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Session Types

Welcome to the Scientific Programme of the 15th IHPBA World Congress, 2022

Lecture Types for the IHPBA 2022 programme are outlined below.


Living Legend (LL)

Not to be missed - an opportunity to hear from some of the most important surgeons in our field who have stamped their mark on the field of HPB surgery.  Each will speak on a separate topic reflecting their career’s passion (Liver, Pancreas and Transplantation Surgery) in exclusive plenary sessions throughout the Congress.

Keynote Lectures (KN)

These are state-of the-art presentations of highly topical and timely subjects in HPB surgery, addressed to all Congress participants.  Leading international speakers, with considerable expertise in the subject at hand, have been invited to conduct these Keynote Lectures. This motif is scheduled at "prime time" in the programme, unopposed to other activities, to achieve maximum attendance.  

Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture

Thomas Earl Starzl (March 11, 1926 – March 4, 2017) was an American physician, researcher, and expert on organ transplants.  He performed the first human liver transplants, and has often been referred to as “the father of modern transplantation.”  In recognition of his many contributions and to honor his legacy, the Thomas Starzl lecture has become a permanent feature of IHPBA’s biennial World Congress.


We are honoured that Dr John Fung (USA) will give the Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture at the IHPBA 2022 World Congress.  Dr Fung’s lecture is titled “Transplant Oncology - The Past, Present and Future”.

This lecture requires independent funding and you can contribute to the Thomas Starzl lecture fund here.

Meet the Professor (MTP)

Meet the Professor breakfast sessions allow delegates to meet in a small group with renowned researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives.  To foster a more intimate learning environment, space is limited to fewer than 50 people and a nominal fee will be charged.

Symposia (SYM)

Symposia are significant educational sessions aimed at critically reviewing diverse aspects of a specific topic.  Moderators will oversee between 4-6 focused talks which probe the depth of the topic.  The target audience consists of delegates who are primarily interested in the subject or wish to update their knowledge in the area.  Audience interaction will be prominent with robust “Question and Answer” opportunities.  Many of the symposia will feature Multidisciplinary, Technical, or Scientific themes.

A selection of special sessions have also been organised during the congress.

IHPBA Meets "Societies"

These symposia will be hosted jointly by Partner Societies.  Speakers selected from IHPBA and the Partner Society will contribute in a facilitated symposia, providing an opportunity for exchange of ideas, debate and discussion.  Partner Societies who have agreed to contribute are listed below:


  • American Society of Liver Transplantation (ASTS)

  • International Consortium on MInimally INvasive Pancreas Surgery (I-MIPS)

  • International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS)

  • International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)

  • International Society for Fluorescence Guided Surgery (ISFGS)

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)


New Partner Societies are being added all the time so check back regularly to see the latest information.

Leslie H. Blumgart Historical Lecture

The Leslie H. Blumgart Historical Lectureship was established to offer broad historical and educational content in honor of Leslie H. Blumgart’s legacy. Dr. Blumgart was one of the pioneering hepatobiliary surgeons of our time, and his contributions to our field are enormous and well known to all in HPB surgery.  His body of work was largely responsible for establishing the modern standards of HPB surgery, and many of the principles and techniques that he described remain in active practice. Indeed, whether directly or indirectly, Dr. Blumgart has been a mentor to all in HPB surgery.

Betty & Henry Pitt Quality Oration

The Betty & Henry Pitt Quality Oration was established in honor of AHPBA Past President Dr. Henry Pitt and his commitment to quality of care in HPB Surgery.

Bernard Langer Fellows Symposium 

The Bernard Langer Fellows Symposium was established to provide a platform for HPB fellows to organize a symposium tailored for their training needs and interests. The symposium is aptly named after renowned HPB Surgery mentor, Dr. Bernard Langer.  Dr. Langer is a first generation HPB Surgeon, who established the Liver Surgery Fellowship in Toronto.  Being a mentor to young surgeons was at the heart of his legendary career. He cites the alumni of his fellowship program as his greatest professional achievement.


Debates allow speakers to debate controversial topics in an attractive format which provides “food for thought”.  Questions for which we have no good answers yet are featured.  This motif is always lively and entertaining.  The faculty chosen for these sessions are highly acclaimed clinicians with passion for their positions.


These are sessions in which speakers are expected to provide objective, exhaustive reviews in a field, either clinical or basic.  Issues regarding diagnosis, management and different aspects of research will be evaluated. They are addressed to participants who wish to acquire practical knowledge on a specific subject.  The presenter’s own clinical acumen will allow for clinical interpretation of the data presented.  An interactive discussion with the audience at the end of the session is expected.

Invited Video Presentations

A single Invited Video, presented by a master surgeon, will be embedded within various Oral free paper presentation sessions.  The subject of the invited video presentation will align with the session of similar topic matter.

"Best of the Best" Session

The Top 12 competitive abstracts of the Congress, the “Best of the Best”, will be featured in a session open to the full membership.  These represent investigations and results that will likely make a significant impact on how HPB surgery is practiced.  Presenters will have 15 minutes including questions and answers.  Each will be discussed by a preeminent thought leader in the field. Mandatory submission of a full manuscript to HPB will be required for just these particular presentations.

Oral Presentation Abstract Sessions

The most exciting work from abstracts submitted to the Congress will be honoured with a place in these sessions.  Each presenter explains their work and answers questions from the audience.


We are offering all ePoster presenters the opportunity to submit their ePoster with or without a recorded voiceover. Delegates will also have the opportunity to contact the author via email and  functions in the congress platform.

"Talking" Posters

Select, high ranking abstract presenters will have the opportunity to give a “Talking Poster”, rapid-fire podium presentation on their poster.  These sessions will feature an enthusiastic moderator who will generate discussion among an audience of interested delegates. These are 5 minute presentations with a maximum of 3 slides including questions and answers. 

Video Abstract Presentations

Video abstract presentations will also be included in the programme with select, high ranking video presentations being offered podium presentation.  Each video presentation will be 8 minutes with two minutes of subsequent questions and answers.  All accepted video abstracts will be available to view in the eVideo gallery.

Tricks of the Trade

Following the success in previous IHPBA World Congresses, we will continue to include a session entitled, “Tricks of the Trade.”  The goal of this session is to provide a forum for all members to share their technical “tricks” in HPB surgery or management pearls they have learned in treating problems encountered by our patients.  Each selected oral presentation will be 5 minutes in length, and should demonstrate the process clearly involving, for example, good artwork, line drawings, or even a short video clip.  These are not meant to be long, extravagant dissertations, but rather succinct descriptions of the method under discussion. 

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