Dr Asim Shabbir is a Senior Consultant and Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He is the Director of Centre for Obesity Management and Surgery (COMS) and also the Deputy Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre at the National University Hospital. His special interests are in gastric cancer and surgery for type 2 diabetes, advanced endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery, bariatric and metabolic surgery.
Dr Asim has been invited to speak at many international conferences in the field of his expertise and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and filed several patents.
Dr. William Tzu-Liang Chen is currently the Superintendent of China Medical University Hospital Hsin-Chu. After earning his medical degree in Taiwan, he completed surgical training at Changhua Christina Hospital. Then, he went on a research fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Utilizing his training and clinical experiences, he has made notable contributions to the literature regarding cutting-edge colorectal minimally invasive surgery techniques. Dr. Chen is also a charismatic speaker invited to present at many international conferences. Along with serving as a clinician and researcher, Dr. Chen is currently an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at China Medical University, Taichung City, Taiwan.
Vimal Kumar Vasudeavan
President, ELSA MD(CUHK), MBChB(CUHK), FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM (Surgery) Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Philip Chiu is currently Professor and Chief of Division of Upper GI and Metabolic Surgery, Department of Surgery; Director of Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center; Director of Endoscopy Center, Institute of Digestive Disease; Director of CUHK Chow Yuk Ho Technology Center for Innovative Medicine and Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the President of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA). Professor Chiu graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994 with two scholarships. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2001 and received his Doctor of Medicine from CUHK in 2009. Prof. Chiu is first to perform endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for treatment of early GI cancers in Hong Kong in 2004. In 2010, he performed first Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) in Hong Kong as well as pioneering world first robotic gastric ESD in 2011, followed by world first robotic colorectal ESD in 2020. His research interests include esophageal cancer management, minimally invasive and robotic esophagectomy, novel endoscopic technologies for diagnosis of early GI cancers, endoscopic surgery as well as robotics for endoluminal surgery. He has published more than 370 peer reviewed manuscripts and 6 book chapters. He has received numerous prestigious awards including State Scientific Technology and Progress Award from People’s Republic of China in 2007, 2nd class award in Technological Advancement, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2011. His research on POEM was awarded best of DDW 2011 and first prize of ASGE world cup of endoscopy 2012. He was selected as Asia Pacific Digestive Week JGHF Emerging Leader Lectureship in 2016 and Global Outstanding Chinese Youth 2016. He received the Gold Medal with Congratulations from Jury, 47th International Exhibitions of Inventions of Geneva in 2019 and Spirit of Hong Kong Award on Innovation in 2020. He is currently co-editor of Endoscopy and subject editor for Surgical Endoscopy.