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It my pleasure and a great privilege to be penning this update as the new President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP).  I am grateful for the leadership of my predecessor, Dr. Stephen Bickler, and for the fact that he will continue to advise me during these next two years.  I am equally grateful for the wisdom, dedication and camaraderie of the other officers of ASAP – President-elect, Dr. Russell Gruen of Singapore/Australia; Secretary, Dr. Elizabeth Drum of the US; and Treasurer, Dr. Miliard Derbew of Ethiopia. 


As ASAP enters a celebration of our 10th year, it is an appropriate time to reflect on all the progress that has been made in bringing greater awareness of, attention to, and measurable progress in global surgery and anesthesia, as well as the role that ASAP has played in these. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to continue to evolve our approach to ensure maximal

relevance and impact in this more enlightened and (thankfully) more active landscape.  We will need the voices of all who are interested in ensuring access to safe, timely access to surgery and anesthesia around the globe – and welcome your ideas and your efforts and your partnership.


It was wonderful to see so many friends and colleagues in Basel, Switzerland for the 47th World Congress of Surgery.  The beautiful and historic city provided a fabulous backdrop for all our activities there. Dr. Bickler and ASAP had the honor of representing all of the Collective Societies during the Opening Ceremony, and later in the week his Presidential address was widely remarked upon as among the most inspiring messages of the meeting.  


ASAP put on an impressive scientific program, our largest yet, offering seven expert panels and presentation of thirty abstracts over three sessions. Three of our panels were collaboratively presented – with either the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC) or the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS).  Thanks to the many thought leaders who contributed to the success of all of these programs. Our Executive Council member, Prof Stephen Deane of Australia delivered the keynote ACS lecture entitled, “The Weaving of Threads – Progress Through Partnership.”  We are hoping that this masterful talk will soon be published.  In addition, ASAP was thrilled to host a screening of the award-winning film produced by Lifebox, “The Checklist Effect,” which focuses on surgical safety.  Finally, a grand time was had by all at the combined ASAP/IATSIC dinner at the spectacular Schloss Bottmingen castle – complete with moat and other medieval features – the perfect place for a raucous feast and fellowship!


Thanks to all of you who contribute their time and expertise to advancing surgery and anesthesia around the world, and in particular for those most in need.  We are already exploring expanded opportunities for collaboration with each of the ISS Collective Societies as we plan for the Krakow meeting in August 2019, as well as ways to partner in the interim. 

Please spread the word about the value of ISS and ASAP membership to your colleagues and friends.  We would welcome their participation.


Kathleen Casey, MD, FACS

President, Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence

Spring 2018 Newsletter

As the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) celebrates our 10th anniversary, 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year!  We welcome all the activities and opportunities it holds to improve the provision of surgical and anesthesia care around the world, particularly in regions with the greatest needs.


In May, we’ll be attending a meeting of the G4 Alliance (Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia), 90+ aligned organizations whose mission is to “advocate for the neglected surgical patient” in global health and development.  The G4 meets each May in Geneva, in coordination with the major annual meeting of the World Health Organization. The 71st World Health Assembly will take place May 21– 26, 2018, convening delegations from all 194 member states to determine the priorities and policies of the WHO.  This year, ASAP is pleased to accompany ISS President Andrew Hill who will be observing the G4 proceedings and the WHA activities.  In addition, ASAP recently submitted comments to the WHO on the “Draft Declaration on Primary Health Care: Towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals,” stressing the importance of inclusion of language specifying the role of surgical and anesthetic care in achieving both.


In early October, ASAP’s 10th annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Pediatric Global Health Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Pennsylvania, US, themed “Innovate, Collaborate and Transform: Optimizing Education in Global Health.” Planned for October 4-6, 2018, this event will provide a mix of plenaries, interactive sessions, skills courses, and optional pre-conference educational seminars on a range of topics including education, research, capacity building, ethics and advocacy. More information on the agenda and registration will be available at Abstract submissions will be opened in May.  ASAP’s annual meeting will also be held at this time.  All are welcome!


In addition, we are pleased that ASAP has been invited to be a contributor to the global surgery portion of the agenda for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) 19th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, December 5-7, 2018.  The official theme of the conference is “Surgical Infections.”  In addition, a significant portion of the agenda will be devoted to the presentation of Rwanda’s comprehensive National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Plan (NSOAP).  In support of this, meetings of the Rwandan Anesthesia and Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies will occur concurrently and be integrated with COSECSA’s meeting, with ASAP Council member Paulin Banguti, Rwandan Anesthesia Society President, playing a significant role.  We’re also thrilled that ISS President Andrew Hill and World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists President Jannicke Mellin-Olsen have kindly accepted invitations to speak as part of the Global Surgery portion of the conference.  We’d like to encourage wide participation from ISS.  Please feel free to reach out for further information if you are interested in attending or to be considered as a speaker at this event.  More information will be available at


Lastly, planning is well underway for a fantastic ISS World Congress of Surgery meeting in Krakow Poland in August of 2019.  We look forward to a rich collaboration across the integrated societies of ISS, showcasing challenges faced in low and middle income countries in providing surgical and anesthesia care for often late presenting pathologies, as well as local innovations and successful programs that will provide inspiration and insights applicable to any surgical setting.


As always, please spread the word about the value of ISS and ASAP membership to your colleagues and friends.  In addition, we greatly value the cross-pollination that occurs between ISS integrated societies and ask that current ISS members consider joining the ranks of ASAP in addition to their own societies.  We welcome your participation in this work.


Kathleen Casey, MD, FACS

President, Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence