Presidents Welcome Message

Dear IFSO Members and Colleagues,

On behalf of the IFSO community and leadership, we are delighted to specially invite you to join us in Miami to attend the XXV World Congress International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) 2022 on August 23rd through the 27th. 

This IFSO Congress will be the most attended worldwide bariatric meeting, with the coming together of surgeons, multidisciplinary support staff, researchers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals involved with the mission of IFSO: unite and educate against adiposity and metabolic disorders.

In addition, this congress will have the participation of the IFSO Latin American Chapter and the Columbian Obesity Surgical Society (Asociación Colombiana de Obesidad y Cirugía Bariátrica ACOCIB).

The scientific program will be comprehensive and will focus on updating, investigating and understanding the widest array of topics in the field of the growing adiposity based chronic diseases, through postgraduate courses; symposia; expert talks; discussion panels; live surgeries; hands-on skill labs; video sessions; paper and poster presentations; emerging, endoscopic and new technology sessions. The aim of the Congress is to educate on all the bariatric and metabolic surgery topics and to unite across country borders health care professionals from different specialties, in their fight against the adiposity epidemic.

Finally, it will also host the 1st World Consensus in Bariclip.

Having the IFSO World Congress in one of the world’s most popular vacation cities such as Miami will offer multiple enticements for everyone. Miami, with its Cuban influence, is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On the barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels, and trendsetting nightclubs. There is, of course, the lures of deep-sea fishing, golf, and tennis. Miami has an international airport at Florida's southeastern tip and the world’s busiest cruise port. In addition, the near-perfect weather in August with average temperatures predicted to be between 24 - 31°C will provide a beautiful experience for all in such a diverse city of outdoor dining and wine extravaganzas.

The venue of the congress will be in the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, situated on oceanfront Collins Ave in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. This 22-acre oceanfront hotel is a revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, with American architect Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building featuring state-of-the-art conference facility surrounded by award-winning restaurants, nightlife venues, a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape and miles of pristine beach.

This World Congress will be a combination of International, Latin American, Columbian, and of course American Miami Beach style hospitality, which will surely offer you a multicultural and pleasant experience. Without a doubt, our IFSO Congress Team will provide the help, attention, and direction to make your attendance to the congress a fulfilling and rewarding experience.

We believe Fontainebleau Miami Beach has all the facilities to make the 2021 IFSO World Congress an enjoyable, fruitful and unforgettable experience for you. We are confident that you will finish the congress with new knowledge, unforgettable memories, and many more colleagues and friends.

So, please SAVE THE DATE!

We look forward to welcoming you in Miami!!

Lilian Kow
IFSO President


Miami, Florida

 AUGUST 23-27, 2022