Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 2042–2049 | Cite as

A research agenda for the European Association for Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES)

  • Nader FrancisEmail author
  • Airazat M. Kazaryan
  • Andrea Pietrabissa
  • David Goitein
  • Eugenia Yiannakopoulou
  • Ferdinando Agresta
  • Igor Khatkov
  • Svend Schulze
  • Tan Arulampalam
  • Victor Tomulescu
  • Young-Woo Kim
  • Eduardo Mª Targarona
  • Giovanni Zaninotto
EAES Research Agenda



The European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES) conducted this study aiming to identify the top research questions which are relevant to surgeons in Minimal Access Surgery (MAS). This is in order to promote and link research questions to the current clinical practice in MAS in Europe.


Using a systematic methodology, (modified Delphi), the EAES members and leadership teams were surveyed to obtain consensus on the top research priorities in MAS. The responses were categorized and redistributed to the membership to rate the level of importance of each research question. The data were reported as the weighted average score with a scale from 1 (lowest agreement) to 5 (highest agreement).


In total, 324 of 2580 (12.5%) of the EAES members and the leaders responded to the survey and contributed to the final consensus. The ranked responses over the 80th percentile identified 39 research priorities with rating ranged from 4.22 to 3.67. The top five highest ranking research priorities in the EAES were centered on improving training in MAS, laparoscopic surgery for benign upper gastrointestinal conditions, integration of novel technology in OR, translational and basic science research in bariatric surgery and investigating the role of MAS in rectal cancer.


An EAES research agenda was developed using a systematic methodology and can be used to focus MAS research. This study was commissioned by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES).


Research Agenda EAES Consensus Laparoscopy 


Compliance with ethical standards


Nader Francis, Airazat M. Kazaryan, Andrea Pietrabissa, David Goitein, Eugenia Yiannakopoulou, Ferdinando Agresta, Igor Khatkov, Svend Schulze, Tan Arulampalam, Victor Tomulescu, Young-Woo Kim, Eduardo Mª Targarona, Giovanni Zaninotto have no conflict of interest or financial ties to disclose.


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© European Association for Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nader Francis
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Airazat M. Kazaryan
    • 3
    • 4
  • Andrea Pietrabissa
    • 5
  • David Goitein
    • 6
    • 7
  • Eugenia Yiannakopoulou
    • 8
  • Ferdinando Agresta
    • 9
  • Igor Khatkov
    • 10
  • Svend Schulze
    • 11
  • Tan Arulampalam
    • 12
  • Victor Tomulescu
    • 13
  • Young-Woo Kim
    • 14
  • Eduardo Mª Targarona
    • 15
  • Giovanni Zaninotto
    • 16
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryYeovil District HospitalYeovilUK
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Gastrointestinal SurgeryAkershus University HospitalLørenskogNorway
  4. 4.Interventional CentreOslo University Hospital, RikshospitaletOsloNorway
  5. 5.Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San MatteoUniversità di PaviaPaviaItaly
  6. 6.Department of Surgery CChaim Sheba Medical CenterTel HashomerIsrael
  7. 7.Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  8. 8.Department of Medical Laboratories, Faculty of Health and Caring ProfessionsHighest Technological Educational Institute of AthensAthensGreece
  9. 9.Department of General SurgeryULSS19 del VenetoAdriaItaly
  10. 10.Moscow Clinical Scientific CenterMoscowRussia
  11. 11.Gastrounit, Surgical DivisionHvidovre University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark
  12. 12.ICENI Centre for Surgical Training, Research and EducationColchester, EssexUK
  13. 13.“Dan Setlacec” Department of General Surgery and Liver Transplant, Fundeni Clinical Institute“Carol Davila” University of Medicine and PharmacyBucharestRomania
  14. 14.Department of Cancer Control and Policy, Graduate School of Cancer Science and PolicyNational Cancer CenterGoyangKorea
  15. 15.Unit of Gastrointestinal and Hematological Surgery, Department of Surgery, Hospital Sant PauAutonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  16. 16.Department of Academic Surgery, St Mary’s HospitalImperial CollegeLondonUK

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