Welcome to Lodz!


Dear colleagues and friends,
Dear guests,

This year the Annual meeting of the German Association of Endocrine Surgeons (CAEK DGAV) will take place for the first time in Poland together with the Polish Club of Endocrine Surgeons. We are very grateful for their invitation to Lodz coming together and sharing our recent experiences in the field of endocrine surgery in both countries. For many years the Polish colleagues from many centers have been playing an active role in our association. It is our great pleasure to invite all interested surgeons to this joint meeting. The programme will cover all areas of endocrine surgery. On Saturday, November 28, 2009, there will be a separate programme for both the Polish Club of Endocrine Surgeons, and the CAEK, each held in their national languages. On November 26 and 27, 2009, the official language is English.

Lodz is a fascinating modern city situated in the heart of Poland. Founded in 1423 in the 19th century Lodz was the melting pot of various languages, culture, religions and national traditions. Today Lodz is a very dynamic city, full of highly interesting historic buildings and places worth seeing.

On behalf of the CAEK I would like to invite you to attend the 28th Annual Meeting of the CAEK joining our Polish colleagues and friends of the Polish Club of Endocrine Surgeons.

Prof. Dr. Henning Dralle
Congress President

Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Musholt
President CAEK


Ladies and gentlemen,

It is our great honour to be the organisers and hosts of the Symposium of Polish and German Associations of Surgery, which is dedicated to the surgical treatment of endocrine diseases. Lodz is a city which underwent great development during the XIXth century and was the product of the common and strenuous efforts of people descended from four cultures. Before World War II, the community of Lodz consisted of Poles, Germans, Jews and Russians. These inhabitants of Lodz, living and working together, created not only a powerful industrial centre but also a rich local culture and their own specific language. Lodz is the city where outstanding artists like the musician Artur Rubinstein and poet Julian Tuwim were born and who, later, went on to study.

After World War II, the population of Lodz rose to over one million inhabitants, and this burgeoning population drove the founding of a broad range of academic institutions, including The Lodz Film School, The Academy of Fine Arts, The Academy of Music, The Technical University, The Medical University and The Military Medical University.

In 1973, the Department of Endocrine Surgery was established in Lodz: the first endocrine surgery centre in Poland and one of the first in Europe. The founder of the department, and one of the greatest influences in the development of endocrine surgery in Poland, was Prof. Kazimierz Rybinski. In the next 35 years, over fifty thousand thyroid surgeries as well as over on thousand suprarenal gland operations and parathyroid gland operations were performed.

The Symposium gives the successors of Prof. Rybinski the opportunity to present their professional experience, and to establish scientific contacts with German colleagues who, traditionally, have been world leaders in surgery. There will be many opportunities to integrate during the conference, such as a brief excursion around our city entitled “The houses which speak…”, where you will have the chance to get to know some more of our city’s history through its monuments. We would like to invite all German delegates and their families to join us on these events.

We hope that your stay in Lodz will bring many unforgettable moments and will stay in your minds forever.

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Kuzdak
Congress President