ERAS Society – Executive committee and appointed officers

Ahead of the World Congress next week we have updated our website.

Short biographies and photos are now provided for the executive committee and appointed officers who run the day-to-day businesses of the society. Click here to view the Committees page

We look forward to meeting both new and old friends in Stockholm next week.

Successful First ERAS Society Turkey Congress


ERAS Society Turkey, the national ERAS Society for Turkey was officially formed in 2017. Last week, May 3-5, the first ERAS Society Turkey congress was held in Ankara under the leadership of Prof Haldun Gundogdu.

More than 370 enthusiastic delegates from around the country attending the 3 day event. Surgeons, Anesthetist, nurses and other allied health professionals attended this multi professional multi disciplinary congress. More than 90 abstracts had been submitted. Invited speakers from abroad were professor Henrik Kehlet (DK) and Dr Medhat Slabi (Dubai) and from the ERAS Society Prof Olle Ljungqvist (SE) and ERAS nursing group lead Angie Balfour.

In conjunction with the meeting Olle Ljungqvist ERAS Society and Haldun Gundogdu the Turkish sister organization signed the collaboration agreement to have the national society represent the ERAS Society in Turkey. Plans for a fast development of Centers of Excellence to help spread the ERAS principles across Turkey.

Olle Ljungqvist & Haldun Gundogdu

ERAS Cardiac Surgery Named Official Heart Surgery Representative for ERAS Society

The ERAS Society is delighted to announce that it has formalized an agreement with ERAS® Cardiac Surgery for them to has to act as the sole official ERAS® Cardiac Surgical Specialty Society representing ERAS® Society on a global level.

In addition, the ERAS® Cardiac Surgery has been granted the distinct privilege to propose which hospital(s) should be appointed ERAS® Centers of Excellence in Cardiac Surgery.

“The ERAS® Society is very pleased to have added this important surgical discipline to the fast -growing network of specialties around the world.” said Professor Olle Ljungqvist. “The ERAS® Cardiac Surgery Society is a formidable group of experts that will play a pivotal role to develop and implement ERAS for the benefit of the large number of patients undergoing cardiac surgery world wide”

Click here for the full press release

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 

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