A meeting of the world’s leading medical minds at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress


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21 March 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), in partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the 87th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7-11 May this year for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses.

With the theme Reflecting on what really matters, it's time to register your attendance at the Congress which will help to address many of the competing interests in the delivery of surgical care in our community.

Prominent highlights of the Congress program include high profile speakers delivering named lectures as well as keynote lectures on head and neck surgery, craniomaxillofacial neurosurgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Delivering this year's Syme Oration, the RACS's most prestigious lecture, will be Navy Vice Admiral Raquel Bono of the USA.

The international visitor for Burn Surgery, Lieutenant Colonel Tania Cubison from Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead and the McIndoe Centre in the UK, is one of those highlights.

Lieutenant Cubison's research interests include burn healing and the reduction of scarring, and is heavily involved in the teaching of burn care. She is also on the Emergency Management of Severe Burns Senate of the British Burns Association and will present on acute burn implications on the Tuesday afternoon.

Professor Seon Hahn Kim of Seoul, Korea will present on laporoscopic colectomy and discuss why we should use robots. In 2007 Professor Kim developed a single-docking fully-robotic low anterior resection and has performed more than 3,000 laparoscopic colon and rectal resections, mainly for cancer.

Presenting on minimally invasive surgery in infants and children, will be paediatric surgeon Professor George W. Holcomb of the Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, USA where he currently works as Surgeon-in-Chief and Professor of Surgery. He is also Senior Vice President and Director of the Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery and was recently appointed Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Paediatric Surgery.

RACS President, John Batten, says the ASC is the biggest event on the RACS calendar. "The ASC provides a great platform for Fellows and Trainees," Mr Batten said.

Coupled with the Congress, the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) will be hosting its Annual Scientific Meeting during the week, which will include partnering with RACS on two plenaries as well as inclusion in various section conveners programs. In addition, ANZCA will also run workshops, lectures, focus sessions and panel discussions on topics such as communicating risk, pain management and workforce burn-out.

With an incredibly diverse selection of speakers, workshops and topics, along with exciting International visitors, this Congress is certainly not one to miss. Register now and take advantage of a variety of registration options at:  https://asc.surgeons.org/registration/

The ASC program overview is available online at https://asc.surgeons.org/scientific-program/
Major sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Device Technologies, Gore, Abbott, BJS, Cook ESSQ, KLS Martin, Novartis and Wiley.

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