The European Surgical Association (ESA) met in Warsaw, Poland, May 8th – 9th 2015. Membership is strictly based on professional achievement, so each country has very few members – only 10 active members for the whole UK. Professor Lodge was elected to ESA in 2012 and became a Councillor in 2013.
The European Surgical Association was founded in 1993 and is one of the European’s most prestigious surgical organizations. Its members include the continent’s most prominent surgeons from the countries’ leading academic medical institutions, many of whom are Chairs of the Departments of Surgery at these institutions. Membership also includes leading surgeons from around the world, making it much more than an European association. The primary mission of the Association is to be one of the premier organizations for surgical science and scholarship and to provide a continental forum for presenting the developing state of the art and science of general and sub-specialty surgery and the elevation of the standards of the medical/surgical profession. At the ESA meetings, the leading surgeons and scientists from Europe and other continents freely and openly discuss their latest clinical and research findings. To be elected a member is one of the highest honours a surgeon can achieve.