3rd Verona Expert Meeting

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd Verona International Expert Meeting that will take place in Verona on September 19-20.

Also this year the meeting will be divided into two sessions: the IASGO and it- IHPBA postgraduate course and the Expert Meeting.

The topic of the meeting will be “Hepatocellular Carcinoma: New landscapes and Horizons”. We are proud that the meeting will have the endorsement of both the IASGO and the It-IHPBA.

In the last decade, several new technologies and medical therapies have been introduced to modify, improve and expand the curative options for HCC patients. During the meeting, international experts in the medical and surgical management of HCC will present the current landscape for the treatment of HCC.

The Verona International Expert Meeting is an exciting event to attend and discuss the latest scientific advances in the treatment of HCC. Different disease stages and clinical scenarios will be discussed exploring the most up-dated treatments, the efficacy of the new target therapies, and the impact of the new technologies.

The meeting wants to include all the physicians involved in the clinical management of HCC patients as surgeons, hepatologists, gastroenterologist, radiologists, oncologists, radiotherapists as well as specialist in infectious disease and nuclear medicine. The personalized treatment of each single HCC patient requires and is not possible without the participation of different specialists in a multidisciplinary setting.

The IASGO and It-IHPBA postgraduate course titled “Complications in HPB Surgery: How to Prevent, How to Manage” will take place in the morning of September 19.

During the postgraduate course, national and international experts will present their experience and debate on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the complications of HPB surgery. As well known, HPB surgery is still burdened by high incidence of complications associated with prolonged hospital stay and post- operative mortality. For this reason, this postgraduate course is addressed to surgeon who wants to increase their knowledge on this fundamental topic for the HPB surgery.

All the information regarding the meeting will be at https://www.veronahpb.it/

Verona is an extraordinary city of art with its traces of ancient history that during this season offers the best opportunity to fully enjoy its beauty. The congress venue will be the Auditorium Domus Mercatorum of Camera di Commercio di Verona located nearby the roman Arena, in the downtown.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting meeting.


The Presidents

Alfredo Guglielmi

Calogero Iacono

Verona, September 19-20, 2019


Mohammad Abu Hilal

Giuseppe Maria Ettorre

Southampton, United Kingdom

Roma, Italy

Luca Aldrighetti

Fabio Farinati

Milano, Italy

Padova, Italy

Irene Bargellini

Alessandro Ferrero

Pisa, Italy

Torino, Italy

Claudio Bassi

Armando Gabbrielli

Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

Giulio Belli

Felice Giuliante

Napoli, Italy

Roma, Italy

Ugo Boggi

Gian Luca Grazi

Pisa, Italy

Roma, Italy

Giovanni Brandi

Alfredo Guglielmi

Bologna, Italy

Verona, Italy

Fulvio Calise

Calogero Iacono

Napoli, Italy

Verona, Italy

Matteo Cescon

Elio Jovine

Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Umberto Cillo

Hauke Lang

Padova, Italy

Mainz, Germany

Pierre A. Clavien

Massimo Malagò

Zurich, Switzerland

London, United Kingdom

Luciano G. De Carlis

Giancarlo Mansueto

Milano, Italy

Verona, Italy

Michelle De Oliveira

Jens U. Marquardt

Zurich, Switzerland

Mainz, Germany

Fabrizio Di Benedetto

Marco Massani

Modena, Italy

Treviso, Italy

Mirko D’Onofrio

Roberto Merenda

Verona, Italy

Venezia, Italy

Gabriel Dan Duda

Michele Milella

Boston MA, USA

Verona, Italy

Andrea Doriguzzi Breatta

Massimiliano Mutignani

Torino, Italy

Milano, Italy

Giorgio Ercolani

Timothy M. Pawlik

Forlì, Italy

Columbus OH, USA

Nicola Personeni

Rozzano (MI), Italy

Nazario Portolani

Brescia, Italy

Dario Ribero

Torino, Italy

Andrea Risaliti

Udine, Italy

Renato Romagnoli

Torino, Italy

Andrea Ruzzenente

Verona, Italy

David Sacerdoti

Verona, Italy

Aldo Scarpa

Verona, Italy

Wenzel Schoening

Berlin, Germany

Olivier Soubrane

Clichy, France

Kyoichi Takaori

Kyoto, Japan

Umberto Tedeschi

Verona, Italy

Pierluigi Toniutto

Udine, Italy

Guido Torzilli

Milano, Italy

Lucio Urbani

Pisa, Italy

Thomas M. Van Gulik

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Vivarelli Marco

Ancona, Italy

IASGO - Italian Chapter IHPBA Postgraduate Course

Complications in HPB Surgery: How to Prevent, How to Manage

September 19, 2019

08:00 – 08:30


08:30 – 09:15

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

A. Guglielmi, C. Iacono, K. Takaori


How to measure surgical complications?

M. De Oliveira

Failure to rescue in HPB Surgery

T. M. Pawlik

09:15 – 10:45

Complications in liver and biliary surgery

Chairs: U. Boggi, A. Guglielmi

Post-hepatectomy liver failure: liver function and future remnant liver volume

T. M. Van Gulik

Prevention of complications in patients with jaundice and portal hypertension

F. Di Benedetto

Biliary fistula: how to prevent and manage?

The opinion of Surgeon

G. Ercolani

The opinion of Interventional Radiologist

G. Mansueto

Intra and postoperative bleeding:

Open surgery

A. Ferrero

Minimally-invasive liver surgery

L. Aldrighetti

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

Verona, September 19-20, 2019

September 19, 2019

11:00 – 12:00

Complications in pancreatic surgery

Chairs: C. Iacono, K. Takaori

Pancreatic fistula

C. Bassi

Intra and postoperative bleeding

U. Boggi

Complications after neoadjuvant therapy

K. Takaori

Complications in minimally invasive surgery

M. Abu Hilal

12:00 – 13:15

Complications of cholecystectomy

Chairs: A. Gabbrielli, F. Giuliante

Prevention strategies of biliary and vascular injuries

D. Ribero

How to treat the complication, the role of:


M. Mutignani

Interventional radiology

A. Doriguzzi Breatta


O. Soubrane

13:15 – 13:45


Impact of short-term complications on long-term oncological outcomes

T. M. Pawlik


End of Postgraduate course

13:45 – 15:00

Light lunch

Poster and Video exhibition

3rd Verona Expert Meeting

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: New Landscapes and Horizons

September 19, 2019

15:00 – 15:15

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

A. Guglielmi, C. Iacono

15:15 – 16:30



D. Sacerdoti

New landscapes in HCC management, the point of view of hepatologist

J. U. Marquardt


A. Guglielmi

Hepatocarcinogenesis: from molecular profiling to the development of new targets in HCC

A. Scarpa


M. Milella

New systemic, targeted and immune-therapies

G. Brandi

16.30 – 18.30

Video session: Challenging clinical cases in HPB surgery

Chairs: M. Malagò, T. M. Van Gulik


M. Abu Hilal









Verona, September 19-20, 2019

September 20, 2019

08:30 – 11:00

Session 1: Early HCC

Chairs: F. Calise, H. Lang

Novel tools enhancing surgical resection

W. Schoening

New technologies and role of ablation in HCC: pushing the limits?

M. D’Onofrio

Ablation vs resection for early HCC (face to face)

F. Farinati vs F. Giuliante

Anatomic liver resection: open vs minimally invasive surgery (face to face)

G. Torzilli vs M. Abu Hilal

Expanding indications through minimally invasive approach

A. Ruzzenente

Expert opinion:

G. Belli, F. Di Benedetto, G. Ercolani, P. Toniutto, L. Urbani

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00

Session 2: Liver transplantation

Chairs: P. A. Clavien, L. G. De Carlis

Evolution of indications and allocation criteria in liver transplantation

P. A. Clavien

Downstaging before LT, expanding indications? The concept of therapeutic hierarchy

U. Cillo

Surgery versus LT for early stage HCC

M. Malagò

Resective surgery before LT: salvage vs primary LT


Expert opinion:

M. Cescon, R. Romagnoli, U. Tedeschi, M. Vivarelli

3rd Verona Expert Meeting

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: New Landscapes and Horizons

September 20, 2019

13:00 – 14:30

Light lunch

14:30 – 17:30

Session 3: Intermediate and advanced HCC

Chairs: A. Risaliti, K. Takaori

Liver resection for intermediate tumors

T. M. Pawlik

Liver resection for advanced tumors

H. Lang

Intra-arterial therapies

I. Bargellini


G. M. Ettorre

New therapies for advanced tumors

G. D. Duda

Timing, sequence and integration of systemic and loco-regional treatments

N. Personeni

Expert opinion:

G. L. Grazi, E. Jovine, M. Massani, R. Merenda, N. Portolani

17:30 – 18:00


Modern therapeutic approaches for Malignant Liver Tumours

P. A. Clavien

18:00 – 18:30

Closing Remarks and end of the Meeting

A. Guglielmi, C. Iacono


ECM Test

Verona, September 19-20, 2019


Congress Venue

Auditorim Domus Mercatorum Camera di Commercio Corso Porta Nuova, 96

37122 - Verona (VR) - Italy http://www.vr.camcom.it/ T. +39 045 8085011

How to reach the Congress Venue

Camera di Commercio is located very close to Verona city center and main railway station (Verona Porta Nuova), 4 km far from Verona Sud highway exit and 11 km far from “Valerio Catullo” airport.

Scientific Committee

Prof. Andrea Ruzzenente

Dott. Tommaso Campagnaro

Dott. Simone Conci

Dott. Fabio Bagante

Dott. Mario De Bellis

Department of Surgery

Division of General and HPB Surgery

University of Verona Medical School

University Hospital “GB Rossi”

P.le L.A. Scuro, 10 37134 Verona, Italy

T. +39 045 8124411- 045 8124464

Official Language

The official language of the Congress will be English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.


The Registration for the Congress is free, subject to availability.

Please use the registration form attached or visit the website www.veronahpb.it Only registered Congress participants will be admitted to the Congress area. The registration includes: entry to the conference session, lunches and coffee breaks according to the scientific programme, certificate of attendance.

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Social Dinner

The social dinner will be on Thursday September 19.

Please contact secretary for reservation at: info@veronahpb.it

Registration during the Congress

The Secretariat will be open at the following times:

September 19, 2019: from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

September 20, 2019: from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance will be issued to any properly registered participants requesting it from the Secretariat at the end of the Congress.

Poster and video presentation

The abstracts for the poster and video presentation should focus on the Treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and on the Management and prevention of the complications after hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery.

While the participation to the meeting and to the post-graduate course is free, the registration and the submission of the abstract for the poster and video presentation are required before the deadline of September 1st 2019.

The abstract should be no longer than 300 words excluding the authors list and affiliations and the video should not exceed 10 minutes.

Please send Abstract to the E-mail address: abstract@veronahpb.it

ECM accreditation

The Congress has been credited in Agenas Continuing Medical Education Programme for Italian doctors (all disciplines) with 16 credits.

In order to obtain credits the participant must be present in the Auditorium Domus Mercatorum for at least 90% of the Congress.

At the end of the Congress participant will be given a folder containing a card for personal contact details (which must be filled in in order to obtain ECM credits), the assessment form and the learning questionnaire.

The participant must fill in all these forms and hand them in at the Congress Secretariat before leaving the Congress venue.

Provider and Organizing Secretariat

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Piazza Cittadella, 3 - 37122 Verona | T. +39 045-8006786 - F. +39 045-593487 congressi@everywheretravel.it - everywhereworld.it

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