Resad Pasic, MD, PhD, MSPH
Scientific Program Chair
37th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
AAGL Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Hello, My name is Dr Resad Pasic, Iím associate professor of ob-gyn at the University
of Louisville in Louisville KY. Iím also codirector of a fellowship in minimally
invasive gynecologic endoscopy. And Iím also director of a division of minimally
invasive gynecology at the University of Louisville. This year Iím vice president
of the AAGL. As such, I am serving as a scientific program chair for our 37th
annual meting that is currently taking place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
To tell you a little more about the meeting, AAGL has a long tradition of organizing
meetings in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. This year, we have about 2500
participants that are coming from 63 different countries and this meeting has many,
many different advantages for our participants. Primarily it has great educational
value and also it has great networking value for the participants of this meeting.
When weíre talking about educational value, we this year are having 18 postgraduate
courses on different topics in gynecologic surgery. Out of those we have about 6
hands-on courses. We are offering courses in laparoscopic surgery, suturing, we
are offering courses in hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation techniques. And we
are also using hands on courses using female cadavers where we teach physicians
how to do pelvic sidewall dissections. Also this year we are offering a course for
ob-gyn oncologists on female cadavers. And we have one course for urogynecologists
on how to treat pelvic floor disorders and urinary stress incontinence. Thatís also
being taught on female cadavers.
Besides these postgraduate courses that are taking place on the first 2 days of
the meetings, we will also have debates that deal with important clinical issues,
like using mesh in pelvic floor reconstruction surgery; also debates on treatment
of fibroids and so on.
We also have many surgical tutorials where we have the worldís best experts in minimally
invasive surgery presenting the surgical techniques, how to deal with certain topics
and that goes from resection of endometriosis to hysterectomies to pelvic sidewall
dissections and so on.
We will also have 2 live telesurgery sessions, where we have world experts performing
different laparoscopic surgeries at their own centers. These surgeries will be telecast
directly to the meeting, so we will have surgeries performed in different places
in the US and also around the year. This year we will have surgeons form India performing
a total or radical laparoscopic hysterectomy that is done for cancer. It will be
broadcast directly to the meeting.
We will have cases of robotic surgery transmitted from New York directly to the
meeting. Also cases form Texas, as well as Florida, and Pittsburgh. So our participants
will be able to see all these surgeries to see how they are performed in their natural
So I am sure this meeting will offer a lot to the participants. There is a great
value. First of all we will have physicians coming from all these different parts
of the world. I myself first went to the AALG meeting in 1992, I was totally captured
and fascinated by the energy of this meeting and I decided to come back. Every year
since then, Iíve gone back to the AAGL meetings. Our founder, the late Jordan Phillips,
who passed away this year, he always used to say that the AALG is like a family.
In this meeting and over the course of the years, Iíve met many surgeons that have
become my close personal friends, and every time to me it looks like a family reunion
when I go to these meetings.
So there is great value of meeting these highly distinguished surgeons who come
from different parts of the world, listening to their lectures, being invited to
their places to give lectures, and so on.
The attendance is always bigger in Vegas than in other places. The number that I
am quoting is including industry, so we have about 1500 physicians and about 1000
industry personnel. We will have the largest exhibit so far at these meetings because
we are blessed that industry is actually following all of these trends in development
of minimally invasive surgical technology so they always attend our meetings in
Definitely for someone who is coming to the meeting for the first time, they will
have a great variety of things to attend. They will have the possibility to go to
different lectures, tutorials, and debates. We have great video sessions where surgeons
show their own videos.
And always the exhibit area is a highlight of the meeting so that attendees can
visit different booths and talk to the industry representatives so they can see
what kind of new instruments are there, what kind of treatment options are out there.
Usually at the exhibit booths, industry has their own speakers where they talk about
different topics and they present certain instruments and so on. I think weíre living
in an age where we are witnessing great improvements in technologies and these technologic
improvements can be applied in the field of medicine so that we are able to treat
our patients in minimally invasive ways.
It is important for all the physicians to realize that there are these minimally
invasive treatment options for patients. But at the same time it is important for
patients also to realize that these things exist. They can look for them on the
Internet with their own communities with physicians so they can demand these treatment
We are witnessing every day the development of new techniques as well as new instrumentation
that will enable us to treat these patients in minimally invasive ways so that their
recovery will be much quicker as well as treatment options will be better.
Iíve been practicing minimally invasive surgery for about 20 years and believe me
every time I time I go to any of the meetings, I always learn something new. Iím
personally looking for many different things; among others will be some of the debates
and surgical tutorials as well these live surgery sessions. Itís very hard to pick
up one single thing thatís of particular interest.
This year we are going to have a great general session that will talk about the
history of film and how it was applied to medicine as well as future of film, where
it is taking us and new technological developments that we witness in the medical
field. so I think that session will be very interesting.