In liver surgery, the operative decision making and the surgical performance are significantly improved by using the ultrasound.
Therefore an adequate background in ultrasound should be in the armamentarium of any liver surgeon, and for that the educational offer is crucial. For this reason we have thought to establishes courses where surgeons could be introduced to the intraoperative use of ultrasound.
Introductory lecture, and live demo with skills feature these short and intense courses with the intent to promote the use of ultrasound during liver surgery by demonstrating its impact on the surgical strategy both by means of a better staging, but moreover by providing otherwise unsuitable technical solutions which have a direct impact in the patients management.
Better understanding of ultrasound and moreover acquisition of the bases for those skills indispensable for optimizing the intraoperative use of ultrasound is the mission of ESSU and IOUS courses, which should allow present and next generation of surgeons to feel the way ultrasound is changing their surgical practice, and to perform safer and more effective surgical procedures.

Guido Torzilli, MD, PhD, FACS


Course director

Guido Torzilli

ESSU Sponsored by



First Day

5:00 pm Welcome address and course presentation
Lecture: why and how IOUS/ESSU guidance in liver surgery
Cases presentation
7:00 pm Closing of the first day

Second Day

8:30 am Live surgery and intraoperative skills
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Live surgery
5:00 pm Closing of the second day
8:00 pm Course dinner

Third Day

8:30 am Live surgery and intraoperative skills
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Live Surgery conclusions and take-home messages
5:00 pm Closing of the course


Courses are now stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinars on demand

June 23rd, 2021
Course Edition 2
December 9th, 2020
Course Edition 1


Registration fee is per person and includes admittance to the course, certificate of attendance.

ESSU and IOUS COURSE: € 1000,00 + VAT

The organizing Secretariat is available for the hotel and transfer reservation.


Course Venue

Humanitas Research Hospital – BUILDING 2
Via Manzoni, 56 – 20089 Rozzano (MI)

How to get to Humanitas

From Malpensa Airport

Take the A8 motorway for Milan. Enter the tangenziale ovest (west ring road) and exit at Ticinese/Rozzano. Follow the route given in the paragraph from the motorways.

From Linate Airport

Take the tangenziale est (east ring road) for Genoa, enter the tangenziale ovest (west ring road) and exit at Ticinese/Rozzano. Follow the route given in the paragraph from the motorways.

From the Central Station

Take the internal city ring road (dei Bastioni) to Porta Ticinese, follow the route given in the paragraph from the city centre.

From the City Centre

Go straight on from Porta Ticinese, Corso San Gottardo, via Meda, via Montegani, via dei Missaglia, then follow the indications Istituto Clinico Humanitas, or Basiglio Milano 3.

From the motorways

From all of the motorway exits follow indications for tangenziale ovest (west ring road) and, once on it, exit at Ticinese/Rozzano. After the stop from the ring road onto deiGiovi road (ss35), turn right. Turn right again at the traffic light, in via M. Amiata which becomes via Isonzo, then right again following the indications for Istituto Clinico Humanitas.

ESSU & IOUS Alumni

Where do they come from?


  • The IOUS course is a very well organised and structured course, performing IOUS supervised by the expert is a unique training opportunity. I have to say this the first time I have learned from attending a course. Thank you for the effort you put to pass the knowledge and the skills to us.
    A.I. // 2017
  • It was a wonderful course, people and the food we’re fantastic! It Couldn’t be better!
    M.M. // 2017
  • It is very important for us and for our Department to thank you for the commitment and quality of the IOUS course. The conveying of your experience and your teaching, even if for a short two-day period, is of the utmost importance to improve our clinical practice and the outcome of our patients.
    A.G. // 2018
  • Fantastic course! I really enjoyed it and fulfilled my training aims. Special thanks to Professor Torzilli for his kind welcome, his tuition and the pleasant stay. Also to his nice team: Fabio Procopio, Matteo Cimino and Angela Palmisano.
    P.P.M // 2018
  • Very interesting course, my feedback is very good for the content and for the organization.
    A.T. // 2018
  • Want to thank for professor G. Torzilli and his team for great experience in liver surgery and IOUS! ESSU and IOUS helped me to understand the new principles of liver surgery in metastatic colorectal cancer patients… Kindly regards, MD, PhD, A.B.
    A.B. // 2018

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    Scientific Secretariat

    Daniele Del Fabbro
    Matteo Davide Donadon
    Fabio Procopio
    Matteo Cimino
    Luca Viganò

    Organizing Secretariat


    mail: segreteria@materia1a.it
    phone: +39 0363 1848776
    fax: +39 0363 1920301