Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (CCMIJU) Cáceres, Spain

The Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón (CCMIJU) is a multidisciplinary institution devoted to excellence in research and training in minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques. It is committed to technological development and innovation in healthcare, and for its advancement it works closely with companies from all over the world.
The latest generation equipment and singular scientific facilities are available at CCMIJU, allowing for the highest possible level of research and training for health professionals worldwide. CCMIJU is part of a Research Infrastructure (ICTS), NANBIOSIS, for different MIS techniques and disciplines: Bioengineering and Health Technologies, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, Microsurgery, Endoluminal Therapy and Diagnosis, Anesthesiology and Pharmacy applying combined techniques and multidisciplinary equipment for treatment approach, thus benefiting the patient and providing higher precision to the surgeon.
The CCMIJU offers a sequential model of accredited Training and Research Health Centre and Reference Centre for Endoscopy Teaching (ESGE), with almost 1900 attendants from all over the world in over 160 training activities every year. Besides, CCMIJU has participated in over 150 competitive projects; has over 100 scientific papers in journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports and over 50 books and book chapters.
In the last years, CCMIJU has leaded and participated in several EU projects related to surgical training:


LapForm: 527985-LLP-1-2012-ES-LEONARDO-LMP

KTS: 543202-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-KA3-KA3MP

SurgTTT: 2014-1-DE02-KA202-001474

Train4OrthoMIS: 2014-1-ES01-KA202-004533

Within EASIER, CCMIJU will participate in the definition of the pedagogical needs (WP3) with the access to end users to gather first-hand knowledge and providing its background knowledge based on its more than 30 years of experience in surgical training. It will also provide contents for the creation of the case studies (WP4) and will lead the validation of the results of the project (WP7), as well as carry out the validation at a Spanish level with end users.
CCMIJU counts on a multidisciplinary team with extensive experience in project management. This team carries out projects funded by regional, national and European Governments. This experience is qualified to carry out this project successfully. Moreover, the entity shall apply a continuous monitoring and control of expenditure through the application of cost accounting, which is updated in real time in management service and R&D coordination.
In addition, strict accounting and financial management of the centre itself will also be respected, and the CCMIJU is committed to observe the principles of the Commission and will fulfil the contractual and financial obligations of the Grant Agreement
Members of the Staff

Francisco M Sanchez Margallo.jpgDr. Francisco M. Sánchez Margallo

Dr Francisco M. Sánchez Margallo has a PhD in Veterinary Science (University of Extremadura) and is the Scientific Director at the Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón located in Cáceres, Spain. He has directed over 400 training activities related to minimally invasive surgery, including national and international training courses for surgeons and health professionals. He has written more than 110 scientific articles with Impact Factor and more than 150 academic articles related to minimally invasive surgery and other surgeries. He is the author of 16 books and co-author of 49 book chapters. He has presented 254 scientific posters, more than 500 oral communications and a number of lectures at National and International Congresses. Dr Sánchez Margallo is a reviewer of several scientific journals; has directed 19 doctoral theses, has participated in 80 research projects granted by public and private entities, and he is a member of several Scientific Committees of a number of Symposium and Conferences.

Luisa F Sanchez Peralta.JPGMs. Luisa F. Sánchez-Peralta

Ms Luisa F. Sánchez-Peralta obtained her Telecommunication Engineer degree in 2008 at the University of Seville where she got a research fellowship. She made her degree thesis in 2008 in the Medical Imaging Center at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and in 2010 she obtained the Master degree at University of Extremadura. Since 2008, she works as a researcher at the Bioengineering and Health Technologies Unit of Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón. Her main research lines are the validation of surgical simulators and new approaches for minimally invasive surgery training, both in-person and online, including new ICT technologies within the training process. She has participated in 11 research projects and has published 14 scientific papers, as well as 44 proceedings in national and international congresses. She has organized 4 international scientific meetings and a national one, all of them related to medical engineering. Furthermore, she is also author of a patent.

Luisa F Sanchez Peralta.JPGJ. Blas Pagador

Dr José Blas Pagador is the coordinator of the Bioengineering and Health Technologies (BHT) Unit of Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón and Doctor at the University of Extremadura. His research is focused on medical technology, mainly oriented towards surgical training and surgeon’s ergonomics. He has a wide experience on user requirements extraction as well as on the validation of surgical devices for minimally invasive surgery training. He has participated in over 30 research projects and he has published more than 40 scientific papers and more than 75 national and international proceedings. He has organized 6 international scientific meetings and a national one, all of them related to medical engineering. Furthermore, he is author of two patents, two utility models and five community designs.

Luisa F Sanchez Peralta.JPGIdoia Díaz-Güemes Martín-Portugués

Dr Idoia Díaz-Güemes holds a Neuroscience University Expert title (2007), PhD of Veterinary Science at the University of Extremadura (2004) and Veterinary Degree in Zaragoza University (1999). Since 2009, she has been in charge of the Laparoscopy Department of Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón. Her expertise field is training and research in minimally invasive surgery, especially laparoscopic surgery. She is also focused on pathologic animal model creation by laparoscopy. She has a wide experience on surgical training thanks to the more than 400 training courses she has organized for the 15 last years. She works in close cooperation with surgeons of different human surgical specialties (mainly gynaecology, urology, paediatric and digestive surgery) in these training courses. The purpose of the courses is to transfer psychomotor skills acquired on experimental models and cognitive training to the clinical practice. Overall, she has participated in more than 45 research projects, published 15 peer-review articles, 3 book chapters and presented more than 50 international and national communications in congresses. She also is author of three patents.

Luisa F Sanchez Peralta.JPGSilvia Enciso-Sanz

Silvia Enciso Sanz is a researcher at the Laparoscopy Department of Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón in Cáceres, Spain, since 2007. She holds a Degree in Veterinary Medicine (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and a PhD with the thesis “Assessment of the acquisition of surgical dexterity and skills through laparoscopy training” (University of Extremadura, Spain). She has participated in several research projects and services related to laparoscopy training, biomaterials and animal models. With regards to training, she has participated as professor in more than 100 laparoscopy training courses. Silvia Enciso is author of 20 publications and 63 communications presented in National and International Congresses.

Enciso S, Díaz-Güemes I, Pérez-Medina T, Zapardiel I, De Santiago J, Usón J, Sánchez-Margallo FM. Validation of a structured intensive laparoscopic course for basic and advanced gynecologic skills training. Int J Gynecol Obstet (2016-01; vol. in press).
Enciso S, Díaz-Güemes I, Usón J, Sánchez-Margallo FM. Validation of a model of intensive training in digestive laparoscopic surgery. Cir Esp (2015-12; vol. epub).
Pérez-Duarte FJ, Fernández-Tomé B, Díaz-Güemes I, Enciso S, Matos-Azevedo AM, Sánchez-Hurtado MA, Hernández L, Sánchez-Margallo FM. Development and Initial Assessment of a Training Program for Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy. First Module: The Urethrovesical Anastomosis. J Endourol. 2014 Jul;28(7):854-60.
Sánchez-Margallo JA, Sánchez-Margallo FM, Oropesa I, Gómez EJ. Systems and technologies for objective evaluation of technical skills in laparoscopic surgery. Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2014 Jan;23(1):40-51.
Sánchez-Margallo FM, Pérez FJ, Azevedo AM, Sánchez-Margallo JA, Sánchez MA, Díaz-Güemes I. An analysis of skills acquisition during a training program for experienced laparoscopists in laparoendoscopic single-site surgery. Surg Innov. 2014;21(3):320-6.
Sánchez-Peralta LF, Sánchez-Fernández J, Pagador JB, Sánchez-Margallo FM. New technologies in minimally invasive surgery training: What do surgeons demand? Cir Cir. 2013;81(5):412-9.
Usón-Gargallo J, Pérez-Merino EM, Usón-Casaús JM, Sánchez-Fernández J, Sánchez-Margallo FM. Pyramid training model in laparoscopic surgery. Cir Cir. 2013;81(5):420-30.
Sánchez-González P, Burgos D, Oropesa I, Romero V, Albacete A, Sánchez-Peralta LF, Noguera JF, Sánchez-Margallo FM, Gómez EJ. TELMA: Technology-enhanced learning environment for minimally invasive surgery. J Surg Res. 2013;182(1):21-9.
Oropesa I, Sánchez-González P, Chmarra MK, Lamata P, Fernández A, Sánchez-Margallo JA, Jansen FW, Dankelman J, Sánchez-Margallo FM, Gómez EJ. EVA: Laparoscopic instrument tracking based on endoscopic video analysis for psychomotor skills assessment. Surg Endosc. 2013;27(3):1029-39. Enciso Sanz S, Sánchez Margallo FM, Díaz-Güemes Martín-Portugués I, Usón Gargallo J. Preliminary validation of the simulap ® physical simulator and its assessment system for laparoscopic surgery. Cir Esp. 2012;90(1):38-44.
Contact details

Francisco M. Sánchez-Margallo
Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión
Ctra. N-521; Km. 41,800
10071 Cáceres (SPAIN)
Tfno. 34 927 18 10 32