• Presidential Welcome

    It is my honor and privilege to be President of SIS and to work with the best in the field of surgical infection prevention. Our Society contributions over a year were remarkable: under the leadership of Past President John Mazuski MD, we published the guidelines on the management of intra-abdominal infections; in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, we published the surgical site infection prevention guidelines. Many of our members contributed to the CDC and WHO surgical site infection prevention guidelines. The STOPIT trial by SIS members under past president John Sawyer’s MD leadership led to a paradigm shift towards shorter treatment of intraabdominal infections and a reconsideration of longer courses of antibiotics in other infections. This is well aligned with our statement on antimicrobial stewardship that we issued jointly with the World Society of Emergency Surgery. Rachel Khadaroo’s MD short educational videos on proper scrubbing and maintaining sterility in the operating room have become mandatory viewing in many hospitals.

    The 2017 annual meeting in St Louis was a tremendous success with record attendance and outstanding quality of presentations. It is never too early to start preparing for the 2018 meeting in West Lake, California and to mark your calendars to attend the meeting between April 22 and 26, 2018

    It is my goal this year to work with all of you and engage in a fight against surgical infections through education, research, implementation of new findings and international collaborations.

    Let’s all join in this fight and improve the outcome of our surgical patients worldwide.

    Kamal Itani