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Faculty Members

Directors of EARCS: Prof. Amjad Parvaiz and Prof. Giuseppe Spinoglio

Parvaiz
Prof. Amjad PARVAIZ
EARCS Director, Proctor, Member of the Scientific Committee, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 
Poole Hospital NHS Trust - Poole, UK
Champalimaud Foundation - Lisbon, Portugal
Portsmouth University - Portsmouth, UK
 

Prof. Parvaiz is a specialist colorectal surgeon with comprehensive training in general, colorectal and laparoscopic surgery. He is a National Trainer in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery in the UK and Professor of Surgery at Poole Hospital NHS Trust, as well as Head of Minimal Access and Robotic Colorectal Surgery at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. Prof. Parvaiz has a special interest in colorectal cancer and benign diseases and pioneered the debelopment of the Robotic Colorectal Surgery programme at Portsmouth Hospital. He is an international proctor for Robotic colorectal surgery and has trained surgeons across Europe and beyond. He developed a curriculum for training Robotic rectal resection and is Co-Director and founding member of EARCS. His clinical outcomes are published in various peer-reviewed journals.

Spinoglio
Prof. Giuseppe SPINOGLIO
EARCS Director, Proctor, Member of the Scientific Committee, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 
European Institute of Oncology - Milan, Italy
Amedeo Avogadro University - Novara, Italy
 

Prof. Spinoglio is Director of Hepatobilio-Pancreatic and Digestive Program at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy and Professor of Robotic Surgery at the Amedeo Avogadro University in Novara, Italy. He is currently President of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA). He attained his M.D., general surgery and vascular surgery residencies at Genoa University, Italy and trained at Columbia University New York, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital New York and Hospital Cardio-Vasculaire Louls Pradel Lyon. He pioneered advanced (mainly colonic) laparoscopic surgery, teaching the technique widely. He contributed to standardizing the technique of laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. He has always been fond of new technological advances with potential benefits to patients in terms of oncological radicality and quality of life. He began robotic surgery in 2005 and has treated one of Italy’s largest series of patients with colo-rectal disease. Prof. Spinoglio is a member of many scientific societies and is author and co-author of almost 130 surgical scientific papers.

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Mr. Shwan AMIN
EARCS Proctor
 
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals - Sheffiled, UK
 
Mr. Amin is a Consultant General Surgeon at Northern General Hospital and Royal Hallamshire Hospitalwith special interest in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery. He is the lead clinician for colon and rectal cancer services at the Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals. Mr Amin treats all aspects of colorectal surgery including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, haemorrhoids, fistula and fissure surgery.  He also has a specialist interest in the management of colorectal cancer and advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Mr. Amin established Sheffield as a centre for laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery and provides the regional service for early rectal cancer surgery using trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery.  This technique allows the removal of early rectal cancer and spares the patient the need for a stoma (colostomy). He also offers laparoscopic (keyhole) hernia surgery for all different types of hernia. He uses new techniques in the management of anal fistula disease, parastomal hernia repair and published in the field of colorectal surgery.
Alfieri

Prof. Sergio ALFIERI

Policlinico Agostino Gemelli - Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore - Rome, Italy

Prof. Alfieri is an oncologic, visceral surgeon. He was trained in Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Rome, Italy and he is now Senior Consultant Surgeon in the Department of Digestive Surgery and leads a Unit (UOS) of Robotic and Laparoscopic in Digestive Surgery in the Gemelli Hospital (the first hospital in Italy in colorectal and gastric cancer surgery for volume). He started a robotic program using the da Vinci system in December 2013, and focuses mainly on colorectal resections and distal panctreatectomies. He is an Associate Professor and teaches in the school of medicine in UCSC and to residents in general surgery. He is a founding member of EARCS.

Aselmann
Dr. med. Heiko ASELMANN
EARCS Proctor
 
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel - Kiel, Germany
 
Dr. med. Aselmann is a Consultant Surgeon in the Department of General Surgery, Visceral, Thoracic, Transplant and Pediatric Surgery at the Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel in Germany. His specialist expertise is in HPB Surgery, Colorectal Surgery and minimally invasive Colorectal Surgery. He has performed over 100 robotic colorectal surgeries.
Becker

Prof. Thomas BECKER

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel - Kiel, Germany

Prof. Becker is Director of the Department of General and Thoracic Surgery at the UK SH, Campus Kiel. He is considered one of the leading specialists for liver transplantation. Previously, he was Chief Consultant of the transplant program at the Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Hannover Medical School (MHH). Prof. Becker is an expert in oncology Visceral Surgery and Transplantation Surgery and is the interdisciplinary networking among clinical disciplines. Prof. Becker occupies a leading position in transplantation medicine nationwide. With the aim of further increasing the standard of care, Prof. Becker is expanding oncology visceral surgery and thus supporting the already initiated interdisciplinary network of transplant medicine at UC SH. This project will enrich the maximum care of cancer patients through synergies with the final stages of construction particle therapy center NRoCK (North European Radio Oncology Center Kiel) and the composite CCC (Comprehensive Cancer Center). Prof. Becker continues the expansion of minimally invasive surgical techniques (including robotic da Vinci Surgery System) accompanied with clinical research.

Bianchi

Dr. Paolo Pietro BIANCHI

International School of Robotic Surgery - Grosseto, Italy

Prof. Bianchi is currently the Director of the International School of Robotic Surgery at the Misericordia Hospital in Grosseto, Italy. He was previously Chief of the Colorectal and Minimally-Invasive Unit in 2004 at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Rozzano (Italy) and since 2008 was Director of the Minimally-Invasive Unit at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. His main interest is digestive surgery and especially colorectal surgery, he is an expert of sentinel lymphnode detection in colon cancer and a pioneer of Laparoscopic ultrasound. In the last years he worked to the development of robotic surgery and its application to oncological digestive diseases. Prof. Bianchi is Professor of surgical technique at the postgraduate school of general surgery at the University of Milano, Director of the Live courses of laparoscopic surgery in colon cancer and founding member of the School of Robotic Surgery at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. He is author and co-author of many peer reviewed publications and reviewer for the most important journals of minimally-invasive surgery.

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Dr. Rogier CROLLA
EARCS Proctor
 
Amphia Hospital - Breda, Netherlands
 
Dr. Crolla is a gastro-intestinal and oncology certified Consultant Surgeon at Amphia Hospital in Breda, a large teaching hospital and one of the largest colorectal units in the Netherlands. He was trained at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and the Antonius Hospital Nieuwegein (Dr. Ton Janssen) to be one of the first generation laparoscopic surgeons in the Netherlands. In 1995, he introduced advanced laparoscopy in Breda. His main topics of interest and research are colorectal surgery and patient safety (fast recovery protocols, bundles of care and peri-operative checklists). He works in close collaboration with his colleague Dr. George van der Schelling. Together they started a robotic colorectal program in 2012. Amphia Hospital is the leading centre for robotic colorectal cancer surgery in the Netherlands. Dr. Crolla is an international proctor for robotic colorectal surgery.
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Dr. Nicola DE'ANGELIS
EARCS Proctor
 
Hôpital Henri Mondor (AP-HP) - Créteil, France
 

Dr. de’Angelis is a consultant general surgeon with special interest in minimally invasive digestive surgery. He completed Medical School at the Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy) and the Residency in General Surgery at the Università degli Studi di Pisa (Italy). Dr. de’Angelis was trained at the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, AP-HP (France), King’s College Hospital of London (UK) and at the CHUM St. Luc of Montreal (Canada). Since 2012, he has been working at the Henri Mondor University Hospital of Creteil, France.

Dr. de’Angelis has a special clinical and research interest in the management of gastrointestinal disease through the use of minimally invasive surgical approaches, such as laparoscopy, robotics, mini-laparoscopy and trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery. Particularly, he started a robotic digestive surgery programme using the da Vinci Si System in December 2014. Since then, he has performed over 100 robotic colorectal surgeries.

Egberts

Prof. Jan EGBERTS

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel - Kiel, Germany

Prof. Egberts is an oncologic, visceral and thoracic surgeon. He was trained in the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (Germany) where he is now a senior consultant surgeon in the Department of General, Visceral, Thoracic, Transplantation and Pediatric Surgery. The team in Kiel started a robotic program using the da Vinci surgical system in 2013. Together with the robotic surgical team, Prof. Egberts focuses on complex procedures in visceral and thoracic surgery such as colorectal resections, gastrectomies, esophagectomies, and lobectomies for lung cancer. The team in Kiel is one of the leading centers for robotic assisted surgery in Germany. Prof. Egberts serves as a proctor for centers starting a robotic surgical program. He has been an active member of EARCS since its inauguration in June 2014.

Dr. Roger GERJY
EARCS Proctor, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 
Danderyd University Hospital - Stockholm, Sweden
 
Dr. Gerjy received his surgical education and training at Linköping University Hospital in Sweden. In 2013 he began working at Danderyd University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. At Danderyd University Hospital he is in the colorectal robotic team. Apart from robotic surgery, the hospital is one of the most prominent hospitals for laparoscopic surgery in Sweden.
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Dr. Marcos GÓMEZ RUIZ
EARCS Proctor, Member of the Scientific Committee, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 
Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital - Santander, Spain
 
Dr. Gómez Ruiz was trained as a General Surgeon in the Hospital Universitario Son Dureta (Palma de Mallorca). He has been a senior consultant surgeon at the Colorectal Surgery Unit in Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla (Santander) since 2010. He is also a member of the Liver Transplantation Unit in Santander. Between 2010 and 2011, he was trained as an Instructor in medical simulation at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston MIT-Harvard University. The team in Valdecilla started the Robotic Colorectal Surgery programme in late 2010 and has performed more than 450 robotic colorectal procedures so far. Dr. Gómez Ruiz is finishing his PhD focused on the benefits of Robotic Colorectal Surgery and has served as a proctor for Intuitive Surgical since 2013. He was one of the founding members of EARCS in June 2014.
Jakobsen

Dr. Henrik Loft JAKOBSEN

Herlev Hospital - Herlev, Denmark

Dr. Loft Jakobsen is a colorectal and oncologic visceral surgeon. He was trained in university Hospitals in Copenhagen, Denmark with focus in laparoscopic colorectal and visceral surgery. Since 2009 he has been employed as Senior Consultant Surgeon at the Department of Urology at Herlev Hospital, Denmark. His team started a robotic program using the da Vinci system in 2010 and is at present working in a robotic center in Herlev University Hospital with 3 robots in collaboration with gynecologic and urologic surgeons. His team has experience with more than 600 robotic colorectal resections and is one of the leading centres in Scandinavia for robotic surgery. Dr. Loft Jakobsen serves as a proctor for centres starting a robotic surgical program. He has been a active member of EARCS since its inauguration in June 2014.

Jayne
Prof. David JAYNE
EARCS Member of the Scientific Committee
 
St James’s University Hospital - Leeds, UK
 
Prof. Jayne is Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He specialises in robotic and MIS for colorectal cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction. His interest in robotic surgery dates back to 2006 when Leeds Teaching Hospitals purchased its first da Vinci robot. Since then, the colorectal unit in Leeds has built up the largest experience in robotic colorectal surgery in the UK. Prof. Jayne is also Chief Investigator for the MRC/EME/NIHR ROLARR trial – a pan-world randomized trial comparing robotic with laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer. In 2012 Prof. Jayne was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship to accelerate research and implementation of new technologies into clinical practice. He is Chief Investigator for several other NIHR clinical trials, including HTA/NIHR FIAT (fistula plug versus surgeon’s preference for fistula-in-ano), MRC/EME/NIHR GLiSten (next generation fluorescent lymph node staging in colon cancer), and HTA/NIHR SaFaRI (sacral nerve stimulation versus Fenix magnetic anal sphincter for adult faecal incontinence). He is Clinical Director of the Leeds NIHR Healthcare Technology Cooperative (HTC) in Colorectal Therapies.
Luca
Dr. Fabrizio LUCA
EARCS Proctor, Member of the Scientific Committee, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 

Loma Linda University Medical Center - California, United States (formerly of the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia - Milan, Italy)

Dr. Luca is an oncologic surgeon with an extensive experience in advanced da Vinci procedures. His clinical interests include the use of robot-assisted surgery for gastrointestinal tumours, especially colon and rectal cancers. In 2008 he became head of the Project “Development of Robotic Surgery” at the European Institute of Oncology and from July 2011 to October 2016 he was the Director of the Unit of Integrated Abdominal Surgery. He is currently Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Centre in California, United States. He has been involved in several research programs focused on new applications of robotic surgery. In this field, he has developed a technique for the fully robotic treatment of colorectal malignancies. He is also the Director of the courses in robotic abdomino-pelvic surgery for the school of robotic surgery of the European Institute of Oncology.Dr. Luca has authored several research articles that appeared in international scientific journals. He has also been invited speaker to many international meetings and symposia.
Mann

Dr. Benno MANN

Augusta Kliniken Bochum - Bochum, Germany

Dr. Mann is a colorectal and oncologic visceral surgeon. He was trained in Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin before going to Augusta Kliniken Bochum, where he has held the position of Director of the Department of General, Colorectal and Visceral Surgery since 2003. His team started a robotic program using the da Vinci surgical system in 2010. After experience in more than 300 colorectal robotic assisted resections, his team started in 2014 with other complex procedures such as gastrectomies, pancreatectomies and esophagectomies in cancer patients using the robotic surgical system. Dr. Mann and his team are the leading clinic for robotic assisted visceral surgery in Germany and he is teaching all centers within his country starting a robotic surgical program. He has been an active member of EARCS since its inauguration in June 2014.

Miskovic
Dr. Danilo MISKOVIC
EARCS Member of the Scientific Commitee, Member of the Surgical Competency Assessment Committee
 
St. Mark's Hospital - London, UK
 
Dr. Miskovic, PhD MD FRCS, is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the North West London Health Trust London (St. Mark's Hospital) and Associate Professor at University of Leeds. He was trained in Zurich, Imperial College London and Portsmouth. His main clinical interests include advanced technologies for the minimally-invasive treatment of colorectal cancer. He has a special research interest in surgical quality assessment, education and technology and has published widely on these topics. His robotic experience includes surgery for rectal cancer, right hemicolectomies with central lymphadenectomy (D3/CME) for stage II-III colon cancer, and ventral mesh rectopexy. 
Perez

Dr. Daniel PEREZ

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf - Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Perez is an associate professor and surgical oncologist at the University Medical Center in Hamburg. He has extensive experience in the management of colorectal cancer patients by laparoscopic and robotic techniques. After his general surgery residency in Zürich, he was trained in minimally invasive techniques during a surgical oncology fellowship between 2010 - 2012 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Since 2013 he is leading the robotic surgery program in Hamburg, where robotic surgery has become the standard treatment for patients with low rectal cancer. He has been elected as faculty member to EARCS in 2015.

Priora

Dr. Fabio PRIORA

SS Antonio e Biagio and C. Arrigo Hospital - Alessandria, Italy

Dr. Priora is the Acting Director of General Surgery Unit at the SS Antonio e Biagio and C. Arrigo Hospital in Alessandria, Italy. He teaches various courses in laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive at the European Surgical Institute in Hamburg and the Experimental and Research Centre in Elancourt, Paris and on the use of biomaterials in surgery at the Department of Biosciences of Rome. Dr. Priora has collaborated on numerous scientific publications. He specializes in robotic rectal surgery, the single-site robotic technique, the use of fluorescence imaging for the study of the biliary tract in robotic surgery and Technology Assessment of the Da Vinci robot. He has also collaborated on over 50 scientific films of surgical technique, for open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, presented at national and international conferences and international workshops and edited for magazines and scientific collections.

 Rautio
Dr. Tero RAUTIO
EARCS Proctor
 
Oulu University Hospital - Oulu, Finland
 
Dr. Rautio is a surgeon working as Chief of the Colorectal Unit in the Gastrosurgical Clinic at Oulu University Hospital since 2003. His team has almost 15 years of experience in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The colorectal robotic program was started using the da Vinci surgical system four years ago in 2011. Dr. Rautio and his team have performed 260 robotic assisted operations focusing in pelvic surgery. Dr Rautio is participating in the ROLARR trial and he has an active study group in his clinic. They have published a feasibility study and will publish the results of a RCT about robotic ventral rectopexy operation. Their team is the only clinic for robotic assisted colorectal surgery in Finland. Dr. Rautio has a Surgeon Services Agreement with Intuitive and he has taught surgeons starting a robotic surgical program in Sweden.
Rouanet

Prof. Philippe ROUANET

Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM) - Montpellier, France

Prof. Rouanet is the Chief of Oncological Surgery at Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM) in Montpellier, France.

Thomassen
Dr. Niels THOMASSEN
EARCS Proctor
 
Aarhus University Hospital - Aarhus, Denmark
 
Dr. Thomassen has been the Head Physician at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, which is among the world leaders in robotic surgery, since 2010. He started doing robotic surgery (colorectal) in October 2011. Up until March 2015, the robotic team in Aarhus has performed 500 robotic procedures, most of which are rectal resections, pouch surgery and recto pexies. Dr. Thomassen is a proctor for Intuitive Surgical and in Aarhus he does robotic surgery three times a week. Dr. Thomassen also performs TEM and EMR/ESD.
Valverde 

Dr. Alain VALVERDE

Hospitalier Diaconesses Croix Saint-Simon - Paris, France

Dr. Valverde is a Specialist Digestive Surgeon at the Hospitalier Diaconesses Croix Saint-Simon in Paris, France. His specializes in visceral surgery in the areas of benign pathologies and cancers, surgery of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum , anus), pancreatic surgery, liver and biliary tract surgery, obesity surgery (called "bariatric"), surgery of the abdominal wall (hernia, hernias), surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid, and laparoscopic and conventional surgery.

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Dr. George VAN DER SCHELLING
EARCS Proctor
 
Amphia Hospital - Breda, Netherlands
 
Dr. van der Schelling is a Consultant Surgeon at Amphia Hospital in Breda, a large teaching hospital and one of the largest colorectal units in the Netherlands. He was trained at the University Hospital Antwerp and Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

He was among the pioneers in the Netherlands introducing laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Together with his colleague Dr. Rogier Crolla, they started a Robotic colorectal program in 2012. His team has performed over 400 robotic operations, mainly rectal resections. Today he also performs pancreatic, hiatal hernia and adrenal surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Dr. George van der Schelling plays an important role in promoting robotic surgery in the Netherlands and is a proctor for centers in the Netherlands and Belgium since 2014.

Kuzu
Dr. Ayhan KUZU
EARCS Anatomy Expert
 
University of Ankara - Ankara, Turkey
 
Dr. Kuzu is a colorectal surgeon who trained in the University of Ankara, Turkey. He has been working as a Professor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey. He developed clinical research in colorectal cancer surgery and clinical colon, rectum and anus anatomy. His main topics are minimally invasive colorectal surgery, sphincter preservation in low rectal cancer, organ preservation and clinical anatomy. He is also an active member of the ESCP and editor of the Colorectal Disease journal. His scientific research includes more than 50 English publications in colorectal surgery. He is an anatomy lecturer in cadaveric courses for EARCS.