Dear Esteemed Members of the Asia Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association,
It is with great humility and enthusiasm that I assume the role of President for the Asia Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. I follow in the footsteps of Prof. KK Madhavan, whose dedication and superb leadership have guided us through the past two years. I am fortunate to have the support of a highly motivated executive council comprising of world HPB leaders along with various committee members.
I am thrilled to announce that the APHPBA 2023 Bangalore Conference was an unequivocal success, a testament to the collective efforts of our organizers, members, and participants. This in person event – the first after the global Pandemic - highlighted the vibrancy of our community and its unwavering commitment to advancing Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Sciences.
One of our most gratifying feature of APHPBA is the continuous growth in our membership. This growth reflects the trust and confidence that professionals place in our association. It is our collective responsibility to nurture and support this growing community of experts and enthusiasts.
As we look ahead, it is crucial to reaffirm our key missions as a leading scientific body:
1. Promoting Excellence in Research: We will continue to encourage and facilitate cutting-edge clinical and basic research in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary sciences. I would encourage multi-centric studies across Asia Pacific since the outcomes of such studies have the potential to benefit patients worldwide.
2. Education and Training: We are committed to nurturing the next generation of specialists through education and training programs. Sharing knowledge is fundamental to our mission and we will resolve to work more closely with our younger colleagues.
3. Global Collaboration: We aim to strengthen international collaborations, sharing best practices and knowledge to tackle the most challenging aspects of HBP sciences.
4. Patient-Centered Care: Our ultimate goal is to improve patient care. We will advocate for the highest standards of clinical practice, ensuring the well-being of those we serve. This is not only revolving around specialists in HPB but also all the allied specialties and it would be our endeavor to further develop allied specialties in the years ahead.
I believe that our association's success lies in the collective expertise and passion of its members. Together, we have the potential to shape the future of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Sciences. I am privileged and honored to lead our dedicated teams towards achieving various goals.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your trust and support. Let us embark on this journey with enthusiasm, dedication, and a shared vision of a healthier and brighter future for our patients. Please feel free to connect with me personally for anything you need in the APHPBA. I would be my pleasure to remain at your service.
Prof. Shailesh V. Shrikhande
President, Asia Pacific Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association