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IFSO December 2014 newsletter now online

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders has published its December 2014 newsletter, which is now available to download from the IFSO website.

Highlights in the latest issue include a message from IFSO’s president Rudolph Weiner, who discusses the incredible impact ‘metabolic’ surgery has had in combating conditions such as diabetes, and although questions remain about which procedure has the best long term outcome, it is clear that there has been an increase in the performance rate and outcomes for surgeons and patients, respectively.

In the last few months for 2014, IFSO also welcomes several new member societies including the Azerbaijan Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association (ABMSA), the Canadian Association of Bariatric and Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), the Chinese Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Group Of HKASO, the Iranian Society for the Surgery of Obesity and the Norwegian Society for the Surgery of Obesity.

Joan Pujol Rafols, Chairman of the Communications & Development Committee, discusses the latest developments within the European Chapter and also reports on the 8th Frankfurter Meeting which had 550+ participants from more than 50 countries.

Wej-Jei Lee, President of the Asian Pacific Chapter, looks forward to April's IFSO-APC 2015 meeting in Goyang, Korea. The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching (16th January). For further details, please visit the official website: or email:

Elsewhere in Asia, there were several congresses including the 5th ADSS (Asian Diabetes Surgery Summit) held in October in Taipei, as well as a Workshop on  Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery hosted by the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore (OMSSS) in Singapore on 21 November in conjunction with the IDF-WPR Congress 2014.

The recent OSSANZ Conference was held in November in Wellington, New Zealand attracting some 200 delegates. OSSANZ and ANZGOSA (Australia and New Zealand Oesophago Gastric Surgery Association) will be holding a combined Conference 7-9 October 2015 and will be held in Hamilton Island,

Queensland.  More information may be found on the website:

Ninh Nguyen, President of the North American Chapter, reports on the 2nd Annual ObesityWeek Conference in Boston, which hosts both the AMSBS and The Obesity Society (TOS) annual meeting where over 5,000 delegates attended. The next meeting will be in Los Angeles, California, November 2 -7, 2015.

Natan Zundel, President of the Latin American Chapter, and President elect of IFSO, highlights the forthcoming IFSO LAC Congress will be held in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico from July 8th to July 12th 2015.

Michel Gagner reports from the XIX IFSO World Congress in Montreal, which welcomed nearly 2,000 attendees from 75 countries and included 51 scientific sessions and a record 48 live cases procedures the largest in IFSO’s history.

Looking forward to 2015’s XX IFSO World Congress in Vienna, Austria, Karl Miller claims the meeting will have a scientific programme of the highest standard covering global perspectives of this ever evolving discipline that attends to the modern world epidemic that obesity and metabolic disorders have come to represent. Abstract submission and congress registration are now open, please visit: for more information.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, Scott Shikora (Editor-in-Chief of IFSO's Obesity Surgery journal) provides an update of the latest news; Blanca Rios Chairman of the

Integrated Health Committee discusses the developments in 2014, and Karin Dolezalova, Young IFSO Chapter President, outlines the activities in 2015.

The access these news articles and much more, please click here to read the latest IFSO newsletter.