jarc: Toward clinically meaningful solutions: leveraging objective metrics in robotic-assisted surgery 7 min

Sarah Choksi: Kinematic data to unlock the true power of robotic surgery 7 min

Richard Vincent: Performance analysis from simulator platforms 7 min

Panel Discussion 15 min

9:55 am CST
to 10:25 am CST
Coffee break
10:25 am CST
to 11:10 am CST
Digital Enhancement of Operating Theater and Surgical Efficiency Moderators: Jonah Stulberg, Matthew McKittrick

Teodor Grantcharov: optimizing operational efficiency in surgery: objective data and modern science 7 min

David Atashroo: Do what you want, how you want, when you want: LLM and AI in surgical practice 7 min

David Schummers: Scalable Applications of AI in Surgery 7 min

Nadine Haram: The power of data in measuring success and driving OR efficiency 7 min

Panel Discussion 15 min

11:10 am CST
to 11:55 am CST
Infrastructure, Governance and Regulation in Artificial Intelligence Moderators: Patricia Sylla, Nadine Haram

Gretchen Purcell: Clinical Nuances in AI Evaluation 7 min

Daniel Donoho: The new ages and the new rules of health care data 7 min

Bruce Ramshaw: Algorithms for Good: Using AI for a Sustainable Healthcare System 7 min

Darren Porras: Bridging the connectivity gap, intelligent data flow for digital surgery 7 min

Panel Discussion 15 min

12:00 pm CST
to 1:20 pm CST
Lunch – The changing centers of care are driving innovation

The pathway of innovation applies across many aspects of the health care system from the investor to the entrepreneur to the provider. Just as devices and procedures are disruptive, new disruptive centers of care are transforming surgical approaches. Home hospital models, outpatient surgical centers, community hospitals, and tertiary referral centers are all developing and evolving. This panel will examine how the value propositions of bringing life changing ideas and devices to the health care environment modify with these adjusting centers of care and by extension how the changing centers of care are being altered by innovation

Moderator: Joe Mullings


Invited Speakers: Ashley Seehusen, Feby Abraham, Tom Calef, Brian Tinkham, Stefan Kreuzer, Kurt Azarbarzin, Greg Roche

1:20 pm CST
to 2:45 pm CST
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 moves in device development in the future. Each panelist will present a company or device followed by feedback from the audience.

Moderator: Billy Cohn


Ray Onders: A failed 510K 10 min

Barry Salky: A great product but a failure: What happened? 10 min

Ashley Seehusen: Not all great ideas are fundable 10 min

Helmuth Billy: Why is my voice still silent in the OR? 10 min

Steven Schwaitzberg: Great idea, wrong team, wrong time, wrong buyer 10 min

Kurt Azarbarzin: Why no endolumenal robot yet? 10 min

2:45 pm CST
to 3:15 pm CST
3:15 pm CST
to 5:00 pm CST
SAGES Shark Tank Semi Finals

The SAGES Shark Tank semi-finals was very well received last year and will be live and in-person again. Ten innovations will be presented and evaluated with audience and panel participation. The finalists will be selected from the group for the Finals at SAGES Annual Meeting in Cleveland. An audience favorite from the semifinals will be announced and previous Shark Tank winners will present an update on their progress. Each semi-finalist will have 8 minutes to present plus discussion.


EZ Future Systems: Abhijit Shaligram, Gautam Gupta, Manish Mohanka 8 min

VTI Medical: Angelo Tortola, Murray Froikin 8 min

Innovation Surgical: Maria Iliakova 8 min

Plio Surgical: Gareth Gallagher 8 min

Exero Medical: Erez Shor 8 min

TroCare: Jerry Sanders 8 min

Global Hospital: Garreth Wood 8 min

Diatiro: Tom Sorrentino 8 min

Panel Discussion and Audience Favorites 30 min

6:00 pm CST
to 8:30 pm CST
Cocktails followed by Dinner Discussion: The New Normal in Innovation from 2019 to 2024

This dinner discussion will be provocative and engaging with Dr. Billy Cohn giving an overview of the process of innovation in and then a panel discussion comparing and contrasting the changes in the road of development new surgical technologies from 2019 to 2024. Economic challenges, financial support models, production supply chains and regulatory adjustments are vastly different in the past 5 years. A global pandemic changed many things in our surgical world including vast changes in how we innovate surgery.

Speaker: Billy Cohn

Moderators: Erik Wilson and Joe Mullings

Panelists: Fred Moll, Manisha Shah-Bugaj, Brian Dunkin, Billy Cohn, Dennis McWilliams, Darren Sherman, Carla Pugh

February 24, 2024

7:00 am CST
to 4:00 pm CST
7:45 am CST
to 5:00 pm CST
7:00 am CST
to 8:15 am CST
7:15 am CST
to 7:40 am CST
My Favorites

The my favorites format was very popular last year and returns in full force with new topics. This session will compare and contrast surgical devices and techniques with short explanations of each approach and a comprehensive question and answer discussion. Panelists will spend one minute describing their approach and then an open debate of technique and devices will continue until potential gaps in the toolset are revealed that could lead to further innovative options for the future of procedures. Topics being debated include the following:


My favorite Laparoscopic Insufflator

My favorite Incisional Hernia Repair

My favorite Digital Surgical Analysis Tool

My favorite Ergonomic Approach to Surgery

My favorite Endoscope

My favorite Surgical Magnets

My favorite Ablative Energy Device

My favorite Stent

My favorite VR trainer

My favorite trocar closure technique



7:15 am CST
to 7:40 am CST
My Favorite Digital Surgical Analysis Tool: The panelist each have chosen one digital tool which they feel is useful during surgery or planning surgery. Moderators: Erik Wilson, Maureen Halligan


Intuitive Hub: Filippo Filicori                                Theator: Barham AbuDayyeh                               Proximie: Natan Zundel

Activsite: Ed Parra Davila                                     Asensus: Michael Cook                                         Terra Recon: Billy Cohn

OR Black Box: Oz Meireles                                  SAGES CVS: Brian Dunkin                                    Caresyntax: Bruce Ramshaw

None Really Useful: Steven Schwaitzberg

7:40 am CST
to 8:25 am CST
My Favorite Surgical Trainer or Simulator: The panelists each have chosen one tool or technique which they feel is useful for teaching surgical skills. Moderators: Carla Pugh, Tom Calef


SimNow: Filippo Filicori                      Virtamed: Steven Schwaitzberg         OSSO VR: Justin Barad

Surgical Sciences: Rick Hoedt            Vicarious Sim: Igor Belyanski              GI Mentor: Chris Schlachta

Inovus Medical: Elliot Street              Medical Holodeck: Billy Cohn              Chamberlain Abd Sim: David Noonan

Patients: Travis Rogers

8:25 am CST
to 8:45 am CST
My Favorite Ergonomic Tool in Surgery: The panelists each have chosen one tool or approach which they feel is useful for surgeon well-being. Moderators: Aurora Pryor, Manisha Shah-Bugaj


DaVinci Next Gen: Sharona Ross                 Moon Platform: David Noonan                                 Dexter Platform: Greg Roche

Surgical Speed: Ray Onders                         MARS: Chad Carlton                                                  A Good Chair: Todd Wilson

Jokes and Music: Natan Zundel                    Purpose Built Attire: Barham AbuDayyeh


8:45 am CST
to 9:10 am CST
My Favorite Tool for Incisional Hernia Repair: The panelists each have chosen one tool, material or approach which they feel is useful for repairing incisional hernias. Moderators: Todd Wilson, Ray Onders


Laparoscopic Synecor: Helmuth Billy          Proceed IPOM: Chris Schlachta                 Robotic Retromuscular: Igor Belyanski

Don’t Make One: Pat Sylla                            Vicarious Platform: Adam Sachs               Echo Positioning System: Jonah Stulberg

Autoharvest of Skin: Michael Cook


9:10 am CST
to 9:35 am CST
My Favorite Ablative Energy Device: The panelists each have chosen one modality or tool which they feel is useful for application of energy in surgery. Moderators: Natan Zundel, Dennis McWilliams


Thunderbeat: Rachel Moore                         Ligasure: Pat Sylla                        Robotic Scissors: Shelley Scerbo

Harmonic Scalpel: Ray Onders                    Erbe: Todd Wilson                         Barrx: Brian Tinkham

Pulsed Field: Barham AbuDayyeh               Histosonics: Joe Amaral


9:35 am CST
to 9:50 am CST
9:50 am CST
to 10:15 am CST
My Favorite Insufflation and/or Trocar System: The panelists each have chosen one insufflator or trocar which they feel is most useful for access and exposure laparoscopically. Moderators: Sharona Ross, Brian Tin


Airseal: Steven Schwaitzberg                      Whatever is Available: Rachel Moore            Anything But Airseal: Jonah Stulberg

Airseal Normal Mode: Ed Parra Davila       Aesculap Reusable: Chris Schlacht                Trocarwash: Billy Cohn

Palliare: Brian Dunkin                                   Lexion: Helmuth Billy


10:15 am CST
to 10:35 am CST
My Favorite Trocar Closure Device or Technique: The panelists each have chosen one tool which they feel is useful for repairing trocar sites. Moderators: Santiago Horgan, Darren Sherman


Laparoshark: Helmuth Billy                          Weck Teleflex: Michael Cook                                   Carter Thomason: Pat Sylla

Needle and Suture: Rachel Moor                  Neoclose: Shelley Scerbo                                        M close: Jonah Stulberg

Anaconda: Billy Cohn

10:35 am CST
to 11:05 am CST
My Favorite Anastomotic Device or Technique: The panelists each have chosen one tool, material or approach which they feel is useful for creating luminal anastomoses. Moderators: Rachel Moore, Brian Dunkin


Suture: Chris Schlachta                   Barbed Suture: Shelley Scerbo                      Double Linear Stapler: Dmitri Oleynikov

Seger IA60: Barry Salky                  FlexA by Cardica: Billy Cohn                          GT Metabolic: Helmuth Billy

GI Windows: Erik Wilson

11:05 am CST
to 11:30 am CST
My Favorite Flexible Endoscope: The panelists each have chosen one tool or device which they feel is useful for flexible visualization during endoscopy. Moderators: Ed Parra Davila, David Goldman


Endoquest Endodrive: Todd Wilson        DaVinci SP scope: Travis Rogers               Boston Disposable EGD: Shelley Scerbo

Endosound EUS: Brian Dunkin                 Olympus EndoEye: Natan Zundel              Fuji Therapeutic: Michael Cook

USGI IOP: Barham AbuDayyeh

11:30 am CST
to 11:55 am CST
My Favorite Endolumenal Tool: The panelists each have chosen one tool or approach which they feel is useful for addressing endolumenal procedures. Moderators: Santiago Horgan, Brian Dunkin


Storz TEO: Pat Syll                                     Robotic TAMIS: Ed Parra Davila                                     Endolumenal Sim: Rick Hoedt

Tattoo: Shinil Shah                                      T-knife: Todd Wilson                                                       Overstitch: Micheal Cook

USGI IOP: Barham AbuDayyeh                 Occlusion Balloon Guidewire : Barham AbuDayyeh

12:00 pm CST
to 1:15 pm CST
My favorite unmet surgical need

This lunch session will take the my favorites format and dive into what clinical problems exist which surgeons find common or important. The clinic, operating room, and procedure suite all have daily challenges which innovation has failed to fully address. The panel members will present one of their most relevant challenges and a discussion will proceed to determine why these areas of clinical practice have been so difficult to solve.

Moderators: Erik Wilson, Dennis McWilliams


Focused Concept Needs                                                                           Organ Preserving Surgery: Barham AbuDayyeh

Weaning from the Ventilator: Ray Onders                                             Eliminating 6% Readmissions: Joe Amaral

Operative Notes: Tom Calef                                                                     Preventing, Recognizing, Managing Leaks: Pat Syll

Safer Anastomoses: Brian Tinkham


Broad Concept Needs

– Consistent Competency in the OR: Maureen Halligan                   – Better Access to Robotic Tech: Dmitri Oleynikov

– Laparoscopic Acute Care Surgery: Shinil Sha                                  – Telesurgery: Travis Rogers

– Eliminating Surgeon Skill Variability: Igor Belyanski                       – Ambulatory Surgical Robot: Alberto Navarro

1:15 pm CST
to 5:00 pm CST
Digital Surgical Platforms: State of the Technology

The recent substantial rise in robotic surgical platforms has occurred with soft tissue robotics receiving large amounts of investment, research, engineering, and commercialization. Surgical robots are being made and released all over the world and the focus of these platforms are broad and varied. These sessions will evaluate current, 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. Robotic platforms will be presented in multiple sessions with panel discussions encompassing the following topics.


Ecosystems built into Robotic Platforms                                                Robotics Focused on the Site of Care

Variability in Robotics Patient Cart Footprints                                       Multiport versus Single Access Approaches

Ergonomic Approaches to Robotic Surgery                                           Task Focused Robotic Platforms in Surgery

Cost Efficient Models of Robotics Adoption

1:15 am CST
to 2:35 pm CST
Ecosystem Platforms Erik Wilson, Kurt Azarbarzin


CMR Versius: Mark Slack 10 min                                                             Intuitive DaVinci: Chris Carlson 10 min

Medtronic Hugo: Arvind Ramadorai 10 mi                                             J&J Ottava: Rocco DeBernardis 10 min

Asian Robotic Systems: Travis Rogers 10 min                                       Cambridge Consulting: Alex Maret 10 min

Panel Discussion: 15 min

2:35 am CST
to 3:00 pm CST
3:00 am CST
to 3:55 am CST
Multiport and Singleport Platforms Filippo Filicori, Fred Moll


Asensus: Michael Cook 10 min                                                                 Ronovo: Ed Parra Davila 10 min

Virtual Incision: John Murphy 10 min                                                       Vicarious: Adam Sachs 10 min

Panel Discussion: 15 min

3:55 am CST
to 5:00 am CST
Novel Approach Focused Platforms Pat Sylla, Tom Calef


Moon Surgical: David Noonan 10 min                                                    Distalmotion: Greg Roche 10 min

Levita: Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro 10 min                                            Noah: Enrique Romo 10 min

Endoquest: Todd Wilson 10 min

Panel Discussion: 15 min