On behalf of SAGES President, Dr. Daniel B. Jones, and the Program Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the 2018 World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, hosted by SAGES & CAGS, in Seattle, Washington. The World Congress will host surgeons from over 16 international societies representing 6 continents and over 80 countries!
This year’s World Congress will be held at the Washington State Convention Center from April 11-14. The meeting is designed to encourage learning, sharing of knowledge, communication and collaboration amongst SAGES members, other societies, and all other attendees. We invite all of you to come to the meeting to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues, learn from your peers, get inspired, and take home a few pearls to improve the care of your surgical patients. Additionally, we know that you will have FUN. Because, on top of the high quality science, innovative technology and world-renowned expertise, we really know how to have a good time!! Our meeting theme is “Mastering the Art of Surgery.” It is our hope and expectation that this meeting will help guide you to progress beyond your current expertise to reach the next level of mastery in your surgical practice.
The most popular topics to be highlighted at the meeting are biliary, colorectal, hernia, bariatric, robotics, foregut, minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery, flexible endoscopy and emerging technologies. Highlights include Postgraduate (PG) courses in Minimally Invasive Advances in Complex Hernia Repair and Total Mesorectal Excision, a FUSE course and Percutaneous interventions. The hands-on courses include Bariatric endoscopy for weight loss, Total Mesorectal Excision and the innovative ADOPT Colon course to teach and then mentor the progress of participants to foster adoption into your practice.
This year the SAGES Masters Series is a focus of the meeting. Deliberate lifelong learning through a structured curriculum as part of the SAGES Masters Program has been incorporated into the meeting content. We hope that this will help surgeons take their practice to the next level.
Back from last year are the popular “Devil’s in the Details” video sessions breaking down common advanced procedures to learn new tips and tricks from experts. We have also brought back the “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” sessions, which focus on prevention and management of complications. The Acute Care Surgery session will return, focused on the role of laparoscopy and endoscopy in the emergency setting. We will also bring you the latest updates in new and emerging approaches in imaging, augmented reality, robotics and ERAS to help keep you ahead of the curve. But SAGES is more than techniques. Experts and new voices will tell you how to Shine in Your Practice, kick start your academic career with a Boot Camp and to become a better teacher. There is again a military session with members of the U.S. Armed Forces discussing the military’s latest advances as well as basic trauma training for mass casualty events and in the most austere settings.
As with all SAGES meetings, we are very technology friendly. The conference features electronic media to allow you to personalize your experience. A SAGES Meeting App will provide access to meeting content via your handheld devices, and e-mails and tweets during the meeting will keep attendees informed.
Of course, no SAGES meeting would be complete without the Friday night Main Event and Sing-off, a MUST attend event, that you’ll never see at another surgical meeting.
If you can only go to just one surgical meeting in 2018, this is the one! We look forward to seeing you in Seattle this April to help us make this World Congress the best SAGES meeting ever.
John H. Marks, MD
Program Chair (SAGES)
Robert B. Lim, MD
Program Co-Chair (SAGES)
Liane S. Feldman, MD
Program Chair (CAGS)