Invited Speakers / Session Chairs

1. Amir Szold

Medical Director, Asia Medical Group, Tel Aviv Israel.

Director Amir Szold  has scientific publications  of over 90 articles in peer-reviewed Journals including Annals of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, American Journal of Hematology and Anesthesia and Analgesia, and chapters in books. And over 200 presentations of scientific papers in local and international meetings including DDW, SAGES, EAES. All published as abstracts.

Advisor, board member and partner in medical technology companies and medical technology incubators: Visionsense, NiTi Med, Virtual Ports, TopSpin, MST, Surgical Structure, Meytav Incubator, StimPulse, I-Surgical, Human Extensions, Nicast, LifeBond, Assymetric.

2. Andreas Melzer

Professor of “Medical Technology” and head of Division, Founding Director of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology IMSaT of the Universities Dundee and St Andrews, Scotland Board member of the “Clinical Research Centre” at Ninewells Hospital and Medical




3. Alan Sihoe

 Dr Alan Sihoe is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong. He is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital in Shenzhen, China. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong.

Dr Sihoe received his medical training at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded multiple prizes, an Honours degree, and a Masters degree for research in Pathology. After working in Scotland and England, he completed his training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Hong Kong, specializing in Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) under the mentorship of Prof Anthony Yim.


Dr Sihoe is now an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and is a pioneer of ‘next generation’ techniques in Asia – especially uniportal and needlescopic chest surgery. He is a frequent Invited Lecturer and Faculty member at conferences and surgical education events throughout Asia, Europe and North America, sharing his experiences in these advanced thoracic surgical approaches. His many research interests include pain reduction and air leak management strategies following pulmonary operations. Dr Sihoe has published extensively, and has won or been short-listed for multiple awards in thoracic surgery and clinical research.


4. Lan Chen

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical engineering

Department Head




5. Daniel Wendt

 M.D., Ph.D., Assistant ProfessorWest German Heart Center Essen Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Hufelandstr. 55 45122 Essen
 Steering committee member of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT)
 Associate Editor Minimal Invasive Therapies and allied Technologies (MITAT)
 Associate Editor Romanian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
 Essen Medical School 1998 - 2004
 Residency West German Heart Center Essen 2004-2011
 Consultant West German Heart Center Essen 2011
Member of American Heart Association (AHA)

6. Dr. Dennis Ng

Dr. Dennis Ng is currently an associate consultant in North District Hospital in Hong Kong. He is also an honorary assistant professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a general surgeon with special interest in colorectal surgery. He is also a council member of the Hong Kong Society of Minimal Access Surgery, and a member of corporate communication subcommittee in The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong.
His academic interest included laparoscopic general and colorectal surgeries, advanced endoscopic surgeries such as endoscopic submucosal dissection, endo-laparoscopic surgeries and transanal endoscopic operations. He was the team member in the development of the endo-laparoscopic colectomy in Hong Kong. He has over 40 presentations and publications in different local and international meetings and peer-reviewed journals.

7. George Du

Dr. George Du currently works for MicroPort Medical Group as senior vice president, in charge of surgical business.  Before joining MicroPort, Dr. Du was a director for vascular graft technology at Maquet Cardiovascular in New Jersey, USA, responsible  for product development and technology innovation.

Dr. Du obtained his B.Sc from China Textile University and Ph.D from University of Manchester, majoring in textile engineering.  Dr. Du has over 30 years’ experience in both medical device and fiber composite industries, working for MicroPort,  Maquet, Pfizer, Datascope, Drexel University, and University of Delaware in the area of Vascualr graft, covered stent, medical textile, textile composite,  and specialty textiles.  

8. Enric Laporte

MD, PhD, Fundació Parc de Tauli – Sabadell – Barcelona - Spain
Enric Laporte, MD is now the Director of Programme of New Technologies in Surgery – Fundació Parc Tauli and Surgeon of Instituto de Cirugia – Hospital Quirón (Barcelona). His key qualifications lie in the field: project managment, robotized surgery, OR lighting and technology and ergonomics in endoscopic surgery. He has his publications of editor of two books of laparoscopic surgery, 66 articles in books and national and foreing journals. And 225 presentations in Congresses and Meetings held in Spain, Europe, Asia and America.

Eiji Kanehira

Director of Ageo Medical Group Endosurgery Academy
Chief of the Endocopic Surgery Division, Department of surgery, Ageo Central General Hospital

Eiji Kanehira is a surgeon specializing in advanced endoscopic surgery in such digestive organs as stomach, colorectal, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, endoluminal, and so on.

10. Jenny Dankelman

Prof. Dr. Delft University of Technology 

Jenny Dankelman obtained her degree in Mathematics, with a specialisation in System and Control Engineering at the University of Groningen. Her PhD degree on the dynamics of the coronary circulation was obtained at the Man-Machine Systems Group, Delft University of Technology (DUT) in close co-operation with the department of Medical Physics of the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam. She continued her research at the Man-Machine Systems group and in 2001 she became Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in Minimally Invasive Technology.


11. Irene Lo

Dr. Irene Lo is an Associate Consultant in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) of Hong Kong, sub-specializing in Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery (HBP). She is also a Honorary Associate Professor of both Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been actively participated in teaching and clinical research. She is currently one of the examiners in the Membership Examination of the College of Surgeon of Hong Kong.

QEH is a tertiary referral center, teaching hospital and trauma center. There is an average of more than 10,000 surgical emergency admissions per year. As the society is now having an aging population; elderly surgical patients are becoming more common. In the past few years, QEH surgical unit had performed the largest number of laparotomy in elderly patients aged above 90 years old. However, to operate on elderly in this extreme spectrum of life is regarded as very high risk operation and it is of doubtful survival benefit. As a result, we had collected our data with this unique characteristic and made an objective analysis.

Zhiyong Li
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Southeast University

Professor Zhi-Yong Li is the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Southeast University. He has a BSc degree in Structural Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Between 2004-2010, he worked as a Research Fellow and then Senior Research Fellow in University of Cambridge. He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College in University of Cambridge since 2005. His research interests include cardiovascular biomechanics, image-based computational modeling, poroelastic theory and mechanical behaviour of diseased artery.

Ju Mei

Professor of Surgery
Director of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.

Dr Mei is now the professor and director of division of cardiothoracic surgery, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong university, school of medicine, Shanghai, China. Dr. Mei has over 30 years working experience of professional cardiothoracic surgery. He originated and successfully performed the first modified total cavopulmonary connection to treat complex congenital heart disease. Dr.Mei is the committee member of the international society (Asian chapter) for cardiovascular surgery and committee member of Chinese association for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He also serves as the standing committee member of Chinese medical doctor association for cardiovascular surgery.

14. Ming-Yih Lee 

Ph.D, Professor

Ming-Yih Lee Ph.D is currently a Fellow of IET (Formal IEE), the professor and Chairman of Graduate Institute of Medical Mechatronics in Chang Gung University.Currently, he is the Chair of the Technical Committee (TC) on Medical Mechatronics in IEEE/SMC Society. He has received Outstanding Research Award from CGU and Outstanding Academic-industry Collaboration Award from Ministry of Education (MOE). Dr. Lee has had research collaborations with faculty in Orthopedics Rehabilitation, Neuroscience, Surgery, Dentistry, Craniofacial and Sport Biomechanics. He has been the Chair of many biomedical related conferences and workshops. He is currently elected as Vice-president of Chinese Safe Patient Handling & Movement Association.

15.  Benjie Tang 

Senior Lecturer, Associate DirectorUniversity of Dundee

Dr Tang has made special achievements in education training of minimally invasive surgery and human factors engineering. He also developed and perfected the minimally invasive surgery training center at the university of Dundee, making it the Europe's largest and the world's leading minimally invasive surgical training center. Dr Tang has successively published more than 96 papers in many international top journals.

16. Uwe Spetzger

Professor Dr. med. German

Uwe Spetzger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in June 9, 1962 and received his medical degree 1989 at the Medical Faculty at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in Medical Science (ECFMG) in 1990. Since 2002 he is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Karlsruhe. Prof. Spetzger was the President of the Annual Meeting of the Society of Medical Innovation and Technology SMIT2013 in Baden-Baden, Germany. Spetzger is the Congress president of the Annual Meeting of German Society Meeting of Neurosurgery (DGNC) that will be held 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

17. Weimin Huang

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Dr Wei Min Huang was awarded his PhD from Cambridge University, and is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has 20 years of experience on shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid). He has published over 100 papers in journals, such as Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Materials Today, Soft Matter, and Journal of Materials Chemistry, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 100 international journals (including Advanced Materials, Advanced functional materials, Small and biomaterials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of a couple of international journals. 

Wei Tech Ang

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Wei Tech Ang is an Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds concurrent appointment as Head, Division of Engineering Mechanics and Director (Outreach) at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, M.Eng. and B.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 1999 and 1997 respectively. His research focuses on robotics technologies in Biomedical applications, which include robot assisted microsurgery & cell micromanipulations, assistive & rehabilitation technology for the disabled, etc. Prof Ang is also an activist in the promotion of technology to assist and empower the disabled and aged for quality independent living. He is a founder of the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe).

19. Kai Xu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Prof. Xu received his BE and MS degrees from Tsinghua University, China, and PhD degree with distinction from Columbia University, US. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
Prof. Xu has involved intensively in several projects developing the state-of-the-art surgical robots, including a tele-operative surgical robot for larygneal MIS at Johns Hopkins University and the IREP robot for SPA laparoscopy at Columbia University. After joined UM-SJTU JI, he continued his research to develop less invasive surgical robots for NOTES and SPL (Single Port Laparoscopy) applications, receiving funding from the University of Michigan, the Global Research Outreach program of SAIT (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology), and various funding agencies in China.

20. Hongliu Y

Dr. Yu Hong-liu is a professor and the director of the Institute of Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology, University of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyUSST. He obtained his Ph. D degree with the study in rehabilitation engineering   and is now responsible for leading the program and discipline of Rehabilitation Engineering in institute of medical instrument and food engineering, USST.

Prof. Yu has long been engaging in teaching, researching and engineering practice in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and medical instruments. He has published over 100 papers and 3 books, and applied for more than 60 patents in rehabilitation engineering. He is currently also taking positions of many other academic organizations, including the principle expert of  Rehabilitation Device discipline (key field of science and technology)  of Shanghai, the deputy group leader of Professional Committee of Assistive Devices Group in Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, the deputy editor of the Journal of International Rehabilitation Engineering & Devices, member of director board of China Rehabilitation Devices Association, and the deputy director of Shanghai Joint Electrophysiological and Rehabilitation Technology Research Center, etc.