ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Each year SUGSS holds its annual meeting for Upper GI Surgeons at the InterContinetal Double Bay, Sydney Australia.
SUGSS (Sydney Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgical Society) is the representative body for NSW Upper GI surgeons. SUGSS recently represented this group of surgeons with the NSW government during the rationalisation of cancer services.
The SUGSS charter is to foster education and research for surgery of the Upper Gastrointestinal tract, encompassing the oesophagus, stomach, liver, biliary tract, and pancreas, as well as other areas such as endoscopy and hernia surgery with particular reference to the development of cooperative multi-centre studies and cross campus collegiality. When called upon, it is also the collective voice of representation for these surgeons. SUGSS also has fostered close working relationships with the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery contingent of the RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons), as well as with the ANZ Gastro-Oesophageal and Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgical Associations (ANZGOSA / ANZHBPA) and Obesity Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ). The board members of SUGSS are; David Martin - Chair (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/Concord Repatriation Hospital), Michael Talbot - Treasurer (St George Hospital), Steve Liebman (Royal North Shore Hospital) and Henry Pleass (Westmead Hospital). The Committee of Management includes Charbel Sandroussi (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), Koroush Haghighi (St Vincent’s and Prince of Wales Hospitals), Nick Williams (Wagga Wagga Base Hospital) and Peter Cosman (Liverpool Hospital). It is the only local association for Upper GI surgeons in NSW and preceded by the ANZHBPA and ANZGOSA Associations. SUGSS hosts an Annual Meeting in Sydney which is very successful and well attended.