By: Hpbasa  11-11-2011

Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary Association

March 2011 Newsletter

Dear Members and friends

Upcoming congress

The combined E-AHPBA/ASSA/SAGES/SASES/VASSA/TSSA meeting being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from April 12th to 16th 2011 is fast approaching and I hope that most of you will be able to attend this landmark event. It promises to be a special meeting and we are honoured to be able to host this meeting. Credit must be given to Martin Smith for the effort he has put in to bring this meeting to fruition. Please make every effort to attend.

Annual General Meeting

An Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th April at 13h00 at the CTICC. Currently it is due to be held in Room 1.4 and you will be notified if any change is made.


As per our constitution, we are obliged to hold elections this year. The current committee is as follows:

President Jose Ramos
Past-President Martin Smith
Secretary Jones Omoshoro-Jones
Treasurer Anthony Beeton
Academic Program Chairman Sandie Thomson
Elected councillors Schalk van der Merwe
Alistair Millar
Chris Ziady
Chris Kassianides
Charles Sanyika
Co-opted members Georgia Demetriou (Oncology)
Simon Naylor (Pathology)


ABBOTT (Solvay Pharma) has generously awarded an Annual Travelling Fellowship valued at R30 000.00 aimed at assisting HPBASA members to visit overseas units to further their knowledge of HPB disease. Interested members are urged to contact the Secretariat for further information. Applications for 2011 are invited. E-AHPBA (formerly EHPBA)

Due to changes required in moving the domicile of the EHPBA from Germany to Switzerland, it was necessary to dissolve the EHPBA and rename it. To better reflect the membership of the EHPBA, it was decided by the EHPBA Council that the new name should be EAHPBA (European – African HPBA) which now highlights the geographical

coverage of the association.

HPBASA has been affiliated to EHPBA and this will continue with E-AHPBA. Members are urged to confirm their membership with the E-AHPBA. We also invite new members to register with this association

Best regards

Jose Ramos