Bush House

King's College London

30 Aldwych, London



Saturday, 11th December 2021

Ms Tolu Salako & Mr Charles Everard
Conference Administrators
Email: contact@ddcrs.org



Dear Colleagues,


Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding the 9th Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery Conference (DDCRS) on Saturday 11th December 2021 at Bush House, King's College London, WC2R 2LS. Rather than the usual 3-4 day conference, we will hold a one day conference as a way of reinvigorating attendance at physical conferences. The meeting will focus on 'Life after COVID-19' and will be hosted in collaboration with ISUCRS and ACPGBI - South East Thames Chapter and KCL.


As this is likely to be the first colorectal conference to be held in the UK in the past two years, we are hoping to capitalize on the success of our previous DDCRS meetings as well as our regular monthly ISUCRS webinars that host 350 delegates. In accordance with COVID-19, the venue has a maximum capacity of 80 delegates, so early registration is advised as space is limited.

The conference will also feature some distinguished international speakers via a web-based platform. This year's conference will be held in the traditional style with a full day of colorectal surgery sessions with a lively, entertaining debate session, 'the best of three podium presentations' and more.

The 11th of December is the date to be in Covent Garden, the heart of London. We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely


Mr Joseph W Nunoo-Mensah, Professor Narimantas E. Samalavicius, Mr Pasquale Giordano, Mr Piero Nastro

DDCRS 2021 Co-Programme Directors

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DDCRS 2019 Co-Programme Directors

Mr Pasquale Giordano, Professor Philippe Rouanet, Mr Joseph W Nunoo-Mensah, Professor Narimantas E. Samalavicius




08:15 - 08:45 Registration, Coffee & View Sponsors Stalls


08:45 - 09:00: ISUCRS, ACPGBI & DDCRS


  • Opening of Meeting - Professor Narimantas E. Samalavicius, Klaipeda, Lithuania (President ISUCRS & Co-Director DDCRS)

  • Welcome Address - Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (ISUCRS President Elect, Co-Director DDCRS) & Piero Nastro (ACPGBI- South East Chapter Representative & 9th DDCRS Co-Director

09:00 - 10:30 Proctology Session - Moderators: Pasquale Giordano & Piero Nastro, London, UK

  • Emerging technologies of fistula management - David Zimmerman, Tilburg, Netherlands

  • Fistulectomy with primary suturing of the sphincters for trans-sphincteric fistula - Parvez Sheikh, Mumbai, India 

  • Approaches to the management of complex fistula disease - Andrew Williams, London, UK

  • Rectovaginal fistula repair? Carolynne Vaizey, London, UK

  • Management of pilonidal disease - Asha Senapati, Portsmouth, UK

  • Panel Discussion (15 mins)

10:30 - 11:15 New Innovations Colorectal Surgery - Moderators: Hendrik Wegstapel, Gillingham, UK & Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, London, UK


  • Humanoid robot system for colorectal surgery - Yoon-suk Lee, Soeul, Korea 

  • Future in colorectal surgery: endoluminal robotic system (ColubrisMX ELS) - Sam Attalah, Orlando, USA

  • Da Vinci Single Port (SP) Surgical System in colorectal surgery - My experience - John Marks, Wynnewood, USA

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break & View Sponsors Stalls

11:45 - 13:45 Rectal Cancer Session - Moderators: Micheal Machesney & Paris Tekkis, London, UK & Phil Caushaj, Hartford, USA

  • ​High risk Rectal cancer patient: yesterday TaTME, Today RTME, What choice for tomorrow Philippe Rouanet, Montpelier, France

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy only for rectal Cancer. Are we there yet? Robert Glynne-Jones, Watford, UK

  • NICE guidelines turning back the clock. T3NOCRM-VE receiving short course radiotherapy. Is this right approach? Gina Brown, London, UK 

  • Lateral lymph node dissection in rectal cancer. When and how to do it? Junji Okuda, Osaka, Japan

  • I don’t see a residual tumour after neoadjuvant therapy, what should I do? – Giulio Garcia Aguila, New York, USA

  • Management of local rectal recurrence – when is surgery an option? Peter Sagar, Leeds, UK

  • Panel Discussion (30 mins)

13:45 - 14:45 Lunch & View Sponsors Stalls


14:45 - 15:45 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Session - Moderators: Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, London, UK & Andrea Scala, Guildford, UK


  • Is it time to move to Kono-S with/without extensive mesenteric resection to reduce the chance of Crohn’s anastomotic recurrence? Alessandro Fichera, Dallas, USA

  • High-risk Elective Ileocolic Anastomoses for Crohn’s Disease: When is Diversion Indicated? Amir Darakshan, London, UK

  • Fulminant ulcerative colitis. When is the right time to operate? Sami Hoque, London, UK

  • Panel discussion (15 min)

15:45 - 15:55 Tariq Shafi Memorial & Award

15:55 - 16:45 Presentations - ‘Best of 5 Abstract Submission’ Moderators: Fiona Taylor, London, UK & Dimitrios Pissas, York, UK

  • Incidence of Age Migration of Colorectal cancer in younger population: Single Centred-Population-based study. Safia Zahir Ahmed, Nicholas Cirocchi, Edward Saxton, Katherine Brown, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

  • Colorectal surgery during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic: how the coronavirus affected our practice. Antunes Alexandra, Oliveira O; Costa Pereira C; Vilela N; Martins S; Nogueira F; Costa Pereira J. General Surgery, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal

  • To operate or not to operate? Rectal cancer patients with complete response after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Kevin Beatson, Colorectal MDT team, Darent Valley Hospital, UK

  • Top-down approach in laparoscopic right colectomy by neoplasia. Eduarda Gonçalves, Carlos Costa Pereira, Joaquim Costa Pereira, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal

  • Application of 3D modelling technology in rectal cancer surgery. Ania Przedlacka, Paris Tekkis, Fernando Bello, Christos Kontovounisios. Imperial College London, London, UK


16:45 - 17:45 Miscellaneous Colorectal Session - Moderators: Piero Nastro, London, UK & Sudhakar Mangam, Margate, UK

  • Minimal invasive procedures for haemorrhoids. An unbiased view - Richard Cohen, London, UK

  • Prophylactic parastomal mesh reinforcement. Which mesh and when to perform - Rakesh Bhardwaj, Dartford, UK 

  • Rectal GISTs - Paris Tekkis, London, UK

  • Modified Turnbull-Cutait Procedure (SHiP) – An option for low rectal cancers - Francesco Bianco, Naples, Italy


17:45 - 18:00 Closing Ceremony


18:00 - 19:00 Coffee Break, Drinks & View Sponsors Stalls


The portal is  NOW OPEN  for submissions of abstracts for consideration for oral presentation on Saturday 11th December 2021



  1. Abstracts submitted may be basic science or clinical research related to colorectal diseases

  2. The deadline for abstract submission is Saturday 20th November 2021, 1:59 pm, GMT. No extensions are allowed.

  3. There are no restrictions on the number of abstracts you may submit.

  4. Each abstract should contain A Title, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. There is a limit of 3,000 characters for the text of your entire abstract submission. This includes the title and abstract body. 

  5. Select the best category your submission will best fit under.

  6. If the authors wish to withdraw his/her abstract from the program, a written request must be submitted via email to The Conference Administrator at contact@ddcrs.org.

  7. If the primary author or scheduled presenter is unable to attend the meeting, they may name a substitute presenter. Please provide all substitutions in writing to The Conference Administrator at contact@ddcrs.org.

  8. The presenter of the paper will not have to pay registration fees. Presenters will need to cover their own conference related cost i.e. accommodation and transportation.

  9. All other authors of accepted oral presentations are expected to register for the meeting and pay the meeting registration fee and any related costs including accommodation and transportation.



  • Refreshments and lunch will be included in the registration fees.

  • For membership for ISUCRS - see isucrs.org.


Up to 4th December - 100% refunds will be available. Thereafter there will be no refunds.


Bush House

King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS

The meeting will be held at Bush House, a Grade II listed building which is located in an ideal central location of London, The Strand. The building was recently acquired by King’s College London and was previously the headquarters of the BBC World Service.

The Campus is close to:


  • The Houses of Parliament

  • St Paul's Cathedral

  • Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute of Art (next door)

  • Royal Courts of Justice

  • West End theatres, cinemas and shops

  • Covent Garden, where you will find markets, shops and theatres

  • Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.


The Information Below Was Updated 28th November at 18:00 - UK Time


From 4am, Tuesday 30 November 2021, all persons entering the UK (except those from the Common Travel Area that includes the Channel Islands and Ireland) will need to take a PCR test by the end of the second day and isolate themselves until they obtain a negative result.


All other attendees to the DDCRS meeting on 11th Dec 2021 who are fully vaccinated in the UK (NHS), EU (EMA approved) or USA (FDA approved) will need to: ​​


  1. Pre-booked a PCR test as you will need to obtain a reference number to fill into your passenger locator form

  2. Take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)

  3. Can leave self-isolation if your PCR test result is negative

  4. Review and obtain the necessary documentation and tests before departing the UK. The UK Gov website offers additional information on COVID-19 travel by searching for the country of interest.

For your Day-2 booking of your PCR we recommend looking at advice from Money Saving Expert for options and advice.

  1. Ideally you can book your test on arrival at an airport test centre or within the city. We recommend Doc Tap or ExpressTest as options for testing within London.

  2. You can also order the Day-2 test to be deliver to a UK address. RANDOX Health is recommended for cost and convenience.

  3. You can also click and collect with RANDOX Health although theses sites are not conveniently located if your are coming to central London.

If you purchase a test with RANDOX Health (Option 2 & 3 above) you can return the sample to a RANDOX drop box. The nearest once to the conference centre us at Holborn or Waterloo. Sample drops must be made before 16:00 and 17:30 respectively at theses locations. Please note for test done with RANDOX Health results will be available by the by 11.59pm the next day.


We will leave it to you to comply with COVID-19 travel regulations and we will not therefore make any checks at the conference venue. 

Please drop as an email at contact@ddcrs.org if you need further support with this matter.


Flights into London in December 2021are also currently very cheap so we recommend that you book early.  Please CLICK HERE to see flight options for your return trip to London DDCRS Meeting 



We have also held a number of hotel rooms at Hub Goodge Street and The Hub Kings Cross which may be purchased directly from our website.

hub by Premier Inn is a new compact hotel chain designed to offer a smart, stylish, great value stay in the best city-center locations. All the comfort, half the size. The compact rooms are cleverly designed to give you everything you’d expect from a Premier Inn room in about half the space. Ideal for 1-2 people per room.


  • Luxury Hypnos double bed

  • Free tea and coffee 24/7

  • Monsoon showers

  • 40” Smart TV

  • Free Superfast Wi-Fi 

  • Pull out desk and storage

We have currently pre-held rooms at & Hub London Goodge Street & Hub London King's Cross. More information about these will be coming shortly.

Alternatively, you may book your accommodation through various search engines such as kayak.com, booking.com hotels.com or airbnb.com.


Other hotel chains within London include Best Western, Premier inn, Travelodge, Accor Hotels, Holiday Inn, Britannia Days Inn.

Travel within London is very easy and convenient with a great network of underground tube trains and buses which generally now allow the use of contactless payment with your direct/credit card. Using a GoogleMaps app will provide you detailed information to plan your trip from your hotel to the conference venue.


We are delighted to invite your company to participate in the 9th Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery Conference. With a top programme and a faculty of internationally renowned speakers, the Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery has gained high reputation worldwide. This meeting is a superb commercial opportunity for presenting products and services relating to the field of Colorectal Surgery and Gastroenterology. Meet with this highly influential audience throughout the accompanying industrial exhibition and during sponsoring activities.

Companies who are willing to sponsor/participate in December 2019 event should contact Ms Tolu Salako & Mr Charles Everard, ​Conference Administrators at Email: contact@ddcrs.org or complete the form below.

Single Day Sponsorship Level of £1500.00.


For this sponsorship,


  • Your company logo will be displayed on all preliminary conference marketing materials (subject to print deadlines).

  • Your company may provide company lanyards for delegates.

  • 3 complimentary all-day delegate places for your invited guests for the whole event including planned ‘Wine & Cheese reception’ at Bush House on the Saturday evening.

  • Your company will have an exhibition stand/table on the day of the event. Up to 3 company representatives may be allocated at the stand.


Thanks! Message sent.


Ms Tolu Salako or Mr Charles Everard

DDCRS Conference Administrators
Email: contact@ddcrs.org

Tolu Salako

Conference Manager

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Charles Everard

Conference Manager

Thanks! Message sent.