President’s Welcome

It is a great pleasure to invite you to join us at the ASGBI 2019 International Surgical Congress. We are delighted to be holding the Congress in the West Midlands this year. Telford, with its easy accessibility by rail, road and direct train connections to Birmingham Airport, has been chosen in response to your feedback from previous meetings. The new and excellent Conference Centre is ideal for a friendly and enjoyable Congress.

The theme of the Congress will be “Coping with Complications”, recognising that Complications place a huge burden on the patient but also on the surgeon and on healthcare resources. The development of a complication is a critical point in determining a patients course and how well we salvage our patients essentially governs our outcomes. Following serious complications, the burden of responsibility can sit heavily on a surgeon’s shoulders for a long time. We have invited international experts to deal not only with the specific complications which we all encounter but also on how we react to them, how we can prevent them and how we might better record them.

The Congress programme includes high quality plenary sessions and symposia of relevance to established consultants and trainees with a major focus on elective and emergency general surgical care. We look forward to including eponymous lectures from the four Royal Colleges and input from many of our sister Specialty Associations. Following very positive feedback on recent new initiatives, we will continue to incorporate educational updates and videos within short paper sessions.

Abstracts will be considered for oral, video, oral poster and e-poster presentation and ensure the very best abstracts are presented in plenary sessions. Dedicated interactive lunchtime e-poster sessions continue as will the ever-popular Meet the Expert small-group sessions and the Bad Day on Call.

In addition to a great educational and social experience, the aim is to have something for everyone, fulfilling the Association’s founding objectives – “the advancement of the science and art of surgery, and the promotion of friendship amongst surgeons”. We look forward to meeting you and members of your team at the Congress and can assure you of a memorable event.

Mr Iain Anderson
President 2019 – 2020

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