Minhua Zheng, MD, PhD (Asia/Australia/Other areas)

Department of General Surgery, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Minimal Invasive Surgery Center, Shanghai, China

Prof. Minhua Zheng, born in 1963, in shanghai, was given the medical master degree after graduation from the Francophonic filiation of Shanghai Second Medical College in 1986. Owing to his excellent academic performance, he was sponsored by government to go abroad to Strasbourg in France as foreign resident after graduation. During his six years’ residency in France, he was trained to be an experienced surgeon with team spirit and leadership. When he returned to his homeland with ambition and enthusiasm, he helped Shanghai Ruijin Hospital to successfully perform the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy and colon resection of china and set up the technical standard of LC and LCR which make the surgery efficient and assurable. He continued his study after he came back to China, and got doctor’s degree in surgery. Now he assumes the office of vice president of Ruijin Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, vise director of Ruijin Clinical Medical College, director of the Shanghai Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, and PhD Candidate Supervisor as well.

As chief of Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Ruijin Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Prof. Zheng is also the director of Shanghai Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He is the president of Chinese Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgery (CSLES), governor of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeon of Asia (ELSA), board member of International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES). As one of the leading experts in minimally invasive surgery of gastrointestinal cancer, Prof. Zheng has been long engaged in clinical and research work. He serves as chief editor of Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery, deputy chief of Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery, Chinese Journal of Digestive Surgery, Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery and corresponding editor of International Journal of Surgery, etc.

Long engaged in clinical and research work of the general surgery, Prof. Zheng specialized especially in field of laparoscopic surgery. Up to now, the types of operations by laparoscopy carried out by his team cover almost the entire surgical field and the number of operations by laparoscopy and endoscopy exceeds 3,500 cases every year. The laparoscopic therapy skill for biliary diseases and colon-rectal carcinoma of his team has been in the lead and advanced level in nation and abroad. His scientific research, teaching and academic exchanges have as well a great influence internationally. Prof. Zheng has published more than 400 papers in periodicals and journals at home and abroad.

Abe Fingerhut, MD, FACS (hon), FRCPS (g), FRCS (Ed) (hon), FASCRS (hon)

Section for Surgical Research, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria;
Department of General Surgery, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Shanghai, China;
Twitter @Abe_laparoscopy

Section for Surgical Research (Prof Uranues), Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, 8036 Graz, Austria and First Department of Surgery (Prof Leandros), University of Athens, Hippokration University Hospital, Athens, Greece

Dr. Fingerhut, born in 1939 in New Brunswick New Jersey, USA, received his BA in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and his medical degree from the University of Paris in 1971. He worked in several Parisian hospitals (under the tutelage of renown surgeons such as A Toupet and M Mercadier) before becoming assistant, then chief of service in the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal of Poissy, France in 1987, position he held until 2006. He was named Associate Professor of Surgery. Department of Surgery Louisiana State University Medical Center. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 1993, Professor of the Collège des Médecins des Hôpitaux de Paris in 2000, and holds three Professor DSc (hon) degrees (Medical University of Graz, Austria, University of China, Tai Chung Taiwan and University of Bucharest, Romania).

He is author or co-author of > 700 articles or book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and major textbooks and has participated as speaker, chairman, or organizer in more than 950 National and International meetings. As assistant secretary of the French Association for Clinical Research, he was co-author or contributed to the publication of more than 140 controlled or prospective trials run in France in the last 21 years.

He is or has been on the Editorial board of 22 French and International Journals. He teaches laparoscopic surgery In connection with the EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery)(past president (2011-2013), emergency surgery in connection with the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) (past president 2011-2012), medical writing (in French and in English) for over 30 years and Definitive Surgery Trauma Care (DSTC) courses (founding member) of the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) (past president 1995-1997). He was President of the 14th World Endoscopy Surgery meeting held in Paris June 25-28, 2014. His current research involves the potential role of indocyanine green fluorescent techniques in the prevention of bile-duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy and intraoperative detection of vascular insufficiency for gastro-intestinal operations with anastomoses.

Last in 1995, as the team doctor, but also as a climber, he accompanied a French expedition to the Himalayas (Baruntse 7280 m).

Dr. Fingerhut is married to Marie-Christine and has one daughter and one son, and three grandchildren.