It is a great honor for me that the General Assembly of the European Hernia Society has accepted the Board´s proposal of our society to name me as Secretary General of this scientific community interested in abdominal wall.
This challenge makes me to take into account two different considerations: On the one hand, being able to be at the height of all the european surgeons´ expectations to create a participative and driving society of a quality surgery; and on the other hand, being able to pursue the path marked by two great surgeons that have made so much for our society, JB Flament and Giampiero Campanelli, who as former Secretaries General, have encouraged so much the development of the EHS.
This is a society in which it is necessary to work in order to create science based on evidence, to train properly general surgeons and future experts in abdominal wall, and at the same time, to promote the development of a quality surgery. But above all, we must make an effort to create bonds of friendship among all the countries in our continent that are above political and economic opinions, which contaminate the world we live in.
In order to create those connection bonds we have set some goals that I hope they reach each european corner, giving our society new wings to transform it in attractive, participative, useful, active, and full of energy to have the capacity to host all the group of surgeons from north to south and from east to west of Europe, based in that cultural and linguistic diversity that can be found in our old continent and that enrich us.
The target is that with these new wings, we could get a society without barriers, with a universal language of communication in which the words hernia and abdominal wall will be a union nexus among us, and in which the friendship and respect will be the guide to the development.
We need these new wings, and in order to get them I am going to work together with the rest of the Board members. I ask your support, collaboration and participation in our society and we will try you to feel proud of being part of it.
I remain at your disposal forever!
Secretary General of the EHS