STATEMENT OF THE
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
The International College of Surgeons was founded by Dr. Max Thorek at a time of extreme nationalism, racial and religious hatreds and divisions leading to World War. Dr. Thorek’s vision was of a College which would bring surgeons of all nations and peoples together to build a force for International understanding, good will and peaceful development of the art and science of surgery. The International College of Surgeons (ICS) has a long and inclusive history, dating to 1935, with 85 years of being open to all nationalities, all races, and all creeds. The College has members in over 100 countries, with more than 85% of its membership outside of the United States, including the ICS African Federation, the Asian Federation, the European Federation, the Latin American Federation, the North American Federation, and the Pacific Federation. The International College of Surgeons is a non-governmental, non-lobbying organization and is apolitical. The International College of Surgeons is in Official Relations with the World Health Organization as a Non-Governmental Organization. The International College of Surgeons is an example of a scientific community where, especially given its global nature the racism, religious and ethnic hatreds confronting professionals in their daily lives globally stands in bold contrast to the founding principles of this College. The greatest strength of the International College of Surgeons consists precisely in these founding principles which define collegiality in contrast to those resiliently difficult problems.
A HOME FOR SURGEONS
To teach, to reach, to communicate, and to lead. It’s really just that simple.
ICS was founded to promote the excellence of surgeons and surgical specialists worldwide.
We continue this tradition today.
Max Thorek saw the need for an organization dedicated to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of our members and the advancement of the our field. His vision still leads us today.
The team had little equipment, except for a malfunctioning diathermy machine and an old monitor. With a donated UAM, for the first time the team was able to perform major surgeries under General Anesthesia and was able to train local staff.
The truly global scope of our surgery publication makes this journal unique among other resources, bringing the world of surgical advances to you on a bi-monthly basis. Over 90 original articles each year with authors from around the world. The journal is an excellent resource for practicing surgeons, surgical interns, and researchers.
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