The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy (Christ Church, University of Oxford, UK)         

Mr. Haris Khwaja (Christ Church, University of Oxford/Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK)

Mr Bruno Sgromo (Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, University of Oxford)                                       

Professor Tomasz Rogula (University Hospitals & Case Western Reserve University, USA)



Chair: Professor Manoel Galvao Neto (9th of July Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Moderators: Dr. Christine Stier (University of Wurzburg, Germany) &

Professor Scott Shikora (Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard University, USA)


8:55 –9:10 A Brief History of Laparoscopic Surgery: Past, Present and Future

Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri (University of Dundee, UK)


9:20 –9:35 Women in Surgery: Breaking that Glass Ceiling and Rising to the Top                     

Professor Christine Ren-Fielding (New York University Langone Medical Centre, USA)


9:40 –9:55     Obesity and Cancer: Scaremongering or a new Indication for Bariatric Surgery?                                             

Professor David Kerrigan (Phoenix Health, Liverpool, UK)

10:00 –10:15   Metabolic Surgery in Far East Asia: Balancing the Epidemics of Obesity and Gastric Cancer                       

Professor Kazunori Kasama (Yotsuya Medical Cube, Tokyo, Japan)


10:20 –10:35 Percutaneous Imaged Guided Surgery: Potential Applications in the Bariatric Surgery Patient

Professor Mariano Gimenez (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)


10:40 –10:55 Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Bariatric Surgery

Professor Mathias Fobi (SAIMS & Mohak Bariatrics and Robotics, Indore, India)


11:00 –11:30 COFFEE BREAK (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)



Chair: Professor Catalin Copaescu (Romania)

Moderators: Dr. Sonja Chiappetta (Germany) & Miss Adriana Rotundo (UAE/UK)


11:35 –11:45 Why Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is not an easy operation

Professor Antonio Claudio Jamel Coelho (Brazil)


11:50 –12:00 Surgical Glues in Baratric Surgery: Principles, Applications and the Future

Professor Eduardo Adame Dominguez (Spain)


12:10–12:30 Experts’ Discussion Forum: Should patients undergoing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy have postoperative endoscopic surveillance?

Chairs: Professor Barham Abu Dayyeh (USA)

Panel: Audun Sigurdsson (Iceland), Ehab Akkary (USA), Rudolf Weiner (Germany), Alfredo Genco (Italy), Elizabeth Bird Lieberman, Jaydeep Palep (India)


12:35 –12:55 Experts’ Discussion Forum: Banded Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy: Surgical Genius or Regressive Innovation?

Chair: Dr. Mohit Bhandari (India)

Falih Mohsen (Iraq), Jose Eduardo Garcia Flores (Mexico), Subhi Abu Abeid (Israel) + 4 more experts


13:00 –14:00 LUNCH (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)



Chair: Mr. Conor Magee (UK)

Moderator: Mr. Yasser Kayyal (Ireland)


14:05 –14:15 Is the Concept of the Nissen-Sleeve flawed?

Professor Liza Maria Pompa Gonzalez (LIMARP, Tijuana, Mexico)


14:20 –14:50 Debate Chair: Mr. Yasser Kayyal (Ireland)

‘Buttressing of the Sleeve Gastrectomy Staple Line is Cost Effective’ Moderator: Dr. Asim Shabbir (Singapore)

Dr Helmuth Billy (USA) Vs Professor Karl Miller (Austria)



Chair: Professor Gontrand Lopez-Nava (Spain) Moderators: Professor Salman Al-Sabah (Kuwait) & Professor Barham Abu Dayyeh (Mayo Clinic, USA)


14:55–15:05 How Safe are Intragastric Balloons – Detailed Analysis from a Global Perspective

Professor Salman Al-Sabah (Kuwait)


15:10 –15:20 Endoscopic Treatment of Gastro-gastric Fistula  – a genuine game changer or wishful thinking?

Dr. Christine Stier (Germany)


15:25 –15:50 Experts’ Forum: Battle of the Balloons: Orbera Vs Spatz Vs Obalon Vs Elipse?

Chairs: Ariel Ortiz (USA) & Dr. Christine Stier (Germany)


Panel: Jeffrey Brooks (USA), Barham Abu Dayyeh (USA), Gontrand Lopez Nava (Spain),  Manoel Galvao Neto (Brazil), Salman Al-Sabah (Kuwait), Ali Al- Montashery (Saudi Arabia), Murat Ustun (Turkey), Evangelos Efthimiou (UK)


16:05 –16:35 Debate Chair: Mr. Conor Magee (UK)

‘Endoscopic Revision of a Dilated Gastro-jejunal Anastomosis for Weight Regain after Gastric Bypass should be considered prior to Revisional Surgery

Moderator: Dr. Wah Yang (China)

Professor Almino Ramos (Brazil) Vs Professor Safwan Taha (UAE)


16:40 –17:10 COFFEE BREAK (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)



Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Maynard (UK) & Mr. Shaw Somers (UK)


17:15 – 17:30 Endoscopy before Bariatric Surgery  – should this be the standard of care in 2019?

Professor Laurent Layani (UAE/France)

17:35 – 17:50 Morbid Obesity & Barretts Oesophagus – Implications for the modern day Oesophago-gastric Cancer & Bariatric Surgeon

Mr. Bruno Sgromo (UK)



Moderators: Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri (UK) & Mr. Zahir Soonawalla (UK)


17:55 – 18:05 The Difficult Gallbladder in the Severely Obese Patient – Technical Pearls to Avoid Surgical Misadventure

Mr. Ahmed Nasser (UK)


18:10 – 18:35 Experts’ Forum: Video Session: Bile Duct Injury During Synchronous Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Cholecystectomy

Presenter: Mr. Ashok Menon (UK)

Chair: Professor Scott Shikora (USA)

Ali Alhamdani (UK), Plamen Stakov (Germany), Mousa Khoursheed (Kuwait) + 4 more experts



Mr Bruno Sgromo (UK) & Mr. Haris Khwaja (UK)


19:45 –22:30     DINNER (Christ Church Hall)



8:00 – 8:30 REGISTRATION


8:35 –8:40 WELCOME

Mr Haris Khwaja (Christ Church, University of Oxford/Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK) & Mr Bruno Sgromo (Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, University of Oxford, UK)



Chair: Mr. Bruno Sgromo (University of Oxford, UK)           

Moderators: Professor Pradeep Chowbey (Max Superspeciality Hospital, New  Delhi, India)  & Professor Karl Miller (Austria)


8:45 –9:00 Lessons Learned from Thirty Years of Serving on the World Health Organization (WHO) Committee for Diabetes Mellitus

Professor Sir George Alberti (Imperial College, London UK)


9:05 –9:20 Experimental Metabolic Surgical Procedures in Humans – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Professor Almino Ramos (Gastro-Obeso Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil)


9:25 –9:40 TBC

Professor Namir Katkhouda (University of Southern California, USA)

9:45 –10:00 Is MGB/OAGB an effective operation for Morbidly Obese Type 2 Diabetics? Professor Rudolf Weiner (Germany)


10:05 –10:20 Why are Asians at Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at BMI < 35 kg/m2?

Professor Pradeep Chowbey (Max Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi, India)


10:25 – 10:55 COFFEE (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)



Chair: Dr. Diana Gabriela Maldonado Pintado (Mexico)

Moderators: Professor Jean Marc Chevallier (France)


11:00 – 11:10 Bile in the Stomach – Is it really such a big deal? Dr. Elizabeth Bird Lieberman (UK)


11:15 – 11:45 Debate Chair: Professor Laurent Layani (UAE)

‘The Simplicity of the MGB/OAGB compared to the LRYGB makes it the ideal metabolic and bariatric operation’

Moderator: Professor Mathias Fobi (USA)

Professor Jean-Marc Chevallier (France)  Vs Mr. Shaw Somers (UK)


11:50 – 12:20 Debate Chair:TBC


‘The Banded Gastric Micro-pouch and not a Long Lesser Curve Based Gastric Pouch is Preferred in Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass’

Professor Richard Peterson (USA) Vs Professor Khaled Gawdat (Egypt)


12:30 – 13:00 Experts’ Forum Video Session: Intraoperative Challenges During Bariatric Surgery

Chairs: Dr. Hasan Husein Jalamneh (Jordan) & Professor Rana Pullatt (USA)

Professor Imran Abbas (UAE) + 6 experts


13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)



Chair: Professor Mariano Gimenez (Argentina)   Moderators:


14:05 –14:15 Scientific Journal Delivery and Analysis in the 22nd Century

Professor Richard Peterson (USA)

14:20 –14:50 Debate Chair: Professor Tomasz Rogula (USA) ‘The Future of the Robot in Bariatric Surgery is under Threat” Moderator:

Professor Carlos Vaz (Portugal) Vs Dr. Edward Felix (USA)


14:55 –15:15 Experts’ Discussion Forum: BariClip – the Concept of the Reversible Sleeve

Chair: Dr. Patrick Noel (UAE/France)

+ 6 experts



Chair: Professor Carel le Roux (Ireland) Moderators: Dr. Sylvia Weiner (Germany)


15:20 –15:35 Treating Type 2 Diabetes with the Endoscope? – Latest Data and Future Directions

Professor Manoel Galvao Neto (Brazil)


15:40 –15:55 How does Metabolic Surgery Improve Type I Diabetes? Professor Scott Shikora (USA)


16:00 –16:20 Experts’ Forum Face Off : MGB/OAGB as  a Revisional Procedure for Failed Type 2 Diabetic Sleeve Patients

Chairs: Professor Scott Shikora (USA) & Professor Mario Musella (Italy) Panel: Chetan Parmer (UK), Michael van Den Bossche (Guernsey) + 5 more


16:25 –16:55 COFFEE (Sponsor Exhibition Hall)

17:00 –17:30 Debate Chair: Professor Ariel Ortiz Lagardere (Mexico/USA)

‘Laparoscopic Gastric Banding in the Morbidly Obese Type 2 Diabetic Patients is an Acceptable Surgical Option’

Moderator: Professor Alaa Abbas Moustafa (Egypt)

Professor David Kerrigan (UK) Vs Professor George Fielding (USA)


17:35 –18:05 Expert Panel Discussion: How do we control the Diabesity Pandemic?

Chairs: Professor John Wass (UK) & Professor Carel le Roux (reland)


Panel: Pradeep Chowbey (India), Almino Ramos (Brazil), Sir George Alberti (UK), Mohamad Alhaifi (Kuwait), Manoel Galvao Neto (Brazil) + 3more



Mr Bruno Sgromo (UK) & Mr. Haris Khwaja


19:15  – 19:45 DRINKS RECEPTION (Christ Church Antehall)

19:55  – 20:15 SPEECHES (Christ Church Hall)

20:15 – 23:30 GALA BANQUET DINNER/BAR (Christ Church Hall)