Presidential letter

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel

Dear members, dear friends,

as a special highlight of 2017, together with the Charité-University Berlin, the DVSE held from 13th to 16th of September the 27th SECEC-ESSSE Congress of the European Society for shoulder and elbow surgery in Berlin. After Würzburg in 1991 and Heidelberg 2003 we managed to get this high-ranking international congress to Berlin for the first time. It was a special honor of this year's congress to be able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the European society founded in 1987, at the same time. 

The congress took place in the heart of Berlin in the InterContinental Hotel near the Kurfürstendamm, one of the most attractive congress hotels the city. The long tradition of the house, associated with the very modern premises, created an innovative but nevertheless very family atmosphere, which stimulated to exchange. The Berlin Congress could also write a little bit of history of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, because it managed to set two records. With 947 submitted abstracts from more than 30 nations, one third of them outside Europe, the highest number of submissions ever has been accomplished. Also the number of participants of 1572 visitors from 59 countries exceeded all previous records. 

As kick-off event for the 27th SECEC-ESSSE Congress, on Wednesday evening the welcome ceremony took place. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of SECEC-ESSSE the milestones since the foundation of the company have been shown in a review. Impressive dance interludes with ballet performances by Elena Pris, first solo dancer of the Berlin State Ballet, and with an urban dance show of the renowned dance group "Flying Steps "made for excellent entertainment. 

A high quality and very broad scientific program with diverse event formats awaited the congress participants. In the framework of two symposia experts reported about the current state of art in the field of ​​the distal biceps tendon and the anterior bony shoulder instability starting from the anatomy and biomechanics up to the diagnostics, different surgical techniques, complications and rehabilitation. Nine instructional courses on topics related to the rotator cuff, osteoporotic proximal humeral fractures, elbow stiffness, radiohumeral arthrosis, arthroplasty and arthroscopy of the shoulder or the elbow allowed a vivid exchange with international experts. In addition, during a total of 123 lectures in the course of various scientific meetings many interesting discussions took place. The journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES) held two separate sessions. Here, the two most cited studies in the field of the shoulder and the elbow joint were presented and were respectively analyzed with an EBM comment. A separate session dealt with a very explosive topic of modern medicine; the role of the virtual technology in surgical training. Moreover, the national companies held their own meeting in which results of the multicenter studies on the acromioclavicular joint, shoulder instability and the rotator cuff were presented. Numerous lunch-workshops were offered by the collaborating companies. The European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) organized the EUSSER Rehabilitation Day with various sessions on shoulder and elbow injuries in sports and their rehabilitation.

In addition to the main program, posters, videos and a small art gallery were presented in an exhibition. 539 posters were digitally issued, five of which were nominated for the Best Poster Award and presented during the congress. In the video exhibition 19 very descriptive and educational videos about the topics shoulder instability, rotator cuff mass rupture, endoprosthetics, traumatology and elbow joint were shown. 

Other highlights of the program certainly represented the contributions by the invited guest speakers Prof. Michael Tsokos and Prof. Felix H. "Buddy" Savoie III. Prof. Micheal Tsokos is head of the institute for forensic medicine of the Charité-University Berlin and gave an exciting insight into the novelties of forensic medicine of the 21st century. ASES past-president Prof. Felix H. "Buddy" Savoie III from New Orleans presented in his speech impressive insights of the different steps of his scientific career and collaboration with leading surgeons and thus gave helpful advices and suggestions for a successful career, especially for ambitious young doctors. 

An absolute novelty was the meeting of the Young Forum of the SECEC consisting of students and residents interested in shoulder and elbow surgery, which was founded in reference to the DVSE model for the promotion of young academics. Under the direction of Joanna Walecka from Poland the Young Forum organized its first own scientific session. At the formation of this forum amongst others A. Krukenberg, M. Minkus and S. Lappen, were involved as active members of the Young Forum and the Forum for Residents of the DVSE.

Following the scientific program two unique evening events once again offered the opportunity to come together and exchange. At the first congress day Prof. Roger Emery invited for the presidential dinner in the “Käfer-Restaurant” on the German Reichstag building. The gala dinner took place on Friday night in the Classic Remise with various artistic performances in the midst of classic cars. 

We look back on a very successful congress and an excellent 30th anniversary of the European Society for Shoulder and elbow surgery and thank you for the numerous participation and support. 

In this spirit, we wish you a great time.


Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel (President of the DVSE)