Dear Pericles J. Chrysoheris,
With our sincere gratitude and deep appreciation, we thank you for your participation as faculty at the 16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery hosted by SAGES and CAGS. Thank you for helping to make this the biggest and best minimally invasive surgical meeting ever!
This year’s meeting was a huge success for many reasons. We had a record number of attendees at over 2,800 from 38 countries. We also had more meeting content than previous years with 5 Masters courses and sessions on diversity, advocacy, and public medical concerns. New meeting technologies included e-posters and visual abstracts for the first time and the SIGMA surgical app to review video content from the presentations. We made an effort to have a truly diverse array of content and speakers. However, most of all, SAGES 2018 was a great success because of YOU! Your talent, your dedication, and your efforts leading up to and during the meeting are what made this year’s SAGES/CAGS World Congress extraordinary. Thank you.
We believe that the SAGES annual meeting is the preeminent meeting in gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery. We hope to build on this success using both the exciting innovations that were implemented this year and the lessons learned during the past few months to improve things moving forward. Please don’t hesitate to share with us any ideas you have about what worked well and what we can do to improve.
We can’t wait to see you in Baltimore, Maryland April 3-9, 2019.