International Guest Speakers

We welcome several outstanding International Guest Speakers, who will join Professor Eva Angenete from Sweden, and Professor Nancy Baxter from Australia (via Canada), who are also attending the Edinburgh 2020 meeting as Keynote Speakers.

Professor Ian Bissett is Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand. He is a Past President of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand, and Convenor of the Auckland Tripartite 2020 meeting. Professor Bissett will be speaking on low anterior resection syndrome, the successful first Tripartite 2020 Vision research collaboration, and his extensive experience of global surgery needs in Nepal.

Dr Patricia Sylla is a Board-certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon practising at the Mount Sinai group of hospitals in New York, USA. Dr Sylla is Chair of the Colorectal Task Force for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She will be lecturing on the latest recommendations from SAGES for management of diverticulitis, and on transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer.

Professor Liliana Bordeianou is Chief of the Colorectal Surgery Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She will be the Pelvic Floor Society’s guest speaker on the topic of measuring pelvic floor symptoms with patient-reported instruments and is also presenting the results of her Tripartite 2020 Vision collaborative project on patient-reported outcomes after pouch surgery.

Professor Antonino Spinelli is Director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy. He is also the current Assistant Honorary Secretary of the European Society of Coloproctology. He will be speaking on optimising the patient pathway in pouch surgery to improve patient outcomes and technical tricks to deal with the mis-fired stapler in low colorectal anastomosis.

Professor Alexander Heriot is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Director of Cancer Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. He is an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne and has published extensively on rectal cancer surgery including advanced and recurrent pelvic cancer. He will be delivering the colorectal FOCUS didactic talk on rectal cancer and discussing lateral pelvic lymph node dissection in the rectal cancer plenary session.

Professor Willem Bemelman is Professor of Surgery at the Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and is the current President of the European Society of Coloproctology. He will be speaking on early salvage of anastomotic leaks.