From Limitation to Opportunity: Rethinking Surgical Training During a Pandemic


This webinar is organized in collaboration with the Lebanese Society for General Surgery (LSGS) and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)-Lebanese Chapter. It is also endorsed by the IFSO International for the first time in Lebanon. 

During the COVID pandemic, the clinical exposure and competence of our residents was restricted, due to increased surgical risk and the restricted number of elective simple bariatric cases. This altered drastically the clinical competence. The webinar is dedicated to Young IFSO members with active participation of our surgical residents .

The first session will host 2 International speakers and 2 Lebanese members practicing abroad, to discuss an interactive complex case of Redo Surgery after a Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication. The second session entitled Resident Session will host 4 Lebanese Chief Residents, to expose important technical steps, tips and tricks of the 4 most commonly performed bariatric surgeries. The final lecture will be presented by one of the pioneers in the field of surgical simulation and laparoscopic training, Dr. Julian Varas from Chile, who will expose a way to enhance surgical training during this lockdown period imposed by the COVID pandemic.

Webinar Scientific Program

Time Activity
17:00 - 17:05 Welcome Address LSGS
Jean Biagini, MD
17:05 - 17:10 Welcome Address President IFSO-LC
Bassem Safadi, MD
Session 1: Interactive Clinical Case Scenario (17:10 - 18:10)
Rodrigue Chemaly, MD
Georges Al Hajj, MD
Ziad El Rassi, MD
17:10 - 17:20 A Case of Redo Bariatric Surgery after LGCP and Hiatal Hernia
Rodrigue Chemaly, MD (LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital - LEBANON)
17:20 - 17:30 What Type of Redo Procedure After a Failed LGCP?
Panagiotis Lainas, MD (Antoine Béclère Hospital, FRANCE)
17:30 - 17:40 Concomitant Cholecystectomy for Gallstone Disease in Redo RYGB. Is it Indicated?
Yasser Tohme, MD (International Medical Center - KSA)
17:40 - 17:50 Bariatric Surgery (RYGB) in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Is it Safe?
Nesreen Khidir, MD (Hamad Medical Corporation - QATAR)
17:50 - 18:00 Hiatus Repair in Bariatric Procedures. Is it Always a Must?
Tarek Debs, MD (CHU-Nice - FRANCE)
18:00 - 18:05 Case Closure
Rodrigue Chemaly, MD (LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital - LEBANON)
18:05 - 18:10  
18:10 - 18:20  
Session II: Resident Session - Basic Surgical Techniques in Bariatric Surgery (18:20 - 19:20)
Bassem Safadi, MD
Elie Chelala, MD
Ronald Daher, MD
18:20 - 18:30 How to Make the Perfect LSG?
Karin Karam, MD - Bassem Safadi, MD
(LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine/
LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital– LEBANON)
18:30 - 18:40 Tips and Tricks in LGCP?
Kevin Saliba, MD - Youssef Andraos, MD
(LU - FMS/Abou Jaoudé Hospital – LEBANON)
18:40 - 18:50 LOAGB: Important Surgical Steps
Diyaa Mohamad, MD - Hayssam Fawal, MD(BAU/Najjar Hospital / BSC– LEBANON)
18:50 - 19:00 LRYGB: How to Make it Simple?
Taha Qaraqe, MD - Ramzi Alami, MD (AUB-FM/ AUBMC – LEBANON)
19:00 - 19:15 The Role of Simulation in Training Residents for Bariatric Surgery During the COVID Era
Julian Varas, MD (Catholic University of Chile - CHILE)
19:15 -19:30  Discussion