February 25-28, 2020
David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
Every year between 1990 and 2019, the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida hosted the world of colorectal surgery at our David G. Jagelman MD memorial international colorectal disease symposium in Fort Lauderdale. This meeting jointly sponsored by the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio as the Rupert B. Turnbull Symposium will again be held in Florida from February 11 to 13, 2021 in South Florida. Since we have elected to adopt a biennial format of our meeting in Florida, our many esteemed Israeli alumni from the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida have graciously worked with the Israeli Surgical Association and the Israel Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery to host and sponsor a Cleveland Clinic Florida Israeli alumni international colorectal disease meeting, as traditionally held, in February 2020. I thank the program planning committee – Drs. Nir Wasserberg and our alumni, Drs. Alon Pikarsky and Oded Zmora.
Firstly, I am exceptionally grateful to Hagit Tulchinsky, President of the Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, as well as to the other officers of both the Israel Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Israeli Surgical Association. Moreover, I am delighted that our alumni have offered to host our meeting in Jerusalem, Israel from February 26 to 28, 2020.
Secondly, our faculty include alumni and friends from around the world. More than 60 of the most renowned, esteemed, expert faculty in the world of colorectal surgery will be contributing their time and energy to ensure the success of this course. These faculty from over 20 countries, will guarantee the highest possible quality academic discourse to be enjoyed by several hundred participants from over 40 countries. In addition to the heavily packed scientific program from Wednesday, February 26 through Friday February 28 a fluorescence imaging day along with sessions for Russian-speaking surgeons will be held on Tuesday, February 25. We are indebted to the sponsors of the fluorescence imaging day: Diagnostic Green, Intuitive Surgical, Karl Storz, Medtronic, and Stryker. We are honored and privileged that the David G. Jagelman M.D. Memorial Oration will be delivered by Cleveland Clinic Florida Chief Executive Officer and President, Dr. Wael K. Barsoum. Dr. Barsoum’s lecture “Technological innovations to help solve the global health care crisis” will be of interest everyone regardless of specialty or practice location.
We are also indebted to our donors who have enabled us to sponsor more than 70 residents and fellows in training from throughout the world and practicing surgeons from low income and middle income countries. The 15 named donors are noted under the “Scholarship” section of this website. They along with other anonymous individuals allow us to help improve outcomes in patients throughout the world. In addition, three special cash prizes of £250 each will be awarded by EMG Health for the three best free papers and all abstracts will be published in Techniques of Coloproctology.
Thirdly, our program will delve into all of the current controversial and newest “hottest” aspects of colorectal surgery including rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, stem cells and regenerative medicine, the optimization of surgical outcomes through psychological and physical condition, as well as new technologies and techniques.
Lastly, the registration fee for this fantastic course is only US$550, and the venue at which the Israeli surgeons are hosting the meeting is absolutely unique at the David Citadel Hotel immediately facing the old walls of the city of Jerusalem. For those of you who have not visited Jerusalem, I urge you to join us in this absolutely magical location and for those of you have visited Jerusalem you certainly need no encouragement to return. Accordingly, I look forward to interacting with the world of colorectal surgery from February 25-28 in Jerusalem courtesy of our friends and alumni in Israel.
Prof. Steven D. Wexner
Director, Digestive Disease Center Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Chair, Department of Colorectal Surgery.