The EHS Advisory Committees are responsible for all the key activities of the association and contribute to the continuous development of the association.
Rene Fortelny, Austria (Chair)
Carmen Luz Maillo Oliva, Spain
Carlos Magalhaes, Portugal
Jaana Vironen, Finland
Dieter Birk, Germany
Guillaume Passot, France
The focus of the Congress Committee’s work is to determine the structure of the proceedings of both the EHS Annual Congress and the Monothematic Congress and to support the organisers in their preparations. As the framework conditions for congresses have changed in recent years, especially after the Covid period, the task of organising congresses has become much more complex.
These challenges can only be met through close cooperation with this committee as well as with the Education and National Chapters/Membership Committees.
The current chair of the EHS Congress as well as the chairs of the following year’s Congress are temporary members of this committee and will therefore be involved in the process of organising congresses from the very beginning.
Knut Borch, Norway (Chair)
Ioannis Gerogiannis, UK
Miguel Angel García Ureña, Spain
Toby Hammond, UK
Lisa Rossi, Italy
Mario Rui Goncalves, Portugal
Maaike Vierstraete, Belgium
Alexis Theodorou, Greece
The education wing is comprised of several enthusiastic young and experienced surgeons with a passion for education. Our vision is: “to promote safety and quality in surgery by creating an outstanding, streamlined, evidence based educational program for European surgeons through collaboration, standardisation and innovation.”
The main activity for the wing is to arrange the numerous EHS courses. The fundamental course is an introduction for young residents to the world of abdominal wall surgery. In this course, the participants acquire a thorough understanding of hernia disease, with insights to the alternative treatment pathways and the data supporting the current guidelines. The course also covers decision making skills around the work up and care for patients with hernias.
The next level is to master the surgical techniques need to ‘cure’ the hernias. The intermediate course covers the anatomy and techniques needed by the general surgeon to handle the common hernias as inguinal, primary midline and small incisional hernias both in the elective and emergency setting.
For those who work in abdominal wall centres, the advanced course teaches the techniques needed to treat giant hernias, parastomal, lateral incisional and flank hernias. Also, it covers the modern techniques of open abdomen management. Both the intermediate and advanced course are cadaver based courses with world experts as instructors.
After completing the EHS educational pathway, and their general surgical training in their country, the surgeon can proceed even further and take the Fellow of UEMS abdominal wall surgery exam and become a UEMS certified abdominal wall surgeon.
The educational wing also organizes the EHS learning night webinars, where videos of complications in hernia surgery are shown and assessed by experts to identify learning points.
Barbora East, Czech Republic (Chair)
Ferdinando Agresta, Italy
Peder Rogmark, Sweden
Sara Capoccia Giovannini, Italy
Hans Lederhuber, UK
Sonia Ribas, Portugal
Julie de Deeken, Belgium
The Quality Wing comprises a group of young and enthusiastic individuals who firmly believe in quality control, internal audits, and the associated improvements that ensue. We strive tirelessly to provide you with the means to monitor your results, store data for your trials, or have something to share in a scientific paper or with your patients, demonstrating that you are one of the transparent surgeons who take pride in improving people’s quality of life. Our team works diligently to ensure that the registry is as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Although there is still a long way to go before it is perfect, we are dynamic and energetic, and we need your shared passion to help us make things better.
Maciej Pawlak, Poland (Chair)
Ramia Stolt, Sweden
Sebastian Soppe, Switzerland
Bob Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
Jacqueline Bullock, UK
Stijn van Hoef, Belgium
The primary aim of the EHS Web Committee is to facilitate a means of communication with our members, proudly called #EHSFamily. The EHS Web Secretary will play an integral role in achieving this. We strive to deliver a platform that will:
The EHS Web Committee is a dynamic group of enthusiasts who believe that a well-constructed and easy to navigate webpage is the beating heart of our Society, resembling its warmth, inclusivity and passion to share expertly curated knowledge.
Cesare Stabilini, Italy (Chair)
Donna Wouters, Belgium
Frederik Berrevoet, Belgium
Marja Boermeester, The Netherlands
Umberto Bracale, Italy
Andrea Carolina Quiroga Centeno, Columbia
Benoit Romain, France
Pilar Hernández-Granados, Spain
Sebastian Schaaf, Germany
The advisory committee for science is responsible for the continuous development and update of guidelines within the field of hernia surgery. The committee is thus also responsible for defining groups responsible for the development of new guidelines or guideline updates, and for promoting the use of these across Europe.
Hakan Gök, Turkey (Chair)
Roxana Crăciun, Romania
Alexis Theodorou, Greece
Alberto López Farias, Spain
The EHS’s social media wing is a team of abdominal wall surgery enthusiasts led by a board member, responsible for managing and promoting the society’s activities on social media platforms. We aim to increase the awareness and engagement among surgeons worldwide by providing regular updates on the society’s activities, such as the annual congress, hernia courses, hernia guidelines, Journal of Abdominal Wall Surgery (JAWS) and online journal club. Through our social media channels, we strive to foster collaboration and exchange of knowledge among hernia surgeons around the globe. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates from the European Hernia Society! You can reach all information about the EHS through this smart link – http://eurohernias.contactin.bio/
Manuel López Cano, Spain (Chair)
Antoniou Stavros, Cyprus
Neil Smart, UK
The advisory committee for publications is responsible for the collaboration with the journals BJS and Hernia and has until 2023 also served as editor for the Journal of Abdominal Wall Surgery (JAWS) which is the official journal of the European Hernia Society.
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