6th ASPVS 2018-03-15T06:47:44+00:00

6th Asian Single Port VATS Symposium 2018


Dear Fellow Thoracic Surgeons,

The 6th Asian Single Port VATS Symposium (ASPVS) will be held at the Enrique M. Garcia Auditorium, Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines on 23 to 24 March 2018. It is hosted by the Philippine Association of Minimally Invasive Surgeons (PAMITS).

We have prepared a full day of didactics featuring the world’s foremost authorities on Single Port VATS. Plenary speaker is PROF. GAETANO ROCCO, Director of Thoracic-Pulmonary Department, National Cancer Institute, Pascale Foundation Naples, Italy. DR. DIEGO GONZALEZ-RIVAS who is the globetrotting advocate of Single Port VATS will share with us the current state and future direction of the technique. DR. CALVIN NG and Dr. ALAN SIHOE who started the ASPVS will deliver lectures during the meeting.

Symposium speakers are:

  • Dr. Jang Ming Lee (Taiwan)
  • Dr. Chua-Chuan Liu (Taiwan)
  • Dr. John KT Tam (Singapore)
  • Dr. Kyoji Hirai (Japan)
  • Dr. Takashi Suda (Japan)
  • Dr. Hyun Koo Kim (Korea)
  • Dr. Yu Ming Zhu (China)
  • Dr. Juwei Mu (China)

We will have live VATS cases on 24 March which will be beamed to the venue.

For meeting details and registration for the 6th Asian Single Port VATS Symposium 2018 in Manila, please go to http://pamits.org/6th-asian-single-port-vats-symposium/

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Chairman, Scientific Committee


Symposium Director


Chairman of the Board



University of Milan Medical School (M.D. 1985)
University of Milan General Surgery Residency (1985-1990)
University of Milan Thoracic Surgery Residency (1990-1995)
Visiting Resident Section of General Thoracic Surgery Mayo Clinic Rochester MN (1995)
Clinical Fellow Section of General Thoracic Surgery Mayo Clinic Rochester MN (1996-1997)
Staff Surgeon Division of General Thoracic Surgery Sondalo Italy (1988-1999)
Fellow of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FECTS-1998)
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon – Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom (2000-2004)
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer -Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Sheffield
Head – Department of Thoracic Surgery and Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Naples, Italy (2004-
President – European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2008


Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas is a graduate of Santiago de Compostela University and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Coruña University (MD). He received training in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and lung transplantation at Coruña University Hospital.

After completing a year working in Santiago University Hospital joined the faculty at Coruña Hospital and is currently Thoracic Surgeon in Coruña University center and an active member of lung transplantation program. He is the head of minimally invasive thoracic surgery Unit working at Coruña hospital, USP institution, San Rafael hospital and Modelo medical center.

Dr Gonzalez Rivas serves on several editorial boards and is active member organizing the annual meeting of Spanish society of thoracic surgery (SECT) and collaborate with educational activities of European Society (ESTS). He is a board European certified surgeon since 2010 (FECTS). He is specially dedicated to minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS). He was pioneer surgeon in the world performing uniportal VATS lobectomies and he has published several papers describing this procedure and the results in the most important medical journals.


Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCSEd(CTh)) 2007
Fellow, College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (FCSHK) 2009
Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM(Surg)) 2009
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) 2009
Honorary Fellow, Philippine Association of Minimal Invasive Thoracic Surgery (PAMITS) 2013
Honorary Consultant, Lung Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines 2015
Fellow, Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology (FAPSR) 2016
Board of Directors, ISMICS 2016
Editorial Board: EJCTS; Innovations; Journal of Thoracic Disease
Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital (2014-present)


Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Cardiothoracic)
Fellow, College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (Cardiothoracic)
Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Surgery)
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong
Chief of Thoracic Surgery, The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China
Guest Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tongji University, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Shanghai, China
Honorary Consultant, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Associate Editor, Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS)
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Visualized Surgery
Board Member, Asian Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program


Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery, National University Health System, Singapore
Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, National University Health System, Singapore
Clinical Instructor in Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
University of Manitoba Thoracic Surgery Residency


Graduated from Medical School, and acquiring his PhD degree in the Medical Research Institute in National Taiwan University, Prof. Lee is now the chief and professor of surgery in the Thoracic Surgical Division of Surgical Department in National Taiwan University Hospital. He is one of the important pioneers in the development of minimal invasive surgery in thoracic space in Asia. He possesses comprehensive understanding of both surgery development and medical environment of Taiwan. He is deeply devoted in development and education of minimally invasive thoracic surgery especially in the complex procedures including minimally invasive esophagectomy, robotic surgery or peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). He also actively participates in the editorial or review board in many distinguished international medical journals and has published more than 100 scientific papers. Elected as secretary in general of the thoracic society in 2013, he voices for the society to the government sector , policy makers, the patients and other healthcare stakeholders and led the education of study for surgery in Taiwan. Due to his achievement in surgical spaces and thoracic education, he is now frequently invited for the lectures to share and to shape the future the thoracic surgical field.


College Of Medicine, Korea Uniersity Guro Hospital, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

– Medical Licenses and Board Certifications
. Mar 1996; Korean License of Medical Doctor
. Feb 2001; Korean Board Certification of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
. Mar 2009; Korean Board Certification of Critical Care Medicine
. January 2011; Korean Board Certification of Traumatology

2004- Feb. Ph.D (in Medical Science), Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery College of Medicine, Korea University

2000- Feb. Ms. (in Medical Science), Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery College of Medicine, Korea University

1996- Feb. B.Sc. (in Medical Science), Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery College of Medicine, Korea University


  • specialist in thoracic surgery. He is a pioneer of robotic surgery for lung cancer in Japan. Currently, Dr. Suda is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Thoracic Surgery at Fujita Health University Hospital located in Toyoake, Japan.
  • Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Japan
  • Takashi Suda is a graduate of Fujita Health University. He received training in Thoracic Surgery at Fujita Health University Hospital. He was a Research Fellow in G. Alexander Patterson’s laboratory at Washington University from 1998 to 2001. After completing years working in Washington University joined the faculty at Fujita Health University Hospital and is currently an Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Fujita Health University located in Toyoake, Japan.
  • His specialty is a minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer and mediastinal tumor. He conducted clinical research regarding the application of Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robot-assisted surgery, and assertively establish new surgical techniques. He started using VATS to treat primary lung cancer in January 2004 and to treat thymoma in 2005. He was one of the early Japanese advocates of video assisted surgical techniques to treat primary lung cancer and thymoma. In 2007, He devised VATS to treat malignant mesothelioma, which has become a societal problem, and was the first to be successful in the world. He performed the da Vinci robotic surgery for the lung cancer patient in 2009. It was the first case in Japan. In 2012, He developed single-incision thymectomy using a subxiphoid approach, which is thymectomy performed through a single 3-cm long incision in the abdomen to treat thymoma and myasthenia gravis. In addition, in February 2014, He devised a method for using a subxiphoid approach with a da Vinci robot to perform thymectomy. All of these important innovations have been described in an excellent series of manuscripts authored by Dr. Suda. He is an innovator in surgical management of lung cancer and diseases of the thymus.


  • a clinical researcher and thoracic surgeon.
    He graduated from Nippon Medical School and is a clinical professor of division of thoracic surgery at Nippon Medical School Chiba Hokusoh Hospital. He is a frequent speaker at several medical conferences related to the operative procedure of thoracoscopic surgery and clinical research on thoracic surgery. He is the investigator of a study assessing the less-invasive effects of thoracoscopic surgery and of a study on an oncoprotein, tumor suppressor gene maspin in non-small cell lung cancer. He has multidiscipline achievements on myocardial ischemia and cell adhesion molecules, matrix protease and tumor neovascularization relevant to cancer development and invasion. He also introduced a new method “video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy with lateral thoracotomy for stage II and III thymoma”.
  • Hirai recieved some honors and awards including a Maruyama Memorial Grant,, Kato Memorial Bioscience Grant and Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research.
  • Hirai is a councilor and supervisory doctor of the Japanese Thoracic Association for chest Surgery, Japan Surgical Society and a member of International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and a member of American Association for Cancer Research.


  • Department of thoracic surgery, Department of medical service, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS), China
  • Juwei Mu, is currently the Associate Director of Department of Thoracic Surgery, Cancer Hospital, CAMS. He is also the Professor in Oncology and Thoracic Surgery as well as the Master Tutor and Doctoral Supervisor in Peking Union Medical College.
  • Mu received his Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Medicine from China Medical University (1983~1988), and later obtained his Master Degree in Oncology (1990~1992) and Medical Degree (2012~2014) from Peking Union Medical College.
  • Mu completed his residency in Cancer Hospital, CAMS (1988~1994). And he has worked there through his career as an Attending Doctor, promotion to an Associate Professor and now a Professor and the Associate Director in Department of Thoracic Surgery, Cancer Hospital, CAMS.
  • Mu is a recognized expert in Thoracic surgical oncology with a wide range of research areas in Multidisciplinary treatment of thoracic tumor, Gene therapy of malignant tumors, Standard diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer and Video assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mediastinal tumors.
  • Mu has also joined many medical organizations of his expertise. He is the Vice Chairman of “Thoracic oncology branch of China International Exchange and Promotive Association for Medical and Health Care”. Besides, he is the Committee member of “Expert Committee on standardized diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in the Health and Family Planning Commission” and “Expert Committee on standardized diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Beijing Quality control center”, etc. In addition, Prof. Mu has actively participated in some importance projects, publications of articles and editing books.


6th ASPVS Registration Entitlement
PAMITS Fellows / Nurse

  • Admission to Opening Ceremony, Main Meeting, Live Surgery Demo, coffee breaks and/or lunch
  • Convention materials and certificate of attendance.
  • First 100 registered participants (nurses) will be accepted.

How to Register

Notification of Online Registration Process
A notification would be send via email to confirm your application.  If you fail to receive it, please contact the PAMITS Secretariat.

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Video-Based Education Program of the APSVS. This video session is open to all registered participants with Single port VATS cases that nearly necessitated an open surgery due to either the complexity, technical difficulty, anatomic variations or in the management of intraoperative complications. This is your chance to interact with our renowned panel of experts as well as practitioners of single port VATS from all over the world.

Submitted videos will be screened and reviewed by a technical panel within the Scientific committee of the APSVS for relevance and compliance to the technical requirements. Accepted videos  will be played repeatedly at the the video room through out the symposium and it will likewise be presented orally to the expert panel at the ASPVS Video symposium on March 24, 2018.

Social Program:

  • Faculty Meeting / 23 March 2018

Organized by:
Philippine Association of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeons Inc. (PAMITS)

Official Language:
The official language of 6th ASPVS 2018 is English.

⦁ Congress Secretariat:
Room 514, 5th Floor, Medical Arts Building,
Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
E-mail: pamits2012@gmail.com




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6th Asian Single Port VATS Symposium

Date: March 23-24, 2018

Venue: March 23-24, 2018
Seda Hotel Vertis North,
Quezon City, Philippines


  1. Attending Symposium
  2. LIVE Surgery