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President's Welcome

Nopadol Wora-Urai

With its long history of over 100 years, the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) is considered one of the most distinguished and prestigious international surgical societies in the world today. On the initiative of Belgian surgeons, Antoine Depage and his colleagues with their guests from France, Germany and Switzerland, an international surgical society, "La Société Internationale de Chirurgie" was established initially aiming at serving the progress of science by research and discussion. After the establishment of the Society in 1902 with its head-office in Belgium, the first international surgical meeting was held in Brussels three years later in 1905 and was chaired by a well known Swiss surgeon, Theodor Kocher. The Society had gone through difficulties before and during the Second World War. After the Second World War the Society became stronger and stronger with increasing number of members from all parts of the world. The Society’s well recognized World Journal of Surgery was founded and was first published in 1977. It is now rated among the top journals in surgery.

The ISS/SIC’s headquarters had been moved from Brussels to Basel, Switzerland in 1979. Also, the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES) was founded the same year as an Integrated Society of the ISS/SIC in 1979 at the Congress in San Francisco, followed by the founding of the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) as ISS/SIC Integrated Society in 1989 at the Congress in Toronto, the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN) in 1993 at the 35th World Congress of Surgery in Hong Kong, the Breast Surgery International (BSI) in 1999 in Vienna, the International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS) - founded as CICD in 1969 - in 2009 in Adelaide, and very recently the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) in 2013 at the Helsinki Congress.

The ISS/SIC World Congress of Surgery (formerly International Surgical Week) has been held every two years in collaboration with its integrated societies, participating societies and national societies of the host country. The most recent one which was held in Helsinki, Finland had well over 2,000 participants from 81 countries around the world and was considered one of the most successful World Congresses. The next ISS/SIC congress, the 46th World Congress of Surgery will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand at the Bangkok Convention Centre at Centralworld from 23-27 August 2015. The Local Organizing Committee led by Professor Supakorn Rojananin, the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand and the ISS/SIC Executive Committee have determined to make this Bangkok Congress the most successful congress with most up to date scientific program consisting of State-of-the-Art lectures, live surgeries, plenary sessions, round table discussions, free paper and poster presentations. The Bangkok Convention Centre at Centralworld is one of the most modern and most convenient convention centres located in the city centre of Bangkok. A rapid transportation from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the Congress venue by the airport rail link takes about half an hour. Several sightseeing tours in and around Bangkok have been arranged for accompanying persons and guests. Pre- and post-congress tours in different parts of Thailand, for example, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Samui, Krabi, Ayuthya and Sukothai will also be arranged for those who would like to spend few more days before or after the Congress to explore the beauties and natural attractions of Thailand. A special trip to Sampran Riverside, formerly known as Rose Garden, on Wednesday late afternoon is one of the highlights of the congress social activities where all guests will enjoy a wonderful Thai night.

Occasionally, the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) holds a joint scientific meeting with national surgical societies. For example, ISS/SIC held a joint scientific meeting with the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka in 2010 and with the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand in 2006. On these occasions, the President of the ISS/SIC and the Executive Committee members took an active role in supporting the scientific program and made a significant contribution to these surgical meetings. During the past several years, ISS/SIC Integrated Societies have made a significant contribution to the progress of surgery in various fields. For example, the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) Course developed by the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC) has been organized for surgeons facing the definitive care of patients with multiple injuries. The course has been introduced and disseminated worldwide and has been of great benefit to trauma surgeons and patients around the world. In the future other courses, seminar or symposia will also be organized and disseminated by other integrated societies as well.

Recently, the establishment of the ISS-Academy and ISS-Academy Education Foundation has been initiated by the former President of the ISS/SIC, Professor Kenneth Boffard, and the Executive Committee. The ISS-Academy is aiming at enhancing education in surgery in underdeveloped countries worldwide and also in countries in transition with the support by the concerned pharmaceutical industry. The goal of organizing successful courses in various countries can be reached in collaboration with Integrated Societies and the local surgical community. The financial support by and in cooperation with the industry are the key for successful teaching courses and this would be managed by the ISS-Academy Education Foundation. The details of some important issues concerning the establishment of the Academy and the Foundation are in progress of being worked out and should be finalized very soon. Then we can proceed with our aim at enhancing the advancement of surgery worldwide especially in the less developed and underdeveloped countries.

As an international surgical organization, the ISS/SIC Executive Committee has the determination to enhance surgical education and training, surgical practice, surgical research and surgical advancement in all fields of surgery around the world especially in the less developed and developing countries. With support from our members and our surgical and non-surgical colleagues, we will definitely reach our goal at improving the standards of surgical patient care for the benefit of mankind around the world.

Nopadol Wora-Urai
President ISS/SIC
Congress President, 46th World Congress of Surgery of ISS/SIC (ISW 2015)


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