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Dear Colleagues,

I am more than happy to invite you to the XVII. Turkish Colon and Rectal Surgery Congress to be held in 2019 on behalf of the Turkish Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Our XVII. Congress will be held at Regnum the Carya Convention Center in Belek, Antalya between April 9 and 13, 2019. We, as the board of directors, preferred not to change the venue from the previous congress as it was organized at the same venue in a very efficient way with your great support.

As the representatives of a generation believing that the way of learning the art of colorectal surgery is not only to perform operations on patients, but also to read and update the knowledge within the area, we know that our current mission is to train the powerful colorectal surgeons of the future. Transfer of technical skills among young surgeons is indispensable for bringing up the reliable surgeons of our country in the future. Therefore, I would like to emphasize that the main objective of our congress is to support our young colleagues.

While organizing this event, we aim to draw up a comprehensive agenda testing both our clinical knowledge and our scientific intelligence. This thought will come true upon the combination of up-to-date knowledge, state-of-the-art technologies, contradictory subjects concerning the treatment of diseases, innovations in colorectal surgery and "practical" workshops that will enrich our current knowledge. Both national and international colleagues who are experienced in their respective fields will join us for comprehensive and practical workshops, interactive courses, panel discussions and symposia. This congress will also host our distinguished colleagues from the fields of Radiology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery and Pediatric Surgery apart from Colon and Rectal Surgery. These colleagues with whom we always cooperate in our multidisciplinary activities will provide us with their current perspectives. Besides, we will also display the current technological developments concerning Colon and Rectal Surgery with the support of industry that is highly invested in our congress.

We cannot wait to see you at Regnum Carya Convention Center in Belek, Antalya between April 9 and 13, 2019.

With warmest regards

Prof. Uğur SUNGURTEKİN
President of the XVII. Turkish Colon and Rectal Surgery Congress