Wednesday, 9 April 2008

News & Events

The 2018 ISSVA (International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies) conference will be hosted in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from May 29th to June 1st.


This year's symposium will be held in Port Moresby, from Sunday 3rd to Friday 8th September, 2017. The theme will be, 'Safe Surgery & Safe Anesthesia'.

Dr. Mol is planning to present the following papers (Please download & read the abstracts below).

1st Cardiac Camp by PIH at UOG, Goroka

Dr. Suresh (Cardiologist & Medical Director of PIH), Sam (Marketing Manager, PIH) & Biji (Cardiology Technician) set up the first Cardiac Camp at the University of Goroka. Eighty Two (82) Patients were Screened for Heart Diseases. Many of them had Some Positive Findings, and were Treated and Recommended for Further Tests.

Lae International Hospital (LIH)

Consult Dr. William Mol's services at Lae International Hospital (LIH), Lae; Under the New Ownership of The Pacific International Hospital, Port Moresby - Please speak to the General Manager of LIH & Marketing, Mr. Yogendra Rawat (or Yogi).

International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA)

The 'Controversies in Vascular Anomalies' panel discussions will be held on the 5th & 6th May 2017 at New York Academy of Sciences 7 World Trade Center, 40th Floor.

The 21st International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) conference was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 26th to 29th April 2016. Dr. William Mol was awarded the ISSVA, Odile Enjolras, MD, Travel award to participate in this conference. The abstract of his presentation, is attached below:

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Medical Symposium

The 2014 PNG Medical Symposium, was held at Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, from the 1st - 5th September.



The 20th International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA), Workshop, was held in Melbourne, Australia, from 2nd-4th April, 2014


'INTERPLAST' (Australia & New Zealand, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team) will visit Mt. Hagen General Hospital from 25th November, 2012. They will be operating mainly on patients with burn scar contractures & cleft lip & palate. Dr. Mol will be joining this team.  


The 19th International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA), Workshop, was held in Malmo, Sweden, from 16th-19th June, 2012

The workshop is held every 2 years. The next one will be in Melbourne, Australia, on the 22nd-25th April, 2014

This international society is a conglomeration of various fields of medicine that are involved in research, diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies.

*Malmo Opera, Malmo Sweden; 2012 ISSVA Workshop venue

Nearby Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark is just 15 minutes (by train) away from Malmo, (3rd largest city of Sweden). People from either cities travel back & forth for daily work & business without visas. One has to only change the currency (Swedish Krona to Danish Krone or vise versa). From PNG, the usual route is from Port Moresby to Singapore to London, then to Stockholm (capital city of Sweden) and finally to Malmo. However, a shorter and cheaper route would be to travel straight to Copenhagen from Singapore and then take a train across to Malmo.

Mrs Mol & Dr. Mol in nearby Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark.

Swedish cottage in the summer time.

Hotel Ibis, Malmo (place of stay) 

Map of Nordic Region (Scandinavia means all other countries & territories except Greenland)

The 5 Nordic (Scandinavian) Countries:

1. Denmark, 2. Finland, 3. Iceland, 4. Norway & 5. Sweden

& their associated territories:

1. Greenland (Territory of Denmark)

2. Faroe Islands (Territory of Denmark)

3. Aland (Territory of Finland) 

PNG Medical Symposium

2011 PNG Medical Symposium at Liamo Reef Resort, Kimbe (West New Britain):

1st-7th September, 2011


Liamo Reef Resort Main Entrance
Chinese cuisine
Night view of bridge

Lawn & Beach

The 2011 PNG Medical Symposium was held in Kimbe, at Liamo Reef Resort from 4th-9th September. The theme was, 'Pandemics, Epidemics & Disasters'.

Liamo Reef Resort is a beautiful beach resort, locally famous for its delicious Chinese cuisine.

Dr. Mol presented a paper at the ENT, Head & Neck specialty meeting regarding, 'Scarless Surgery for Benign Cystic Lesions at Goroka General Hospital'.


Visit to PIH

During hemodialysis, the patient is connected via a central-venous catheter to the hemodialysis machine. However, the problems associated with such catheters are:

Dr Mol has visited the Pacific International Hospital (PIH) from 20th April to 1st May 2011. He will be visiting regularly from Goroka. Appointments can be made at the reception.

One of the only 2 dialysis machine in PNG. PIH is the first & only hospital to acquire the machines & to provide the service.

1. Low flow, therefore, the process of hemodialysis is very slow

2. Formation of clot & thrombo-embolism

3. Infection
4. Pain & Discomfort

5. Re-insertion after 3-5 months

Connection via an artificially created Arterio-Venous Fistula (AVF) is more superior to the catheters. Up until now, patients have been refered to Singapore to have the AVF created, at a cost of over K20, 000.00 (twenty thousand kina). Recently, Dr Mol has created the first AVF at PIH. The cost savings of localising the service, is over K10, 000.00 (ten thousand kina).

Dr Mol, performing the first creation of an Arterio-Venous Fistula at PIH.


Visit by Dr. Munetomo Nagao (MD, PhD) from Iwate Medical University, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Nagao Munetomo visited our Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery here at Goroka General Hospital from 6th to 9th March 2011.

Dr. Nagao is a senior staff surgeon at Iwate Medical University, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Nagao is specialized in General Plastic Surgery as well as the treatment of Hemangiomas & Vascular Malformations. Dr. Mol & Dr. Nagao studied minimally invasive treatment for Hemangiomas & Vascular Malformations, together, under Professor Satoru Sasaki at Hokkaido University, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Nagao educated our Drs here at Goroka General Hospital about the general aspects of medical technology in Japan as well as the latest developments in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery.

The devastating earthquake/tsunami happened 2 days after he returned. Himself & his family are lucky to be alive without any injuries. However, we sympathize with the consequences of the disaster that are ongoing and the hardships many families are going through. We pray that God will alleviate their sufferings & hardships.

PNG Medical Symposium

2010 PNG Medical Symposium in Wewak, in pictures

The 2010 PNG Medical Sympsium in Wewak, from 29th August to the 3rd September went very well, however there were a few set backs.

1. The hall for the main venue (Kaindi Divine Word University) was too small & hot
2. Accommodation shortage for participants
3. Most of us from the highlands were not used to the hot weather

Transportation was very efficient & the food & cultural entertainments were great. There were many interesting papers discussed regarding the theme, ´Lifestyle Related Disease & Cancers´. Our team presented on Tuesday morning & afternoon. The topics were:
1. Team Surgery the Way to Go For Head & Neck Cancer Surgery
2. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Audit at Goroka General Hospital (16 Months)

Wewak is a beautiful small town with beautiful beaches & friendly people. There is also the Wom War Memorial near the Wom beach.

Apart from the famous Sepik Carvings, there is also Sepik baskets, ´bilums´ & the cane chairs. The Sepik ´bilums´ are made of pure traditional materials & are very stylish & durable & may be suitable for modern PNG fashion.

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