President's Update (December 26, 2012)
Since the ASA meeting in Chicago in 2011, I have been the president of ISPCOP. I wish to update all members, as well as visitors to the web site, about our activities since then. After the elections and new slate of officers ISPCOP has been rejuvenated and has tackled its stated goals involving improving knowledge sharing about perioperative care of the obese patient with renewed vigor.
Starting in March 2012, at the World Congress of Anesthesia (WCA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina; a large number of our society members made multiple presentations. Professor Adrian Alvarez, the founder president of ISPCOP had arranged a day long obesity symposium which was housed in one of the largest halls at the WCA. As is wont to happen at most anesthesia meetings, obesity related sessions are in high demand. Apprehension about the optimal care of their obese patient makes these kinds of session of major interest to everyone in the field of anesthesia, and correspondingly hundreds of attendees attended the WCA obesity session. It was a very successful enterprise with good information and very satisfying for the presenters to see so much interest in the area of our expertise. We have had exceedingly good feedback regarding the obesity symposium, both from formal and informal channels. The Hong Kong organizers of WCA 2016 have already been approached regards organizing a similar symposium at that event.