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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great honor and privilege for me to host the XXVI World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) in Naples twenty-three years after the last edition chaired in Genoa by our mentor Prof. Nicola Scopinaro.

The scientific program will be very comprehensive and focused on updating, investigating and better understanding the widest array of topics in the field of the growing adiposity based chronic diseases, through postgraduate courses; symposia; expert talks; discussion panels; hands on skill labs; video sessions; paper and poster presentations; emerging, endoscopic and new technology sessions. The aim of the Congress is to educate on all the bariatric and metabolic surgery topics as well as to unite across country borders health care professionals from different specialties, in our fight against the adiposity epidemic.

In conjunction with the XXVI IFSO World Congress, the XXXI Annual Congress of the Italian Society of bariatric and metabolic surgery (SICOB), chaired by Prof. Mario Musella, will take place.

You will be welcomed with the famous Italian warmth and with the art of hospitality that our city always offers to its guests.

We look forward to a great Congress in a magic atmosphere!

Congress President


The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) is composed of 72 National Societies of Bariatric Surgeons and Integrated Health Professionals.

IFSO’s mission is to unify the global scientific, surgical and integrated health communities, for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge, collaboration and establishing universal standards of care for the treatment of individuals with adiposity-based chronic disease.

It focuses on Worldwide bariatric activities such as bariatric congresses, international meetings, coordination of scientific collaboration among various internal bariatric surgical organizations, collaboration with nationaln governmental organizations and other international organizations such as the WHO.

The current President of IFSO is Prof. Scott Shikora and the Congress President is Prof. Luigi Angrisani.



Manuela Mazzarella
IFSO Chief Operating Officer

Via Rione Sirignano, 5 – 80121 Naples, Italy
Ph: +39 081 668774
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