About this event

  • Date and time Fri 14 Jun 2024 from 9:00am to 15 Jun 2024 at 5:00pm
  • Location Milan, Italy
  • Organised by Coloproctology

Join us in Milan for an annual upcoming coloproctology event where experts from the UK and Italy will share their expertise, best practices, and innovative ideas.

Hosted by Professor Antonino Spinelli, Professor of Surgery at Humanitas University Hospital in Milan, Italy and President Elect of European Society of Coloproctology, this event offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with international peers and participate in a fantastic program filled with engaging, topical sessions.

Please note that you will need to arrange your own flights and accommodation for this meeting. Please scroll down to find more information about the recommended hotel where we have secured exclusive rates for attendees.

By attending, you will:

  • Know about current best practice in the treatment of rectal cancer
  • Be able to understand surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Value knowledge in understanding burnout and the power of mentorship for colorectal surgeons

Don't miss out on this exciting event. Register today and gain valuable insights into the latest advances in coloproctology while networking with fellow professionals from around the world.

Grand Visconti Palace:
Please email reservations@grandviscontipalace.com with booking reference: “Humanitas University room block”
We have a block of rooms reserved at a preferential rate until 06/05/2024. After this deadline rooms are available on request at the standard rate.
Please note: rooms are not refundable in case of cancellation.

We would like to thank our sponsors CMR Surgical, The Insides Company and THD for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.


Thursday 13 June 2024

Optional informal drinks in the bar at Grand Visconti Palace Hotel
Dinner at own arrangements
Friday 14 June 2024 - Humanitas Research Hospital

Coach transfer from Grand Visconti Palace Hotel to Humanitas Research Hospital
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Justin Davies and Antonino Spinelli

Session 1: Live operating - minimally invasive low anterior resection, TME and Trans-anal Transection with Single Stapled (TTSS) anastomosis

Surgeon: Antonino Spinelli

Chair: Ian Jenkins

Live operating

Antonino Spinelli

Tea and coffee break
Live operating

Antonino Spinelli


Session 2: Surgical technique

Chairs: Sharmila Gupta and Steve Brown

The role of surgery in reducing Crohn’s disease recurrence: hope or hype?

Michele Carvello

Strictureplasty and Crohn’s disease- an update

Janindra Warasuvitarne

Learning a new anastomosis as a consultant- taking TTSS from theory to practice

Presenting virtually: Salomone di Saverio (San Benedetto del Tronto)

State of the Art Lecture- Ileoanal pouch surgery in 2024 - best practice

Antonino Spinelli 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 3: Topical insights

Chairs: Michele Carvello and Ramya Kalaiselvan

Early-onset colorectal cancer: Current insights and future directions

Michele Carvello 

Deferral of surgery for rectal cancer, and when to operate

Paris Tekkis

State of the Art Lecture - Burnout and the power of mentorship

Presenting virtually: Debby Keller 

Panel discussion
Close of day one

Coach transfer back to conference hotel

Conference dinner at Antica Osteria Cavallini

Antica Osteria Cavallini, Via Mauro Macchi, 2, 20124, Milan

Antica Osteria Cavallini | Ristorante con giardino a Milano

NB Only for those who have pre-booked, and delegates to arrange own transfers

Saturday 15 June 2024 - Winter Garden Room, Grand Visconti Palace Hotel

Welcome and introduction

Justin Davies

Session 4

The Great Debate - This house believes that neoadjuvant therapy is the appropriate primary treatment for locally advanced colon cancer

For: James Wheeler

Against: Ian Jenkins

State of the Art Lecture - Optimal management of sigmoid diverticulitis

Willem Bemelman, Amsterdam

Intestinal failure - The essentials

Michael Powar

The Insides Company sponsored symposium - If there's any gut left, let's use it! Benefits of Chyme Reinfusion Therapy

Michael Denver Sales Manager EMEA , The Insides Company

Tea and coffee break

Session 5: Travelling Fellowship presentations

Chairs: Justin Davies and Henry Tilney

Identification of novel radiosensitisers in colorectal cancer cells

Aaron Kler

Contact x-ray brachytherapy in rectal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Simon Powell

Multivisceral pelvic resections for locally advanced or recurrent colorectal cancer - a single-centre experience of open versus robotic-assisted techniques

James Wyatt

The role of clonal interactions in intestinal tumorigenesis

Iannish Sadien

Neostigmine vs colonoscopic decompression for acute colonic pseudo-obstruction not resolving with conservative measures: a systematic review and meta-analysis

George Demetriou

John of Arderne 2023 Prize Winning Presentation

Matthew Fok

Close of meeting

Justin Davies



Milan, Italy


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Wednesday 17 May 2024. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will not be recorded.