International Federation of
Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons


June 20, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled and honored to become the 6th president of IFSES. This society has been instrumental in fostering the development of MIS on an international level. Look how successful this venture was when Gerald Marks help found it! All of our member societies are thriving and advancing the cause of MIS around the world. We have lots to be proud of in this endeavor. I want to personally thank Seigo Kitano for all his efforts over the last four years, and I hope to continue to build on the base that all our past presidents have added to IFSES over the last 25 years.

One of the keys to a strong IFSES is input from our members. I would like to initiate an every 6 months reporting system to IFSES from our member societies. Let us know what you are doing? Meetings, projects! The IFSES site will publish and promote all your meetings. It can be a central place where surgeons and corporate can access the information for all of us. Please send information!

We have changed and ratified the by-laws so that the new president will have a term of 2 years. That should allow more qualified members to be able to have significant input into IFSES on multiple levels.

I hope to be able to encourage corporate to return to IFSES. They are an important part of the progression of MIS across the world, and IFSES needs their input. No doubt there is room to have a mutually beneficial relationship even within the restrictions posed by regulations. I would like our website to able to promote what corporate is doing in the MIS arena as well. What better place to promote corporate wares on an international basis?

This year is the 25th anniversary of IFSES. Thanks to the idea and input of Alberto Chousleb (our 5th president), IFSES with EAES plans on honoring Jacques Perissat and Gerald Marks at EAES in Frankfurt, Germany this June. Stay tuned for more information as soon as we have it.

One final note, our member societies need to let the IFSES executive committee know how we can help, what can we do to promote our societies, what do our societies want executive to do for them? We need to communicate better and this president plans on doing just that.

I sincerely hope that 2017 brings health, happiness and prosperity to all the IFSES family.

Sincerely yours,

Barry Salky, MD FACS
President, IFSES

January 6, 2016

A Legacy Celebration Commemorating Dr. Gerald Marks, September 10, 2015

Over 350 physicians, grateful patients and friends from 4 continents and 15 countries attended a legacy event on September 10th honoring the 90th birthday and pioneering colorectal surgery of Dr. Gerald Marks. Lankenau Medical Center hosted the celebration at the Academy of Natural Sciences, launching the campaign to establish a new Colorectal Center of Excellence at Lankenau. The new Center will be a destination for superior colorectal care and an epicenter of scientists and clinicians who strive to prevent, treat and manage colorectal disease through active clinical research. "Dr. Marks and his son Dr. John Marks have dedicated their lives to advancing colorectal medicine" commented Phillip Robinson, Lankenau Medical Center President. "This new Center is a tribute to the world wide impact they have made in their field."

Multidisciplinary International Rectal Cancer Society (MIRCS) Meeting, September 10-11, 2015

On September 10-11, the annual MIRCS Meeting was held at Lankenau Medical Center under the direction of Dr. John Marks. MIRCS was established in 2011 for the purpose of providing a framework for global interaction and collaboration among devoted students of rectal cancer management through scientific research, clinical trials and diverse education programs.

This year's meeting, sponsored in part by the Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation, was attended by 70 physicians including a faculty of 30 rectal cancer experts from 4 continents and 10 countries. Together the faculty provided a comprehensive review of the latest scientific data, recent advances, best practices, emerging strategies and future challenges in the care of patients with rectal cancer.

July 9, 2015

World Endoscopy Organization

April 2-5, 2014

The George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award In Endoscopic Surgery
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Prof T. E. Udwadia was awarded with "George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award in Endoscopic Surgery" at the 2014 SAGES Annual Meeting.

The IFSES board meeting was held October 2, 2012 in Chicago, during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. In attendance were the leadership of IFSES, representatives from the member societies and members of the Corporate Advisory Board.

Message from Dr. Seigo Kitano, the 5th President of IFSES

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your unconditional support to IFSES and congratulate Dr. Natan Zundel on the very successful meeting, the 13th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Since 1992, the unforgettable year of the birth of the International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons, 20 years have passed. In the history, Professor Jacques Perissat laid the foundations for an International Federation dedicated to spread Minimal Access Surgery, and Founder President, Dr. Gerald Marks achieved the culmination of ground work for the formation of the Federation together with a large number of actively involved surgeons.

During the recent 8 years, the number of member societies and corporative members has increased, and Endoscopic Surgery has developed widely under the strong leadership of the 3rd President, Dr. Tehemton E. Udwadia, and the 4th President, Dr. Alberto Chousleb.

I am now privileged with honour of serving as the President to put my utmost efforts to make the federation more worldwide and united than ever before.

Here I promise you that I will never quit putting my heart and soul to fulfil my duty and trying not to betray your trust and expectation on my shoulder.

Even though I have just taken a step forward with a great responsibility as a president, I will keep going forward in cooperation with Dr. Michael Li who has doing more than excellent job as a secretary general and whom I can give my full trust.

Seigo Kitano, MD, PhD, FACS
President of IFSES

Dear all,

Please be informed that the matter had been discussed in IFSES Corporate & Executive Board Meeting held on March 31, 2011 in San Antonio that the by-laws of IFSES would be reviewed and the motion was made to put a moratorium on admission of new members into IFSES. Under this circumstance, all new applications as IFSES member society are being put on hold until after the approval of revised by-laws by all member societies.

Thank you,

For and on behalf of
Executive Board of IFSES
Prof. Michael Li, General Secretary

November 3, 2010

A mini biography of a true surgical hero.

Dear friends,

With the passing on October 31, 2010 of our dear friend and colleague, Gerhard Buess, I offer the attached .

Dr. Gerhard Beuss Biography

The International Federation of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES)

Proudly present

The Inaugural Distinguished Recognition Award


Prof. Dr. Gerhard F. Buess
European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons
Athens, Greece
July 2007

RAW Curiosity and Ingenuity demonstrated by Gerhard Buess as a young surgical resident in 1981 characterized his personality and forecast the essence of his professional career. As a surgical resident assisting a professor performing a midnight emergent exploratory laparotomy for massive lower gastrointestinal bleeding from an unknown source, Gerhard offered a novel suggestion. Gerhard recalled the hospital's recent acquisition of a flexible fiberoptic gastroscope and why not, he suggested, use this instrument to perform a direct visualization of the colon in the hope of discovering the source of the hemorrhage. This pioneering "intraoperative colonoscopy" led to visualizing the bleeding polyp in the right colon and the performance of an appropriately directed and lifesaving resection. Gerhard was criticized for misappropriating the hospital's valuable new gastroscope and he suddenly found that his career was in jeopardy. He was successful, however, in convincing his department chairman that the endoscopic discovery was an enormous benefit to the patient and therefore was a worthwhile application of the instrument. This singular experience undoubtedly brought endoscopy to his spiritual core. Endoscopy then became his passion and career. Gerhard directed his curiosity, ingenuity, industry, and creativity to the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy and to its ultimate expression, the invention of a new endoscopic instrument and a new technique, the transanal endoscopic microscope and transanal endoscopic microsurgery.

Gerhard's new instrumentation and technique has, through a slow but steady process propelled by a gargantuan missionary effort, come to be recognized and celebrated as a major advance in the care of patients with rectal disorders. That fateful night in the operating room magically foretold who Gerhard Buess was to become, a bold visionary surgical pioneer and educator. Through his contributions he has made this world a better place. The enormity of Professor Dr. Gerhard Buess's achievements in this new wave of surgery and the powerful presence he has lent to the spiritual brotherhood of endoscopic surgeons warrants special acclaim. The Officers, Executive Committee, and Members of the International Federation of Endoscopic Surgeons, IFSES, proudly present the Inaugural IFSES Distinguished Recognition Award to Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buess, a giant among surgeons

Gerhard F. Buess was born April 10, 1948 in Merklingen/Weil de Stadt, Baden-Wuerttemberg. His mother was a school teacher and his father was a technician for Mercedes Benz, and both parents contributed to his career choice of academics and technology. Following graduation from public schools in Merklingen he attended Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich where he received his medical degree in 1972. His thesis was "Tissue Glue in Bone Surgery." After traveling the world he had successive surgical residencies in Bavaria and in the university hospital in Koeln-Lindenthal, qualifying as a surgeon in August, 1984. In the Koeln-Lindenthal University Hospital he received his PhD "Transanal Microscopic Microsurgery" in 1985. He founded multiple divisions of minimally invasive surgery and in 1994 he was recognized as a Professor and Director of the Section for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Olympiaparkklinik, Munich. He is Head of the Department at the Helios Hospital in Muellheim, Baden. He has established a clinical center for endoscopic surgery and has been involved in the development of stent systems in the esophagus, TEM, endoscopic microsurgical resection of the esophagus, robotic systems, and 3D vision systems, among others. The Tuebingen research group which he directed developed a full spectrum of new instruments, including endoluminal stapling systems and instrumentation for esophageal resection. He is an honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons and has enjoyed the high office of President of the Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery and the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons. He was the President and Director of the Tenth World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery in 2006 in Berlin. His honors include the Jubilee Prize of the German Association for Surgery, the Rudolf Schlindler Prize for the best Video in 1994, and the Rick Satava Award in San Diego, USA, in 1998. Dr. Buess has authored or co-authored six textbooks and has contributed 71 book articles and over 240 peer review publications. His lecturing worldwide approaches 1000 presentations. He is co-editor of six journals related to surgery and minimally invasive surgery and he has received numerous grants from federal and private organizations. Gerhard is married and has two daughters. He has enjoyed mountain hiking, cycling, and sking. Gerhard identifies professors Zenker and Pichlmaier as major influences in his professional development during his university surgical residency program. Gerhard pays tribute to Sir Alfred Cuschieri who he felt was the most important mentor in his development as an endoscopic surgeon.

With the realization that Gerhard Buess faced a serious medical challenge, the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons presented him with the Inaugural Distinguished Recognition Award from that organization. The award was presented to him in Athens, Greece in July 2007 at the European Association of Endoscopic Surgical Surgeons Annual Meeting. As part of that celebration I had the privilege and honor of interviewing Gerhard to create a mini biography that would become part of the presentation. Upon rereading the mini biography, I relived the feelings experienced during my interview with Gerhard to create this piece. Reading it I am sure will give you the same warm feeling of identification with how creative seeds are planted and grow and what is generally in store for the innovator and pioneer. I hope you feel that you have read the story of a true surgical hero.

Thank you,

Jerry Marks

of Dr Buess.

In Memory of Dr. Beuss

Today I have got Die Mitteilungen Nr.1 from Die German Surgical Association for Year 2011 and I read that Buess has left us. He was a good friend and was a special endoscopist. I have established in Ýstanbul University the Surgical Endoscopic Unit in 1975 at the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty and we have contacted with him since 1983. He has visited us in Ýstanbul Turkey two times and we have also operated together. We have lost him too early! My condolences to all! Can O.Gokdogan
Emeritus Prof.of Surgery Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty University of Ýstanbul
Former Head of Surgical Endoscopy
Former Head Advisor of Ýstanbul University

It was a great sorrow that we learnt about the sad demise of Prof. Gerhard F Buess. He was one of the pioneers in the field of Minimally invasive surgery. It is really a great loss to the Medical fraternity!

We pray the almighty to grant peace and solace to the departed soul and courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

My heart felt condolences on behalf of Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgey team at Max Healthcare, New Delhi.

Yours truly,

Dr. Pradeep Chowbey
M.S., M.N.A.M.S., F.I.M.S.A.,F.A.I.S., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S.
Padmashri Awarded by The President of India
Honorary Laparoscopic Surgeon to The President of India
Honorary Laparoscopic Surgeon to Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS)
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)
Surgeon to His Holiness Dalai Lama

Despite not having known personally Professor Gerhard Bluess, I know of his extraordinary work in the development of minimally invasive surgery.

We are very saddened by this sensitive loss and on behalf of the members of ALACE, give our own family and friends nearby, condolences.


Carlos M. Velasquez
ALACE Executive Director

Gerhard, a real friend.

Antonio Lacy

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to address you and express my deep gratitude to all the representatives of IFSES.

The main purpose of this federation; to promote growth of minimally access surgery, serving as an international forum for the discussion, evaluation, and dissemination of information pertaining to endoscopic surgery and minimal access techniques and select the venues of future World Congresses.

The rapid evolving world of minimally invasive surgery is challenging surgeons everyday with technical and ethical aspects, exciting advances in all fields of surgery are present and many changes for the near future, we must evaluate this new technologies and embrace only those that pass strict scientific scrutiny, keeping in mind that the most important of what we do is for the benefit of our patients.

Historical list of the World Congresses of Endoscopic Surgery

Future events hosted by the IFSES Societies will continue to provide the quality of education and scientific content that was experienced in previous world meetings. Therefore I would like to wish my best to the Organizing Committee of our next World Congress and Professors, Barry Salky (SAGES Chair) and Christopher Schlacta (CAGS Chair); that without any doubt will organize a superb event. The 12th World Congress venue already elected during the 11th WCES and will be organized by IFSES, ALACE-FELAC under the Presidency of Natan Zundel.

A third very important aspect of IFSES; "Organize, and train the developing parts of the World in basic Laparoscopic Techniques", multiple committees have been created for this purpose, one of them to help develop MAS in Africa. Founded by Professor J. Perissat and the support of our corporate partners.

With the help of FELAC and ALACE, MAS has reached marginal regions in Latin-America. India and Southeast Asia are doing the same with the direction of their local Societies. Teaching teleconferences are growing as another tool to actualize the dynamic changing of our current knowledge.Structured courses like FLS (Fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery) and LAP (Laparoscopia Avanzada Practica) are being incorporated into the surgical curriculums of many countries in the American Continent. Currently FLS has become part of the mandatory curriculum of the American Board of Surgery. These hands on courses provide a structured curriculum with material available online and on DVD hands on course. The LAP course in many aspects has the teaching principles of ATLS and was imparted to surgeons with adequate training in Minimally Invasive Surgery from different countries in Latin America to uniform the teaching in small towns of the region ("teach the trainers").

The Corporate Partnership Committee of the Federation provides a forum for collaboration between surgeons and corporations regarding education, practice of endoscopic surgery with the highest standards and research in MAS. I would like to acknowledge our Corporate Partners for their great support.

Finally I would like to express my deep gratitude to the advisory committee integrated by Professors Gerald Marx,Jacques Perissat, Tehemton Udwadia, Sir Alfred Cushieri and Tatsuo Yamakawa for their invaluable and permanent work for IFSES.

Alberto Chousleb, MD
Past President IFSES

Alberto Chousleb, MD FACS
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