It has been a strong desire for various years, now finally set into reality:
The foundation of an own S.O.R.G. regional Latin American section which has been celebrated during November 2011 in Santiago de Chile.
Being surprised by the number as well as the quality of the applications, it was not easy to select a balanced section with regard to participating nations as well as to integrate a wide scope of surgical specialties into the section.
In the end the following six members will represent the first Latin American S.O.R.G Group:
Maximiliano Diamante, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Henrique J. Velez Gimón, Caracas, Venezuela
José Octavio Cintra, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Omar A. Vega Lagos, Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Quevedo Rojas, Santiago, Chile
Together with S.O.R.G. Board members
Rudolf M. Bos, Groningen, The Netherlands
Oliver Scheunemann, KLS Martin Group
Karl Leibinger, KLS Martin Group
Christian Leibinger, KLS Martin Group
Henning Schliephake, Göttingen, Germany
Luis Quevedo was elected to become the first Chairman of the group.