Program at a glance

Living Legend

Not to be missed - an opportunity to hear from some of the most important surgeons in our field who have stamped their mark on the field of HPB surgery. Each will speak on a separate topic reflecting their career’s passion (Liver, Pancreas, and Transplantation Surgery) in exclusive plenary sessions throughout the Congress.

Blumgart Historical Lecture and Henry and Betty Pitt Quality Lectures

These exclusive lectures are regular components of the annual AHPBA meetings and we now bring them to an International forum. Highly esteemed leaders in surgery will provide their keen insight on significant topics for which they are highly recognized. These will occur in exclusive timeframes to maximize exposure to the delegates.

Keynote Lectures

These are state-of the-art presentations of highly topical and timely subjects in HPB surgery, addressed to all Congress participants. Leading international speakers, with considerable expertise in the subject at hand, have been invited to conduct these Keynote Lectures. This motif is scheduled at "prime time" in the programme, unopposed to other activities in order to achieve maximum attendance.  

Meet the Professor

Meet the Professor breakfast sessions allow delegates to meet in a small group with renowned researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives.  In order to foster a more intimate learning environment, space is limited to fewer than 50 people and a nominal fee will be charged.


Symposia are significant educational sessions aimed at critically reviewing diverse aspects of a specific topic. Moderators will oversee between 4-6 focused talks which probe the depth of the topic. The target audience consists of delegates who are primarily interested in the subject or wish to update their knowledge in the area. Audience interaction will be prominent through the use of the Audience Response System and robust Question –and-Answer opportunities. Many of the symposia will feature Multidisciplinary, Technical, or Scientific themes.


Debates allow speakers to debate controversial topics in an attractive format which provides “food for thought”.  Questions for which we have no good answers yet are featured. This motif is always lively entertaining. The faculty chosen for these sessions are highly acclaimed clinicians with passion for their positions.


These are sessions in which speakers are expected to provide objective, exhaustive reviews in a field, either clinical or basic. Issues regarding diagnosis, management and different aspects of research will be evaluated. They are addressed to participants who wish to acquire practical knowledge on a specific subject. The presenter’s own clinical acumen will allow for clinical interpretation of the data presented. An interactive discussion with the audience at the end of the session is expected.

Top 12 – “Best of the Best” Session

The Top 12 competetive abstracts of the Congress, the “Best of the Best”, will be featured in an exclusive plenary session open to the full membership. These represent investigations and results that will likely make a significant impact on how HPB surgery is practiced. Presenters will have 15 minutes including questions and answers. Each will be discussed by a preeminent thought leader in the field. Mandatory submission of a full manuscript to HPB will be required for just these particular presentations.

Oral and Mini-Oral Abstract Sessions

The most exciting work from abstracts submitted to the Congress will be honoured with a place in these sessions. Each presenter explains their work and answers questions from the audience. Oral presentation will be 8 minutes and Mini-Oral presentations 3 minutes with two minutes of subsequent questions and answers. A single Invited Video, presented by master surgeons, that correlates with the session theme will be embedded in each of these oral presentation sessions.

“Talking” Posters

For the first time at the IHPBA all posters will be presented in an electronic format. Select, high ranking abstract presenters will have the opportunity to give a short oral presentation on their poster. These will feature an enthusiastic moderator who will generate discussion among an audience of interested delegates. These are 5 minutes presentation time (Maximum of 3 slides) including questions and answers.

E-Poster Sessions

Delegates will be able to view submitted electronic posters during the Congress at designated workstations located throughout the exhibition area. Poster sessions will take place each day. During these sessions presenters are available to discuss their work and answer questions from delegates and alongside their posters.

Bernard Langer Fellows Symposium

This staple at the AHPBA meeting will now take on an international flavour. This single session is especially geared towards the younger cohort of HPB surgeons (Fellows and other Trainees). Topics of interest will focus on ways young surgeons can obtain an international experience in HPB as they launch their careers. The session will be moderated by Fellows themselves. Ample opportunity exists for audience participation.

Tricks of the Trade

New to the program for the 2016 IHPBA meeting will be a dedicated symposium entitled, “Tricks of the Trade.” The goal of this session is to provide a forum for all members to share their technical “tricks” in HPB surgery or management pearls they have learned in treating problems encountered by our patients. Each selected oral presentation will be 5 minutes in length, and demonstrate the process clearly involving for example good artwork, line drawings, or even a short video clip. These are not meant to be long, extravagant dissertations, but rather succinct descriptions of the method under discussion. More information here.

Clinical Trials in Progress

Also new for 2016, selected clinical trials in progress will be presented by their investigators with the opportunity for vibrant discussion and feedback. This year’s session will highlight ongoing trials in all phases of clinical research. It will provide a forum for sharing ideas, publicising trials seeking extramural participation and accentuating the research focus of many participants in our society. More information here.