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Welcome to the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC). By representing 6 Integrated Societies and surgeons from more than 100 countries, the ISS/SIC has the goal to work for teaching in surgery, both specialized and general surgery, in developed and developing countries.

Our President:

Cheng Har Yip, Malaysia

Dr Yip is currently a consultant breast surgeon in Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care in Malaysia, and is the lead clinician for the breast cancer research programme in Cancer Research Malaysia. Dr Yip retired from the University of Malaya in Sep 2012 after 26 years of service as an academic surgeon. She was conferred Professor Emeritus by the University of Malaya in Oct 2016. She was the first woman President of the College of Surgeon of Malaysia. 

Our Journal:

The World Journal of Surgery

The World Journal of Surgery (WJS) is the official journal of the ISS/SIC and the six Integrated Societies. The World Journal of Surgery keeps you informed on the newest developments and outcomes in Surgery. Every month new featured articles are published on this website.

Our Congress:

The International Surgical Week (ISW)

Engaging and insightful, the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2024 provides a platform for scientific and clinical working groups where they can collaborate to establish the foundations for future diagnostic and surgical challenges, and discuss novel approaches and standards, facilitating progress towards real-time, patient-oriented solutions.

Our history

The history of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) began in 1902 on the initiative of Belgian surgeons Antoine Depage and his colleagues. Today ISS/SIC is representing surgeons and anesthetists from across the globe. The society has a goal to work for international teaching in surgery, both specialized and general surgery, in developed and developing countries.

Our Council

The Council of the Society consists of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past-President, the Secretary-General, the Treasurer, four Councillors-at-large and, one representative of each Integrated Society. The foregoing members of the Council have full voting rights. The Administrative Director is a permanent guest of the Executive Committee meetings, without voting right. 

Our members

More than 3,000 medical professionals from across the globe have discovered the value of ISS/SIC membership as an essential investment in their future. With ISS/SIC membership comes a subscription to the World Journal of Surgery (WJS) – the official ISS/SIC journal - meeting discounts, targeted educational programs, networking opportunities, and more! 

Travel Scholars

The Foundations of the ISS/SIC invite surgeons around the world to apply for Travel Awards to attend the International Surgical Week. (ISW) 


Twice a year, information is published about the proceedings and activities within the ISS/SIC and the Integrated Societies IAES, IATSIC, IASMEN, BSI, ISDS, and ASAP.

Fellow of the ISS/SIC

The International Society of Surgery has created the Fellowship of the International Society of Surgery (FISS) to provide recognition for those providing the highest standards to which we aspire.

Integrated Societies
Endocrine Surgery
Trauma Surgery
Surgical Metabolism
Breast Surgery
Digestive Surgery
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