It is my great pleasure to host the first Arthroscopic Society of Nepal Congress (ASONCON-2016), to be held from 4 to 6 December, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It has taken many years for us to come together and create this society in Nepal. So far, we have been able to learn arthroscopy by the honest efforts of many of our friends from all over the world: Dr Watanabe’s contribution to teaching arthroscopy has been remarkable. Dr Hiroshi Ikeuchi has visited Nepal with his team several times, conducting arthroscopy workshops for Nepali surgeons. Now, many of our surgeons are taught by our international colleagues, strengthening this foundation of creating and sharing knowledge in order to deliver excellent patient care in musculoskeletal endoscopy.
The scientific program of this Congress consists of guest lectures, symposia, panel discussions, video presentations, and many free papers. It is designed as to offer you a comprehensive update on major issues in arthroscopic surgeries.
This Congress will provide you an excellent opportunity to interact with orthopaedic surgeon from many parts of the world, and we hope that exchange of scientific knowledge will help build relationships. As President of the Arthroscopic Society of Nepal, it is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to all participants, and hope that this Congress will serve as a platform for the discussion of evidence-based arthroscopy and academia. This Congress, which is to be held in Kathmandu, will also allow you to experience first-hand the greatness of Nepali hospitality, culture, diversity, and natural beauty.
Scottish-born American naturalist John Muir once wrote, “The Mountains are calling, and I must go.” So Everest calls you here, to Nepal, and welcomes you to the first-ever Congress of the Arthroscopic Society of Nepal.
Chakra Raj Pandey
President | Arthroscopic Society of Nepal
Chairman | Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Grande International Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal