On behalf of SAGES, society President Brian J. Dunkin, MD, and the Program Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the 2016
SAGES Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, USA, a city known as “The Hub of the Universe”, “The Athens of America”, and “The Cradle of
This year’s Annual SAGES Meeting will be held at the Hynes Convention Center, March 16-19, 2016 and will continue a long-standing
tradition of strong didactic sessions presented by world-renowned experts, combined with exploration of innovative technology in
the broad spectrum of general surgery. Our international participation continues to increase, demonstrating the importance of this
meeting to surgeons around the world. Once again, topics covered will include foregut, colorectal, hernia, bariatric and oncologic
surgery, as well as flexible endoscopy. Highlights include: 6 postgraduate (PG) courses, including CBD stone management, SMART,
Advances in Colorectal Surgery, Endolumenal Bariatrics, Safe Cholecystectomy, and the innovative ADOPT Hernia Project. New for
this year is the SAGES University Masters Series, in-depth presentations offered by master surgeons, detailing techniques that will
help surgeons take their practice to the next level. Also new is the “All Video All the Time” track, where vetted video presentations
will run continuously throughout the sessions, complimenting the Exhibit Hall video program, and those that will be presented
during the scientific, plenary, and panel sessions. An all-new session introducing the prerequisites for the Masters Series is aimed at
providing Chief Residents, Fellows, surgeons new to practice, and anyone seeking improvement in their clinical expertise. This course
will provide a foundation to gain maximal knowledge from this and every future SAGES meeting.
Joint sessions with Allied Health colleagues will be threaded throughout the meeting, exploring such topics as OR fires, endoscope
reprocessing, and interactions between mid-level providers and surgeons. The program includes numerous debates, with panelists
arguing both sides of some of the pressing controversies in surgery, like robotic hernia surgery and resident education. SAGES 2016
also will feature an exciting, new, evening session, TEDx Beacon Street Salon, that will integrate local community members into the
meeting by exploring topics and experiences in and out of healthcare.
The program for the 2016 meeting focuses on relevant clinical problems that surgeons encounter every day in their practices,
including management of complications, approaches for reoperative surgery, and laparoscopy in the acute care setting. Featured
again this year are sessions geared toward surgeons in community and hospital based practices, with information designed to be
readily adopted into daily practice. Sessions are structured to provide self-assessment CME credits, fulfilling Part 2 of the American
Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
As with all SAGES technology-friendly meetings, the conference features electronic media for a personalized experience. A SAGES
Meeting App provides access to meeting content via handheld devices, while e-mails and tweets during the meeting will keep
attendees informed of upcoming and on-going informative and exciting events. We encourage you to bring your entire family to
experience all that this wonderful city offers; and volunteer for one of our community service events. Of course, no SAGES meeting
would be complete without the Friday night Main Event and Sing-Off, to be held at Royale Boston, an exciting Boston venue.
New Highlights this Year:
- Introduction to SAGES Master Series Program
- Master Series Sessions in Colorectal, Foregut, Hernia, and Flexible Endoscopy
- TEDxBeaconStreet Salon talks
- All Video-All the Time track
- What SAGES Can Do For You panel
If you go to just one surgical meeting in 2016, this is the one! We look forward to seeing you in March.