William G. Cioffi, MD, FACS
It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the President of the International Society for Burn Injuries for the next 2 years, and it is one that I do not take lightly. Our Society was founded in an attempt to raise the level of education and care for thermally injured patients across our globe. We are all aware of the burden that burn injuries places on patients, families and society. It is indeed an honor to lead an organization that is committed to decreasing this burden through our prevention, education, and clinical care efforts. The continued evolution of our organization over the past 2 decades has led us to the concept of "One World, One Standard of Burn Care". The efforts of our past leaders have positioned us to realize this goal. Over the past 2 years, the ISBI has been extremely effective in formulating our burn care guidelines, as well as initiating our educational course intended to address the needs and concerns of burn care providers after the initial 48 hours of burn care. Although there is still much work to be done in these areas, the progress to date is astounding.
Our recent meeting in Miami, Florida was aptly presided over by immediate past-president Rajeev Ahuja, MD and highlighted both the vibrancy and depth of our organization. Consequently, it is my honor and pleasure to extend an invitation to you to the upcoming 19th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries to be held in New Delhi, India on November 26 - December 2, 2018. This ISBI Congress will be constructed in a manner to continue to promote the concept of "One World, One Standard of Burn Care" for those patients suffering from thermal injury. The educational program, which will be designed by our program chair, Richard Nnabuko, as well as our immediate past-president, Rajeev Ahuja, MD, will contain plenary, concurrent paper and poster sessions with topics of interest for every participant and every professional who is a member of the burn care team. As in past years, we will be awarding many prizes and awards which include 6 Young Investigators Prizes, the Baskent University / ISBI Nursing Award, and the Zagame Rehabilitation Specialist Award. Details concerning these awards can be found on our website. In addition, I would encourage you to go to our website to seek out the many scholarships available to our members to help offset the cost of attending our meetings.
As always, our ISBI Congress is a perfect time for us to renew old friendships and make new ones as we continue to truly improve burn care on a worldwide platform. However, there is much work to be done between now and our biennial meeting, and I encourage each of you become an active member of our Society by participating on our many committees, collaborating with our regional representatives, and helping to foster the relationship between regional burn care societies and the ISBI. I would be remiss if I did not thank our immediate past-president and the local arrangements chair for our upcoming meeting, Rajeev B. Ahuja, MD, for working with the local organizing and program committees to provide both the scientific and social program which should be of interest to all of us. I look forward to working with all of you over the next 2 years to advance our mission of "One World, One Standard of Burn Care", and I look forward to seeing all of you in November 2018. You can access the meeting website at www.isbi2018.com.