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The Origin of International Laparoscopic Liver Society

After two consensus meetings on laparoscopic liver resection (Louisville 2008 and Morioka 2014), a group of surgeons (Daniel Cherqui, Go Wakabayashi, Nicholas O'Rourke, David Geller, Joseph Buell, Olivier Soubrane, and Ho-Seong Han) identified a need for more regular gatherings to share innovations, indications and techniques, and evolving guidelines. International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS) was formed to fulfill this need, and launched with the inaugural General Assembly in São Paulo April 21, 2016.


ILLS believes Laparoscopic Liver Resection should be performed by trained HPB surgeons. Laparoscopic Liver Resection is not just another tool in our armamentarium, but a significant change requiring the acquisition of a totally new set of skills by the liver surgeon. Due to its high and specific technical requirements, laparoscopic liver surgery requires special attention.


ILLS mission:

  • Organize a biennial congress dedicated to Laparoscopic Liver Surgery

  • Coordinate International Registries

  • Provide a forum for collaboration between surgeons interested in the advancement of Laparoscopic Liver Resection techniques

  • Educate surgeons wishing to learn these techniques

We strive for meaningful improvement in our field to improve patient care. 

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