Nahyan inaugurates Burjeel’s first 1st international conference

WAM Abu Dhabi, May 24th, 2013 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, inaugurated today the 1st international conference on minimally invasive surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES).

The two-day conference titled �Tomorrow is Already Today’ and hosted by Burjeel Hospital in collaboration with Scientific Committee, is being held at Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

Held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan, the event was also attended by Burjeel’s officials including Conference President, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director of Burjeel Hospital; Conference Chairman, Associate Professor Dr. Tahar Benhidjeb, Chairman of Department of Surgery at the hospital; and nearly 100 top surgeons and medical practitioners from around the world.

Welcoming the local and international faculty of experts and minimally invasive surgery and NOTES pioneers at the opening ceremony, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan said, “I am gratified by the participation of all of you medical professionals in this conference. You have recognized the truth in the theme �Tomorrow is Already Today’.” Commending the efforts of Burjeel hospital, he said, “Our country, led by His Highness, the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, is committed to providing superb health care and encouraging entrepreneurial investment in health care and enterprises. The organizer of this conference, Burjeel Hospital, is one of Abu Dhabi’s largest private hospitals and is the first private tertiary hospital to be opened under the new standards established by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi. I am delighted that Burjeel Hospital is already exhibiting leadership in our country’s medical sector, and I thank all involved in making this conference possible.” On the future of minimally invasive surgery, he said, “The subject of minimally invasive surgery is new, but the incredibly swift development of minimally invasive techniques suggests to me that good news will spread quickly and its adoption will surely spread into fields where it has not yet even been attempted.” Also speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vayalil said, “I would like to thank Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan for his kind support. Working towards Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 to boost the Emirate’s health care sector, this conference seeks to synergise technological advancements with medical breakthroughs in the field of scar-less and pain-free surgeries to benefit patients across the Middle East region. We are excited to have brought together top minds and experts to the UAE’s capital city to discuss the future and vast potential of minimally invasive surgeries and NOTES.” The two-day conference features a number of important sessions and panel discussions. Day one addressed four main topics: new global technologies for NOTES; trans-oral approach to thyroid and esophagus, trans-gastric approach to gallbladder and appendix; and trans-vaginal approach to gallbladder, appendix and colon; followed by a hands-on workshop on minimally-invasive techniques.

The second day will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the “pain-free” NOTES surgery, while also focusing on trans-anal approach, single access/site surgery and women’s perception of NOTES.

A medical exhibition is co-located alongside the conference to showcase emerging products and service trends, healthcare equipment and technologies in the field of minimally invasive surgeries and NOTES. The exhibition is an ideal platform for international companies to exhibit and market the latest medical devices.