Welcome - Chair, Organising Committee

Message from the Chair, Organising Committee, ABSICON 2022

At the very outset, I would like to pay homage to Professor Devendra D Patel – one of my ‘god sent’ messengers, who sadly left this world recently. He was the founding President, ‘god father’ & the guiding force to ABSI, since its inception.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to warmly welcome you & your loved ones to the 10th annual Congress of the Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSICON 2022), which would be held at the Marriott Convention Centre in Hyderabad from 12 – 14 August 2022.

For the FIRST time ever, the Congress is being held in partnership with The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS), an organisation that represents the Breast Surgical fraternity in the United Kingdom. Prof. Chris Holcombe & Miss Leena Chagla, President & Vice President respectively of ABS along with several dear friends – Indian origin Breast Surgeons will be part of the UK delegation.

The Breast Imaging Society of India (BISI) led by its President, Dr. Bagyam Raghavan and an enthusiastic group of Breast Radiologists from across India would be actively supporting the Scientific Programme, thus underlining the importance of Multidisciplinary approach to the assessment of Breast disease.

Everything begins with a story.

The thought of establishing a dedicated Breast Surgical Society in India began two decades ago, in the year 2002, whilst obtaining my subspecialty training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in the UK. This was the year my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer & I was making plans to relocate to Bharath to take care of my mother and serve my motherland. In 2009, a couple of years after relocating to India, my proposal to establish ABSI as a Section of ASI was seconded by 55 surgeons from across the Country. In 2011, the Association was born, which has rapidly emerged to become the ‘Voice for Breast Surgery’ in India.

As we celebrate a little over 10 positively eventful years, I request you to please read the Editorial published in the Indian Journal Surgery (October 2021), that would give a bird’s eye view of the genesis & impact made by the Association over the past decade. The icing on the cake has been ABSI recognised as the “Best Section of ASI” for the year 2021 during the Presidential term of my dearest friend, Prof. S.P. Somashekhar.

As Founder Honorary Secretary of ABSI, I had the good fortune of organising the First landmark annual Congress – ABSICON 2012 at the Marriott, a 5 star hotel in Hyderabad overlooking the beautiful Hussain Sagar lake. Precisely 10 years later, I am delighted that the forthcoming 2022 Meeting is also being held in the same Hotel. This is well and truly an “intentional coincidence” that promises to bring back many a nostalgic memories.

In closing, on behalf of the Organising Committee, I can assure you of a scientific extravaganza & an ‘away from it all’ Fellowship, coupled with the best of “Hyderabadi’ hospitality, like never before!

Look forward to the distinct pleasure of meeting many of you in person.

Dr. P. Raghu Ram OBE

Chair, Organising Committee