In 2020 we were able to fulfill a long awaited need of Sri Lankan surgeons by establishing the Sri Lanka Association of Minimal Access and Digital Surgeons (SLAMADS). The main objectives of the Association are to support all practising surgeons in improving their skills in the field of Minimal Access Surgery (MAS), support health authorities to develop MAS in Sri Lanka and promote education and research in the field of MAS.
SLAMADS will empower Sri Lankan surgeons, especially those who are newly appointed, to practise MAS safely and confidently in their respective work stations. We will also be able to support Sri Lankan surgical trainees in developing their skills in MAS and provide due recognition for their training. SLAMADS is unique because it will have members not only from different subspecialties of surgery but also from other fields like radiology and gynaecology.
The Council of the SLAMADS unanimously decided to collaborate with ALSGBI and as the founder President I am delighted to have close links with your Prestigious association from the inception of SLAMADS. The Memorandum of Understanding signed between ALSGBI and SLAMADS will help in developing skills, training and educational activities in the field of MAS and be mutually beneficial to our members in both countries.
Prof. Bawantha Gamage MS, FMASI, FCSSL, FRCS(Eng)
Sri Lanka Association of Minimal Access and Digital Surgeons (SLAMADS)