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BIARGS 11th Annual Scientific Meeting (Virtual ASM) on 24th and 25th June 2021

Minimal Access : Minimal conversion to conventional surgery

BIARGS focus on training : Listen to Tom Cecil Colorectal Surgeon talk about
“How to train your dragon in robotic surgery”

BIARGS welcome all grades of Gynaecology trainees/ surgical assistants and Nurses

Today’s Trainees are our future surgeons; hence BIARGS main focus is on safe robotic service and surgical training including surgical assistants, nurses who are integral part of our multidisciplinary team


Register free for BIARGS 11th Annual Scientific Meeting virtual ASM on 24th and 25th June 2021.

Membership is FREE for 2021!(only for Nurses and Trainees) Register here:

Invited RCOG & International speakers:

  • Sue Ward, Vice President RCOG
  • Jo Mountfield, Vice President RCOG
  • Rainer Kimmig, Germany
  • Roman Horace, France
  • Taner Usta, Turkey
  • Shailesh Puntambekar, India
  • Barry O’Reilly, Ireland
  • Matt Hewitt, Ireland
Scientific Committee:
Nick Ellkington, President BIARGS
Thomas Ind, Past President BIARGS
Marielle Nobbenhuis , Vice President BIARGS
Nahid Gul, Treasurer/Secretary BIARGS
Johnathan Lippiatt , Council member BIARGS
Helen Smith , Trainee rep BIARGS
Doreen Contreras , Nurse rep BIARGS


Programme: Day 1 Thursday 24th June 2021

Online Registration, Virtual Lecture Theatre
12:00-12:10 Introduction and welcome Nahid Gul, Nick Elkington , Marielle Nobbenhuis Conference Chairs
Session 1: Moderators: Marielle Nobbenhuis, Simon Butler-Manuel
12:10 – 12:25 Effect of The Covid-19 Pandemic on Gynaecology robotic services in UK Nick Elkington
12:25 – 12:40 COVID in robotic theatres, what measures were taken to deliver safe surgery? Doreen Contreras
12:40 – 12:55 Robotics in Gynaecological Oncology during COVID-19 pandemicEnhanced Recovery outcomes following 1,550 cases in the Guildford
Epicentre Program and impact on resource utilisation and patient care
Alex Tan
12:55 – 13:05 Panel discussion
Session 2: Moderators: Jo Mountfield, Mike Smith
13:05 – 13:25 RCOG vision for the future of gynaecological surgery Sue Ward
13:25 – 13:45 Training programme in gynaecology robotic surgery (RCOG ASM) Jo Mountfield
13:45 – 14:00 How to become recognized robotic surgeon and achieve BIARGS certification? Robotic annual dataset and governance. Nahid Gul
14:00 – 14:15 Trainee’s perspective of robotic surgery Helen Clarke
14:15 – 14:30 A robotic teaching programme for trainees, designed by trainees Tom Coia
14:30 – 14:40 Panel discussion
14:40 – 14:50 Break: Virtual Poster Viewing; Industry Stands BIARGS 2021 Poster_Chandrasekaran_ExtremeObesity [8450].pdf
BIARGS Poster 2021- Obesity (Natasha DSouza).pdf
BIARGS Poster- Elderly[1441376].pdf
BIARGS_2021_BMI50_v2 (1).pdf
Lusine Sevinyan – DASI poster.pdf
Poster 4 BIRAGS – final template 21-06-2021-.pdf
poster 5 BIARGS 2021 Poster_settingup_Rob_programme_D.El-Hamamsy.pdf
Session 3: Moderator: Thomas Ind
14:50 – 15:35 John Shepherd Lecture: “How to train your dragon in robotic surgery”. Tom Cecil
Session 4: Moderators: Jonathan Lippiatt, Nick Elkington,
15:35 – 15:55 Robotic radical hysterectomy and exenteration Shailesh Puntambekar
15:55 – 16:15 Role of robotic intraoperative ICG fluorescence in resection of parametrial disease (In cancer or extensive endometriosis) Rainer Kimmig
16:15 – 16:30 The role of robotic surgery in uterine pathology Christina Uwins
16:30 – 16:45 Robotic pelvic lymph node dissections for endometrial cancer: what is
the actual complication rate?
Michael Alvin Floreskou
16:45 – 16:55 Panel discussion
Session 5: Moderators: Orfhlaith O’Sullivan, Nahid Gul
Platinum sponsors: Intuitive surgical
17:00 – 17:10 Gold sponsors: CMR Surgical “Versius-Concept, Training and
Mark Slack
17:10 – 17:25


ACS NSQIP – Personalised Risk Prediction Tool for Postoperative
Complications in Gynaeoncology Robotic Surgery (Review of 917
Lusine Sevinyan
17:25 – 17:40


Total Robotic Diaphragmatic Stripping in ovarian cancer Christina Uwins
17:40 – 17:55


Efficiency in Robotic Theatres; a mixed-methods study. Dina El-Hamamsy
17:55 – 18:10


A case of robotic-assisted uterine niche resection Chou Phay Lim
18:10 – 18:20 Panel discussion, Close
18:20 Day 1 meeting close
18:30 – 19:30 BIARGS AGM (Members only -via separate link)
AGM Programme
18:30 President/Vice presidents report
To 19:30 Secretary/treasurer report/elections

Programme: Day 2 Friday 25th June 2021

Registration, Virtual Lecture Theatre
12:00 – 12:10 Introduction, Welcome Nahid Gul, Nick Elkington , Marielle Nobbenhuis Conference Chairs
Session 6: Moderators: Nick Elkington, Orfhlaith O’Sullian
12:10 – 12:25

Free communication

Current national guidance considers that: The presence of a Surgical
Care Practitioner in the perioperative team is of benefit both to the
patient and the consultant-led surgical care teams within which they
Marie Heane D. Taniacao
12:25 – 12:40
Trainees’ experience of robotic gynaecological surgery in Wessex
Hannah Pierce
12:40 -12:55
Low ‘draped-not-docked’ rate reflects appropriate case selection for
robotic-assisted surgery, enabling effective theatre utilisation
Dhivya Chandrasekaran
12:55 -13:10
Emergency protocol in robotic theatre Manou Kaur
13:10 -13:30
Tips and tricks in robotic surgery Matt Hewitt
13:30 -13:40 Panel discussion
13:45 – 14:00 Break: Virtual Poster Viewing; Industry Stands
Session 7: Moderators : Nahid Gul, Mike Smith
14:00 – 14:30
Robotic management of diaphragmatic endometriosis Roman Horace
14:30 – 14:50
Exploring Pelvic Pain with the Robot; Deep to ischial Spines including Pre-Sacral Roots. Taner Usta
14:50 – 15:10
Robotic surgery in deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) UK endometriosis Centre David Rowlands
15:10 -15:35
A retrospective review of Robotic vs Laparoscopic hysterectomy for
benign disease over a 4-year period at a Tertiary Hospital
Julia Parton
15:35 – 15:50
Robotic stapler disc bowel resection for DIE of the recto-sigmoid colon.
Case study and outcomes.
Denis Tsepov
15:50 – 16:00 Panel discussion.
Session 8: Moderators: Marielle Nobbenhuis. Nick Elkington
16:00 – 16:20


Robotic surgery in urogynaecology. A single centre experience Barry O’Reilly
16:20 – 16:40


Digital training and Augmented virtual reality Mohamed Mabrouk
16:40 – 17:00
Future robotic research study MIRRORS Simon Butler-Manuel
17:00 – 17:10 Panel discussion
17:15-17:30 Prize announcement and Close Nahid Gul
17:15 – 17:30 John Shepherd Prize for best oral presentation
Jeremy Wright Prize for best poster presentation
17:30 Annual scientific meeting Close:

BIARGS 2021: 11th Annual Scientific Meeting

BIARGS Flyer June 2021

Annual Scientific Meetings

Date Location Organiser File
2020 10th BIARGS/SERGS online Online SERGS BIARGS cork
2019 9th Newcastle Tony Chalhoub BIARGS 2019 Newcastle
2018 8th Guildford Simon Butler-Manuel
2017 7th Leicester Esther Moss Proposal for 2016 BIARGS by University Hospitals of Leicester
2015 6th The Wirral Nahid Gul BIARGS Newsletter 2016
2014 5th Wolverhampton Alaa Elghobashy BIARGSNewsletter2015
2013 4th London Thomas Ind & Peter Barton-Smith
2012 3rd Manchester Ahmed Ahmed
2011 2nd Cork Matt Hewitt
2010 1st RCOG, London Peter Barton-Smith

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