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Prof. Philip CHIU

Director, Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center

Professor, Head of Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Institute of Digestive Disease, State Key Laboratory for Digestive Disease

Associate Dean (External Affairs) & Director of Office of Global Engagement, Faculty of Medicine

Director, Chow Yuk Ho Technology Centre for Innovative Medicine


Prof Philip Chiu is Director of Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center, Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine and Professor and Chief of Division of Upper GI & Metabolic Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He performed Hong Kong’s first ESD and POEM in 2004 and 2010, respectively. In 2011 he pioneered world’s first robotic gastric ESD, followed by first robotic colorectal ESD in 2020. He has published over 370 peer reviewed manuscripts and is currently co-editor of Endoscopy. He received State Scientific Technology and Progress Award from People’s Republic of China in 2007 and Spirit of Hong Kong Award on Innovation in 2020.

Topic: Endoluminal Robotics for GI Cancer – from Prototype to Clinical Application


Early GI cancers can be managed by endoscopic resection without surgery. Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) is the current standard for treatment of early GI cancers. However, ESD is difficult to learn and one of the reasons is the lack of traction and dissection devices. Endoluminal robotics will enhance the performance of ESD through precise multi-directional traction and dissection. In this presentation, I will share my experience of collaborating with engineers in the design and development of a novel endoluminal robotic system for performance of ESD from bench prototype to clinical application.