Dear colleagues and friends…

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to Dubai for the 1st International GCC Hernia Surgery Congress, a Mid-Term Congress of Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS) that will be held from 28th – 30th of April 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The scientific committee has put on the program hot topics of interest in hernia surgery. We hope that all presentations and discussions will contribute to improvement and standardization in the field of hernia surgery. International experts are expected to share their experience with surgeons from GCC countries during this 3 days congress. Latest results of research and clinical trials shall be resumed and discussed in open forum. Live surgeries will be transmitted to the auditorium on the first congress day.

The organizing committee would also like to encourage all of you to submit your papers to be included in free paper presentation. The deadline for submission is the 15th of March 2010.

Needless to mention that Dubai is a city you must have visited. As one of the most booming and fastest growing cities in the world Dubai offers multiple superlatives. Take the opportunity to stay for more than 3 days and visit numerous attractions in and around Dubai.

Dubai is a located in between Europe and Asia. It is therefore well connected to all major cities in Europe and Asia-Pacific region by direct flights. Dubai offers a huge range of 5star hotels with excellent facilities able to make your stay in UAE a memorable and comfortable one.

Looking forward to meeting you in Dubai

Rolf Hartung
Congress President
President of GCC Hernia Surgery Interest Group
DHA-CME approved 0139/10 – 18 Credit Hrs
The 1st International GCC Hernia Surgery Congress
Mid - Term Congress of Asia - Pacific Hernia Society (APHS)
28th - 30th of April 2010
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
  Dear colleagues and members of APHS

It is a great honor and privilege to take this opportunity to invite and welcome all of you to the first spring meeting of our society.

The 1st International GCC Hernia Surgery Congress that will be held in Dubai from April 28th  to 30th 2010 will be an occasion for all the surgeons interested in abdominal wall and hernia surgery to get together and exchange knowledge among them and with worldwide experts.

APHS boosts more than 800 members from 16 Asia-Pacific countries and to bring together all the members to share experience, idea and friendship is one of the missions of our society; this is mainly to keep surgeon’ members from our region abreast with new surgical techniques and development like biomaterials up to the latest bio-absorbable meshes. These have completely changed our practice with new and different options for the abdominal wall surgery and at the end with a great benefit for the patients. We should remember that hernia repair is one of the most common procedures in our daily practice and hernia management and treatment is where a surgeon ought to be comfortable.

There is no one mesh or one simple technique for hernia repair but the cure of hernia depends on several factors including patient, surgical technique and experience, and biomaterials available.

I am thankful to all the members of the organizing committee of this 1st International GCC Hernia Surgery Congress and in particular  to president and my good friend Rolf Hartung for the great effort in making this conference a landmark event. I am sure that all delegates will appreciate the effort that has been put on for organizing this conference both scientifically and socially.

I welcome all of you in Dubai and I wish this congress a great success.

With Best Regards

President of Asia-Pacific Hernia Society
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