Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – August 30th, 2018 – The 9th Annual Joint Medical Symposium took place in AUK’s auditorium, organized by Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA), Operation Hope, World Surgical Foundation, The American Kurdish Medical Group, in collaboration with Duhok Directorate General of Health and the American University of Kurdistan (AUK).
The symposium was opened with a speech from Dr. Nazar Ismat, Director General of health directorate in Duhok, followed by AUK’s provost, Dr. Nazar Numan’s opening remarks.
‘’We are delighted and honored to host high profile sergeants from around the world in Duhok.’’ Said Dr. Ismat in his speech. ‘’Our sergeant needs such workshops and symposiums’’ he added.
The three sessions scientific program was designed to present health care professionals with current knowledge about managing victims of mass casualties including chemical weapons, resuscitative efforts and management of a trauma patient, ultrasound FAST for surgeons, management of breast cancer in pregnant women, minimal invasive intracranial surgery, and diagnosing and managing CBD injury.
Dr. Ghazi Zebari, head of the delegation stated in a statement ‘’our group of sergeants will conduct a number of sensitive surgeries in Duhok.’’
The symposium covered a wide range of topics from many internationally renowned scholars, researchers, and experts who gathered to have in-depth discussions on the latest breakthroughs and future trends in the field.
Among the speakers was Dr. Christy Butts, Director of Division of Emergency Ultrasound in Louisiana State University New Orleans, LA, who gave a speech titled “Chest X-ray vs. Ultrasound”. Associate professor of Neurosurgery from University of Colorado Medical Center Denver, Dr. Gene Bolles spoke about Post- Operative Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
Around 100 sergeants and academics participated in the symposium to share their notes and exchange thoughts to further develop research and practice on the discussed topic of the symposium.