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ESSO Welcomes GSVS - our new Georgian Affiliated Society 25/06/2018

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Georgian Society for Visceral Surgery (GSVS) into the ESSO community as our new Georgian National Affiliated Society.

GSVS was established in 2014 with the first president, Jumber Fartsakhashvili. The GSVS's mission is to support general, visceral surgery and surgical oncology in science and in practice by continuing improvement of quality in surgery. Their priority is to support and promote the academic approach to medicine. GSVS are currently preparing a document for Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social affairs of Georgia, calling for expertise in visceral surgery.

Every year, they hold around 3 international meetings and 2-3 local meetings. You can keep up to date with their meetings and conferences by following their Facebook Page.

On 16 June 2018 in Tbilisi, the GSVS held an international conference on "Clinical Oncology and Surgery, Cancer Treatment Strategy". Practitioner Doctors, Oncologists, Oncologists, Chemotherapists, Anesthesiologists, General Surgeons and Doctors of different specialties took part in the conference. The Chair of the ESSO Membership Committee, Mr Hassan Malik (Consultant of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Head of Digestive Surgery, England), was invited to a special guest. During this event, ESSO and GSVS signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to collaborate, interact, and foster an open exchange of ideas in order to advance their common goals.

Affiliated membership of ESSO entitles GSVS individual members to become joint members of ESSO for a discounted annual membership fee. GSVS joint members will enjoy the standard membership benefits of ESSO, which include reduced registration rates to the ESSO Congress, courses and training programmes, opportunity to apply to international career development programmes (i.e. fellowship scheme, European Board of Surgery certification), access to the membership restricted area of the ESSO website and online membership directory.

GSVS is trying to develop the quality of treatment in Georgia and expect a big benefit for Georgian health professionals from this partnership.

We are proud to be affiliated with such an engaged surgical community and to extend our network throughout Georgia. We look forward to welcoming Georgian proffessionals at all our future events.

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