Dear colleagues and friends of IPRAS,
I have always been certain that the only way forward is to have our eyes looking to the future, confident that plastic surgery will carry on thriving, absorbing new technologies and techniques. I have accompanied our society since its first steps, and I am glad to see visions transformed to reality! It has been my hope that IPRAS and its national societies will continue to be the forums where innovation will be presented, where the inquisitive mind will find others equally curious, so that plastic surgery may evolve within the framework of two principal objectives: to generously pass on knowledge to the next generation, and to assure safety to our patients.
I am particularly happy that the upcoming IPRAS World Congress is to be held in beautiful Chile, in our continent of South America, where plastic surgery has made giant steps of development. I invite you all to add this important event to your plans for 2013 and to take advantage of the opportunity to attend one of the most important scientific gatherings for plastic surgery.
Head-Professor of the Plastic Surgery Departments of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Carlos Chagas Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Studies
Member (and patron) of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Brazilian Academy of Letters
Visiting Professor, I.S.A.P.S. FICS, FACS