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Message from Adviser, Organising Committee

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this annual meeting of the 16th SGH Colorectal Scientific Week 2013, which is organised by the Department of Colorectal Surgery, SGH. It has been many bountiful years since we organised the first colorectal scientific week, and I must say that it has been a truly rewarding and enriching experience for both speakers and delegates who attend this annual event.

Over the last decade, we have seen vast technological advancements in surgical techniques in colorectal surgery. Minimally invasive colorectal surgery or laparoscopic colorectal surgery has become the technique of choice in most colorectal resections. As surgeons, it is therefore only natural that we delve into the realms of minimally invasive techniques and look forther for other

cutting edge techniques that may prove beneficial and provide good clinical outcomes to our patients. As we progress, areas that warranty a closer look would be the co-creation of team-based practice that involved other multi-disciplinary teams.

There will be exciting laparoscopic and anorectal ultrasound workshops followed by symposia on laparoscopic colorectal surgery, robotic surgery, pelvic floor disorders, advanced pelvic cancers, and latest advances on fistula-in-ano.

A common trait that exists in the best of surgeons is this pertinent quality of constantly exploring and developing techniques that provide the best clinical outcomes to the patients. It is from the basis of this belief that we try to obtain the best training to constantly upgrade our clinical skills and knowledge. This has been the focus and direction of the annual colorectal meets that we have organised for close to decades. This meeting will provide a platform for experience and knowledge exchange and in the process, engage in valuable comradeship and revelry with all who attend this meeting.

This year, our meeting will be held from 18-20 July 2013 in conjunction with the 19th Asian Congress of Surgery & 1st SingHealth Surgical Congress. The venue of our meeting will be at the newly built “Academia” in the SGH Campus, which will be launched by our Guest-of-Honour, His Excellency, the President of Singapore. This building holds the latest research equipment and laboratories and serves to emphasize the drive of our institution to spearhead and lead clinical and basic science research both locally and regionally.

I look forward to meeting you at the event.


Sincerely,
Associate Professor Tang Choong Leong
Organising Adviser, SGH Colorectal Scientific Week 2013

Head & Senior Consultant Surgeon
Director, Singapore Polyposis Registry & Clinical Services
Department of Colorectal Surgery
Singapore General Hospital