European Hernia Society (EHS)
It was a very successful period with international activities around the world and ended with the fruitful European congress in Gdansk. During that impressive, high ranking cultural and scientific meeting of Marciej Smietanski I was elected as President of the EHS to continue Mandalas successful work.
Another important aim is to create an affordable unified certification of hernia surgeons and centers in Europe and to start an international registry, as already initiated by Filip Muysoms and Ferdinand Köckerling. The worldwide accepted international journal HERNIA with its increasing number of RCT´s in publication, guided by Marc Miserez and me as the European chief editors, must be the scientific and clinical basis of modern hernia surgery. New and simultaneous old fields of activity are biochemical studies on the hernia disease by Uwe Klinge and the stem cell treatment for the collagen defects. Also the future of the synthetic and biological meshes has to be analyzed and clarified.