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This study investigated how annual caseloads and the surgeon’s previous experience influence the outcome in laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LCC) for acute cholecystitis.A total of 892 patients treated in Helsinki University Hospital in 2013-2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Surgeons were compared regarding volume—over 5 LCCs for acute cholecystitis a year versus 5 or fewer LCCs a year, and experience—attendings versus residents.High-volume surgeons (n=14) operated faster than low-volume surgeons (n=62) (91 vs. 108 min, P<0.001). Examining only procedures with an attending present, high-volume attendings (n=7) converted less (14.9% vs. 32.0%, P<0.001) and operated faster (95 vs. 110 min, P<0.001) compared with low-volume attendings (n=41). The results of residents did not significantly differ from the results of attendings.Attending surgeons, performing >5 LCCs for acute cholecystitis a year, have shorter operative times and lower conversion rates.