Welcome to Chennai!
It is our great pleasure to invite you on behalf of the organizing committee and outstanding faculty to attend the 19th International Symposium on Endoscopic Ultrasonography to be held in Chennai, India, from September 18-20, 2014.
EUS was once considered a “niche technology” meant for a “selected few”. Not anymore. With continual improvements in the technology, what was purely a diagnostic and staging procedure has evolved to include tissue acquisition and of late, interventions. Increased opportunities for training and the availability of educational resources have enabled an increasing number of endoscopists to acquire the requisite technical skills. These developments have facilitated the penetration of Endoscopic Ultrasound centers that were once limited to large tertiary referral institutions to smaller institutions in secondary cities and even outpatient clinics. With these changes, the technology that was once confined to Japan and to the West has made its way to the East with an increasing number of new centers being commissioned every year. This symposium, although deeply rooted in tradition, is evolving with the rapidly changing landscape of EUS. The biannual symposium that used to rotate between United States, Europe and Japan has recently been held in emerging nations such as China and Russia. In 2014 it will be in Chennai, India! Chennai is a cosmopolitan southern coastal city that is home to several multinational corporations, software and manufacturing industries. With numerous multispecialty and teaching hospitals, Chennai is a very popular destination for medical tourism and is referred to as the Mecca of Medicine in India. The city is also home to the second longest shoreline, numerous temples of historical interest and an unparalleled cuisine.
EUS2014 will have two components: A two-day program that will include live demonstrations of basic and advanced EUS procedures combined with state-of-the art lectures and a half day program specially designed for beginners that will include practical tutorials by experts. Live demonstrations will include radial examinations, fine needle aspiration techniques interpreted in real-time by cytopathologists as well as interventional procedures. The future environment within gastrointestinal endoscopy dictates that we not only be efficient in our practice but also remain as self-sufficient as possible. Therefore, a major focus of this symposium will be on EUS-related cytopathology to enable endosonographers to independently assess for diagnostic adequacy. We believe that this step is very important to further improve our patient outcomes.
To meet our goals and to provide a “world-class” experience we have assembled the best faculty from around the World who will enthusiastically share their knowledge, wisdom and experience. We believe that this symposium will provide you with invaluable information that will have an immediate and significant impact on your endosonography practice. We sincerely hope that you will join us in Chennai for EUS2014!
Dr. N. Reddy
Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy