Prof. Linos traveled to distant Asia, and specifically China, to attend the 12th International Course of Endocrine Surgery as an official guest speaker. The Course was organized by the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES) and Endocrine Surgery Group, The First Hospital of Jilin University. It was held from 26 to 28 July 2013, in Changchun, a city in northeast China and specifically in “The First Hospital of Jilin University”, a provincial hospital that is, nevertheless, considered as one of the best hospitals in the country.
Prof. Linos was the key note speaker in two sessions and the moderator at two very interesting lectures/case discussions of the Course.
More specifically, during a session on parathyroid, Prof. Linos was the moderator of the debate on diagnostic and localization pitfalls. In another session concerning thyroid, Prof. Linos moderated the discussion regarding the adjuncts to thyroid surgery. In both sessions, Prof Linos presented a case study and posed questions that led to very interesting discussions and exchange of opinions among the invited professors from Europe and America, their colleagues from China and more than 200 Chinese surgeons.
Moreover, Prof. Linos made very interesting presentations during two of the Course’s sessions on adrenal gland and related diseases. In his first speech entitled “The Adrenal Incidentalomas: Approach and Data”, Prof. Linos presented the definition and the characteristics of adrenal incidentalomas and introduced all the latest data on the disease. Furthermore, he referred to the application of laparoscopic techniques as the best surgical approach in the management of adrenal incidentalomas and underlined its advantages. In his second presentation entitled “Blockade of Pheo/ Paragangliomas: What the Surgeon needs to know”, Prof. Linos presented the case of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma and focused on everything a surgeon needs to know before and during a relevant operation.