Bruges is proud to welcome the 20th international B.E.S.T. congress on 11 and 12 December 2023. As in the previous 2018 edition, we expect more than 300 bariatric surgeons from all over Europe at this congress, which will take place at the BMCC. The meeting will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest research and developments in bariatric and metabolic surgery.
The B.E.S.T is BACK in BRUGES!
It is our pleasure and our honour to invite you all to the 20th B.E.S.T Congress on the 11th and 12th of December 2023. The venue will be the brand new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC) in medieval Bruges, Belgium.
The B.E.S.T ( Bariatric Endoscopic Surgical Trends) meeting has become a scientifically highly appreciated congress in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgery. The quality of the faculty with some of the best renowned bariatric and metabolic surgeons worldwide guarantees the meeting to be highly successful. All credits have to go to Dr. Nilton Kawahara and his South American colleagues for their continuous and inspirational thrive to get this meeting
internationally on the map.
Proudly referring to the past, the meeting will focus on complex and revisional bariatric and metabolic procedures as well as on new developments in our still rapidly evolving field.
Both congress days will encompass up to 16 cases of live surgery in the ‘deferred live’ video format as imposed by IFSO guidelines, high standard lectures and interactive debates. As for the socio-cultural part, Bruges as the ‘Venice of the North’, does not need to be clarified more. The program is in full progress and will be finalized mid-August. All useful information regarding the venue, registration, travel and hotel details can be found on this website.
We hope to welcome you at our meeting the 11th and 12th of December 2023 in Bruges!
Our Course Directors have created a Top quality program in the B.E.S.T. tradition as you come to expect. The perfect combination of Keynote lectures, Live Surgery and Debate sessions.
Director of the Center of Obesity Surgery in the AZ Sint-Jan Hospital in Bruges.
Prof. Dr. Jacques Himpens, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Prof. Dr. Nilton Kawahara , University of São Paulo | USP · Hospital das Clínicas
You can easily reach the Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre on foot, by bicycle, by public transport and by car. The BMCC is located in the heart of the historic centre of Bruges, within walking distance of numerous hotels, historic attractions and world-famous museums.