Dear Friends of Herniology

It gives me great pleasure and honor to invite you all to the 14th Annual Congress of APHS which will take place from 29th of November to 1st of December 2018 in Raffles Hotel, Dubai – UAE. The theme of the congress is Hernia Tailor Made. The congress will focus on the customization of hernia surgery to the individual patient and his particular condition. The organizing committee together with the international faculty have put together a three-day program with courses, workshops, live transmission of surgeries, and of course an extensive scientific program to keep you updated on the newest developments in the field of herniology. After having worked on guidelines and recommendations for the last two decades we now want to look into how much tailoring is needed to meet the requirements and expectations of individual patients.

For the first time the annual congress will offer parallel sessions in Chinese language outside of China and Chinese speaking countries. The cooperation with the Chinese Journal of Hernia & Abdominal Wall Surgery, Chinese College of Surgeons, the Chinese Hernia College of Surgeons, the Hernia Society of Taiwan, the Saudi Laparoscopic Society, China Hernia Society, Kuwait Association of Surgeons and American College of Surgeons with the legacy of APHS Congress 2017 shall bridge the academic gaps and language barriers in between East and West of Asia. The organizers aim to bring together more than 1000 participants mainly from Asia Pacific region and partially from the rest of the world. To reach this goal we need your help and the participation of all of you. Together, stronger, better has been the theme of APHS 2017 in Taiwan. This success directed slogan will continue to be the most important message to all our members and will be the refrain of a society hernia song.

Rolf Hartung
Congress President
Medical Director of Mediclinic City hospital