8th ASPVS & ATCCS 2020 is postponed to this Autumn due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Details to be further announced.


We would like to warmly welcome you to the 8th Asian Single Port VATS Symposium (ASPVS) and Asia Thoracic Cancer Care Summit (ATCCS) 2020 in Hong Kong. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) shall be hosting both these important events over a 3-day period that promises to present the latest in advanced single port VATS techniques as well as bring together all the disciplines in thoracic cancer care to share their new ideas and technologies, both present and future.

It is indeed humbling to see the 8th ASPVS returning to Hong Kong, following the inaugural meeting back in 2013. Since then, the ASPVS has travelled to Seoul Korea, Taipei Taiwan, Shanghai China, Manila Philippines, and most recently to Nagoya Japan. The ASPVS has been attended by more than a thousand surgeons and healthcare professionals over the years. The focus of this year’s event will be on advanced single port VATS skills and procedures, in particular broncho- and arterioplasty, with single port VATS skills dry lab on the second day and animal wet lab on the last day of the meeting. The Symposium and labs will be supported by Dr Diego Gonzalez Rivas, Prof Thomas D’Amico, and Prof Gaetano Rocco, world renowned pioneers in this field, as well as other past directors of the ASPVS meetings, and other highly skilled advanced single port VATS faculties.

In the past few years, the treatment options for thoracic malignancies have expanded and changed dramatically. The treatment standard of minimally invasive surgery in the form of VATS, although remains to be mainstream therapy, is by no means the only option, and in select patient groups may not necessarily be the best. Robotic surgery, robotic bronchoscopy, navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial imaging and therapy, real time intraoperative imaging, fluorescence guided procedures, hybrid operating rooms and new oncological targeted therapies, are some of the new developments used in the combat against thoracic malignancies. In 2018, CUHK organized the first Asia Thoracic Cancer Care Summit (ATCCS) to reflect the rapid and important development of these technologies, and provided the industry with a platform to reach the multidisciplinary clinicians involved in thoracic cancer care through lectures, seminars and workshops. This year, we have gathered together the most experienced users of these new technology platforms to share their experience and vision for the future. In addition, new to this year, we shall be hosting a parallel session on latest developments in single port, robotic and endoluminal therapies for treatment of esophageal cancers.

We hope to meet you in this vibrant city to celebrate with the world’s brightest minds and leaders in thoracic cancer management and single port VATS on latest developments, to start new and rekindle old friendships, and to be part of innovating more personalized therapies for improving patient care and outcomes.

Calvin NG
Program Director
Professor, Thoracic Surgery

( and on behalf of the Program Committee )


Program Director

Calvin SH NG

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Symposium Co-Directors

Hyun Koo KIM

Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Korea University Guro Hospital
Korea University College of Medicine

Takashi SUDA

Department of Thoracic Surgery
Fujita Health University

Program Advisors & Coordinators (Esophagus)

Philip WY CHIU

Division of Upper GI and Metabolic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Assistant Dean (Institutional Affairs)
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hon Chi YIP

Associate Consultant
Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of UGI and Metabolic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Prince of Wales Hospital
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Guests of Honour

Thomas A. D’AMICO

Gary Hock Endowed Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

Gaetano ROCCO

Professor of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre
New York


Department of Thoracic Surgery
Coruña University Hospital


US / Europe


Chairman and Head
Department of Pneumology and Critical Care Medicine
Thoraxklinik University of Heidelberg


Department of Thoracic Surgery
Charité – University Medicine Berlin


Professor of Medicine
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Chicago
Director of Bronchoscopy
Co-Director of Lung Cancer Screening Program


Director of Thoracic Oncology
Director, Chest Center of the Carolinas
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Pinehurst Medical Clinic
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


Thoracic Department
Regional Tyumen Hospital
Tyumen, Russia


Professor of Surgery
Head, Department of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
University Medical Center Utrecht
The Netherlands

Asia - China


Associate Professor
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Thoracic Surgery Department
Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital

He Cheng LI

Professor of Thoracic Surgery
Department Chair of Thoracic Surgery
Ruijin Hospital
Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine

Asia - Hong Kong


Assistant Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shannon M CHAN

Associate Consultant
Division of UGI and Metabolic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Prince of Wales Hospital
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Frances CHEUNG

Tam Lin CHOW

Asia - Japan


Clinical Professor
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Chiba Hokusoh Hospital
Nippon Medical School

Asia - Philippines

Antonio B. RAMOS

Lung Center of the Philippines
Quezon City

Federico SANCHEZ

Asia - Taiwan

Yin-Kai CHAO

Chief & Professor
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Head, Esophageal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Jang-Ming LEE

Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan


(as at 20 Jan, 2020)

Programme at a Glance

Preliminary Programme

(All times given as local Hong Kong time, GMT + 8:00)


    General Participants Members of JACS, KATSO, PATACSI & TATCS Local HA staff, CUHK staff, CUHK medical students & CSHK members

Lectures + Dry Lab (7th - 8th May, 2020)

HKD4,000 / USD520 HKD2,000 / USD260 Fee Waived
B. Lectures + Dry Lab + * VATS Animal Wetlab (7th – 9th May, 2020) HKD9,000 / USD1,160 HKD4,500 / USD580 Fee Waived
    Online registration Online registration Online registration
  By post: Please send the completed registration form together with payment to the Secretariat
By fax: Please fax the completed registration form to (852) 2637 7974

*Limited capacity and first-come, first-served for “VATS Animal Wetlab”.    Delegates will be informed of successful registration via email upon receipt of registration within 7 working days.  .  If the VATS Animal Wetlab has been full, participants may choose to join Option A (i.e. Lectures + Dry Lab on 7th – 8th May, 2020).


Payment can be made by credit card or by bank draft / cheque payable to "The Chinese University of Hong Kong". It should be sent together with the completed registration form to the Secretariat. (Personal cheques are acceptable for Hong Kong residents only.)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to the Secretariat. For cancellation request received on or before 25th March, 2020, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. No refund will be made for cancellation received after 25th March, 2020.

Private Policy Statement

The personal data provided by registrants / applicants will be used by the Department of Surgery, CUHK for the purposes of processing registration to the workshops / conferences and delivering information of current and future events. The data will not be transferred to other external parties except for the co-organizers of events for communication of programmes / events purpose. Under the provision of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, registrants / applicants have the rights to access to and request the correction of the personal data. Applicants may submit written request to if necessary.



Submission Categories

• The Organizing Committee of the “8th ASPVS & ATCCS 2020” is inviting the submission of scientific abstracts and case reports. Authors are asked to submit abstracts under one of the following categories: • Advanced NSCLC • Biology • Esophageal Tumour (Malignant) • Esophageal Tumour (Benign) • Immuno-oncology • Interventional Diagnostics / Pulmonology • Mesothelioma • Nursing and Allied Professionals • Oligometastatic NSCLC • Pathology • Robotic Bronchoscopy • Robotic Surgery • Screening and Early Detection • Single Port (Uniportal) VATS • Small Cell Lung Cancer / NET • Staging • Targeted Therapy • Thymoma / Other Thoracic Malignancies • Treatment in the Real World - Support, Survivorship, Systems Research • Treatment of Early Stage/Localized Disease


• There is no fee for submitting an abstract. • There is no limit to the number of abstracts you may submit. • All abstracts accepted by the organizer will be printed in the programme / abstract book of the “8th ASPVS & ATCCS 2020” and it is mandatory to agree to this at the time of submission.

Title & Topic

• The abstract title must not exceed 125 characters in length; this includes spaces.


• There is no limit to the number of co-authors per abstract. • Please carefully review the affiliation of all your co-authors. • Financial Disclosure information needs to be stated at the end of the abstract and does not count towards words of the abstract.

Abstract Text

• Research work should be original and innovative. • Work can be presented prior to the“8th ASPVS & ATCCS 2020”, but MUST include new information / data. • Abstracts must not exceed 400 words in length (not including title and authors). • Tables may be included and each will count as 100 words. • A maximum of 2 images may be included. • Tables, images and graphs must be saved as GIF, JPEG, JPG or PNG format at 300 dpi and 100% size. Any higher resolution is acceptable. • Abstracts must be structured with the following: a) Background b) Methods c) Results d) Conclusion

Abstract Submission Method

• Please send your abstracts via email to

Important Deadline

• Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 Mar 2020
• Author Notification of Acceptance will be made within two weeks upon receipt of abstract.

Abstract Oral Presentation

Authors of the best submitted abstracts will be invited to give a short oral presentation of their work in the Conference main program.
The oral presentation date and time will be announced by end of March.

Abstract Oral Presenter Entitlements

• Registration fee for joining the Conference (Day 1 & 2 only) will be waived for abstract presenters.
• Overseas presenter (one for each oral presentation of abstract) will be offered with complimentary hotel accommodation from May 6 – 9, 2020 (i.e. 3 room nights) at the conference hotel.
• Abstract presenters who would like to join the VATS Animal Wet Lab on Day 3 (May 9, 2020) please write to the Symposium Secretariat via for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration Fee is HKD3,500 / USD450. Complimentary Hotel accommodation will then cover from May 6 – 10, 2020 (ie. 4 room nights).   
• Overseas presenters should ensure that you have all the necessary VISA arrangement and insurance coverage on your own.

Abstract Oral Presenter Prize

The Best Oral Presentation and Runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of USD1,500 and USD1,000 respectively.


Official Language

The official language of the Symposium is English.

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued and distributed to the registered delegates.


Chinese and English are the official languages with Cantonese being the de facto official spoken language in Hong Kong. Most people in the service industry speak Cantonese, English and Mandarin.


The Organizer does not shoulder any responsibility for individual’s medical, travel or personal insurance. Delegates are strongly advised to make or review their own policies.


Conference venue for 7 & 8 May 2020
(to be announced)

Wet lab on 9 May 2020
CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre
3/F, Li Ka Shing Specialist Clinic (North Wing)
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong


Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F, Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3505 2629 / 3505 3586
Fax: (852) 2637 7974


The Weather

Hong Kong has sub-tropical climate. The weather in May is generally fine and humid with sunny intervals. Temperature ranges from 24°C to 28°C. Relative humidity is around 86%. Detailed weather information is obtainable from the Hong Kong Observatory. Website:

Passport & Visa Requirement

Visitors to Hong Kong should hold a passport with at least six months' validity. Nationals of about 160 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. The Organizer is NOT responsible for individual’s visa arrangement. Participants should check with the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at respective home town for the visa information. One may also check to learn whether a visa is needed to enter Hong Kong from the webpage of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong. Website:

Airport Departure Tax

Adult : HK$120 Children under 12 years of age : Free


Chinese and English are the official languages with Cantonese being the de facto official spoken language in Hong Kong. Most people in the service industry speak Cantonese, English and Mandarin.


The local currency unit is Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is currently linked to US dollar (US$) at an exchange rate of HK$7.8=US$1. Most foreign currencies are easily exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers. Credit cards are widely accepted at major hotels, large restaurants, department stores and shops. Most banks in Hong Kong open from 9:00am to 4:30pm on Mondays to Fridays, and some from 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturdays.

Local Transportation

Hong Kong is a geographically compact city. It is highly mobile with efficient public transport system. Mass Transit Railway, bus, mini bus, tram, ferry, etc. are the major transportation means. “Red” taxis serve most of the territory-wide area except for Tung Chung Road and the south side of Lantau Island. “Green” taxis are fundamentally confined to the suburban areas in the New Territories. “Blue” taxis operate only on Lantau Island. All taxis can go to and from the Hong Kong International Airport. Road signs in Hong Kong are bilingual in both English and Chinese.

Hong Kong Attractions

Visitors may learn more about travelling in Hong Kong from the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Website: