10 – 11 November, 2016
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
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) 2632 2629 / 2632 3586 Fax: (852) 2637 7974


Welcome Message

On behalf of the faculty, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to Hong Kong for the 1st Asia-Pacific Advanced and Novel Approaches to VATS Workshop 2016. Over the past few years, we have seen enormous progress in VATS in the form of single port technique, broncho- and angioplastic lung resections (single port and conventional VATS), and the subxiphoid approach. The development of technical expertise and skills, as well as advances in instruments, equipment and technologies to facilitate these ever more complex and challenging surgery are changing at a very rapid pace. 

Through this workshop, we aim to attract thoracic surgeons who are already practising VATS to further their knowledge, understanding and skills in these areas. We are indeed honoured and privileged to have arguably the world's best VATS operators and innovators of these approaches with us for the workshop. The program consisting of lectures and videos, discussions, and hands-on wetlab sessions that will provide all the materials and experience necessary to start or further advance on these approaches and techniques. An important aspect of the learning is that the faculty will demonstrate advanced suturing and bronchoplasty techniques, and subxiphoid approaches in the wetlab for the participants to follow. 

We warmly welcome you to the vibrant city of Hong Kong, to celebrate the recent developments in advanced VATS techniques and approaches with our renowned faculty. In addition, the focused workshop with limited participants should allow plenty of opportunities to start new and rekindle old friendships, to share new ideas, and to be part of the future of minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

Workshop Director
Calvin SH Ng

Diego Gonzalez Rivas
Chia Chuan Liu
Dmitrii Sekhniaidze
Agasthian Thirugnanam


Faculty Members

Workshop Director

Calvin SH Ng
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Overseas Faculties

Diego Gonzalez Rivas
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Coruña University Hospital

Chia Chuan Liu
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center

Dmitrii Sekhniaidze
Chief of Thoracic Surgery Department
Regional Oncological Center

Agasthian Thirugnanam
Senior Consultant Surgeon
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Specialist in Thoracic Surgery

Preliminary Programme

Thurs 10th November, 2016 (Day 1)
Ethicon Sponsored Session
0830 VATS Lobectomy Agasthian Thirugnanam
0900 VATS Mediastinal LN Dissection Chia Chuan Liu
0930 VATS Sleeve Resection Agasthian Thirugnanam
1010 Uniportal Oesophagectomy Dmitrii Sekhniaidze
1040 Q & A, Discussion All
1050 Coffee Break  
1110 VATS Segmentectomy Chia Chuan Liu
1150 VATS for Pulmonary Infection and Infective Complications Agasthian Thirugnanam
1220 Advanced Localization Techniques during VATS Calvin SH Ng
1235 Advances in Technology - VATS of the Future Calvin SH Ng
1250 Q & A , Discussion All
1300 Lunch  
1330 -
Animal Lab Participants
1830 Workshop Dinner All Faculty & Participants
Fri 11th Novemeber, 2016 (Day 2)
0820 Uniportal VATS Lobectomy Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
0850 Trouble Shooting in Uniportal VATS Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
0920 Uniportal VATS Segmentectomy Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
1000 Uniportal VATS Sleeve & Complex Resections Dmitrii Sekhniaidze
1040 Q & A, Discussion All
1050 Coffee Break  
1110 Non-Intubated VATS Major Lung Resection Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
1150 Uniportal Sleeve Resections Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
1230 Subxiphoid Approach for Lung Resection Chia Chuan Liu
1310 Q & A, Discussion All
1320 Lunch  
1350 -
Animal Lab Participants


Registration can be made by one of the following methods:
1. online Registration (Full)
2. by Mail
Please send the completed registration form together with payment to the Secretariat.
3. by Fax
Please fax the completed registration form to (852) 2637 7974
Registration Fee
Surgeons (full workshop of lectures and wet-labs) HKD7,000 / USD900
Allied Healthcare Professionals / Nurses (lectures only) HKD1,000 / USD130
Workshop Dinner (10th November, 2016) Complimentary
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 28th September, 2016, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. No refund will be made for cancellation received after 28th September, 2016.

Private Policy Statement
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General Information

Official Language
The official language of the Symposium is English.
Certificate of Attendance
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued and distributed to registered delegates onsite.
CME / CNE Accreditation
  10 November, 2016 11 November, 2016
Anaesthesiologists 7.5 8.33
Surgeons 6 6
Surgeons (Non-specialist) 5 5
CNE 3.5 5
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.
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) 2632 2629 / 2632 3586 Fax: (852) 2637 7974

About Hong Kong

The Weather
Hong Kong has sub-tropical climate. The weather in November is normally clear and sunny with pleasant breezes. Temperature ranges from 19°C to 24°C. Relative humidity is around 70%. November and December are usually considered as the best and most comfortable months of the year. 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 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. The Organizers are 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
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