About this event

  • Date and time Mon 12 Sep 2022 from 9:00am to 16 Sep 2022 at 12:30pm
  • Location Malta
  • Organised by Surgery, Department of Surgery and Postgraduate Department of Medical Training, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta

This event is an exciting chance to experience a rich academic programme in Malta including lectures and historical talks by both British and Maltese delegates.

The conference will be held at the Mater Dei hospital conference halls. Transport will be provided to and from the Hilton Hotel, St Julian's Bay, daily. Tours to Malta's many historic sites with transport and a qualified guide are included. Please see the program for further details.

During this meeting you will:

  • Participate in an academic programme of high quality lectures 
  • Learn about the medical history of Malta and the Knights of Malta 

  • Trainees will be given the opportunity to present and share surgical knowledge at an international meeting

To book, please email RSM.malta4@gmail.com with your details and you will receive all the booking information.

With thanks to our organising committee: Professor Raymond Galea, Professor Joseph Galea, Mr Gordon Caruana Dingli, Mr Matthew Cassar, Ms Elaine Borg, Ms Denise Hili and Dr Alexander Esposito.


  • Day 1 - 3 credits
  • Day 2 - 3 credits
  • Day 4 - 2 credits
Event pricing:
  • Conference - £250pp
  • Tour - £168p

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View the programme 12 September 2022


Professor Raymond Galea, Head, Postgraduate Department, Mater Dei Hospital and Medical School, Mr Gordon Caruana Dingli, Chair, Department of Surgery, Mater Dei Hospital, Professor Joe Galea and Mr Joe Ellul, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1

Chairs: Professor Joe Galea and Mr Joe Ellul

Advances in computationally enhanced fluorescence guided surgery from digitalisation to artificial intelligence

Mr Jeffrey Dalli, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
New localisation techniques in breast surgery

Mr Yazan Masannat, Aberdeen

Questions and answers
Heterogeneity in breast cancer – in pursuit of personalisation of treatment

Ms Elaine Borg, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
The use of ADMs for tissue conserving surgery

Mr Matthew Borg, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Session 2

Chairs: Professor Joe Galea and Mr Hamid Khawaja

Pattern of disease, analysis and outcome of 15 consecutive liver resections at Mater Dei Hospital

Mr Noel Cassar, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
An update on the latest standards in bariatric surgery

Professor Ameet Patel, King's College Hospital London

Questions and answers
Development of a Gasless modification of Trans-oral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach (TOETVA)

Mr Chris Camenzuli, Mater Dei

Questions and answers


Guided walking tour of Valletta, capital city of Malta, built by La Vallette the grandmaster who led the Knights of Malta to victory at the Great Siege of 1565 against the Ottoman Turks. Valletta is full of historical buildings, auberges and museums as well as many restaurants, cafes and theatres and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

We will visit the upper Barrakka gardens, St John’s Co-Cathedral and other sites along the tour.


Hilton Malta Hotel, St Julian's

View the programme 13 September 2022


Session 3

Chairs: Miss Rachel Hargest and Mr Alexander Attard

Optimal organisation of emergency surgery post COVID UK

Mr Josef Watfah, St Mark’s Hospital, London

Questions and answers
The first celebrity chef

Ms Sara Baker, UK

Questions and answers
Pre-habilitation and ERAS for laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery

Mr Makis Ypsilantis, Princess Royal University Hospital and King's College Hospital, London

Questions and answers
Dealing with difficult colleagues and a dysfunctional department

Professor Ian Curran, Duke National University of Singapore

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Session 4

Chairs: Mr Alexander Attard and Professor Ameet Patel

Royal College of Surgeons England global policy

Miss Rachel Hargest, University Hospital of Wales

Questions and answers
Updates in abdominal wall reconstruction

Mr Sam Parker and Mr Said Mohammed, University Hospitals, Croydon, UK

Questions and answers
Complex severe acute pancreatitis

Mr Ben Cresswell, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospitals, UK

Questions and answers
To be confirmed
Questions and answers


Visit to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, megalithic temple complexes in the southwest of Malta, overlooking the sea. Dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient and complete standing religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces”.

We will also visit Wied iz-Zurrieq, and Dingli cliffs. We will then go on to Marsaxlokk, a pretty fishing village in the south of the island followed by dinner there.

View the programme 14 September 2022


Ferry to Gozo, the quieter sister island of Malta. Gozo is said to be Homer’s island of Ogygia, where Odysseus caroused with the honey--voiced sea-nymph Calypso. Victoria is the capital with the Citadel at its centre, the fortified city originally established in the Bronze age about 1500BC and subsequently fortified by the Phoenicians, Romans, and the Knights.

We will also visit the Ta Pinu, Basilica and shrine of the Virgin Mary, Dwejra, “Inland Sea” and seaside village of Xlendi where we will have dinner.

View the programme 15 September 2022


Session 5

Chairs: Professor Graham Layer and Mr Gordon Caruana-Dingli

Medical aspects of the Great Siege

Professor Charles Savona Ventura, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
Modern management of colorectal liver metastases

Mr Andreas Prachalias, King's College Hospital, London

Questions and answers
The Fly in the Ointment - Cantharidis in the Sacra Infermeria?

Mr Ray Gatt, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
The horrendous summer of 1837 in Malta

Professor Joseph Galea, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Session 6

Chairs: Professor Ray Galea and Professor Graham Layer

History of surgery in Malta

Mr Gordon Caruana Dingli, Mater Dei

Questions and answers
100 years of management of penetrating chest injuries

Mr Norman Briffa Sheffield, UK and Col David Vassallo, RAMC (retd) Hampshire, UK

Questions and answers
The Knights of St John and the Hospital of the Order

Mr Ray Delicata, Abergavenny, Wales UK

Question and answers


Visit to The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum one of the world’s best preserved prehistoric sites — a 6,000-year-old underground burial temple complex with a network of alcoves and corridors carved into solid rock. It seems incredible that the ancient people created such an amazing beautiful and decorated structure with their primitive tools.  Another UNESCO world heritage site in Malta.

We will also take the opportunity to visit the Tarxien temples if time allows. (Visitor numbers to the Hypogeum are limited by Heritage Malta and due to this we will be visiting the site in two groups.) 

Grand harbour cruise and guided walking tour of Birgu, one of the “3 cities” followed by dinner in Birgu.

View the programme 16 September 2022


Session 7: President's Prize

Chairs: Professor Godfrey Laferla and Mr Joe Ellul

Patient and Carer Education in the management of constipation with a view to reducing unnecessary admissions

Dr Christina Cassar

Questions and answers
A preliminary review of laparoscopic appendicectomy in children with acute appendicitis in Malta: Current practices and future challenges

Dr Gabriel Degiorgio

Questions and answers
The Neonatal Hearing Screening Program in the Maltese Islands: shining a spotlight on a national pilot project

Dr Stephanie Debono

Questions and answers
Virtual reality training compared with apprenticeship training in laparoscopic surgery: a meta-analysis

Dr Mark Portelli

Questions and answers
Outcomes of EVAR surveillance - a population-based approach to an ongoing dilemma

Dr Anthony Pio Dimech

Questions and answers
Regression of hydronephrosis post dismembered pyeloplasty using ultrasound scans. The strategy and time frame

Dr Sarah Ellul

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Specimen extraction site in laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer: natural orifice or transabdominal specimen extraction?

Dr Svetlana Brincat

Questions and answers
Surveillance of Bladder Management in a Local Cohort of Neuro-Urology patients

Michaela Farrugia

Questions and answers
Has the rationalization of medical services in Malta due to covid-19 affected the pick-up rates of colorectal cancers and high-grade dysplasia through colonoscopy?

Dr Andrew Scicluna

Questions and answers
Patient-specific 3D printed model and its application in the peri-operative preparation of live donor kidney transplant surgery

Dr Samuel Attard

Questions and answers
Predictors of Permanent pacemaker implantation following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, a 20 year experience of a single UK centre

Dr Francesca Leone

Questions and answers
The prognostic utility of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio in spinal surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr Temidayo Osunronbi

Questions and answers
Prize presentations

Free time
Guided tour of Mdina
Farewell dinner



Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday 1 September 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

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