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For the past 8 months we have been planning the International Consensus Summit for Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as ICSSG. This is the 4th such event that we have been managed. My particular role has been coordinating live surgery broadcasts and overseeing some or all of the audiovisual footprint.

For those of you who are not long time readers, Sleeve Gastrectomy is an operation performed for the treatment of morbid obesity. Related procedures such as Duodenal Switch, revisions from Gastric Bypass or Banding and newer procedures such as Jejuno-Ileal Interposition as well as reduced port surgeries and the use of novel technologies continue to evolve these treatment options. The more options, the more there is a need for a meeting of the minds every so often.

Year 1 was 2007 in New York. We rented the Hudson Theater for one day and the French Institute theater the other two days. We had 4 live surgery cases from the US and South America, as well as some XDCAM HD recordings broadcast on an HD projector. The live surgery planning only started a few weeks out and it came down to the wire.

Year 2 was 2009 in Miami. We were at the historic Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, in one of the ballrooms previously used for such performers as Sinatra and Dean Martin. It was an amazing location for a meeting. This time we had 7 live surgery cases and we were in the same room for all three days of the meeting, with maybe 300 attendees.

Here's the live blog of the event:

It is interesting reading these old blog posts.

In somewhat related news, earlier this year the short lived Starz tv series "Magic City" portrayed a fictionalized version of the Fontainebleau's early days in the 1950's. A good friend of mine scored a small role as a fight announcer in one of the episodes:

Year 3 was back in New York at the Crowne Plaza. This time around we had 15 live cases and we also managed the AV including setup, operation and breakdown. You can read all about it here:

Now year 4 is at the Marriott Marquis, also in New York, and it takes place next week.

We have had a few site visits and we have a much larger team working on this one. I selected an AV vendor to manage the video and audio, and have once again been coordinating the live surgery. This time we have between 20-25 cases from the US, Mexico, Brazil, Czech Republic, Japan, Belgium, France, Australia and Italy. This should be very exciting.

I'll post pics and clips after the fact.

There is still time to attend:

See you there.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Dec 1, 2012 at 4:41:00 pm live events

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

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