Gaetano Rocco

Welcome to the 24th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery

Dear Colleagues, Guests and Friends

When they come to the South of Italy, foreigners are saddened twice – when they arrive and when they leave. This quote from a recent Italian movie gives an inspired picture of the magic that pervades each visit to Naples. Indeed, there are only a few other places in the world where Nature and History blend in such a unique, fascinating mix. A mix of cultures, flavors, colors – a bit like the ESTS.  And, like Naples with its ever increasing population of tourists, ESTS is ready to welcome in the City its ever increasing Membership that makes this organization the largest pure Thoracic Surgical Society worldwide.

Our delegates will be overwhelmed by eruptive personality of the good-natured Neapolitans and the mitigated climate of the Mediterranean Spring which attracted the Greek settlements when Naples was known as Parthenope. 

Naples - a place with a different pace, a different philosophy of life, enchanting like the blue ocean along Castel dell’Ovo, or intriguing like the multiflavored cuisine served in a multitude of restaurants and pizzerias.

The ESTS Leadership and the Local Organizing Committee are excited at the idea to offer the combination of absolute scientific value with a hopefully unsurpassable social program.  We are committed to make the 2016 ESTS Annual meeting a memorable one so that delegates will look back with a smile and think: Only in Naples.

Gaetano Rocco

Chair Local Organising Committee

ESTS Contacts

ESTS Secretariat
1 The Quadrant
Wonford Road
Exeter, EX2 4LE
Tel/Fax: + 44 1392 430671

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ESTS Events


ESTS School, Russia

St Petersburg: 25 - 27 June 2015

Skill Track - Hands on in Open Surgery and VATS

14 - 15 September 2015: Maximally and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Tips and tricks from the experts, "Elancourt in Strasbourg" IRCAD Institute (Strasbourg, France).

ESTS in Russia

2 - 3 October 2015, Krasnodar, Russia

Academic Competence Track

2 - 4 November 2015: Statistics and Methodology Course, Hamburg, Germany

Skill Track "Elancourt in Istanbul"

15 - 16 February 2016: Trachea and Large Airways, Istanbul, Turkey

ESTS School, Russia

25 - 27 February 2016: Kazan, Russia

KNOWLEDGE TRACK "Antalya Revisited in Istanbul"

16-20 March 2016: A Complete Review of Thoracic Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey

Itinerant Expert Course: VATS Thymectomy

4 - 5 April 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

Itinerant Expert Course: Extended Pleurectomy for Mesothelioma

4 - 5 April 2016, Sheffield, UK

Academic Competence Track

11 - 13 April 2016: Medical Writing Course, Hamburg, Germany

Skill Track - Hands on in Open Surgery and VATS

12 - 13 September 2016: Topic to be announced, "Elancourt in Istanbul", Istanbul, Turkey

Academic Competence Track

2 - 4 November 2016: Statistics and Methodology Course,Hamburg, Germany