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Reducing Bile Duct Injuries, While Advancing New Technologies

Aired on 10.06.2016
Reducing Bile Duct Injuries, While Advancing New Technologies
Join us for a FREE GlobalCast with Drs. J. Ponsky, T. Ponsky, Rosenthal, Dip, & Santos. These doctors will be discussing the reduction of bile duct injuries, stone management, ICG, ERCP, IOC and Ultrasound, and what the future hold for fluorescence.


The KARL STORZ ICG Imaging System enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery using standard endoscopic white light as well as NIR light. This enhanced capability allows for optimal visualization of the bile ducts and perfusion assessment. The virtual Symposium will also focus on Common Bile Duct Exploration using a video choledochoscope, and provide a comparison of Intra-operative Cholangiogram and Ultrasound.

In addition, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholagio-Pancreatography (ERCP) will be examined vs. Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration. 

Directors & Faculty


Jeffrey Ponsky, MD

Jeffrey L. Ponsky joined The Cleveland Clinic as the Director of Endoscopic Surgery and was their first Executive Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.  In 2005 he assumed the Oliver H. Payne Professorship and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Case Western University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.  Dr. Ponsky served as Surgeon-in-Chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Currently, after a 9.5 year hiatus, he has returned to the Cleveland Clinic as a senior staff surgeon in both GI and General Surgery. In addition, he holds a half time leadership appointment in the Office of Patient Experience. 

Todd Ponsky, MD

Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999,Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007,and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.

Additional Faculty

Fernando Dip, MD, MAAC

Chief of Research Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martín in Buenos Aires,

Raymond Onders, MD

Director, Adult Minimally Invasive Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, Interim Division Chief, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, Professor, Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine

Raul Rosenthal, MD

Chairman, The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Director, Bariatric and MIS Fellowship Program Cleveland Clinic Weston,FL, Professor of Surgery Herbert Wertheim School Medicine, Florida International University Charles E.Schmidt College Medicine, Florida Atlantic University

Byron Santos-Aleman, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth. 

Attended medical school MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2006. Did his residency in General Surgery, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Minimally Invasive Surgery Research Fellow, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.


10:00 am - 10:15 am
Welcome & Introduction

10:15 am - 11:15 am
• Reducing BDI with ICG • Clinical indications – today, tomorrow, & beyond • Clinical benefits & potential challenges • What’s the future of fluorescence? • Ultrasound

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
CBD Exploration
• IOC vs Ultrasound • CBD Exploration w/ video choledochoscope
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
• Description and indications • ERCP vs LCBDE
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Topics Covered


  • Use of NIR/ICG
  • Common Bile Duct Exploration
  • ERCP Procedures
  • Ultrasound vs. IOC