International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders - IFSO2021

Dear IFSO Members and Colleagues,

First of all, we would like to THANK YOU all very much for your continuous support and active participation in IFSO's online activities throughout 2020.


It's been a very tough year for all of us. 12 months have gone by since the pandemic spread in any corner of the world. We have all been experiencing an unprecedented global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our lives in each and every aspect.


Our hearts go out to all the victims of the virus and their loved ones. To all those who lost a relative, a colleague, a friend. To those who are still fighting the virus, we send our thoughts and best wishes.


But now we have a new weapon to fight this enemy. A weapon provided to us by the tireless efforts of researchers and scientists. The vaccine is showing us the light at the end of the tunnel.


As you know, last year in May we were forced to postpone the XXV IFSO World Congress to August 2021, with the hope that by then the vaccination would have enabled us to go back to our normal lives and thus travel and attend meetings. This hope has become a reality. Many countries in the world have already started their vaccination campaigns, so we are on the right track. 


We, at IFSO, can't wait to meet each other again face-to-face in Miami on August 3-7, 2021, but, at the same time, our responsibility is to take all possible measures to provide the safest possible environment to our members and our delegates, so we are leaving nothing unplanned. We are getting ready for any possible contingency. The most desired one is an in-person meeting, setting COVID-19 lower capacity limits on all conference rooms, ensuring social distancing, and any other safety measure.  If this won't be possible for all our delegates, we will set up a hybrid version of the meeting, to enable those who won't be able to attend in person due to travel restrictions, to actively participate in the meeting remotely. This will be a combination of in-person and streaming. All the sessions will be broadcasted from Miami straight to the rest of the world to reach out to all of you. 

The IFSO Congress this year will be held in conjunction with the IFSO Latin American Chapter, the ACOCIB Annual Meeting, and the First World Consensus in Endoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Interventions.

As you know, IFSO is the greatest worldwide bariatric meeting, attended by international surgeons, multidisciplinary support staff, researchers, physicians, and healthcare professionals involved with the primary mission of IFSO: unite and educate against adiposity and metabolic disorders. 


Academic activities will include amazing and innovative Post Graduate courses that have a great emphasis on Integrated Health activities which will have a presence throughout the whole meeting.

Symposia will include so many interesting and new topics like ICG, Percutaneous Approaches, Women Bariatric Surgeons, Medications, and other therapies for Metabolic problems, video theater.

The scientific program (CME accredited) will be very comprehensive and focused on updating, investigating, and better understanding the most comprehensive array of topics in the field of the growing adiposity-based chronic diseases, through Post Graduate courses, symposia, expert talks, discussion panels, hands-on skill labs, video sessions, free papers, and poster presentations, emerging, endoscopic and new technology sessions. 

We are preparing great surprises with diverse and innovative sessions for you.


ABSTRACTS submission is already open and will close on March 15th, 2021, so please submit your most interesting studies on www.ifso2021.com 

Besides all this....we will be at the iconic Fontainebleau, one of the best Hotels on Miami Beach, so we are going to have amazing social opportunities too for you to network and enjoy the beach and the Latino hospitality. 

So let's stay STRONG and SAFE ....and let's keep our fingers crossed and hope we will be able to meet again soon!


Best wishes to all of you!

Important Dates

1 June 2020

Registration Opens 

1 October 2020

Call for Abstracts 


1 December 2020

Exhibitor Application Deadline

1 December 2020

Sponsorship Application Deadline

15 April 2021 (NEW DATE)

Abstract Submission Deadline 

30 April 2021 (NEW DATE)

Scholarship Application Deadline 

1 May 2021

Early Bird Deadline 


1 August 2021

Preconference Registration Closes 

2 August 2021

On-site Registration


Natan Zundel,
Congress President
Raul Rosenthal,
Congress Co-President
Lilian Kow
IFSO President

Miami, Florida

August 3-7, 2021

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