Establishment of the Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association of South Africa (HPBASA)

At a meeting held in the Magtaliesberg in 2005 a group of Surgeons and Gastroenterologists decided to establish a multidisciplinary organ based grouping related to Hepato – biliary – pancreatic diseases. The purpose of such a grouping is:

  • To promote understanding of the causes, investigation and treatment of disorders of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree;
  • To encourage the interchange of clinical and scientific knowledge among doctors in related disciplines working in this field;
  • To study any relevant problems that affect the liver, pancreas and biliary tract and to facilitate collaborative research into the factors that lead to disease of these organs and their prevention;
  • To foster friendship among clinicians and scientists in different disciplines involved in hepatic, pancreatic, and biliary disease;
  • To strive towards the highest ethical standards in this field of endeavour;
  • To foster education and career development in the field through an identifiablefunding mechanism;
  • To establish a forum to facilitate the collation and analysis of data, discussion of problem cases, and voluntary audit of management and outcomes.

We have elected to establish an independent association that will be linked to the European Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association. We already have a representative on the executive committee of that association.

What is unique about this association is the broad multidisciplinary nature of its members, which includes: General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Medical Oncology and Radiation therapy, Transplant Surgery, Anaesthesiology and Pathology.

The HPBASA works in close cooperation with the various discipline-based associations and societies.

Exploring HPB disease together

As practitioners in this area of sub-specialization, one often feels isolated and frustrated by the limited local academic stimulation. The success of the modern management of diseases of the liver, pancreas and biliary system is largely dependent on the multidisciplinary nature of the treatment. There are those in South Africa, practising their discipline at the cutting edge of knowledge and technology.

Experience with multidisciplinary academic meetings in South Africa has demonstrated that we can benefit each other by sharing our knowledge and experience. There are many reasons to attend this meeting but one of the main functions is not to learn about your own area of expertise but to learn from, and teach, those who are leaders in their own filed of practice within the world of HPB diseases.

Bring your knowledge and experience and share it with colleagues who are leaders and future leaders in HPB oncology, gastroenterology, surgery, transplantation, anaesthesiology, pathology and radiology.

The academic committee for the inaugural meeting comprises:

  • Dr J Ramos - Surgery
  • Dr C Ziady - Gastroenterology
  • Dr C Kassianedes - Gastroenterology
  • Dr A Nosworthy - Medical Oncology
  • Prof S Nayler - Pathology
  • Dr A Beeton - Anaesthetics
  • Dr P Fourie - Radiology
  • Dr R Brits - Transplantation