Welcome Letter From CWIG

Welcome Message

Dear CWIG Colleagues and friends:

We in South Africa are privileged to invite you to the 20th Congress of the Chest Wall International Group, July 25th to 28th in Pretoria, South Africa.

From humble beginnings, driven by my teacher and friend Prof Mustafa Yuksel, the society has grown into a vibrant group of over 350 members from all over the globe. The 2018 meeting in Seoul was outstanding and a credit to the pioneering work of Prof Hyung Joo Park and his group. In 2019 the group will be expanding to include all chest wall pathology including congenital, malignant and traumatic conditions. We specifically invite pediatric surgeons who are an integral part of our society led by our honorary president himself Donald Nuss who is a pediatric surgeon, as well as thoracic surgeons and all other doctors with an interest in conditions of the chest wall.

The meeting will commence with a Pectus Workshop on the Thursday 25th July lectures and live surgery at the Steve Biko Academic hospital. The formal conference will include plenary sessions which will feature the theme of the Congress,” Challenging Beliefs”. When Donald Nuss questioned the Ravitch operation he was challenging the doyen of pediatric surgeons of the day, and that is the message that we hope you will receive from this meeting. CWIG will be run as a parallel session for the remainder of the meeting with physician, pediatric, allergy and physiotherapy tracks. Donald Nuss started his career in Cape Town, qualified as a pediatric surgeon at Red Cross Hospital and it is a great honour to welcome him back to the country of his birth. Plenty of time will be allocated for discussion on all aspects of the chest wall.

A vibrant entertainment program is being planned. Following the meeting, especially for the international guests, a trip to our game parks has been arranged. These need to be separately booked. Please arrange with the organizers.

Please join us in Pretoria, South Africa.

With thanks to all my teachers who have taught me so much not only about the chest but also about humanity.

Ivan Schewitz.
Local Organizing Committee.
CWIG 2019-South Africa