Dear Friends and Colleagues:

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming International Symposium on Incisional Hernia Prevention, October 19-20, 2017 in San Francisco, CA, sponsored by the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Interest in the prevention of incisional hernias is growing at a rapid pace worldwide, garnering the attention of surgeons, payers, health science investigators, and the medical technology industry.  Several recent clinical studies have further fueled the expanding focus on hernia prevention, effectively challenging the way we think about this common condition.  The Symposium will bring together preeminent experts in hernia prevention from across the globe, including the investigators responsible for many of the most important clinical trials in this area.  Furthermore, this meeting will enable robust and informative interactions between participants, including surgeons and other health care providers, members of industry, and representatives of research, regulatory and health insurance agencies.

This is an exciting time in health care in general and surgery in particular with regards to incisional hernia prevention.  We hope you will join us in San Francisco this October.


Hobart W. Harris, MD, MPH, Program Chair
J. Englebert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery, UCSF

William H. Hope, MD, Co-Chair
General and Robotic Surgery
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington, NC