Sydney Upper Gastro-intestinal Surgical Society Meeting 2020

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Welcome Upper GI and General Surgical Colleagues from throughout NSW, across Australia and even across the ditch.

First formed in 1991, the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society was the first Specialist general surgery society formed in Australasia. Its early prominence and success was due to the efforts of a coalition of surgeons energised by the rapid advances in Surgery that occurred with the advent of new technologies and Laparoscopy in particular. Over the decades almost 30 meetings have been run, due to the requirement to run twice yearly meetings during the 90’s, so fast was the pace of change.

Every year the SUGSS meetings provide opportunities for local, interstate and New Zealand surgeons to meet and discuss leading edge techniques that consistently evolve how they practice their craft. The overseas faculty are always a “who’s who” of surgery, and when they are matched up with our Australasian faculty a packed and stimulating agenda is guaranteed.

SUGSS has been also privileged to team up with other societies for our meetings including ANZGOSA and The Australian Pancreatic Club. We also have included extra content on frequent occasions including therapeutic endoscopy and bariatric surgical workshops.

For senior trainees and fellows, this is probably the best opportunity during the year to sit side by side with your mentors and their mentors in a warm and collegial environment.

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Dr David Martin

Dr David Martin is a consultant surgeon in the Upper Gastro-Intestinal Departments of Surgery at both the Concord and the Royal Prince Alfred University Hospitals in Sydney. He is also appointed as a consultant surgeon at the Strathfield, Sydney and Mater private hospitals.


A/Prof Michael Talbot

A/Prof Talbot specialises in Bariatric surgery, Upper GI surgery and therapeutic endoscopy. He has a special interest in robotic surgery, Gastroscopy & ERCP, swallowing disorders, laparoscopic hernia repair and bariatric surgery.

Dr Rob Gandy

Dr Rob Gandy

Dr Gandy did his initial medical degree in Leeds, UK and emigrated to Australia in 2006 to complete his training in Upper GI and HPB Surgery. He is primarily based in the Prince of Wales Campus in Sydney’s East.

Dr David Yeo

Dr David Yeo

Dr Yeo completed his general surgical Fellowship in 2009 and undertook 4 further years of HPB training before commencing work at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a Transplant, UGI and HPB Surgeon. He has subsequently taken a position at St George Hospital as well.

Dr Carolyn Jameson

Dr Carolyn Jameson

Dr Jameson completed her General Surgical Fellowship and PhD and continued training and working in Metropolitan and Rural centres before settling into Public and Private Practice in Western Sydney. Her main work interests are General Surgery and Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery, however she’s a firm believer also in cultivating interests outside of work also.

2020 Meeting

20:20 Vision for Managing Complex Cases

Covid 2020 has been a different year. With endless zoom meetings, virtual conferences and virtual work, no doubt many of you are feeling bereft from real collegial face to face catch ups? Well SUGSS 2020 has got a cure for you.

This year, to save you from tears, we are going to give you something special. All day – no way – not in the year of zoom meetings from your lounge room and half lists or no lists. SUGSS Covid 2020 is just an early evening action packed sit down soiree with friends. It’s going to be fast and fun. Starting with a feisty debate from some Texas style (AKA QLD) interstate guests on the current best bariatric options, we are then going to have some cracking case discussions on some difficult Upper GI Conundrums with much audience participation and ad hoc debate – if you’ve got a cracking case or some pain to share – please let us know.

After that, and some tasty wines, it’s’ on to an early Dinner during which buoyant Belgian bariatric blazer Bruno Dillmans is arriving via zoom with his own international posse of bariatric doyens to confront our far from impressionable SUGGS audience to show us how they run the international Barilink MDT meeting with a couple of cases of their own to discuss with us.

We would love to see you, so come along, get involved, have fun, learn something new in a relaxed and yet thought provoking evening with colleagues. Spaces are limited so don’t miss out. For those who are unable to attend because of border closures the facility for remote registration will also exist.

David Martin & Michael Talbot
Co-chairs SUGSS

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International Panel

Dr Bruno Dillemans – Head of the International Panel

Dr Bruno Dillemans joined A.Z. Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV campus in 1994 and became Chief of Staff in the Department of General Surgery in 2011. He performs 1500 bariatric procedures per year and is heavily involved in training, education and maintenance of Quality in Bariatric Surgery.

Dr Shashank Shah is a pioneer and leading Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon in India

Dr Shashank Shah

Dr Shashank Shah is a pioneer and leading Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon in India. He has served as the President of many national organisations of Obesity like Obesity & Metabolic Surgery society Of India (OSSI), International Excellence Federation (IEF), All India Association For Advancing Research In Obesity (AIAARO). He is a visiting professor at various universities in Europe, USA, Malaysia and Bangladesh. He is the first ever surgeon to be awarded the prestigious Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award by the American Diabetes Association for research in Surgery for Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes.

Catalin Copaescu is a Consultant Surgeon heading the Gastrointestinal Minimal Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Department in Ponderas Academic Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.

Catalin Copaescu

Catalin Copaescu, MD PhD, 55 y. Consultant Surgeon heading the Gastrointestinal Minimal Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Department in PONDERAS ACADEMIC HOSPITAL, Bucharest, Romania. Associated Professor of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest and Invited Professor of the “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania. Pioneering MIS in Romania in the early 90’, after 2000 he was introducing laparoscopic bariatric surgery in his country and contributed to the regional development and extension of all the video-assisted metabolic procedures. To-date he has performed more than 8000 bariatric operations, primary and revisions. He is the director of the Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery in PONDERAS ACADEMIC HOSPITAL designated by IFSO-EC (2011) and SRC (2014) where yearly 1200 metabolic procedures are actually performed.

Dr Mohammed Sarhan is an Egypt Assistant Professor of Bariatric Surgery Kasr El-Einy.

Dr Mohammed Sarhan

Dr Mohammed Sarhan – Egypt Assistant Professor of Bariatric Surgery – Kasr El-Einy. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Member of the European Society of Endoscopic Surgery. Member of The International Federation for Bariatric Surgery. Certified Master Surgeon of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the SRC. Proven experience with more than 10,000 successful surgeries.

Mr Peter Small is a senior consultant surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital with a specialist interest in bariatric and upper GI laparoscopic surgery.

Mr Peter Small

Mr Peter Small is a senior consultant surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital with a specialist interest in bariatric and upper GI laparoscopic surgery. Trained in general surgery in Scotland spending his final years in Dundee. Dundee was a founding centre of laparoscopic surgery where he learned laparoscopic skills under the guidance of Prof Cuschieri, a UK pioneer of laparoscopic surgery. He was appointed to Sunderland Royal Hospital in 1998 where he introduced laparoscopic surgery for reflux disease and obesity surgery. Established a North of England NHS bariatric service at Sunderland which has grown to one of the largest NHS bariatric units in the country with 6 consultant surgeons. Member of BOMSS council since 2013. Chairman of the National Bariatric Surgery Register committee and is a keen promoter of data collection and analysis to identify good practice. The database now contains data from over 80,000 UK procedures. Guided the publication of the 2nd and 3rd NBSR UK Report.


Consultant Surgeons $140

Trainees and Non-Surgeons $60

Conference Venue

Hyatt Regency Sydney
161 Sussex Street, Sydney

Previous Years

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