Mastering the Art of Surgery – Annual Meeting Press Release

Mastering the Art of Surgery At the 16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery and 2018 SAGES Meeting

April 11th–14th in Seattle, WA

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) will kick off its 2018 Annual Meeting as part of the 16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery. Hosted by SAGES and CAGS (Canadian Association of General Surgeons), endorsed by IFSES (International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons), and held in conjunction with IPEG (International Pediatric Endosurgery Group), the World Congress is one of the largest gatherings of surgeons in the world, hosting members from more than 16 international societies representing 6 continents and over 80 countries.

As one of the largest surgical organizations, SAGES has long served as a leader in innovation, education, and training for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), and has designed the meeting to bring together surgeons, allied health, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, and innovators to share ideas around the latest techniques, tools, and technology relating to gastrointestinal and MI surgery. This year’s SAGES meeting theme, “Mastering the Art of Surgery” seeks to guide attendees beyond their current level of expertise to reach the next level of mastery in their surgical practice.

To lend to this goal, popular meeting topics focus on the SAGES Masters Program, a structured curriculum featuring courses with topics related to biliary, colorectal, hernia, bariatrics, robotics, foregut, acute care surgery, and flexible endoscopy and emerging technologies. In addition to these courses and topics being incorporated into meeting content, Post-Graduate Courses and Hands-on sessions delve deep into treatment choices, surgical techniques, and actual procedures, and even allow attendees to apply the latest tools and technology to cadaver-based training. Popular sessions like “Devil’s in the Details” video sessions break down common advanced procedures and new tips and tricks from experts, while “Bad Things Happen to Good People” sessions focus on prevention and management of complications.

While meeting content is heavily targeted toward the surgical industry, the SAGES meeting will also highlight other important health-related topics. The new session, “Live Free or Die,” will address the use of medical marijuana and its expanding legalization, the opioid crisis, the growing controversies surrounding gun violence, and the role of healthcare providers in the management of these problems. The “i3 Summit,” a one-day track built specifically for innovators, investors, and industry, will offer sessions around the development and launch of new healthcare products and technologies, as well an opportunity for innovators, entrepreneurs, and smaller businesses to showcase new ideas and concepts and receive feedback from an expert panel of innovators, investors, and larger companies in a “Shark Tank”–style session.

Industry leaders will showcase the latest technological advances and surgical instruments at the interactive SAGES exhibit hall, open April 11th–13th. For more information about the SAGES 2018 meeting, visit or download the SAGES 2018 Meeting App from the Apple App or Google App stores.

For more information:

Contact: Shannon Melton
Phone: 310-437-0544, Ext. 116


The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing and educating a global community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health.

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