One of the true privileges of being President of the International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS) is the opportunity to organize our upcoming meeting. This will be held on May 5-6, 2017, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The ISSS is the world’s primary organization dedicated to the surgical evaluation and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. This will be the eighth meeting of our young organization, and it will bring together almost all of the world’s leaders in the field. For a surgeon interested in sleep surgery, it should be the best conference of the year.
After months of planning, I have posted the conference program on the ISSS website. The goals in program development were to cover the full spectrum of treatments for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. The program includes a combination of outstanding expert lectures and sufficient discussion time to allow surgeons from around the world to share their perspectives and experiences with others. Credit goes to everyone who contributed, including the ISSS Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee (listed on our Save the Date card). With all of the effort to develop the program, I have been reassured by the tremendous, enthusiastic responses from our speakers and moderators.
On May 4, 2017, we will have a Surgical Trials Workshop that will identify research priorities and, hopefully, lead to research initiatives like those that arose from the 2014 ISSS meeting in Detroit. From this meeting, we initiated two ISSS research collaborations, including one examining drug-induced sleep endoscopy and sleep apnea surgery involving surgeons and leading centers from around the world.
Anyone interested in attending the conference or the Surgical Trials Workshop can find more details and register at the ISSS conference website.