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Belgian Section of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery

  • Category: BESOMS
  • Published: Sunday, 30 January 2011 10:03
  • Written by BESOMS Webmaster
  • 30 Jan









Dear members,
As chairman of the BeSOMS, I am very pleased to announce you the appointment of professor
Jacques HIMPENS as the new Chairman of IFSO World. It’s a true honour for Belgium, and a
recognition of his professional skills.

I’m also proud to announce our first Belgian congress dedicated to bariatric and metabolic surgery,
organised by the BeSOMS, entitled as
« 1st BeSOMS Winter Symposium: Update on Sleeve
Gastrectomy and Novel Surgical Procedures».
The main topics will be Sleeve Gastrectomy and new
technologies including the Nissen Sleeve and the SADI technique.
We are honoured as well to welcome our international colleagues professor David Nocca and doctor
Antonio Torres, at this congress.

SAVE the DATE: 19 January 2018 09h00 – 18h00 Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place

Participants don’t need to pay anything and that they can receive accreditation points, for example in ethics.

We have set up an agenda as well, for our country’s coordinators. They will be trained in the registry
via EONIX. Financial support is covered by the BeSOMS and Johnson and Johnson, our sponsor for
this first congress.

One of my important missions since the beginning of my mandate, is to offer our assistants and PG
the opportunity to train virtually on laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
Therefore, in a parallel session, 30 assistants will be trained by members of the Board and
experienced assistants, who have already been trained on these techniques.
Registration will happen via a website, dedicated to this congress and I will send you the URL
together with the final program when it’s available.

Finally, I would like to inform you, as of now, that according to our statutes, a large part of the board
of the BeSOMS need to be re‐elected during our next General Assembly. You should already consider
your candidacy. Let me remind you we have always made sure there were as many academics as
non‐academics, that all the country’s regions were represented, and that there should be as much
French speaker positions as Dutch speaker positions. A German speaker position should also be

I wish you a very nice end of the year, and hope to meet many of you at this congress.
My best regards,
Dr. Mr. Jean SAEY
Chairman of the BeSOMS



In 1996 the Benelux Association of Bariatric Surgeons was founded to unite specialists from the Netherlands, Belgiumand Luxembourg with a special interest in the surgical treatment of obesity. Due to the exponentially growing interest in the field of bariatric surgery, a Belgian organisation was founded in oktober 2005 under the name "Section of Obesity Surgery Belgium" or SOSB, and the BABS structure was kept as the liaison with the IFSO. The names of the original founders were J. Closset, A. De Roover, B. De Waele, A. D'Hoore, B. DIllemans, M. Legrand, L. Lemmens, L. Hendrickx, D. Herman, J. Himpens, G. Hubens, M. Miserez, G. Vander Velpen and E. Van Vyve. The first chairman was Piet Pattyn. 

Further evolution in the field of bariatric surgery revealed the important role of this type of surgery on the control of metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea and the name of the society was changed to "Belgian Section of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery" or BeSOMS. Meanwhile, the BeSOMS is a full section of the Belgian Royal Society of Surgery (RBSS) and has organised numerous congresse, symposia, workshops and other scientific meetings in Belgium and abroad.

Next Meeting

Belgian Surgical Week

Thursday 18/05: focused on ERAS

Friday 19/05: Videosession about bariatric emergencies for the general surgeon.

To be confirmed meetings 

  • Coöperation with BASO for the next “Update in Obesity” meeting in 2018.
  • “Belgian Sleeve Summit” or trainees about technical aspects during autumn 2017.
  • BeSoms postgraduate course.  Possible date for the course: oktober 13 2017, La Hulpe?


      Previous meetings


The BeSOMS Board

      Board composition

Scientific content and Video zone



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Upcoming Events

24 Mar 2018 09:00AM - 04:00PM BSAWS
03 May 2018 12:00AM Belgian Surgical Week
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