6th ERAS World Congress May 23-25, 2018

Dear Colleagues, 

We are extremely excited to host you at the 6th ERAS World Congress May 23-25, 2018.  This year we have a terrific line-up of programs and courses prior to the main meeting including those from the ERAS Society Cardiac, Urology, Gynecology and Nursing/AHP groups.  As with previous years we will again be having a comprehensive ERAS Course which will provide an excellent summary of the majority of ERAS components.  For the main ERAS program which runs May 24-25 we have a tremendous group of international speakers who will be providing important updates on ERAS perioperative care and who will also be discussing many of the hot topics and controversies in ERAS.  Be sure to come for the opening session entitled “New frontiers in ERAS” which will highlight the many soon-to-come guidelines in Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Laparotomy, Ambulatory Care, Pediatric Surgery and Cardiac surgery.  Finally, we look forward to hearing from Prof Gianotti and Prof Clavien who will be giving this year’s Fearon and Kehlet lectures, respectively.

We look forward to seeing you all in Stockholm!


Gregg Nelson

Secretary, ERAS Society


Dr. Gregg Nelson obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Calgary and subsequently continued on to complete his sub-specialization in Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta. He is Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine and is Chair of the Provincial Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Team. Dr. Nelson’s principal research interest is the development and study of enhanced recovery protocols in surgery. He holds the position of Surgical Lead, ERAS Alberta and he also leads the international group that published the ERAS® Guidelines for Gynecologic/Oncology Surgery. Recently he has been appointed the Secretary of the ERAS® Society Executive Committee based in Sweden. Dr. Nelson has over 75 peer-reviewed publications and has presented numerous times on ERAS® internationally.


ERAS® Society Website Newsletter

March 2018

With just over 2 months to go before the 6th ERAS ® Society Congress in Stockholm, excitement is rising as delegates, speakers, organisers and sponsors prepare for what promises to be a wonderful occasion in one of the world’s most picturesque cities.

If you have followed the Society for a while, you will have observed that the website has undergone some marked changes and is a key point of contact for many, especially around our Congress. If you haven’t viewed the website before now, Welcome! We have over 100,000 hits per year from all over the world.

Our website is regularly updated with news, reports on meetings and ERAS Society guidelines which are free to download and expert reviews. In addition there are details of your own countries societies websites  and contacts for centres of excellence and details of our interactive audit system

Please also follow us on twitter @ErasSociety. We have nearly 1400 followers to date! Also, do please contact us if you have any queries, questions or comments at editor@erassociety.org. 

We hope to welcome you to Stockholm in May!

Bill Fawcett and Tom Wainwright  

Website Editors 

2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, 27-29 June 2018, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

The ERAS Society is pleased to support our colleagues hosting the 2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, which will be held June 27th-29th 2018 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The conference will be very relevant for those interested in ERAS, with worldwide experts in prehabilitation, training, nutrition, mental support, perioperative care and outcomes, sharing their knowledge, in order to allow you to start prehabilitation or improve your current program.

Click here to visit the conference website for all the details

ERAS World Congress 2018 – UEMS accredited


The ERAS world Congress 2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.

ERAS 2018 is designated for a maximum of, or up to 17 European CME credits (ECMEC).

Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net. Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at  https://www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The ERAS Society Executive Committee is expanding

The ERAS Society Executive Committee is introducing a new position: Chairman of the ERAS Implementation Program. This is a fast growing program already available in leading institutions in more than 25 countries on every continent around the world. This is one of the most important missions of the Society, supporting the use of updated evidence based perioperative care giving important improvements in outcomes for an ever growing number of patients worldwide. This program will be further strengthened by the institution of a special group working specifically on issues related to implementation and that is represented at the core of the Society.


Professor Nicolas Demartines and his team from CHUV in Lausanne has world leading experiences in implementation of ERAS around the world, and the Society is very pleased to have him lead this key mission by taking on the position as Chairman of the ERAS Implementation Program. As Professor Demartines is taking on this new position, he leaves the post of Treasurer for the Society where he has successfully served for several years and on behalf of the Society I thank him for his excellent, devoted and loyal service to the Society in this position and wish him luck on the new mission.


New Treasurer: Hans de Boer, MD PhD, Consultant Anesthesiologist and Pain specialist from the Martini General Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands is appointed Treasurer of the ERAS Society. Dr de Boer has a long standing academic interest in muscle relaxation during anesthesia and surgery and has published award winning work in this field. He has lead his team in Groningen to a very successful implementation of ERAS and is currently the lead of an ERAS Center of Excellence. He has many years of experience from involvements in different medical societies both nationally and internationally and it is with great pleasure we welcome him to join the ERAS Society Executive Committee in this important position.


Olle Ljungqvist

Chairman ERAS Society Executive Committee

Abstracts from ERAS nurses and AHPs wanted for ERAS Congress 2018

ERAS is a team effort and we want to encourage and highlight more of the innovative work undertaken by nurses and allied health professionals at our 2018 conference.

If you are a nurse, operating department practitioner, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician, pharmacist, radiographer, health care assistant, or any other non-medial professional involved in ERAS, we would love to receive an abstract from you.

Full details on how to submit an abstract are here

The ASGBI International Surgical Congress, Liverpool, 9-11th May 2018

The ASGBI 2018 International Surgical Congress will be held in Liverpool from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th May 2018. The theme of the Congress is “Surgical Teams”, and is therefore especially relevant to the successful delivery of ERAS.

As we know, surgical services are now delivered by multi-disciplinary, multi-professional teams, and that collaborative teamwork has significant benefits in increasing efficiency, improving clinical outcomes, fostering innovation and delivering phenomenal academic and research opportunities. Therefore it is great that the ASGBI have chose this for the conference focus in 2018. For more information click here.