Webinar: The Emergence of Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: Will machine learning lead to the next big disruption in practice and training?

Date: August 25, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderators: Patricia Sylla, MD, Sam Atallah, MD, Elliot Arsoniadis MD
Speakers: Dan Hashimoto, MD, Ozanan Meireles, MD, Silvana Perreta, MD, Erik Dutson, MD, Ronan Cahill, MD
CME Credit Hours Available: 0

The development of machine learning algorithms to augment, guide and support clinical decision making is accelerating in medicine. Significant progress has been made in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to augment the diagnostic accuracy during endoscopy. In surgery, there is growing interest in harnessing and integrating perioperative data in order to generate algorithms that can help improve surgical workflow, support intraoperative decision-making, reduce errors, and improve surgical outcomes. In this webinar, the basic principles of AI and machine learning applied to endoscopy and surgery will be reviewed. Current research and trends in machine learning in performance-guided surgery, telementoring and telecoaching will be explored. Lastly, the basic requirements for acquisition of high-quality perioperative surgical data will be reviewed, as well as the role surgeons should play in the development and integration of AI and machine learning.   

EllioArsoniadis,-Elliot.jpgt Arsoniadis, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery and affiliate faculty within the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BS 2007), the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (MD 2011), and the University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics (PhD 2020).  He completed training in General Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 2018 and fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery from the Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2019.  He now practices in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.  In addition to his clinical practice, he also is engaged in research.  His two main research endeavors include working to build the AI-enhanced surgical robotics program, a combined endeavor of the Center for Learning Health System Sciences and the Minnesota Robotics Institute, at the University of Minnesota as well as studying methods to improve anal dysplasia screening, treatment, and surveillance for HIV+ patients and other groups at increased risk for anal cancer.  He is also interested in global surgery and is currently building the anorectal service line for One World Surgery to address the anorectal surgical needs of patients in Honduras.

Atallah,-Sam.jpegDr. Atallah is a Professor of Surgery at UCF – College of Medicine and Director of Colorectal Surgery at HCA Oviedo Medical Center and is the Chairman of the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery at AdventHealth (Orlando). He is best known for developing TAMIS, robotic TAMIS, and for pioneering stereotactic navigation for rectal cancer surgery. He has continued to explore new technology and approaches, including robotic endoluminal surgery.

Sylla,-Pat.jpgDr. Pat Sylla graduated from Cornell Weill Medical College and completed her surgical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She completed a colorectal fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital and a fellowship in MIS at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Sylla is an innovator with particular interest in minimally invasive approaches to rectal diseases. She is a pioneer in transanal endoscopic surgery and transanal TME (taTME) for rectal cancer. Dr. Sylla currently works at Mount Sinai Hospital where her clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive treatment of IBD, diverticular disease and rectal cancer. She is president elect of SAGES.

Cahill,-Ronan.jpegRonan Cahill is Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Full Professor of Surgery, University College Dublin. He is the Director of the hospital’s Digital Surgery Unit and of the University’s Centre for Precision Surgery. He holds several major funding awards from the Irish Government and EU Horizon’s programme with clinical, academic and industry partners nationally and internationally.

Dutson,-Erik.JPGDr. Dutson received his BS from The College of William and Mary, and his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he stayed on to do his General Surgery Residency.  He then traveled to Strasbourg, France, where he did a 2-year MIS/robotic/Computer-assisted Surgery Fellowship and had the good fortune to participate in the historical Operation Lindbergh in 2001.

Hashimoto,-Dan.jpgDr. Hashimoto obtained his B.A. in Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience from Boston University and earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also obtained an M.S. in Translational Research with a focus on technology and surgical education for which the majority of his research was conducted at the Imperial College London. He completed the Surgical AI & Innovation Fellowship at MGH and Harvard Medical School in collaboration with the MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory. He is completing his clinical fellowship in flexible endoscopy and foregut surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and is joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as assistant professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and as research faculty in computer vision at Penn Engineering's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory.

Meireles,-Ozanan.pngOzanan Meireles is a Bariatric, Foregut, and advanced Endoluminal Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-founder and the director of the Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory (SAIIL) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Meireles has been practicing surgery at MGH for more than 10 years, where he has been responsible for the introduction of new technologies and techniques, including Artificial Intelligence, Surgical Telementoring, and novel Laparoscopic and Endoluminal surgical procedures. Dr. Meireles graduated from the Sao Paulo State University School of Medicine, in Brazil. He completed his surgical training at Michigan State University and his clinical fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the University of California San Diego. He spent his research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital investigating augmented reality in surgery and robotic telemanipulation. Furthermore, he was deeply involved in studying and developing Natural Orifices Trans Endoluminal Surgery (NOTES) techniques, and he was among the first to pioneer their clinical applications. At SAIIL, his research focus is on utilizing computer vision to investigate the intraoperative phase of care through real-time, automated surgical analysis, and provide surgeons with additional data, with the goals of democratization of surgical knowledge, lowering costs, improve patient outcomes, and reduction of morbidity and mortality. He serves as the Chairman of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Artificial Intelligence Task Force, where he has been leading several projects to research and build the foundation for the scalability and sustainability of Surgical AI.   

Perretta,-Silvana.jpgDr. S. Perretta is an upper gastro-intestinal surgeon, Chief of Foregut and advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Division. She also serves as Director of IHU education and of the Surgical Endoscopy fellowship program since 2014.  She was elected Vice president of Ircad France in June 2019. Her fields of interest are upper gastro-intestinal surgery, gastro-intestinal physiology, bariatric surgery, interventional endoscopy, surgical education and innovation. Dr. Perretta has been a pioneer in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), hybrid surgical endoscopy procedures, endoscopic simulators, and MOOC-oriented medical education worldwide. She authored 144 peer-reviewed publications, has an h-index of 40, has given over hundreds of lectures in MIS, surgical innovation and holds a total of 9 patents. Since 2011 she runs the Business Engineering and Surgical Technologies education program “B.E.S.T.” a custom designed innovation program which targets engineers, medical students, and young professionals wanting to learn how to drive innovation in medicine. In 2011 she was awarded the SAGES career development award and in 2020 she was, second woman in 20 years, to give the SAGES STORZ lecture. She was named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour on January 1, 2021. Recently she was elected Chair of the EAES Flexible Endoscopy committee and advisor for the American College of Surgeon Committee on Emerging Surgical Technologies and Education (CESTE).