Living Legends & Keynotes
Living Legend 1
Brice Gayet MD | France
Dr. Gayet had a diploma in computer science from the Faculty of Science at Sorbonne University. Dr Gayet was Professor of Anatomy before becoming Professor of Digestive Surgery.
He was at the forefront of laparoscopy in the end-1980s and participate to the creation of the European School of Surgery (EEC) in Paris where he organized every year 5 masterclass on laparoscopic surgery and on liver resections. His department - gastroenterology, endoscopy, surgery - has become world renowned in multi-disciplinary disease management that focused on treating patients with complex gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary diseases by laparoscopy (over 1000 hepatectomies and 400 pancreatectomies by laparoscopy).
Pr Gayet is the author or coauthor of more than 626 publications on google scholar including over 248 original articles since 1995, cited 13700 times for an h-index of 55. He has given over 900 presentations or lectures in his career and has edited 130 videos on laparoscopic techniques. His experience in miniinvasive liver surgery begun in 1994 is close to 1000 procedures.
He was the president of the French Society of Endoscopic Surgery (SFCE) and member during 12 years of the French University National Council (CNU). Additionally, Professor Gayet has been involved with health care at the national level by working as a counselor to the ministry of health and humanitary in France, Bernard Kouchner. He was elected honorary member of the Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgery, a rare nomination for a foreigner.
After more than 10 years working with the robotic institute at Sorbonne University (ISIR), he founded recently a robotics French start-up named Moon Surgical based on comanipulation robots and very soon ready for the FIH.
Living Legend 2
Velma Scantlebury MD | USA
Dr. Velma Scantlebury is the first African American female transplant surgeon of the United States. She has received many honors in her career, having been named to both the "Best Doctors in America" and "Top Doctors in America" lists multiple times.
Dr. Scantlebury has received numerous awards, such as the "Gift of Life Award" from the National Kidney Foundation. and Top Doctors, Philadelphia Magazine. She has performed over 2,000 transplants and published many peer-reviewed papers and is the author of “Beyond Every Wall – Becoming the First Black Female Transplant Surgeon.”
Dr. Scantlebury received her training under Dr. Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, In 2002 and was recruited by the University of South Alabama (USA) Medical Center as a full Professor of Surgery and Director of the USA's Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Centre . In 2008 she moved to Delaware to join the ChristianaCare’s Kidney Transplant Program. After retiring in 2020, Dr. Scantlebury is currently a Professor of Surgery at Texas Christian University.
She is a board member of National MOTTEP (Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Educational Program) and also is currently is a member of the BAR Task force of the ASTS.
Living Legend 3
Akimasa Nakao MD, PhD | Japan
Professor Nakao obtained his M.D. degree at Nagoya University in 1973. After completing surgical residency, he started his career as a surgeon at Department of Surgery II, Nagoya University since 1980. He was appointed Professor and Chairman in 1999 and served in that role until 2011. Meanwhile, he did a clinical research fellowship at University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He retired from the position of the full professor, and became Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University in 2011. He currently served as president of Nagoya Central Hospital.
His main clinical and scientific interest is the field of gastroenterological surgery, especially pancreatic cancer surgery. In his clinical research he developed a portal vein bypass using antithrombogenic catheter in 1981, and applied it surgical practice. He established new operative methods in this filed such as isolated pancreatoduodenectomy using mesenteric approach in 1993. His works are internationally published in over 558 journals, 20 book chapters.
He has been active in academic activities, and given honorary memberships: Bulgarian Surgical Society (2006), Serbian Medical Society (2008), Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand (2008), Egyptian Society of Surgeons (2010), European Surgical Association (2011), French Surgical Association (2011), Spanish Society of Surgeons (2015) and American college of surgeons (2018).