Dear Colleagues,

I would like to welcome you to Melbourne; the most livable city in the world and capital for science, art and culture. The Royal Botanical gardens, at this time of year will bedazzle you with a beautiful orchestra of autumn colours. As the temperature cools and the nights are long, you can find an abundance of world class dining experiences, festivities, art and theatre.

Evolution Towards Excellence.

Over the last three decades, endoscopic surgery has witnessed a significant evolution in technology and expertise. This has lead to a remarkable enhancement of gynaecological surgery translating to the betterment of women’s health. 

Under the title “Evolution towards Excellence”, the scientific committee has developed an excellent program that focuses on the training and ongoing development of our surgical and clinical practice. The program provides an opportunity to learn about the latest clinical advances, international development in research, practice and management of the common gynaecological conditions. 

The international faculty of Dr Barbara Levy, Dr Ted Lee, and Dr Pietro Santulli, promises to bring a lot of energy to the discussions and debates. The Live Surgery session will make a come back in 2018. This will provide an exceptional opportunity to learn invaluable tips and surgical techniques in an engaging and interactive environment. The highly successful hands-on Training Hubs will be expanded in 2018 to allow more delegates to participate. AGES, as always, will endeavour to provide an outstanding social program that will allow participants and their partners to enjoy what our lovely city of Melbourne has to offer. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in Melbourne in March 2018!


Dr Haider Najjar
Treasurer, AGES
Conference Chair

Dr Haider Najjar - Conference Chair

Dr Stuart Salfinger - Committee Member

Dr Kate McIlwaine - Committee Member

Dr Emma Readman - Scientific Chair

Dr Jim Tsaltas - Committee Member

Dr Lenore Ellett - Committee Member

Dr Ted Lee

Dr. Ted Lee is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Magee Womens Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1992 and completed his residency in Ob/Gyn at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also matriculated to the Physician Leadership and Management Program at University of Pittsburgh, School of Business.  He strongly believes in the use of surgical videos as an educational tool for advancing the art and science of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

Dr Barbara Levy

Barbara Levy, MD is a practicing OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist) in Washington, DC. Dr. Levy graduated from University of California Davis School of Medicine in 1979 and has been in practice for 38 years. She completed a residency at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Levy also specializes in Gynecology. Dr. Levy is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr Pietro Santulli

Graduated from the University Paris Descartes, Faculty of Medicine, (MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2010 and PhD in Basic Sciences in 2013), Dr Pietro SANTULLI was named Associated Professor in Paris in 2014. He is in charge of the fertility surgery unit and the ART unit in the department headed by Prof. Charles CHAPRON at Cochin University Hospital in Paris. He authored and co-authored about 70 original articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

AAGL Exchange Lecture

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar is a cancer surgeon specialising in laparoscopic cancer surgery and heads the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, centre for advanced laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery in Pune. He has developed laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cancer cervix known world over as the “Pune Technique”. He is a faculty at the AAGL (American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopy) and member of the AAGL Oncology Committee. He has won the prestigious “Golden Telescope Award” for the best video at AAGL thrice (In the yrs 2005, 2009 & 2012) and is the only Indian surgeon to do so. He has also won the Kurt Semm Award for the Best Video in the Category of Laparoscopic Surgeries for “Laparoscopic Transvesical Approach to Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) Repair”

To view the AGES XXVIII ASM 2018 Program, please click the button below. 

The ASM runs over 3 days, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March 2018.