31st European Annual

Congress on Surgical Infections

7th – 9th June 2018, Athens, Greece

31st European Annual

Congress on Surgical Infections

7th - 9th June 2018, Athens, Greece



This programme is subject to change

Thursday 7th June 2018


Council Meeting


16:00 –19:00


SIS-E Olympics case report contest  

Chair: Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain),  Marjolein Blussé van Oudalblas (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

19:00 -19:30


19:30 -20:00

Sponsored lectures 


Networking Event & Drinks
Join us for informal pre-congress drinks to meet colleagues and start networking! All delegates and accompanying persons are welcome to this free event, but places are limited, please indicate on your registration form if you would like to attend.

Rooftop Garden of the venue, Crowne Plaza Hotel


Friday 8th June 2018
08:00 -18:00 Registration
08:30 – 09:00

Congress Welcome

  • Marja Boermeester, President of the SIS-E
  • Spyridon Stergiopoulos, President of the Hellenic Surgical Infection Society
  • Iordanis Papadopoulos, Congress President, SIS-E 2018 Athens
09:00 – 10:30

Free paper session I

Chair: Kema Rasa (Turkey), Georgios K Glantzounis (Ioannina, Greece)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Round I
11:00 – 12:30

Symposium I: Update on antimicrobial resistance

Chair: George L. Daikos (Athens, Greece), Konstantine Vagianos (Athens, Greece)


1. Resistant bacteria: who’s who? Basics a surgeon should know

Spyridon Pournaras (Athens, Greece)

2. Clinical & epidemiological impact of resistance in surgical patients

Joe Solomkin (OASIS,USA)

3. Strategies against resistance & stewardship

Jan De Waele (Ghent, Belgium)

12:30 – 13:00

Young Investigator Lecture: Improving diagnostic accuracy in vascular prosthetic graft infections

Chair: Sarah Gans (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Presenter: Ben Saleem (Groningen, Netherlands)

13:00 – 13:30

Semmelweis lecture

Chair: Marja Boermeester, SIS-E President (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Title tbc

Presenter: Prof. Malin Sund (Umea, Sweden)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & Sponsor Exhibition
14:30 – 16:00

Free Paper Session II

Chair: Francesco DiMarzo (Forte dei marmi, Italy), Georgios Konstantoudakis (Athens, Greece)

16:00 – 17:00

A closer look at practice-changing Trials in Surgical Infections

Chair: Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain),  George Polymeneas (Athens, Greece)

Stijn de Jonge and Sarah Gans, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Young SIS-E and SIS-E council

  • LADIES Trial
  • DIRECT Trial
  • STITCH Trial
17:00 – 17:30

Refreshment Break & Poster Round II


17:30 – 19:00


17:30 – 18:30 Symposium II: New Developments and spotlight topics in Surgical Infections (sponsored lectures)

Chair: Helen Giamarellou (Athens, Greece), George N Zografos (Athens, Greece)

17:30- 18:00 Dalbavancin for Acute Bacterial Skin Infections (Angelini sponsored)

Presenter: tbc

18:00-18:30 Ceftaroline in complicated skin and soft tissue infections (Pfizer sponsored)

Presenter: tbc

18:30-19:00 Complex abdominal wall reconstructions: planning and mesh choice

(Bard sponsored)

Prof. Marja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)


Keynote Lecture: The Role of Infections in Readmission following Major Surgery

Donald Fry (SIS-NA, Surgical Infections Journal Editor, USA)

19:30-20:30  Sponsored Symposium (tbc)
21:00 Congress Dinner
Saturday 9th June 2018
08:30 – 18:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00

Symposium III: The abdomen & infection

Chair: Gregory Kouraklis (Athens, Greece), Apostolos Kambaroudis (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Relaparotomy in emergency surgery: planned or on-demand?

Marja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Iordanis Papadopoulos (Athens, Greece)

10:00 – 11:30

Free Paper Session III

Chair: George Giokas (Athens, Greece), Konstaninos Tepetes (University of Thessaly, Greece )

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment Break & Poster Round III
12:00 – 13:00

Symposium IV. ‘Global Surgical Infections’

Joint Symposium with WSES, SIS-NA
Chair: Joe Solomkin (OASIS, USA)

Key concepts in management of the open abdomen for infection source control

Massimo Sartelli (WSES Representative, Italy)

New published guidelines on prevention of ACS/SSI surgical site infection guidelines

Kamal Itany (SIS-NA President, USA) 

13:00- 13:30

Antifungal therapy for the surgical ward patients.

Chair: Stefanos Geroulanos (Athens, Greece), Christos Katsios, (Ioannina, Greece)

Anastasia Antoniadou (Athens, Greece)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & Sponsor Exhibition
14:30- 15:15

Meet the Editor: tips and tricks to publish your paper on Surgical Infections

Prof. Malin Sund (Umea, Sweden), Editor of BJS

15:15 – 15:45


Pro/Con Debate: Mechanical bowel prep to reduce SSI for colorectal surgery?

Chair: Marja Boermeester (AMC Amsterdam, Netherlands), Vasileios Komborozos (Athens, Greece)

YES. Kamal Itany (SIS-NA, USA)

NO. Joe Solomkin (OASIS, USA)


Video forum

Chair: Francesco DiMarzo (Forte dei marmi, Italy), Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain)

16:30 – 17:00 Refreshment Break & Poster Round IV
17:00 – 18:45

Complex corner’ Educational clinical scenarios in Surgical Infections Interactive session with expert panel

Chair: Joerg Schroeder (Cologne, Germany), Dionysios Voros (Athens, Greece)

  • Surgical decisions following radiology findings in acute abdominal infections

    Nikolaos Economopoulos (Athens, Greece) 

  • How to manage necrotizing fasciitis?

    Nikolaos Danias (Athens, Greece)

  • How to manage intestinal fistulas and complex abdomen

    Marja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • How to manage complex wounds

    Ibby Younis (London, UK)

18:45 – 19:45

Use of installation VAC VeraflowTM in complex and infected wounds

(Acelity sponsored) 

Mr. Ibby Younis (London, UK)

19:45 – 20:45 SIS-E Members Business Meeting
Society updates and election of new members
All member delegates welcome