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ThemeLinking contextually appropriate surgical research to service delivery and innovation


In 2020 our Biennial Surgical symposium had to be rapidly pivoted into a fully virtual congress. We were one of the very first National and International academic meetings to go fully virtual. This decision was driven by our commitment to contribute to the ongoing education of surgeons, a responsibility we have cherished as the oldest Departmental based meeting in South Africa. We believe that the meeting delivered on this commitment. As an Academic Department of Surgery, we will continue this commitment to the community of surgeons and host the 28th Biennial Surgical Symposium on the 26th and 27th June 2023.


We are committed to developing research that will be appropriate to the South African setting and will advance the care of patients requiring surgery and improving access to surgical care. We believe that the 2023 Biennial Surgical Symposium is an ideal platform on which to highlight where we as a country have achieved this objective, but also where the gaps in our knowledge are, so that future research can focus on these questions. Our program will be clinically relevant and will be of value to all practicing surgeons to enhance their practice and care of the patients we all serve.

We welcome all interested in the care of the patient requiring a surgical solution to their medical conditions. I am sure that we will live up to the expectations of the surgical community in delivering a meeting of high quality and excellent clinical relevance.

Martin Smith