Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is our great honor and privilege to hold the Second World Congress of the International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS) from May 9 to 11, 2019, in Tokyo. We hosted the Second International Consensus Conference on Laparoscopic Liver Resection in Morioka in 2014. Since then, the field of laparoscopic liver resection has expanded exponentially, and evidence has accumulated to show its superiority over open liver resection. The next step should be to safely disseminate this surgery for the sake of our patients.
We believe that ILLS 2019 in Tokyo should focus on "Better Outcomes with Quality Improvement" in laparoscopic liver resection.
ILLS 2019 in Tokyo will take place at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in Shinjuku, which is one of the most attractive areas of Tokyo and is conveniently located from both Haneda and Narita international airports. Although this congress will be held from May 9 to 11, 2019, the pre-congress course will begin on May 8 at Ageo Central General Hospital, which is located only 40 minutes from Shinjuku, and the post-congress hands-on seminar will take place on the evenings of May 11 and May 12 at the Tokyo Science Center and the Medtronic Innovation Center, respectively, near Haneda airport. If you are eager to improve your laparoscopic liver resection skills, please participate in these satellite programs.
We sincerely hope ILLS 2019 in Tokyo will be successful and meaningful. We are sure you will enjoy Tokyo itself, the scientific contents of this congress, as well as the satellite programs. Once again, we would like to welcome you all to the Second World Congress of ILLS in Tokyo.
Go Wakabayashi and Minoru Tanabe