Ponderas Hospital Endoscopic Training Center organizes educational activities, courses, symposiums and clinical immersions addressed to both Romanian and foreign surgeons who are willing to develop their skills into minimal access and videoassisted techniques.

The Center hosts every year seven 3 days-laparoscopic training courses for basic and advanced techniques. 18 participants are admitted for every course.

These events are organized in a technically up-to-date equipped conference room were lectures and conferences are provided by invited speakers. Live surgery HD is also transmitted from the Center’ORs or from any OR worldwide via videoconference systems.

Hands-on laparoscopic or thoracoscopic surgery on live anesthetized pigs is offered during every course in a new experimental lab with 6 complete posts for any endoscopic procedures.

The topics of the training courses includes: basic & emergency laparoscopic procedures, hernia repair, eso-gastric procedures, colorectal procedures, uro-gynecology and bariatric & metabolic procedures.

The faculty team has an 18 years experience in organizing laparoscopic training courses, for more than 1200 participants. The Faculty  consists of more than 40 experts from Romania and abroad, and it is coordinated by Prof Corneliu Dragomirescu, MD, since 1994.

The Courses are endorsed and organized together by the Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery (RAES) and the Romanian Medical Academy of Medical Sciences, since 2012.

The graduation certificate, issued by the Romanian Medical College of Physicians includes 18 CME credits per Course.

Ponderas Hospital Training Center has also been involved in other educational and scientific activities, like Video Assisted Intubation Workshops, Training Courses in Robotic Assisted Surgery,  live surgery demonstrations transmitted HD from the Ponderas Hospital OR to other centers from Romania and abroad.

As Ponderas Hospital is a Bariatric Center of Excellence, almost every month are organized Clinical Immersions on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery for surgeons coming from a large number of countries (ex. Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Lebanon, South Arabia, Latvia, Croatia etc)


Professor Corneliu Dragomirescu                   Assoc Professor Catalin Copaescu
Program coordinator                                        PH Training Center Executive Director