The World Congress of the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists
Bangkok, Thailand, 5–8 December 2012
The 22nd World Congress of the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists was held from 5–8 December 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Themed ‘Challenges and Controversies in the Management of Abdominal Diseases: Current Possibility and Future Expectation’, the congress featured ten main topics including: upper GI tract surgery, lower GI tract surgery, hepatic surgery, biliary tract surgery, pancreatic surgery, interventional chemo-immuno-radiotherapy, laparoscopic endoscopic surgery, multidisciplinary approaches, innovation and advanced technology and robotic surgery. Approximately 200 guest speakers were invited to share their experiences and expertise, while 600 abstracts were submitted for oral and poster presentations. In this article, the authors highlight and summarize some of the presentations from this conference.