Editorial Board

73 Editors in 18 Countries/Region

Italy (21)
USA (16)
Japan (8)
China (7)
France (5)
Germany (2)
Brazil (2)
United Kingdom (2)
Netherlands (1)
Turkey (1)
Hong Kong (1)
Singapore (1)
Canada (1)
South Korea (1)
Denmark (1)
Belgium (1)
Argentina (1)
Australia (1)

Honorary Editor-in-Chief

Michel Gagner


Department of Surgery, Westmount Square Surgical Center, Quebec, Canada.

Research Interests: bariatric surgery; laparoscopy; gastric surgery; foregut surgery; HPB surgery; pancreas; endoscopy; magnetic surgery


Robotic surgery: is it really different from laparoscopy? a critical view from a robotic pioneer

White paper: definitions of artificial intelligence and autonomous actions in clinical surgery

Special Issue:

Magnetic Digestive Surgery


Giulio Belli


General and HepatoPancreatoBiliary Surgery, Loreto Nuovo Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Research Interests: liver surgery; gallbladder and biliary tract surgery; pancreatic surgery; large intestine surgery; laparoscopic surgery


Minimally invasive spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy: real-world data from the Italian National Registry of Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery (IGoMIPS)

Special Issue:

HPB Robotic Surgery

Advances in Surgical Techniques for Liver Tumors

Associate Editors

Ferdinando Agresta

Department of General Surgery, Vittorio Veneto Hospital, Vittorio Veneto, Italy.

Research Interests: laparoscopy surgery; colon surgery; endoscopic surgery; emergency surgery; thoracic surgery

Special Issue:

Advancements in Laparoscopic and Robotic-assisted Techniques for Ventral Hernia Repair

Riccardo Autorino

Department of Surgery, VCU Health, Richmond, VA, USA.

Research Interests: robotic surgery; urologic oncology; prostate cancer; kidney cancer; urothelial cancer


Single port partial nephrectomy: techniques and outcomes

Special Issue:

Radical Cystectomy and Urinary Diversions: Rationale, Patient Selection, Techniques, and Outcomes

Andrea Belli

Department of Abdominal Oncology-HPB Surgery Unit, National Cancer Institute-Fondazione G. Pascale IRCCS, Naples, Italy.

Research Interests: abdominal surgical oncology; laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery; laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery


Robotic surgery of gallbladder cancer

Davide Cavaliere

Department of General and Oncologic Surgery, Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital, Forlì, Italy.

Research Interests: robotic surgery; minimally invasive surgery; general surgery; colorectum; colorectal surgery; rectal cancer; GIST; pancreatic surgery; pancreas; liver surgery; liver tumors

Yuman C. Fong

Department of Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center, California, CA, USA.

Research Interests: bile duct cancer; gallbladder cancer; gastrointestinal cancers; hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery; liver cancer; pancreatic cancer; robotic surgery


Minimally invasive treatment of gallbladder polyps

Special Issue:

Recent Advances in Minimally Invasive Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery

Farid Gharagozloo

Center for Advanced Thoracic Surgery, Global Robotics Institute, Advent Health Celebration, University of Central Florida, Celebration, FL, USA.

Research Interests: robotic thoracic surgery; surgery for benign and malignant esophageal disorders; surgery for advanced thoracic malignancies


Robotic lateral heller myotomy without fundoplication for achalasia

Robotic selective thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis

The technique of robotic lobectomy II: left sided lobes

Technique of robotic first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome

Minimally invasive surgical approaches to thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis

Special Issue:

Surgical Techniques in Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery for Benign Esophageal Surgery

Robotic Surgery for Malignant Esophageal Surgery

Yoshihisa Kotani

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kansai Medical University Medical Center, Osaka, Japan.

Research Interests: minimally invasive spine surgery; spinal deformity; computer-assisted spine surgery; robotic surgery; spinal reconstruction

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity: State of the Art and Challenges

Itasu Ninomiya

Department of Surgery, Fukui Prefectural Hospital, Fukui, Japan.

Research Interests: esophageal endoscopic surgery; robotic surgery; malignancy diagnosis of esophageal cancer; inhibition of metastasis of gastrointestinal cancer

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery

Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (RAMIE): A New Treatment Paradigm for the Esophageal Cancer

Igor F. Palacios

Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Research Interests: interventional cardiology; percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease; coronary artery disease; valvular heart disease


Percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty - state of the art

Jean‐François Rey

Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, Institut Arnault Tzanck, St. Laurent du Var, France.

Research Interests: interventional endoscopy for bilio-pancreatic diseases; capsule endoscopy; enteroscopy


Forward: A new kind of endoscopists for advanced therapeutic endoscopy

Special Issue:

Interventional Endoscopy for Bilio-pancreatic Diseases: a Practical Approach

Capsule Endoscopy: Development Status and Future Expectations

Noriyoshi Sawabata

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Nara Medical University School of Medicine, Kashihara, Japan.

Research Interests: thoracic surgery; lung cancer; mediatinal tumor; isolated tumor cells; circulating tumor cell


Pulmonary wedge resection for clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancer: a review of a mini-invasive treatment

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Wah Yang

Department of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

Research Interests: metabolic and bariatric surgery; obesity; metabolic disorders

Special Issue:

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Current Situation and Future Challenges

Editorial Board Members

Ghulam Abbas

Division of Thoracic Surgery, West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine, Morgantown, WV, USA.

Research Interests: robotic segmentectomy and lobectomy for lung tumors; CT guided radiofrequency ablation for lung tumors; robotic/laparoscopic surgery for reflux; hiatal hernias and achalasia; cyberknife/ stereotactic body radiosurgery for lung cancer; minimally invasive esophagectomy for cancer

Special Issue:

Robotic Surgery for Benign Esophageal Surgery

Robotic Surgery for Malignant Esophageal Surgery

Alberto Aiolfi

Department of Biomedical Science for Health, Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

Research Interests: laparoscopic surgery; gastrointestinal surgery; abdominal surgery; gastrointestinal oncology and gastroenterology


Tension at the hiatus: the role of lengthening procedures and relaxing incisions in paraesophageal hernias

Biondi Alberto

General Surgery Department, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy.

Research Interests: surgical Incology; upper GI surgery; esophageal and gastric cancer; colorectal surgery; minimally Invasive surgery; robotic surgery

Fernando A. Alvarez

General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Research Interests: laparoscopic surgery; cancer diagnostics; surgical oncology; oncology; liver diseases; hepatocellular carcinoma; hepatobiliary surgery; pancreatic diseases


New trends in minimally invasive management of liver tumors

Special Issue:

New trends in minimally invasive management of liver tumors

Stefano Maria Massimiliano Basso

Department of General Surgery, S. Maria degli Angeli Hospital (ASFO), Pordenone, Italy.

Research Interests: surgical oncology; breast cancer; gastroenterological cancer; lung cancer; melanoma; emergency surgery


Mini-invasive distal pancreatectomy: a feasible and cost-effective technique

Charles F. Bellows

Department of General Surgery, Southwest Memorial Hospital, Cortez, CO, USA.

Research Interests: stem cells; tissue reconstruction; colon cancer


Laparoscopic skills training of surgical residents: a comparison of two proficiency-based independent approaches

Giuseppe Biondi Zoccai

Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina, Italy.

Research Interests: aortic stenosis; coronary artery disease; heart failure; machine learning; myocardial infarction

Special Issue:

New Translational, Clinical, and Preventive Perspectives in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease: Focus on Exercise

Davide Bona

Department of Biomedical Science for Health, Istitituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

Research Interests: minimally invasive upper GI surgery; gastrointestinal endoscopy; paraesophageal hernia repair; gastroesophageal reflux; inguinal hernia


Tension at the hiatus: the role of lengthening procedures and relaxing incisions in paraesophageal hernias

Giovanni Cacciamani

Department of Urology, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Research Interests: prostate cancer; cystectomy; ileal orthotopic neobladder (IONB)

John Camilleri-Brennan

General and Colorectal Surgery, Forth Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, United Kingdom.

Research Interests: gall bladder surgery; hernia surgery; surgery and screening for colorectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease; laparoscopic surgery; surgery for haemorrhoids and other anal and rectal conditions; surgery for rectal prolapse and rectocoele

Christopher Cao

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.

Research Interests: lung cancer; thoracic surgery; cardiac surgery; robotic surgery; minimally invasive surgery

Tan To Cheung

Department of Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Research Interests: minimally invasive HBP surgery; liver cancer research; pancreas cancer research; biliary cancer research; liver transplant research

Mario Costantini

Department of Surgical, Oncological and Gastroenterological Sciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.

Research Interests: esophageal achalasia; laparoscopic surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease

Renato Costi

Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.

Research Interests: surgical oncology; colorectal cancer; colectomy; diverticular disease; pancreatic cancer; mini-invasive surgery

Geert De Naeyer

Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Clinic, Aalst, Belgium.

Research Interests: robotic prostatectomy; robotic partial nephrectomy; holmium laser enucleation of the prostate; robotic reconstructive surgery

Aslam Ejaz

Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.

Research Interests: pancreatic cancer; liver resection; robotic surgery; health services research


A narrative review of the history and recent advances in minimally invasive pancreatic resection

Alaa El-Hussuna

Department of Surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark.

Research Interests: the effect of biological treatment on post-operative outcome in patients with IBD; surgical stress response; chronic stress and development of colorectal cancers; perianal fistula in Crohn’s disease; surgical wound healing

Felice Esposito

Department of Neurosurgery, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy.

Research Interests: endoscopic endonasal surgery; endoscopic surgery of the cerebral ventricles and CSF circulation; neuro-oncology; molecular imaging; biomaterials; stereotactic and functional neurosurgery; surgery of pain

Simone Ferrero

Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Martino University Hospital IRCCS, Genoa, Italy.

Research Interests: endometriosis; fibroids (uterine myoma); cervical cancer; endometrial cancer; hysteroscopy

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Endometriosis and Uterine Fibroids

Gynecological Cancer: Current Status and Future Challenges

Open Versus Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer

Mariano Giménez

Department of Surgery, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire-Strasbourg (IHU-Strasbourg), Strasbourg, France.

Research Interests: percutaneous image guided surgery; minimally invasive hepato-pancreato-biliary (hpb) surgery

Luca Gordini

Department of General Surgery, Gruppo San Donato, Milan, Italy.

Research Interests: hernia and abdominal wall surgery; digestive surgery; mini-invasive surgery; endocrine surgery

Ehab Y. Hanna

Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.

Research Interests: skull base tumors; robotic surgery of the skull base; endoscopic surgery of skull base; sinonasal cancers

Special Issue:

The Contemporary Management of Cancers of Sinonasal Tract

Akihiko Hiyama

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine, Kanagawa, Japan.

Research Interests: minimally invasive spinal treatment; adult spinal deformity; computer-assisted spine surgery; cervical deformity; spinal trauma

Roel Hompes

Department of Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Centres - location AMC, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Research Interests: general and digestive; colorectal; transanal and proctological surgery

Special Issue:

Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ioannis T. Konstantinidis

Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX, USA.

Research Interests: liver cancer; biliary cancer; gallbladder cancer; robotic surgery; pancreas cancer; HIPEC

Shanu Kothari

Department of Surgery, USC School of Medicine, Greenville, SC, USA.

Research Interests: gastric bypass; sleeve gastrectomy; surgical education; antireflux surgery

Azeem Latib

Department of Cardiology, Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.

Research Interests: transcatheter aortic; mitral and tricuspid interventions

Special Issue:

Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair

Kit-fai Lee

Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Research Interests: robotic hepatectomy; robotic pancreatectomy; robot for mirizzi syndrome


A combined endoscopic and robotic approach for Mirizzi syndrome: the short- and long-term outcomes

Zhuan Liao

Department of Gastroenterology, Changhai Hospital, Naval Medical University, Shanghai, China.

Research Interests: endoscopy; capsule endoscopy; chronic pancreatitis

Sey Kiat Terence Lim

Department of Urology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore.

Research Interests: endourological and minimally invasive urological surgeries; laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries of kidneys and prostates


A rare cause of ureteric stricture and hydronephrosis: metastatic esophageal cancer to the urinary bladder

Marcello Migliore

Department of General and Medical Specialties, University of Catania, Catania, Italy.

Research Interests: innovation; minimally invasiveness in thoracic surgery; uniportal VATS; mesothelioma; lung metastases; TNM staging sytem; surgery for stage IV lung cancer

Mario Morino

Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.

Research Interests: minimal invasive treatment of colorectal cancer; bariatric surgery; functional upper GI surgery


Reflux following bariatric surgery

Large hiatal hernia: minimizing early and long-term complications after minimally invasive repair

Zenichi Morise

Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Japan.

Research Interests: gastroenterology; laparoscopic hepatectomy; hepatobiliary surgery; liver surgery; pancreatic surgery; hepatocellular carcinoma; surgical anatomy


Current status of laparoscopic repeat liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma

Special Issue:

Current and Future Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Chi-Fai Ng

Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Research Interests: prostate cancer; BPH and voiding dysfunction in men; management of stone disease; urological complications secondary to substance abuse

Special Issue:

Current Management of Small Renal Masses: Is There an Optimal Choice?

Simon Ng

Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Research Interests: minimally invasive and robotic surgery for colorectal diseases; advanced endoscopic therapy for colorectal diseases; multimodality treatment for colorectal cancer; colorectal cancer screening; molecular biomarkers for colorectal cancer; integrative medicine

Yasar Ozgok

Department of Urology, Yuksek Ihtisas University, Ankara, Turkey.

Research Interests: robotic surgery; bladder cancer; prostat cancer; cystoscopy; endoscopy; cystectomy; small bowel neobladder surgery

Special Issue:

Complications of Urologic Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

Fabrizio Panaro

Department of Surgery, Montpellier University Hospital-School of Medicine, Montpellier, France.

Research Interests: liver; pancreas; bile duct; liver/pancreas transplantation; MIS; robotic surgery

Chetan Parmar

Department of Surgery, Whittington Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom.

Research Interests: bariatric surgery; gastric bypass; gastrectomy; reflux

Marco. G Patti

Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of North Carolina, North Carolina, NC, USA.

Research Interests: esophagus; gastroesophageal reflux; hiatal hernia; paraesophageal hernia; esophageal motility disorders; achalasia; esophageal cancer


Laparoscopic Heller myotomy and robotic Heller myotomy: when is it indicated?

Minimizing complications after minimally invasive surgery for epiphrenic diverticula of the esophagus: technical tips

One size fits all: laparoscopic Heller’s myotomy for the treatment of achalasia irrespective of the degree of dilatation

Andy Petroianu

Department of Surgery, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Research Interests: spleen anatomy and functions; conservative surgeries on spleen; portal hypertension; acute appendicopathies; etiopathogeny; acute appendicitis; etiopathogeny; wound healing; digestive motility; peptic ulcer; oncologic surgeries; ethics in medicine

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Appendicitis

Stefano Pontone

Department of Surgical Sciences "R. Paolucci", "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

Research Interests: digestive endoscopy; surgical oncology; colorectal cancer; colon cancer; colonoscopy


Paucisymptomatic gastric anisakiasis: endoscopical removal of Anisakis sp. larva

Francisco Schlottmann

Department of Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA.

Research Interests: minimally invasive surgery; esophagus; GERD; achalasia; obesity; esophageal cancer


Minimally invasive surgery for non-achalasia primary esophageal motility disorders is currently underused

Laparoscopic Heller myotomy and robotic Heller myotomy: when is it indicated?

Alan D.L. Sihoe

Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Research Interests: video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS); uniportal; lung cancer; enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)

Pierpaolo Sileri

Department of Surgery, Università Vita Salute, Milan, Italy.

Research Interests: inflammatory bowel disease; gastrointestinal cancer; colorectal surgery

Piergiorgio Solli

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ospedale Maggiore Largo Nigrisoli, Bologna, Italy.

Research Interests: thoracic oncology; innovation in thoracic surgery; minimally invasive thoracic surgery


Preface to special issue on “Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Thymus Gland”

Special Issue:

Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Thymus Gland

Lee Swanström

Institute for Image Guided Surgery, Strasbourg, France; Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery, The Oregon Clinic, Portland, OR, USA.

Research Interests: surgical endoscopy; minimally invasive foregut surgery


White paper: definitions of artificial intelligence and autonomous actions in clinical surgery

White paper: requirements for routine data recording in the operating room

Fukunaga Tetsu

Department of Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

Research Interests: gastricand esophageal cancer; laparoscopic(robotic) gastrectomy; thoracosopic esophagectomy; laparoscopic endoscopic collaboration surgery; repair of ventral hernia


Advances in the minimally invasive management of gastric and esophagogastric junction cancer

Current status of technique for Billroth-I anastomosis in totally laparoscopic distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer

Pressure resistance evaluation in esophagojejunostomy using the transorally inserted anvil (OrVilTM)

The role of adiponectin in gastric cancer

Special Issue:

Advances in the minimally invasive management of gastric and esophagogastric junction cancer

The Era of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gastric Cancer

Paolo Ubiali

Department of General Surgery, S. Maria degli Angeli Hospital, Pordenone, Italy.

Research Interests: oncological digestive surgery; robotics


Mini-invasive distal pancreatectomy: a feasible and cost-effective technique

Yogesh Vashist

Department of Surgery, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery, Goslar, Germany.

Research Interests: surgical oncology; esophageal cancer; gastric cancer; HPB cancer; lung cancer; mediastinal tumors; peritoneal neoplasy; HIPEC

Go Wakabayashi

Center for Advanced Treatment of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases, Ageo Central General Hospital, Ageo, Japan.

Research Interests: hepato-pancreatic biliary surgery; liver transplantation; laparoscopic surgery

Rasa Zarnegar

Department of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

Research Interests: gastric cancer; GERD; achalasia; endoflip

Special Issue:

Foregut Disease: Minimally Invasive and Innovation Therapeutics

Ruoyu Zhang

Department of Surgery, Klinikum Herford, University Hospital of Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.

Research Interests: general thoracic surgery; VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy; robotic assisted thoracic surgery; risk assessment; treatment of advanced lung cancer

Yong Zhang

Department of Thoracic Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.

Research Interests: application of magnetic surgery techniques in thoracic surgery; innovation in thoracic surgery; minimally invasive thoracic surgery; uniportal VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy; robotic assisted thoracic surgery

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