International College of Surgeons (ICS)

e-News: 2015 Holiday Message


Message From World President, Prof. Yip-Hong Ho

Dear International College of Surgeons Fellows:

At this wonderful time of the year, we are all are filled with hope for the world and all persons therein. The circumstances around us may remain difficult with problem issues including a slow global economy, violence, and climate warming. Despite these challenges, it is a most exciting time to be a Fellow in the International College of Surgeons. I take this opportunity to send this brief Holiday message to you, as I complete the first year of my two year World Presidency term.

This year, we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the International College of Surgeons founded by Dr. Max Thorek – the College was officially incorporated 80 years ago. In a time when many other International or global medical organizations have since failed, our College has survived and continues onward into the future. Think about this for a moment – how many of us have had the opportunity to celebrate the 80th anniversary of anything in our lives. We should be very thankful indeed for all the ICS Fellows who have preceded us and the stewardship that they have rendered, so that we can continue to strive towards our vision to “improve the lives of patients through the development and education of our members and advancement of the medical field”.

As we enter calendar 2016, we have a well performing International Museum of Surgical Science, a rapidly improving Journal, International Surgery, and a global membership that has held steady for the past 10 years, and continues to do so.

We stand tall and proud of our resilience; time and again in the history our College, our principles and values have risen above all manner of adversities. We recognize that our membership is currently better served by quality regional meetings, rather than having everyone travel long distances to participate in a single International meeting. Very successful Federation meetings were held in Paraguay, Prague & Pilsen (Extraordinary Jubilee World Congress), and Manila. We recognize that we are what we are today because of the very significant contributions of our Fellows, many of whom have not been appropriately recognized to date. Therefore, the prestigious Emeritus Fellowship has been recently revived; we are pleased that worthy recipients to date have been Prof. Paul Hahnloser, Prof. Angel Vannelli, and Dr. Carmencita Gotauco. Prof. Ken Takasaki will be officially conferred with the Emeritus Fellowship at the 40th Biennial World Congress in Kyoto in 2016. We recognize the real need to sell the building at 1516 North Lake Shore Drive and have proceeded to list the property on the market with the support of the International Board of Governors as well as the co-owning United States National Section. The property has incurred major natural wear and tear issues over the passage of time. We need to be relieved of the burden of very significant maintenance, as well as the very real threat of related legal liabilities so that we can focus our resources on preserving our heritage at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive Museum Building and on preparing the College for a continuing, enduring future.

We look forward to a great year in 2016. We have many good things on our horizon, starting with an exciting meeting scheduled in Lima, Peru, in February in reference to humanitarian surgery. Another humanitarian surgery meeting and the site visit to the ICS Humanitarian Surgery Project will likely be held in Ambon, Indonesia, in April. The new Fellows in Poland are actively recruiting membership and an inaugural meeting to commemorate incorporation of the ICS Poland National Section will likely be held in June. At the same time, interest in ICS is growing in Korea and plans are in consideration for an inaugural meeting of the ICS Korean National Section in September, if forming such a section in an important country comes to fruition. I would like to thank everyone who expressed interest in teaching at the Nanjing Minimally Invasive Surgery laboratory. I am pleased to advise that Dr. Patrick Chen has taken the lead in working with Prof. Yue Ming Sun to organize the first of these teaching sessions as soon as possible. In addition, Prof. George Tsoulfas, who was appointed Chairman of the Special International Committee on Clinical Placements by the International Executive Council, has embraced this role enthusiastically. I look forward to seeing the first of these international trainee clinical attachments in the coming year. And of course, the 40th Biennial ICS World Congress will be held in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2016 after which I look forward to handing over the reins to my good friend, the very capable Prof. Manuel Huaman a few months later. I thank each and every one of you for your Fellowship in the International College of Surgeons and look forward to entering 2016 with you in a spirit of commitment and enthusiasm.

May I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Best Regards,


Professor Yik-Hong Ho
World President
International College of Surgeons



Prof. Manuel Huaman, ICS World President Elect, was elected to a senior position in the Ricardo Palma University of Vice President Academic Affairs. Prof. Huaman had been serving as Director of the Medical School at Ricardo Palma University. We give our sincere congratulations to Prof. Huaman for his being elected to this important position.


The ICS Asia Pacific Federation Congress, and the 66th Annual Convention of the ICS Philippine Section, was conducted on November 21-22, 2015, in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Jesus Sison, President of the ICS Philippine Section, and Dr. Francis Decangchon, Chairman, Organizing Committee, conducted an excellent scientific meeting with the theme “Broadening Our Boundaries: Excellence in Surgery”. Prof. Ho and Dr. Sison presented an Honorary Fellowship to the Philippine national legislative leader, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who is responsible for passing numerous legislative bills to improve and enrich health care delivery in the Philippines. We commend Dr. Jesus Sison, Dr. Francis Decangchon, and all other ICS Fellows in the ICS Philippine Section for their efforts and for this extraordinary scientific Congress


Dr. Carmencita Gotauco was presented an ICS Emeritus Fellowship in Manila, Philippines, during the ICS Asia/Pacific Federation Congress. Dr. Gotauco is a most worthy recipient of this Fellowship based on her enthusiastic commitment to the medical profession and to the International College of Surgeons. She served in a number of leadership positions in the Philippine Section, including first woman elected as Philippine Section President. Dr. Gotauco also served in several capacities in the International parent body governance, including Pacific Federation Secretary, World Treasurer, and World 1st Vice President. We heartily congratulate Dr. Carmencita Gotauco and give her best wishes from the ICS, as she continues her practice in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Cytology.


Under the excellent leadership of ICS World President-Elect Prof. Manuel Huaman, a very successful combined conference was conducted in Lima – the IX International Course of Scientific and Technological Advances in Medicine and Surgery, in combination with the VIII Conference on Medical Education and Primary Health Care. The Ricardo Palma University Medical School organized a joint conference on the campus with the International College of Surgeons Peruvian Section. Dr. Guido Parquet, ICS Latin American Federation Secretary, Paraguay, Dr. German Terrazas, President, ICS Bolivia Section, and Mr. Max Downham, International Executive Director, attended and made presentations. Over 500 delegates attended the joint conference. Attendees included professors and physicians from Lima and surrounding areas. Congratulations are extended to Prof. Manuel Huaman for this excellent Conference.


This year has been an action oriented year with the passage by the World Health Assembly in May, 2015, of the resolution entitled “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage”.

WHO focus has shifted to implementing the resolution. A special meeting by invitation only was conducted in Geneva on September 21-22, 2015, to initially focus on this topic. ICS International Executive Director, Max Downham, was invited to participate. Discussion and work focused on development of funding and other resources; access, integrated systems, and partnerships; data collection, analysis, and sharing: evaluation and monitoring; essential medicines and narcotics policies; and training, competence, and credentialing and oversight. The WHO primary thrust is one of implementing via the cooperation of National Ministries of Health. This is absolutely necessary in terms of budgeting for surgical care, establishing plans to bring improved surgical care to those in need, and monitoring implementation data.


As the year comes to a close, we thank you for being involved as Fellows of the ICS, in return allowing us the privilege to give back to those in need around the world. We send our very best wishes to all of you and your families for safe Holidays and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!



Max Downham
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e-News: October 2015


On September 12, 2015, in the Great Synagogue, Pilsen, Czech Republic, during the time of the Jubilee Congress, our World President, Prof. Yik-Hong Ho, delivered an excellent address entitled as shown in this special editional e-newsletter. This address is particularly noteworthy, given the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the International College of Surgeons by Dr. Max Thorek. This newsletter is dedicated in its entirety to providing the remarks made by Prof. Ho. Yik-Hong Ho; 40th World President, International College of Surgeons

(Excerpts of Festive Lecture, Jubilee World Congress, Great Synagogue at Pilsen, 12 September 2015)

On the occasion of the Jubilee World Congress held in Prague/Pilsen celebrating the 80th anniversary of the founding of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), it is my honor and appropriate to re-visit the contributions of Dr Max Thorek. After all, Stephen Embrose, renowned author and historian wrote “the past is a source of knowledge and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.” A better understanding of the history of ICS will help us appreciate the aims and directions of our College.

The history of ICS started with Dr Max Thorek, who founded the International College of Surgeons in 1935 and the International Museum of Surgical Science in 1954. He also founded the American Hospital in Chicago in 1911; the latter has been renamed the Thorek Memorial Hospital. Dr Max Thorek as a surgeon was a renowned clinician, teacher and experimenter or researcher. However, he also had multiple talents outside of medicine including music. He was a violinist on the Chicago Business Men’s Orchestra. He was a philanthropist funding the American Physician’s Association. He was also a famous photographer whose works remain on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute Washington DC, USA.

ICS today comprises of about 4700 regular fee paying Fellows, which makes ICS the largest global surgical society. Fellows consist of surgeons living and practicing in over 100 countries all over the world. The College has Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status on the World Health Organization (WHO) since February 12, 1975. Representatives from ICS have access to regularly attend WHO meetings. The College Journal International Surgery was established in 1938. After a later period of stagnation, new editorial leadership has brought the journal up to an impact factor of 0.248 in 2013. In 2014, the impact factor has almost doubled to 0.469. We aim to continue to improve the quality of the journal. The International Museum of Surgical Science was open to the public in 1954. It is now recognized as a historical landmark of the city of Chicago with collections including medical artefacts, instruments, paintings and 5000 books / bound journals some dating back to the 16th century. Above all, the vision that has kept the College going and will continue to keep us striving forward has been – “to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of our members and the advancement of the medical field.”

Therefore, it is important to truly understand the true spirit of the vision statement made by our founders in order to clearly grasp the design of the college and to interpret the future direction. Perhaps this is best illustrated by Dr Max Thorek himself who wrote in his book “The Camera Artist” that his purpose in taking a photograph is to “… reproduce for others, not just what his physical eye sees but the emotion which filled his soul when he saw it.” With this in mind, in order to truly understand our vision statement, it would be vital to know more of the man our ICS founder was.

Max Thorek was born on 10 March 1880. He never named his home town but said that it was in the “Tatra Mountains in Hungary”. However, there is a possibility from his descriptions of his home town half way between Vienna and Budapest, its location in the Tatra Mountains as well as the name Thorek that this home town may well be in current day Slovakia. Max Thorek was the eldest son in a Jewish Family where both his father Isaac and his mother Sarah were medical doctors. He had his early education at the Budapest Gymnasium, which was an institution specializing in preparing academically talented students for University Education. However, his brother was murdered in violent actions against Jews in 1897. For safety reasons, the family migrated to Chicago, USA on a steamship in 1898 with altogether only US$50.

Max Thorek had to play the violin to earn money to continue his education. He was encouraged at an early age to go into medicine. In view of financial difficulties, he had to enter Rush Medical College, University of Chicago through a musical scholarship. Rush Medical College did not have an orchestra but had a brass band. Therefore, Max Thorek was not able to gain a scholarship by playing the violin but had to quickly master playing the snare drum. He was at Rush Medical College from 1900 to 1904. Max Thorek did his intern year at the Marcy Home Hospital in the poverty stricken ghetto in 1904. When he went into private general practice in 1905, he declined opportunities for lucrative practice and chose instead to continue to work amongst the poor. He preferred to serve them because they were “our neighbours when we came to USA.” In addition, he also held the position of associate gynaecologist at the West Side Dispensary from 1906 to 1910; he said he continued to have “reverence for the mystery of birth.”

It was after this period that Dr Max Thorek took an interest in surgery as a speciality. He married his childhood Hungarian sweetheart Fim who had remarkably travelled the long journey alone from Hungary to join him in Chicago. During that time, he fell ill from influenza and after a long convalescence decided to specialize in surgery. He founded the American Hospital in 1911 and became the Surgeon-in-Chief there in 1912. As a surgeon, he was well recognized professionally having been appointed Consultant General Surgeon of Cook County Hospital in 1914. He was also well recognized academically with the appointment of Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Cook County Graduate School from 1934 to 1960.

As a policy maker at the American Hospital, Max Thorek was well remembered for insisting that a patient is to be treated as a person and never as a medical case. Patients were treated on their need for medical care, rather than their ability to pay. Medical and nursing staff who worked there remarked that they could never tell whether any patient was paying or of non-paying status. It was an ironical turn of fate that many of the poor that Dr Max Thorek treated grew up to be artists and performers who became rich and famous. These included Buffalo Bill the circus cowboy performer, Mae West the actress, Harry Houdini the magician and the Marx Brothers comedians. They in turn made Dr Max Thorek famous as he became known as the “Surgeon to the Stars”.

Far from striving on publicity alone, Dr Max Thorek also had many academic achievements that remain relevant to current surgical practice. Particularly notable were his academic contributions to gallbladder surgery and to plastic surgery. The advancements he made to gallbladder surgery included electrosurgical obliteration of the residual gall bladder after partial cholecystectomy to avoid the risk of liver haemorrhage in difficult cases. He also improved the technique for gallbladder surgery in the elderly and was a pioneer in partial hepatectomy for gallbladder cancer. With his artistic talent in photography and music, it was not surprising that Dr Max Thorek was amongst the first in developing plastic reconstructive surgery as a specialty. He recognized and taught about the psychological importance of aesthetics. His technique of reduction mammoplasty with free nipple graft and his principles for abdominoplasty remain very valid today.

The books he had written include “Plastic surgery of the breast and abdominal walls”, “The human testis and its diseases”, “Surgical errors and safeguards”, “Thorek’s illustrated surgical technic” and “A surgeon’s world”. The latter has been the source of much of the material in this lecture. In addition, he translated “Surgery of the brain and spinal cord” from German. “Surgical errors and safeguards” published in 1932 is of particular interest in illustrating that Max Thorek’s thinking was well ahead of his times. In this book, he stated the conviction that “surgeons can never free themselves completely from the danger of error in judgement or technique”. It is only been recently recognized that in surgery, making mistakes is inherent in human nature (Cooper M & Makary MA, Surg Clin N Am 2012). Max Thorek also wrote in that book that no two cases are alike. A surgeon “never repeats” because otherwise complacency will lead to avoidable mistakes. This can be understood to allude to the technical skills and nontechnical skills described in surgical error analysis (Gawande AA et al, Surgery 2003). Max Thorek also wrote that surgeons must “always be wary of meeting some new and unexpected peril”. Perhaps this was a pioneer effort in advocating for what we know today as the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist and its variations. When “Surgical errors and safeguards” was published in 1932, his surgical colleagues were totally appalled that such a “public admission” will have suicidal effects upon the profession. Yet it is now well recognized that 44000-98000 deaths and 1 million injuries occur in American Hospitals from avoidable medical errors (Kohn K et al, Institute of Medicine 1999) and 25.1% of all 19 North Carolina Hospital patients (2002-2007) sustained harm from preventable medical mistakes (Landrigan CP et al, N Eng J Med 2010).

Despite all his achievements and successes, Dr Max Thorek continued to have a “bitterest disappointment of my life”. That was the “discovery and rediscovery that surgery can be, for some surgeons a business, not a profession” and “getting ahead is a matter of politics – not what you know but whom you know that counts.” He envisaged a “True College” with the prime function to “teach younger, older men & all who thirsted for knowledge where everyman would be at one and same time teacher and student”. This college would be like the medieval university where learning knew no national boundaries. In doing so, it will become a force making for international understanding, goodwill and peace. At the time, “every group of specialists already have national and international societies” but he was convinced there was room for a new kind of international organization built by “men of courage and vision” according to those ideals. Around 1930, Dr Max Thorek wrote personally about this vision to fellow surgeons and surgical leaders in many lands.

His efforts drew such support that the International College of Surgeons was incorporated on 28 December 1935 in Geneva, Switzerland by Professor Albert Jentzer, the Dean of the Medical University of Geneva and his colleagues there. Geneva was chosen because it was thought to represent the principles of international amity and cooperation. Leaders were appointed to inaugurate chapters of ICS in various parts of the world. Professor Arnold Jirasek, Head of the 1st Department of Surgery, Charles University in Prague became the first ICS International (World) President. Dr Max Thorek became the Secretary General/Treasurer and Editor-in-Chief of the College Journal for several years. ICS was re-incorporated under Washington DC, USA law in 1940 because of concerns for safety related to World War II. The College acquired buildings in Chicago, USA in 1947 and has since continued to progress until the present status. It is noteworthy that the Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr Albert Einstein was amongst our College’s Honorary Fellows.

Dr Max Thorek continued to work up to his last days of life. He died on 25 January 1960 of a “heart attack” at the age of 79 years. His wife Fanny (Fim) survived him until just before her 103rd birthday. Knowing Dr Max Thorek’s passion in helping the poor, his conviction for equity in surgical education particularly in less privileged lands and his dream of global surgical fellowship outreach it would not be amiss to apply the ICS vision of “improving the lives of patients…” to global humanitarian surgery. We know that the burden of global disease has shifted in recent times such that 11% of the illnesses can only be treated by surgery. (Debas HT et al Disease Control..2006). The effectiveness of vaccines, antibiotics, public health measures etc. has managed the communicable infectious diseases such that we are left with a significant volume of non-communicable diseases related to factors such as injuries, malignancies, congenital anomalies and obstetric complications (Lopez AD et al, lancet 2001). There are about 234 million major operations a year but the poorest 30% only get 3.5% of the needed surgery (Weiser TG et al, Lancet 2008).

The importance of global humanitarian surgery was recognized when the 68th World Health Assembly (WHO) passed resolution A68/31 to strengthen emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia, in May 2015. It was acknowledged that providing service was not enough but every effort must be focused on building resilient health systems. The local health services available must be built up to be able to deliver safe, high-quality, accessible and cost effective essential and emergency surgery on their own. The ICS will continue to work together in collaboration with WHO to strive for leadership in global humanitarian surgery. We will continue to detail the development of our actionable plans from one ICS meeting to the next, and there we will continue to appreciate input, interest and stakeholder buy-in by ICS fellows.

Thank you and the best to all of you,


Prof. Yik-Hong Ho
ICS World President

e-News: August & September 2015



The ICS Asia Pacific Federation Congress, and the 66th Annual Convention of the ICS Philippine Section, will be conducted on November 21-22, 2015, in Manila, Philippines, at the Diamond Hotel. Dr. Jesus Sison, President of the ICS Philippine Section, and Dr. Francis Decangchon, Chairman, Organizing Committee, have established the theme of the Congress “Broadening Our Boundaries: Excellence in Surgery”. A very significant program on humanitarian surgery will be presented with World President Prof. Yik-Hong Ho Co-Chairing the session. A program entitled “Aesthetics Symposium with Live Workshop Demonstrations of Different Aesthetic/Cosmetic Office Procedures” will also be conducted. Discounted early bird pre-registration rates are available, as well as Trainee/Resident/Student/Nurse/Accompanying Persons special rates. Many social events are planned which will feature different costumes from different countries. For further information, visit

For the convenience of attendees, the following travel agency information is provided: MAVP TRAVEL AND TOURS, email, with website MAVP mobile number is +63-928 5082658, with fax +63-2-922 5486. MAVP will assist with local and domestic tours at discounted rates. For additional information on the Asia Pacific Federation Congress, please contact the ICS PS Secretariat, telephone +632-928 1190, or, via email at



Prof. Karel Novak hosted a successful Jubilee World Congress in Prague and Pilsen, Czech Republic. Prof. Novak will produce a final report, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of this newsletter. In the words of ICS World President Prof.Yik-Hong, Prof. Novak kept everyone together, kept everyone on time, and all events occurred in accord with plan. The social and scientific programs were excellent. ICS Executive Director Max Downham presented Prof.Novak with a personal letter from the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, as Chicago and Prague are sister cities. We look forward with positive anticipation to the final report from Prof. Novak,and the information will be coming in our next E-Newsletter.


The International Museum of Surgical Science is experiencing a 43% year to date increase in overall attendance compared to 2014. This increase is attributed to aggressive social media efforts (including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), a vast increase in public programming, media coverage, collaboration and the creation of new exhibits, which have strengthened the Museum’s public profile. On a year to date basis, gift shop purchases have increased 36%, and group attendance has increased by 54%. A dynamic new exhibit entitled, 4th Floor North rotates and displays the Museum’s exquisite collection of artifacts in the permanent collection and hosts artists in residence. The Museum’s contemporary arts program is enjoying renewed interest. Currently on display, Chicago-based artist Stevie Hanley’s significant public profile and strong conceptual connection to the Museum’s mission has drawn large crowds and frequent press coverage. A public program in September entitled, The Wonders of Music and Medicine was conducted. This program incorporated a discussion with a music therapist and a beautiful performance by a Chicago based winds ensemble. Museum staff members are also excited to be participating in Chicago Artists Month during October of 2015. Chicago Artists Month is a city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs supported marketing platform. Overall, the dynamic staff of the International Museum of Surgical Science is achieving tremendous results and will continue to do better and better.


Under the continuing excellent guidance of Editor-in-Chief Professor Christopher Chen, the official Journal of the International College of Surgeons, International Surgery, continues to make outstanding progress. The impact factor of International Surgery, as recently reported, has increased by 100%, compared to the prior measurement period. With an increased focus on ever increasing quality of the articles published in International Surgery, the frequency of publishing will be on a bimonthly basis beginning with Vol. 100 issue 7-8 and continuing thereafter.
We continue to be aware that some Fellows of the International College of Surgeons are not receiving the online issues without charge.


In order to hold successful meetings in all parts of the world, advanced planning is essential. ICS National Section of Peru, has already expressed interest in hosting the ICS Biennial World Congress in 2018. All other National Sections who also have an interest in hosting meetings are encouraged and cordially invited to express their interest to the Chair, Congress Program and Events Standing Committee, Prof, Clement Chan, through the ICS Executive Director, Max Downham. Further information will then be provided to help formulate a competitive bid with a viable business case. Should interest in receiving guidelines for hosting congresses, please contact


The only constant in our lives is change. This is true in terms of the International Constitution and Bylaws. At a recent meeting of the International Constitution and Bylaws Standing Committee, ICS World President Professor Yik-Hong Ho proposed the following resolution – that the International Constitution and Bylaws Standing Committee recommends that the International Executive Council authorize the Constitution and Bylaws Standing Committee to conduct a thorough review of the existing International Constitution and Bylaws with the objective of achieving a balance between the simplification of the language of the existing International Constitution and Bylaws with language that is consistent amongst its various provisions, while at the same time achieving the precision and clarity consistent with applicable laws.


This newsletter serves as a mode of sharing the global activities of ICS with its Fellows. Thanks for your interest in this E-Newsletter and your commitment to ICS.



Max Downham
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e-News: July 2015



Dr. Max Thorek founded the International College of Surgeons in 1935. We are proud what has been achieved over 80 years! While many reasons for the enduring global presence of the ICS may be cited, one very solid reason is one of the founding principles – addressing and fulfilling the need of human kind for the very best healthcare possible, from low to middle to higher income countries on this planet. Of the many expressions by Dr. Thorek, “science has no fatherland, but the world”. “We must share experiences, discoveries, and research for the sake of science and mankind”.



Prof. Arnold Jirasek served as the first World President of the International College of Surgeons (1936-1938). Prof. Jirasek, Head of the Department of Surgery, University of Prague, Czechoslovakia, was particularly recognized for his work in the development of a Czech school of modern neurosurgery.

The Czechoslovakia Section of the International College of Surgeons was inaugurated on May 30, 1967, with the granting of a formal Charter. The first officers of the Section were President Dr. Emerich Polak, Secretary Dr. Antonin Kostelecky, and Treasurer Pro Dr. J. Padovec.

It is therefore most appropriate that the 80th Anniversary celebration, the Jubilee Congress, September 9-12, 2015, occur in Prague, Czech Republic, organized under the enthusiastic leadership of Prof. Karel Novak and his equally committed Fellows in the ICS Czech Section. Prof. Novak came to ICS Headquarters in Chicago in August, 2013, with excitement and enthusiasm for this 80th Anniversary Celebration. The College is most appreciative of Prof. Novak for his organization of the Jubilee Congress, giving respect and tribute to the ideas of our founder, Dr. Max Thorek and the 1st World President, Prof. Arnold Jirasek. Thank you Prof. Novak and all other Fellows in the ICS Czech Section, we are grateful to you. Please come and join us to celebrate our legacy. Your presence will be a memorable moment of this historic celebration.


Earlier in 2015, the International Executive Council approved a new category of membership entitled PATRON FELLOW. Briefly, a Patron Fellow is a Fellow in good standing who may obtain this designation for a period of twelve months, during which he or she donates, in addition to such membership dues as may be otherwise required, the sum of USD500 payable directly to the ICS parent body Headquarters. The designation of Patron Fellow entitles the Patron Fellow to wear a special name tag with ribbon recognizing his or her status as a Patron Fellow.
We have a number of Patron Fellows already and their respective names will be shown on a poster in Prague and Pilsen at the ICS Jubilee Congress, September 9-12, 2015. The names of the Patron Fellows will also be shown in the September issue of EMAIL NEWS. I urge you to become a Patron Fellow in respect of the celebration of the 80 years of existence of the International College of Surgeons. To become a Patron Fellows, please refer to the following link.


The ICS Asia Pacific Federation Congress, and the 66th Annual Convention of the ICS Philippine Section, will be conducted on November 21-22, 2015, in Manila, Philippines, at the Diamond Hotel in Manilla. Dr. Jesus Sison, President of the ICS Philippine Section, and Dr. Francis Decangchon, Chairman, Organizing Committee, have established the theme of the Congress “Broadening Our Boundaries: Excellence in Surgery”. A research paper contest will occur, open to all surgical residents of the different training hospitals, local and International, with submission of entries being required on or before September 30, 2015. Announcement of the five (5) finalists will be made on October 30, 2015. A session on humanitarian surgery will be presented. For additional information on the Asia Pacific Federation Congress, please contact the ICS PS Secretariat, telephone +632-928 1190, or, via email at


The Council of Federation Secretaries consists of all incumbent Federation Secretaries, with the incumbent World Corporate Secretary serving as the Chairperson of the Council. The primary purpose of the Council is to coordinate policies and actions to be followed around the world in reference to communications, membership, and meetings. World President Professor Yik-Hong Ho strongly encouraged the activation of the Council of Federation Secretaries. World Corporate Secretary and Chair of the Council, Dr. Easaw Thomas, called a teleconference meeting of the Council on August 1, 2015. Dr. Clement Chan, Asian Federation Secretary, was elected as the Vice Chair of the Council. Communications and responsibilities of Federation Secretaries were reviewed, with each Federation Secretary providing a brief overview of activities in the respective ICS Federations. Dr. Frank Schulze, European Federation Secretary, very kindly provided the portrayal on the right, showing the locations of incumbent Federation Secretaries, that dramatizes the global presence of the ICS.


It is a rare privilege to have the honor of writing an issue of a newsletter featuring the celebration of an organization in existence for 80 years, and, most importantly, an organization that is poised to continue serving the humanitarian needs of human kind. This privilege is valued highly and you are part of this legacy! You have made this celebration possible!

Best Regards,


Max Downham
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