In Conjunction with the Surgical Section of The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

On behalf of my colleagues on the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Gerry O’Donoghue, Prof. Fiachra Cooke, Prof. Peter Neary, Mr. Peter McCullough, Prof. Padraig Daly, Prof. Ruairi MacNiocaill, Prof. May Cleary and myself, I would like to welcome you to this year’s meeting. The Theme of the Meeting this year is “Robotics and Innovation in Surgery”.

Arguably, the biggest innovation in Surgery in recent times has been minimal access surgery as delivered by the Robot! There are few surgical specialities that cannot benefit from the accuracy of dissection done by the surgeon-directed robot within a confined space too small for the human hand with its limited manoeuvrability. This year at WSOM we focus on the contributions that Robot-assisted surgery is making and to where the art and practice of surgery can go with the assistance of robotic technology. Data analytics and artificial intelligence are also areas of huge potential, to allow for more accurate and timely imaging-based diagnosis. It is with these issues in mind and the constant desire of the surgeon and physician to do better for the patient that we offer the 30th Anniversary WSOM programme on the theme of “Robotics and Innovation in Surgery”.  We have a distinguished National and International Faculty that will deliver a hybrid programme with talks ranging from image –guided neurosurgery through robotic surgery in different body cavities to virtual reality augmented surgery in Orthopaedic practice. Submission of abstracts by young surgeons-in-training will provide further opportunities to realise the on-going challenges of innovation in surgery.

The highlight of the 30th Anniversary Meeting of WSOM will be the Gordon Watson Lecture  delivered by Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham PC KBE FRS FMEDSCI HONFRENG, Director of the Institute of Global Health at Imperial College, London. Professor Darzi is a world-renowned voice in the field of health policy and innovation and is a graduate of the RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences.

We hope that you will enjoy the meeting.

Professor K. Simon Cross MD., M.Med.Sci, FRCSI(Gen), FRCS(Ed)

Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon,

University Hospital Waterford

Convenor of the Waterford Surgical October Meeting

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